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Social Work Wise Mid Year Bali Retreat

Event Details
Date: 7th Jun 2020 7-14 June 2020
Venue: Bali, Indonesia
CPD hrs: 18

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Organiser: Deanne Dale

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This week - long retreat experience is for Social Workers from a range of practice contexts to spend time together having facilitated, enlivening and enriching conversations about what matters in working within a Social Justice framework that stays close to the ethical and theoretical foundations of the Social Work profession.

Drawing on practices of Critical Reflection (Fook & Gardner, 2007) and the ideas of Collective Ethics and Sustainability (Reynolds, 2011), Vulnerability and Risk, (Brown, 2018), participants will be lead through a series of exercises and activities to reflect on practice experiences in current work contexts to locate what brings us alive and sustains us, what challenges, frustrates and outrages us. Most importantly participants will be invited to reflect on how they are responding to adversities overall and in the everyday and what is required from ourselves and others to carry on in the struggle with hope and fortitude.

As Social Workers carrying many responsibilities busy doing the work, opportunities are missed to document hard-earned practice wisdom and how it relates to the theoretical and ethical foundations of Social Work. Hence participants will have some structured and supported time for writing if they wish to do so.

Brown, B (2018), Dare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts. Vermilion, London.

Fook, J and Gardner, F (2007), Practicing Critical Reflection; a resource handbook, Open University Press.

Reynolds, V (2011), ‘ Resisting Burn-Out with Justice doing’ , The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, No 4. pp. 27-45.

Learning objectives

Participants will learn (or may revise) a theoretical and philosophical basis for practice including Critical Theory, Collective Ethics, Vulnerability and Risk and Intersectionality. Practice skills learned will include Critical Reflection, Response-based and Whole-hearted practice.

Presenter/facilitator details

Deanne Dale holds a degree in Social Work from the University of NSW (1986) and a Masters degree in Social Policy and Planning from Charles Sturt University (2006). Over her 30 years + Social Work career she has worked as a frontline clinician, team leader, senior manager, consultant and educator in a range of NSW government and non-government organisations responding to inter-personal violence (Child Protection, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence & Workplace abuse).

Over the past 20 years Deanne has provided clinical supervision to Social workers and other Allied Health professionals in inter-personal violence services, Hospital Social Work, Community Mental Health, Child and Family Health, Drug and Alcohol Counselling and Youth Support. Over the past 15 she has also been offering management and policy consultancy and leadership mentoring. Since 2016 she has moved into Social Work education, including teaching in Bachelors and Masters qualifiers courses at a range of Universities in NSW and also supervises students in Field education.

Location and date

Alam Indah Hotel,
Nyuh Kuhning,
Bali, Indonesia.

7-14 June 2020

7 June - 17:00 - 20:00
8 June - 9:00 - 12:00
10 June - 9:00 - 12:00
11 June - 9:00 -12:00
12 June - 9:00 -12:00
13 June - 9:00 - 12:00
14 June - 9:00 -12:00


$1,200.00 inclusive of:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • All airport transfers from Ngurah Rai Airport, Denpasar to Ubud
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • Half-day cultural excursions X 2




AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers