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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

Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study

Key Dates

Participation is open until 22nd December 2017

Participants sought

Participation is sought from all Not-for-Profit employees and volunteers at all levels

About

Here is to you and those you support. You are invited to participate in the Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study, the largest ever research study for all NFP organisations, employees and volunteers.

More than ever, social workers are under increasing pressure to deliver more and adapt. Social service organisations struggle to attract and retain a skilled, healthy and committed workforce. Participate in this national opportunity and help shape the agenda.

The survey is led by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia to inform NFP practice, policy, and funding on staff development, well-being, engagement, careers, and impact.

What is involved?

Completion of an online survey.

How to get involved?

Learn more and start the survey at: learningforpurpose.org/study

Participation is open to anyone and does not require an invitation.

Institution and investigator contact

Dr Ramon Wenzel

University of Western Australia, Centre for Social Impact

Email: research@learningforpurpose.org

Call: 08 6488 5353


Social work field educators' experiences of and attitudes towards supervising international students

Key Dates

25th July to 31st December

Participants sought

Field educators of international social work students on placement

About

This study explores the experiences of social work field educators when supervising international students. It aims to understand the specialised training needs of field educators and develop additional professional development resources for them when supervising international students.

What is involved?

Participants complete a short anonymous online survey. We also ask field educators to forward the link provided below to any of their colleagues who supervise international social work students on placement.

How to get involved?

The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TT7F9VK and should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete.

Institution and investigator contact

Dr. Averil Grieve: averil.grieve@monash.edu
Dr. Bella Ross: bella.ross@monash.edu
Monash University, Department of Social Work


A psychometric validation of the Generic Supervision Assessment Tool (GSAT) for assessing competency among clinical supervisors.

Key Dates

The survey is open for completion from the 28th of September to the 29th December 2017

Participants sought

Social workers who participate in regular clinical supervision as supervisors and/or supervisees.

About

Clinical supervision is important for professional development, support, and quality clinical outcomes. This research aims to evaluate a new rating scale, the Generic Supervision Assessment Tool (GSAT), comprising of 32 items. The GSAT could be used for feedback, evaluation and training purposes to aid the reflection on the generic skills and competencies of clinical supervisors. The validation of the GSAT includes both a supervisor and supervisee version.

What is involved?

Participants complete an anonymous online Survey Monkey, comprised of demographic questions, the GSAT and other brief supervision rating scales. The survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. As an appreciation of your contribution participants will go into the draw for a chance to win one of two $200 pre-paid visa cards.

How to get involved?

Follow either the supervisee or supervisor links below (press control + click to follow link)

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GSATSupervisor

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GSATSupervisee

Institution and investigator contact

Researchers

Sarah Hamilton
HDR Candidate, School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University.
Sarah.hamilton@griffithuni.edu.au
Mobile: 0415559065

Associate Professor Lynne Briggs
School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University
l.briggs@griffith.edu.au

Professor Analise O’Donovan
School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University
a.odonovan@griffith.edu.au

Dr Maddy Slattery
School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University
m.slattery@griffith.edu.au


Environmental Social Work: Experiences from the field

Key Dates

13 March 2017 to December 2017

Participants sought

Participants for this proposed study will be social workers who identify as working from an environmental, ecological, green or sustainable social work perspective and are willing to share examples of practice. Participants will be employed full-time, part-time or on a casual basis, in social work specific or generic roles with any setting in Australia.

About

The purpose of this research is to gain an understanding of social work practice from an environmental, ecological, green or sustainable social work perspective. The research will focus primarily on examples of practice in the form of narratives provided by social workers who self-identify as incorporating an environmental perspective into their practice. The research will be used to demonstrate the successful incorporation of an environmental perspective into social work practice, and to identify factors that allow practitioners to practice environmental social work in the field.

What is involved?

A willingness to undertake a one-on-one multi-media (phone, skype etc.) or face-to-face interview in which participants share their experiences of environmental, ecological, green or sustainable social work. It is anticipated that each interview will last 60 – 90 minutes. Interviews will be held by at a time mutually agreeable to the participant and and the interviewer

How to get involved?

Please e-mail Dr Jennifer Boddy (j.boddy@griffith.edu.au) if you have any queries regarding participation and to express your interest in participating. In your email please state your field of practice and your interest in the area of environmental social work. An information sheet will be provided for your perusal.

Institution and investigator contact

Researchers:
Dr Jennifer Boddy, Griffith University ph: 07 5552 7706; j.boddy@griffith.edu.au
Sylvia Ramsay, Griffith University sylvia.ramsay@griffith.edu.au
Celeste Harris, Griffith University celeste.harris@griffithuni.edu.au
Shelley Stanley, Griffith University s.stanley@griffith.edu.au


Adjusting to Retirement

Key Dates

June 2017 - December 2017

Participants sought

Workers who are within 6 months of retiring.

About

We are looking for workers who are willing to take part in a research study that investigates the contribution of various social factors to adjustment during the retirement transition.

What is involved?

Completion of online surveys. Participation is voluntary.

As we wish to track your retirement experience, it involves completing three confidential and anonymous surveys asking about your workplace, retirement preparation, social relationships and sources of support and wellbeing. Each survey takes approximately 25-30 minutes of your time. Upon completion you will go into the draw to win Coles/Myer shopping vouchers. (Survey 1: 10 x $20 cards will be drawn; Survey 2: 10 x $30 cards will be drawn; Survey 3: 10 x $50 cards will be drawn).

How to get involved?

To participate please follow this link (or copy and paste the link in a browser):

https://uqpsych.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5dRuaCLVhoNr7yR

Institution and investigator contact

Researchers

Professor Catherine Haslam Phone: +61 7 3346 7565
School of Psychology The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072
Email Address: c.haslam@uq.edu.au

Dr Ben Lam, School of Psychology The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072
Email Address: ben.lam@uq.edu.au


Social workers' experiences of supervision and management

Key Dates

June 2017 - December 2017

Participants sought

Social workers working or who have worked in a public sector organisation in regional Western Australia and who have experience or are currently experiencing supervision in one form or another.

Employees of the Department of Corrective Services will be excluded from participating in the study, as they are work colleagues of the researcher.

About

The aim of this research is to find out how supervision and management is understood in the public sector in regional Western Australia from social work supervisees. I want to find out what supervisees think works well and what needs improving in the current arrangement of supervision and management.

What is involved?

Participation involves completing a 60 – 90 minute in-depth interview about participants’ experiences of supervision and management at a time and place convenient to the participant. The identity of participants will remain confidential with pseudonyms used at all times. Notes will be taken during the interview in the form of a lifeline scenario depicting supervision and management experiences from the start of a participant’s social work journey until the present time. It is anticipated that participants will tell narratives of their experiences during the interview and these will contribute significantly to the findings of the research. The interviews will be digitally recorded and transcribed by an experienced, qualified transcriber approved by the university ethics committee.

How to get involved?

To participate in the research participants will contact Helen Bradshaw on mobile 0435 584 551 or email to hbradsha@gmail.com where details about the research will be explained further and an information letter about the research process forwarded. Upon confirmation of interest, a date, time and place convenient to the participant will be arranged. If distance is a problem, Skype or telephone arrangements will be made. A consent form will need to be signed prior to the interview and arrangements to collect this will be made at the time of scheduling the interview.

Institution and investigator contact

Researchers

Helene Bradshaw Mobile: 0435584551
Email Address: hbradsha@gmail.com

Dr Marilyn Palmer, Edith Cowan University, Robertson Drive, Bunbury.
Telephone: 0897807778
Email Address: m.palmer@ecu.edu.au

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers