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Opportunities for research participation

Opportunities for members to participate in research

The AASW National Research Committee; as part of its commitment to promote and encourage social workers' involvement in research; reviews and approves various research projects to be advertised to members. Both conducting and participating in research are considered to be key professional development activities and can be counted towards your annual CPD. If you participate in any of the research activities listed below, you can record this as a Category 3 activity (Professional Identity) in your online CPD record.

Current research projects

Identifying Cumulative Harm in Preservice Helping Professionals: A Measure of Impact

Key dates

Until 30 August 2020

Participants sought

Participants who are employed in the helping professions and who have lived experience of cumulative childhood adversity and harm.

Helping Professions, in the context of this proposed research study, are defined as those professions which respond to the welfare of individuals and address challenges in a person’s physical, psychological, intellectual, and emotional wellbeing. These professions include, but are not limited to, psychology, nursing, counselling, social work, human services, and education

About

Questions will relate to your experiences of cumulative adversity and/or harm experienced in childhood and how you feel these experiences have influenced your later life, including your choice to enter a helping profession. You will be encouraged to tell your story of how you have arrived at your current career choice.

What is involved

Your participation will involve participation in an interview that will take approximately 60 Minutes of your time.

The interview will take place at a time and venue that is convenient to you, or can be undertaken by teleconference at a date and time that is convenient for you.

How to get involved

If you would like to participate in this research please take a moment to read the participant information sheet and contact the Principal Investigator, India Bryce, via email at india.bryce@usq.edu.au to express your interest in participating.

Institution and investigator contact

University of Southern Queensland

India Bryce

Email: india.bryce@usq.edu.au

Telephone: +61 7 4631 1192

Mobile: +61 431759554

Measuring and evaluating social work practice

Key dates

Commencing March 2020

Participants sought

Qualified Social Workers trained and currently practising within Australia are eligible to participate.

About

You are invited to participate in a unique study of the current cultural responsiveness experiences, training and understandings with respect to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The research aims to better our understanding of what cultural responsiveness is and to develop a series of social work specific measurement and evaluation tools to improve cultural responsiveness within social work practice.

What is involved

You will be asked to complete an online (de-identified) survey and associated consent forms. The survey is about your experience and thoughts related to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The online survey is expected to take approximately 20 to 40 minutes and you will be compensated for your time by way of a gift certificate.

How to get involved

To participate, follow this link to the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/32KSQK6

Institution and investigator contact

Dr Bindi Bennett, University Sunshine Coast bbennet1@usc.edu.au

Social work decision making and assessing risk of future harm

Key dates

End date: 10 May 2020

Participants sought

Social workers

About

Social workers constantly make decisions to best serve their clients. The aim of this project is to explore the decision making of social workers undertaking risk assessments. This project has received ethics approval from the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (ID 22092).

What is involved

We would value 10-15 minutes of your time to answer a brief anonymous survey.

How to get involved

For more information and to access the survey, please go to: https://monash.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_blTCYtxBSC8B7tH

Institution and investigator contact

Dr. Rebecca Featherston, MSW, PhD
Research Fellow
Department of Social Work
Monash University

Research study on allied health in palliative aged care

Key dates

End date 30 April 2020

Participants sought

Allied health professionals

About

End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) at Flinders University are running a study looking at the role of allied health professionals providing palliative care for older Australians in residential and community aged care. If you are an allied health professional working in aged care and would like to participate, please click on the relevant web link below to begin. The survey takes about 10-20 minutes to complete.

For more information, please refer to the Participant Information Sheet embedded as a link in the survey or if you have any questions, please contact Dr Kelly Jones on email: kelly.jones@flinders.edu.au

Complete the survey.

Developing and Maintaining Resilience in Social Work Practitioners

Key dates

Current to 31 May 2020

Participants sought

I am seeking participants who:

Are studying an AASW accredited Master of Social Work (Qualifying) degree, and approaching the end of their studies

About

This research aims to explore and understand how social workers develop and maintain professional resilience. It seeks the experiences and perceptions of social work students, to understand how social work education shapes professional resilience development.

It is anticipated this research will increase our understanding of social work professional resilience and contribute towards the enhancement of social work education. By engaging in this research, you are contributing to your professional body of social work knowledge, and also influencing the broader social issues of social work attrition, wellbeing and service provision.

What is involved

This research involves one face-to-face interview which will take approximately 60 to 90 minutes. The interview can occur at a time and location, which is suitable and convenient to you.

How to get involved

If you would like more information about this research, please access the Recruitment Flyer, Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form via the below link:

https://dochub.com/hitchcockclarissa/Ba5Exy3/developing-and-maintaining-resilience-in-social-work-practitioners?dt=7fcfzJGMsetzjb6vrorL

Or contact Clarissa Hitchcock on c.hitchcock.10@student.scu.edu.au or 0403 353 441

Institution and investigator contact

Clarissa Hitchcock

Master of Arts and Social Sciences (Research) Candidate

Southern Cross University

Mobile: 0403 353 441

Email: c.hitchcock.10@student.scu.edu.au

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