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Self-Care for Social Work Students and New Graduates

Event Details
Date: 29th April 2017
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Venue: AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
State: Victoria
CPD hrs: 7

AASW members: $20
Regular: $50

Or become a member at the pro rata rate of >$14 Students and >$70 New Graduates to attend at the member rate.

Organiser: AASW Victorian Branch
Further information

Rosanna Di Grazia
AASW Victorian Branch Administrator
Phone: 03 9320 1012

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General information

As the saying goes ‘prevention is better than cure’, and in the world of social work we understand the benefits of early intervention. This one-day workshop aims to support developing social work practitioners build awareness of and competence in self-care practice. Join us for a day of exploration - a mix of creative activities, large and small group discussion, and personal reflection - and we’ll unpack what’s meant by self-care at a theoretical and practical level.

Key topics:

  • What does the research tell us about the risk factors of working in the health and community services sector?
  • What behaviours and attitudes constitute ‘competent’ personal and professional self-care practice?
  • How and where does self-care fit with my professional practice framework and ethics?
  • Beyond our personal self-care practice, how can we work collectively for worker wellbeing within service delivery systems?

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the key concepts of workplace stress, burnout, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue in the health and community services sector
  • Understand the concept of ‘resilience’
  • Understand self-care in the context of social work ethics and practice standards
  • Develop the capacity to recognise and assess individual signs of stress and trauma
  • Utilise self-test activities to gauge degree of personal self-care
  • Explore and experience research-based practices known to enhance wellbeing
  • Understand strategies that build sustainable personal and professional wellbeing
  • Learn how to create a personal and professional self-care plan


Martine Langoulant’s twenty-eight years experience as a social worker includes roles involving case management, counselling, therapeutic and psycho-educational group work, program co-ordination and project management. She also has experience as a TAFE teacher in community services work. Martine has a Bachelor of Social Work (UTAS), Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training, and is an accredited member of Australian Association of Social Worker.


AASW Melbourne Office
Level 7, 14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Our venue is close to Flemington Road and near the Royal Women's and Royal Melbourne Hospitals.

Please note: We recommend travelling via public transport if possible. Our office is close to the CBD and a short walk from the Haymarket Walk/Elizabeth Street tram stop (trams 19 & 59) and the Grattan Street tram stop (trams 55 & 59). Parking in the area is generally on-street, metered parking and is limited. There are limited 2 hour free street parking spaces near-by in Courtney Street or metered 4 hour parking in Blackwood Street, Howard Street and surrounds.

There is also a parking facility at the VCCC building that offers safe car parking every day of the week from 6:00am to 9:00pm. Cost is $14 for 1-2 hours or $20. Read more here.

There are facilities available outside the building to lock bikes.


AASW members: $20
Regular: $50

Or become a member at the pro rata rate of >$16 Students and >$55 New Graduates to attend at the member rate.


The event is now fully booked. If you are interested in putting your name on the waiting list should a place become available please contact the Victorian Branch on or (03) 9320 1012.

Please see details on the right of this page to register.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers