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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

Encountering interspecies homelessness: Social work with vulnerable groups and their companion animals

Key Dates

Survey (Stage 1 of research) open from February 2018 to July/August 2018.

Semi-structured in-depth interviews taking place from March 2018 to August/September 2018

Participants sought

Victorian social workers working in Domestic Violence/Family Violence and Housing/Homelessness service provision

About

There has been a companion animal (pet) ‘turn’, or awareness in the mainstream media and community about the need for consideration of all members of interspecies families impacted by family violence and homelessness. What is less known is how this turn is playing out in the field of social work.

Despite recommendations that the awareness of the Human-Animal Bond be incorporated into companion animal-inclusive practice being made in social work literature, there is, to date, no documented evidence that this is happening in Australian social work. Anecdotally, there is a culture of covert, or subversive practices that has emerged to address this problem, in particular with the provision of social work to women experiencing, or at risk of homelessness.

This research has the potential to validate these practices by making them visible, thus demonstrating the importance of companion animals to the lived experience of service users.

What is involved?

Stage 1 of the research involves completion of an online survey of questions about social work with women who have pets, with the option to be involved in Stage 2 interviews.

How to get involved?

The online survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at https://rmit.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3Jcz41biVOrLHjD

Institution and investigator contact

Melissa Laing BSW(Hons)/BSocSc(Psych)

PhD Candidate, Social Global Studies Centre

School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University

melissa.laing@rmit.edu.au

Prof Guy Johnson, Senior Supervisor/Chief investigator

guy.johnson@rmit.edu.au

Development of the e-Therapy Attitude and Process Questionnaire Therapist Version: Mental Health Professionals’ Attitudes towards Technology in Therapy

Key Dates

29/1/2018 – 30/4/2018

Participants sought

Social Workers

About

Have your say about the use of digital interventions in mental health.

The following research project seeks to create and validate a measure of mental health professionals’ behaviours towards, perceptions of and intentions to use digital interventions within their professional practice.

What is involved?

Participants will be asked to complete a series of demographic question sin addition to questions from existing scales relevant to the research aim.

How to get involved?

The online survey takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete and can be accessed here: https://prodsurvey.rcs.griffith.edu.au/eTAP_T

Institution and investigator contact

Mr Dale Rowland BPsychSc GCertHProfEd

Student, School of Applied Psychology

Griffith University

(07) 567 80832

d.rowland@griffith.edu.au

Dr Bonnie Clough PhD MAPS

Lecturer, School of Applied Psychology

Griffith University

(07) 567 88101

b.clough@griffith.edu.au

Mapping the Pragmatic Application of Environmental Social Work in New South Wales

Key dates

The survey will be open until 1 May 2018.

Participants sought

Participants need to be qualified social worker; practising in a way that promotes environmental justice or responds the repercussions of ecological disaster.

About

Climate change is already having a major effect on the global ecosystem, and the consequences are predicted to become increasingly severe in coming decades. The sub-field of environmental social work that analyses these consequences remains heavily underexplored. This project aims to address the research gap by using an online survey to examine how environmental social work is being practised in the field. The research will identify, map and analyse social workers whose practice revolves around responses to environmental issues or promoting ecological justice. The research is aiming to gain a deeper understanding of environmental social work; wanting to know how, where, and to what degree it is being practised. This mapping will provide important evidence to identify, strengthen, and advise future practice in the field.

What is involved

An anonymous, online survey; approximate completion time is 10 minutes.

How to get involved

If interested in participating in the study, please follow the link:

https://surveyswesternsydney.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2mHBr1sghdiyoYd

Institution and investigator contact

Chris Panagiotaros (email: c.panagiotaros@westernsydney.edu.au; phone: 0420971169)

Dr Neil Hall (email: n.hall@westernsydney.edu.au)

Prof Jim Ife (email: j.ife@westernsydney.edu.au)

Workers experiences of supporting women whose children have displayed harmful sexualised behaviours towards a sibling: an opportunity to share your experiences in a research interview

Key dates

Interviews are taking place March 2018-June 2018

Participants sought

Workers who have experience working directly with families, and mothers/female carers where children have displayed harmful sexualised behaviours towards their sibling

About

Are you working with families where siblings have disclosed sexual harm by another sibling? If you are a worker who has direct experience working with families in this context – I am keen to hear from you!

This study is about your experience of supporting women who have mothered children who have displayed harmful sexualised behaviours towards their sibling as well as their families.

This study will explore your experiences of supporting mothers and families in this context and perspectives of helpful and unhelpful service responses.

The purpose of this research is to improve responses to mothers, children and families who have been impacted by harmful sexualised behaviours towards siblings, and document women’s experiences in this process.

What is involved

A face-to-face or telephone interview with Amelia Boyers, who is a PhD student at the University of Sydney.

How to get involved

Please call Amelia Boyers on 0414 083 847 or email amelia.boyers@sydney.edu.au

Amelia is available to discuss any questions and arrange an interview.

Institution and investigator contact

Amelia Boyers, Sydney School of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney (PhD Candidate)

0414 083 847

amelia.boyers@sydney.edu.au

Validating an eHealth Readiness Assessment Tool

Key dates

Participation in this project closes on 30 June 2018.

Participants sought

Health professionals who work in Australia

About

Developing a tool to explore eHealth readiness in Australia

How eHealth ready do you think the Australian health system is?

Researchers at The University of Sydney wish to develop a tool to understand eHealth readiness in Australia.

What is involved

Current health professionals in Australia are invited to complete a 20-minute online survey for a chance to win one of ten gift vouchers. You will be asked about your views on how eHealth ready you think our health system is.

How to get involved

To participate in the survey and view the Participant Information Statement, please click here:

https://redcap.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=8TPFWD3YAD

Institution and investigator contact

The University of Sydney

Dr Melanie Keep

Phone: +61 2 9351 9390

Email: melanie.keep@sydney.edu.au

Theorising the understanding of transpersonal experiences for social work practice

Key dates

Expressions of interest to participate in research close 30 September 2018

Participants sought

Social workers who have had clients disclose transpersonal (extrasensory, paranormal, mystical or psychic) experiences to them.

About

This research seeks an understanding of how social workers work with clients who disclose transpersonal experiences (extrasensory, paranormal, mystical or psychic) to them, and to explore the practice methodology that social workers use in responding to these clients. In this research the term transpersonal is used for these experiences. This may include but are not limited to; reconnection or ongoing connection with deceased loved ones, after death, near death or out of body experience, use of telepathy or intuition, indigenous spiritual or cultural phenomena, psychospiritual transformation, spiritual and mystical states, distance healing or use of bioenergy modalities such as Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, Acupuncture and so forth. These transpersonal experiences can be perceived as positive or negative; for example, healing reconnection with deceased loved ones or psychospiritual transformation may be perceived as positive and welcomed whilst spiritual experiences that have features similar to psychosis may be disturbing and distressing. The focus of the research is on the intervention used by practitioners, rather the content of the client’s experience. The interview material will be developed into an integrated theoretical and practice framework.

What is involved

Participation will involve audio recorded interviews (approximately 60 minutes duration) either face to face or by telephone.

How to get involved

Please contact Helen Parish (research contact) by email or telephone to register your interest in participating in this research.

Institution and investigator contact

Curtin University

Dr Mark Liddiard (Research Supervisor)

Prof Maria Harries (Research Supervisor)

Helen Parish (Doctoral Candidate)

Telephone: 0422 028 645. Email: helen.parish@postgrad.curtin.edu.au

Mental health service cultures and reform aspirations

Key dates

The researcher will be conducting interviews from March to October 2018.

Participants sought

Mental health professionals, consumers and families (or carers/supporters) who are currently working in, or accessing mental health services in Australia, or have in the past five years.

About

You are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by Sophie Ridley, a PhD student at Curtin University.

This study seeks to understand how consumers, families and professionals experience mental health service cultures. The project is also interested to explore how service culture can help or hinder the type of change in mental health services that is called for in Australian policy documents.

One of the challenges is that culture can mean different things to different people. It can be difficult to define, particularly as it is not something we can see or hold. Despite this, we constantly hear different groups call for ‘culture change’. This project defines culture in the following ways:

  • Values (i.e. what is seen as important and what is valued).
  • Attitudes and beliefs (about and towards consumers, families and professionals).
  • What is considered ‘normal’ (or taken for granted, and therefore is not questioned).
  • Usual ways of doing ‘business’ or providing services (including ‘rules’ about what is acceptable or unacceptable).
  • The meanings that are applied to situations, people and behaviours.

What is involved

Participating in one semi-structured in depth interview. Interviews can be conducted in person or via phone or Skype.

How to get involved

For more information on this project and what participation will involve, please contact Sophie Ridley by email: sophie.ridley@postgrad.curtin.edu.au or phone: 0439 933 468.

You can also find additional information here: https://healthsciences.curtin.edu.au/schools/occupational-therapy-social-work-speech-pathology/research/mental-health-study/

Institution and investigator contact

Sophie Ridley

Curtin University, Perth

Email: sophie.ridley@postgrad.curtin.edu.au

Phone: 0439 933 468

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