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Social Interventions Using Brain Science

Event Details
Date: 12 May 2020
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Venue: AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
State: Victoria
CPD hrs: 6 hours

AASW Members: $170
AASW New Graduates: $140
Non-Members: $230

Organiser: AASW Victorian Branch

AASW Victorian Branch
T: 9320 1000


Implementing a Strengths-based, Trauma-informed, Person-Centred response to promote personal recovery within a socially based intervention

This training develops a socially informed strengths-based, trauma-informed, person-centred response at the direct practice level to help social work clients on their life journey.

Any social intervention requires help with environmental factors and help with internal experiences.

Social workers must understand the role of coercive control and intersectionality in the experiences of clients.

A strengths-based, trauma-informed, person-centred response meets both these tasks.

This training unpacks and explores 'hope' inherent in the strengths approach, it looks at the empathic welcome inherent in a person-centred approach and the health promoting understandings in a trauma-informed model.

Who should attend?

Social workers who wish to gain greater knowledge of, and ability to use, this social work intervention modality. This workshop requires participants to have, at a minimum, a foundational level of direct practice experience and is, thus, generally not suitable for students. If you are unsure, feel free to contact the Victorian Branch to discuss - (03) 9320 1000 or

Learning Outcomes?

1. Understand intersectionality and the possibility of coercive control in relation the lives of social work users

2. Understand the need for a socially based response rather than a personal deficit approach

3. Use of the Strengths-based approach in interventions

4. Use of Trauma-informed approaches in interventions

5. Use of Person-centred care approaches in interventions

6. Understand the combination of these approaches in social work interventions

Meet the Presenter

Dr Geraldene Mackay

Dr Geraldene Mackay is a regional Victorian Social Worker who had been privileged to spend well over 5000 hours with service users in direct practice; time sitting with service users - not counting all of the other numerous tasks that a social work role involves. During this time Geraldene has used evidenced based practice with a values base which is a strong tradition in social work. Geraldene believes strongly in the idea of the social worker holding hope no matter where service users are in their life journey. As well as currently being in practice, Geraldene is an experienced trainer in a variety of paid contexts and has been supervising social workers for seven years. Her PhD was in Health Sciences (Social Work theory) and her Honours thesis used a strengths perspective. She has presented at numerous Social Work and Ethics conferences.


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 nearby in Courtney Street or metered 4 hour parking in Blackwood Street, Howard Street and surrounds.

The Blackwood St Car Park (located on the ground level the AASW is located in) is currently offering a $20 flat rate per day per exit between 7:30am to 7:30pm. You must book online as early as possible prior to arrival so you can be issued a pin number to enter and exit the car park. Visit Blackwood St Car Park.

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.

The building is wheelchair accessible. There are no steps at entry on ground level and a lift can be taken to Level 7. Ambulatory toilets are located on the ground floor as well as Level 8 where there is a medical centre. There is one parking spot on Blackwood Street for people with disabilities and 2 car spots are available in a nearby street. For more information to discuss your particular mobility or sensory needs please contact the AASW Victorian Branch directly on or (03) 9320 1012.


Please register your attendance via the panel to the right of the screen.

If you are a member, please login prior to registering to take advantage of the member rates.

Places are limited to 25 participants

AASW Members: 6 CPD Hours - Category 2: Skills and Knowledge/Workshops

Morning/afternoon tea and lunch included

View AASW CPD Terms and Conditions

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers