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Trauma as a Social/Cultural Experience and the Role of Social Work

Event Details
Date: Thursday, 10 October 2019
Time: 6.00pm - 7.15pm
Venue: Canberra, ACT
State: ACT
CPD hrs: 1

AASW Members - $10.00

Non-Members - $15.00

All prices inclusive of GST

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Organiser: AASW ACT Branch
Further information

Katie Dircks - ACT Branch Manager
T 03 9320 1030

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Broadening the Lens of Trauma-Informed Practice

General Information

This presentation will explore the theories and practices that inform the social and cultural experiences of trauma. While social workers have roles in counselling, casework, and community development, social workers also have an important role to play where trauma is social/cultural, because of social work's privileging of the "person in context". This is an area which is under-explored in practice discourse.

Learning Outcomes

The activity will encompass a 25 minute presentation followed by questions and discussions. A range of literature and practice examples will be presented.

The presentation will focus on an analysis of the current trauma informed practice frameworks with specific attention given to the potential contribution of collective, social and cultural conceptualisations of trauma and trauma recovery.

We will review the current trauma informed practice paradigms from a broader conceptual standpoint.

Meet the Presenters

Deborah Nelson is a Social Worker who spent 12 years working with people who have experienced war-related trauma. Deborah has over 20 years’ experience in counselling, working in both New Zealand and Australia. In addition to Social Work, she has Masters degrees in Social Anthropology and in Education (Counselling) and is currently employed as a School Counsellor in Canberra.

Joanna Zubrzycki is a senior social work academic at ACU. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) from University of New South Wales and a PhD from Curtin University.


Room 300 G.23
ACU Canberra
223 Antill St Watson ACT 2602

Free parking is available on and around campus.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers