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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

Therapist Experiences of Counselling Adolescent Males in Australia

Key dates

15/07/2022 – 21/10/2022

Participants sought

Counsellors and mental health professionals who provide individual counselling or therapy to adolescent males in Australia.

About

Adolescent males can be challenging to engage and retain in counselling and wellbeing services. They seek out mental health services the least and prematurely dropout from psychological treatment the most. We are seeking mental health professionals who provide treatment and therapy to adolescent males in Australia.

The study investigates the common experiences, insights, and challenges of mental health professionals who work with adolescent males. The aim is to collate findings into practical recommendations for working with this unique population.

What is involved

Participation involves completing an 15-25 minute online, anonymous survey that asks for your insights, experiences, and recommendations for working with adolescent males in individual counselling.

How to get involved

To view the participant information sheet and complete the survey, please click here.

Institution and investigator contact

University of Southern Queensland

Principal Researcher: Micah Boerma, PhD Candidate – micah.boerma@usq.edu.au

Supervisor(s): Dr Carla Jeffries; Dr Nathan Beel

Social Work and countering violent right-wing extremism: A comparative study of the gendered dimensions of Social Work practice in the US and Australia

Key dates

15/08/2022 – 21/02/23

Participants sought

I am hoping to speak to social workers located anywhere in Australia, both AASW members and non-members, who have completed a social work qualification (BSW or MSW). I would like to interview you if you have worked (or are currently working) with clients/consumers who hold extreme and/or violent ideologies which you would consider “extreme right wing”.

About

You are invited to participate in a research study on the work of social workers engaging with those who are either suspected of or are known to be involved in right-wing extremism. The research looks at social workers navigate this area of work, through training and practice. I am particularly interested in how social workers identify and manage any gender issues which arise in this work.

What is involved

If you agree to participate you will be asked to engage in a semi-structured interview with the researcher which should last approximately 1 hour. The interview will be conducted online using a platform that is most convenient to the participant (e.g., Zoom or similar). The interviews will be audio-recorded. The audio recording will be transcribed into a text document for analysis by the researcher. Once the transcript is complete, you will have a chance to read through it.

The types of questions asked will be about your social work background, the nature of work within the field of countering right wing extremism, and whether you have encountered any gendered issues working with this clientele. You will also be asked about, types of theories used in your work and what supports, and other services would you like to have to help with your work. You are also encouraged to tell me anything you feel is relevant about the work you have done or the work you are doing.

The interview data collected from you for this project is anonymous and all potentially identifying information will be removed from written transcripts of the interview prior to data analysis.

You will not be identified in the research write up – you will be given a pseudonym in any direct quotations used in the Doctoral thesis. All interview data will be de-identified including specific geographic markers or potentially identifying client information. Information will not be sought or used if it could potentially identify anyone in this field.

How to get involved

Please contact the Principal Researcher SPenn-Turrall@CSU.edu.au to arrange an interview.

Institution and investigator contact

This research is being conducted through Charles Sturt University.

Principal Researcher SPenn-Turrall@CSU.edu.au

Supervised by Dr Karen Bell and Dr John Healy.

Lets talk about weed

Key dates

25/07/2022 – 3/09/2022

Participants sought

Clinicians working in Alcohol and drug sectors

About

This study is seeking clinicians’ attitudes to consumers’ concomitant cannabis use while on Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence. (For members working in Alcohol and other Drugs Service.)

What is involved

Participation is voluntary and involves completing an online survey.

How to get involved

Please click here to access the survey.

Institution and investigator contact

Queensland Health

Theresa.oke@health.qld.gov.au

My Aged Care National Prioritisation Queue: Hospital Social Workers’ experiences and ethical challenges

Key dates

Recruitment is now open

Participants sought

Social Workers from Queensland Hospitals

About

Social workers facilitate discharge planning to ensure older patients are adequately supported on their return home from hospital admission. Research suggests that discharge planning for older patients with complex care needs can be arduous where there is an absence of a carer and inadequate home-based services.

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety identified the significant personal cost to older Australians from prolonged waiting time for home care packages. The Royal Commission also found that some older Australians were left with no option but to enter residential care prematurely.

There is currently limited information on how the waiting period for home care packages is affecting social work discharge planning for hospitalised older Australians.

This study aims to explore the experienced challenges and ethical dilemma of Queensland social workers in regional, rural and remote and metropolitan hospitals around the discharge planning for older patients who have limited services and are waiting for home care packages

What is involved

Face to face or video/teleconference interviews (duration of around 60 minutes). This will be digitally recorded, and data will be de-identified.

As part of ongoing data analysis, participants may be re-contacted to clarify that analysed data are a true reflection of their experiences.

Information and consent form will be provided upon expressed willingness to participate.

How to get involved

Contact Bernadette Dimla (principal investigator) on details provided below:

Institution and investigator contact

University of the Sunshine Coast

Principal investigator/PhD student: Bernadette Dimla

E: Bernadette.Dimla@research.usc.edu.au

Mob. 0407 147 829

Causes and Predictors of Burnout: How Can Burnout in Australian Mental Health Social Workers be Prevented?

Key dates

30/04/22-30/8/22

Participants sought

AASW Accredited Mental Health Social Worker or Australian Social Workers working in a mental health organisation

About

There is a common discourse that burnout is an inevitable occurrence in the mental health social work field; the proposed study aims to challenge this by exploring burnout from a prevention perspective and to recommend best practice guidelines from the perspective of the individual practitioner.

The proposed study will facilitate the exploration of individual practitioners’ experiences with burnout, which are an important consideration when providing recommendations for future practice.

What is involved

1 hour interview either online or face-to-face at the Curtin University Bentley Campus

How to get involved

Please email student researcher at genevieve.carles@student.curtin.edu.au

Institution and investigator contact

Curtin University

Genevieve Carles (Social Work Honours Student)

genevieve.carles@student.curtin.edu.au

Nature-based allied health

Key dates

10/06/2022 – 31/08/2022

Participants sought

Social workers who are registered in Australia

About

We are surveying Australian registered social workers who are interested in nature-based interventions (including the use of outdoor spaces, nature virtual reality, and indoor nature-based therapies). We aim to determine how social workers use and want to use these interventions, what the perceived benefits are, what the challenges are, and how social workers use nature-based interventions for their own health and wellbeing. We hope this research will inform recommendations for education, practice, policy and future research – to help practitioners deliver benefits to patients/ clients.

What is involved

Participation is voluntary and involves completing a questionnaire that will take approximately 10-15 minutes.

How to get involved

If you are interested in helping us by participating, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NatureBasedAlliedHealth

Institution and investigator contact

The University of Adelaide, Jessica Stanhope 08 8313 2063 jessica.stanhope@adelaide.edu.au

Understanding the barriers to child-centred recordkeeping in child protection contexts

Key dates

26/4/22 – 30/7/22

Participants sought

  • Social work students, especially those with an interest in child and family work
  • Child protection and family support practitioners or case workers
  • Social work curriculum developers

About

Recordkeeping researchers at Monash University and the University of South Australia are conducting a research study to understand the barriers to child-centred recordkeeping in child protection contexts.

If you are a social work student, social work curriculum developer, or child protection/family support practitioner or case worker, then we want to hear from you.

Your participation (in either an interview, focus group or survey) will help improve our understanding of how child protection workers are prepared for case recording in their training and how child-centred recordkeeping could be supported.

Participation in the study will be confidential and will be a valuable addition to our research. Findings may lead to better and fairer recordkeeping systems for children involved in child protection systems.

The study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at Monash University (Application ID: 31759) and the University of South Australia (Application ID: 204524).

What is involved

  1. Social work students:

Participation in a focus group. This will take approximately 1-2 hours and will either be held on campus or via Zoom.

OR

Completion of a Student survey by following this link: https://monash.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0kaoqMY5IJTUZYa

  1. Child protection/family support practitioners or case workers:

Participation in an interview. The interview would take approximately 45 minutes. Interviews can be conducted in person at a location that suits you or via Zoom/telephone.

OR

Completion of a Practitioner/Case Worker survey by following this link: https://monash.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9vjoCwf6oSOcd0

  1. Social work curriculum developers:

Participation in an interview. The interview would take approximately 45 minutes. Interviews can be conducted in person at a location that suits you or via Zoom/telephone.

How to get involved

Either click on the survey links provided above (for surveys) or contact Dr Martine Hawkes on details provided below (for interviews/focus groups/more information):

Institution and investigator contact

Monash University and University of South Australia (Australian Centre for Child Protection)

Research Fellow/investigator contact:

Dr Martine Hawkes – martine.hawkes@unisa.edu.au

Chief Investigators:

Associate Professor Joanne Evans: https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/joanne-evans

Barbara Reed: https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/barbara-reed

Learning from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Understanding Experiences of Social Workers Operating in Mental Health in Australia

Key dates

25/03/2022 – 31/12/2022

Participants sought

  • You are eligible for AASW membership.
  • You have worked at any time during the COVID-19 pandemic in a mental health service setting (public or private organisation, hospital, community practice setting etc) anywhere in Australia.

About

In early 2020 the world was brought to a standstill by the unprecedented spread of COVID-19, and has since impacted the wellbeing of many who have been in isolation and lockdowns. This unique global phenomenon has resulted in a rise of concern for the mental wellbeing of populations and an increased need for mental health services The pandemic has challenged traditional methods and skills of face-to-face (or in-person) work with service users, leading to increased use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs).

This mixed methods study = explores Australian social worker experiences’ of mental health service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic, The research will give us an in-depth understanding of practitioner experiences and intends to develop a ‘skill inventory’ for pandemic proof practice.

The exploration of Australian experiences will help identify the specialist and practical skills needed for current and future practice while laying the foundations for future in-depth research into this topic area. The findings may also have impact for universities, organisations and policy and practice.

What is involved

The study involves two stages.

Stage 1. Online Survey

Complete an online survey that explores 6 areas of social work practice. The survey will take approximately 20- 30 minutes to complete d

Stage 2. Focus Discussion Group

At the end of survey, you will be invited to participate in a focus discussion group (if you desire) to further discuss the challenges experienced and strategies adopted to practice during COVID-19.

Participation in both stages is completely voluntary. - Participation in the survey does not compel you to participate in the focus group discussion.

How to get involved

Copy and paste the link below onto your web browser to access the survey, participation information letter and consent form.

https://acu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0DIOk9ZkJA54K1M

Please direct any questions to below contacts

Institution and investigator contact

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Kimberley Musarurwa (Social Work Honours Student Researcher)

Kimberley.musarurwa@myacu.edu.au

Dr Aniqa Farwa (Principal Investigator and Student Supervisor)

aniqa.farwa@acu.edu.au

Dr Sera Harris (Co-Investigator and Student Supervisor)

Sera.harris@acu.edu.au

Social Worker Perspectives on Working with Men who have Experienced Child Sexual Abuse

Key dates

27/4/2022 – 15/11/2022

Participants sought

Social workers located anywhere in Australia, both AASW members and non-members, who have completed a social work qualification (BSW or MSW), and have professional experience of working with men survivors of child sexual abuse.

About

The purpose of this research study is to explore and understand social workers’ perspectives on working with male survivors of CSA in Australia. The researchers are interested in learning about the contexts in which social workers meet and work with men survivors of CSA, the theoretical ideas and practice models that social workers rely on when working with men survivors, and what challenges influence their work with men survivors.

What is involved

Social workers with professional experience of working with adult men survivors of child sexual abuse will be interviewed about their perspectives and professional experiences. You will be asked to participate in one interview (45-60 mins) that will take place online by Zoom. Participation is completely voluntary and confidential.

How to get involved

Please email student researcher Amelia Craig at amelia.craig@myacu.edu.au

Institution and investigator contact

Dr. Alankaar Sharma (Chief Investigator)

Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Australian Catholic University
Email: Alankaar.Sharma@acu.edu.au

Dr. Sera Harris (Co-Investigator)

Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Australian Catholic University
Email: Sera.Harris@acu.edu.au

Ms. Amelia Craig (Student Researcher)

BSW (Honours) student

email: amelia.craig@myacu.edu.au

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