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Two day specialist workshop for frontline Child Protection Practitioners: Self reflection; emotional wellbeing and capacity building

Event Details
Date: 4-5 July 2019
Venue: Melbourne, Vic
CPD hrs: 15

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Organiser: Dr Abul Khan
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This is a unique intensive capacity building training specifically designed to accommodate diverse occupational and emotional wellbeing need of the frontline child protection practitioners. This workshop is the end product of Dr Khan's 15 years work on child protection practice in multiple capacities as a; researcher, academics, practitioners and senior mental health clinician in integrating those experiences into empowerment building of our child protection practitioners. The concept of the workshop builds on the vision of creating effective nurturing and enabling working conditions can set the scene for helping practitioners achieve optimum professional competence and confidence. The teaching process will create therapeutic atmosphere while organising in conferencing, workshops and group sessions. Relevant research findings and several psycho-social inventories will be used through group supervisions under motivational interviewing framework to facilitate awareness and self-reflection on developmental (professional and emotional) needs of the participants and ways forward. The process will empower the participants for a new way of thinking amid in-depth self-reflections on professional developmental needs against the impact of occupational and related emotional wellbeing challenges.

Learning objectives

Potential outcomes: It is expected that these intensive professional development sessions will not only build new insight into empowerment needs of the practitioners but add fresh perspectives into work culture and environment development informed by the outcomes of the training. More specifically, the participants are expected to gain knowledge and skills on:

  • Contemporary research, statutory reports and cutting-edge literature on challenges and opportunities in child protection practice
  • In-depth awareness building on self and self-wellbeing amid re-connecting with personal self as ways to build relationship-based practice
  • Family empowerment centred practice development informed by compassion, compatibility and caring values
  • Practical processes of engaging with vulnerable and complex families and key stakeholders

Learner prerequisites

This specialist programme is suitable for statutory child protection practitioners in different areas such as; intake, investigation and assessment, case management, foster and kinship care etc. Frontline managers and practice leaders can also participate for refreshers as well as empowering team culture and fostering a developmental atmosphere in the work environment. Practitioners with tertiary qualifications in family services (e.g. Anglicare, Uniting care etc.) can also benefit from this workshop.

Presenter details

Dr. Abul Khan is a clinical social worker with over 22 years practice, teaching and research experiences internationally in the areas of alcohol and other drugs, rural community development, child protection and child and adolescent mental health. He has taught graduate students in sociology, social work and medical sciences, as well as undertaken leadership capacity building training camps in remote rural areas of India. Abul has undertaken extensive parenting assessment work for a specialist child protection assessment team (i.e. NSPCC) in the UK. He has completed master level research on an international comparative study, ‘substance abuse management between India and UK’ at Queens’ University Belfast. He has also recently completed his PhD in Social Work at James Cook University, Townsville on, “Re-visioning child protection management embedded in family empowerment”, which offered a new perspective in the ongoing debate on impact of current risk averse child protection practice culture. He is passionate about his advocacy for capacity building of frontline practitioners as prerequisite for introducing family empowerment focused practice in public child protection system. In cascading the outcome of his research in the community, Abul has conducted intensive professional development workshops and upskilled 50 professionals (including 40 professionals from statutory child protection services) in 2018-19. He has published papers in the areas of mental health and child protection. Abul is a team senior in public mental health services and adjunct senior lecturer in Monash University, Melbourne.

Location and date


4-5 July 2019

9:00am - 4:30pm


Early bird if booked by 31 May: $250
AASW member standard fee: $275
Standard: $300


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AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers