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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

Comportment, Contention, and Conflict: Identity and Role Dynamics Experienced by Bilingual-Bicultural Social Work Practitioners in Australian Practice Contexts.

Key dates

01/07/2021 to 01/12/21

Participants sought

Qualified social workers with 2+ years of experience, who identify as bilingual-bicultural social work practitioners, who work intra-culturally within an ethno-specific and/or mainstream services, working with their own communities and using their cultural and linguistic skills and knowledge in their practice.

About

The project seeks to understand the lived experiences of professionally qualified Social Workers, who are bilingual-bicultural, and how the intersection of dynamics such as; identity, culture, role and position impact their daily work and practices in working within their own ethno-specific communities.

Aims:

1) To give voice to the lived experiences of bilingual-bicultural social workers who do practice within and across their own non-dominant cultural communities.

2) To explore such practitioner experiences as: potential cultural tensions and/or conflicts within their professional communities, tensions or conflicts between mainstream professional practice expectations and cultural considerations, professional/cultural senses of identity and affiliation, and role-bound identity of being a cultural insider-outsider.

What is involved

Participation in: 1) a virtual Semi-Structured Individual Interview of 45-60 minutes duration, and 2) option to participate in a virtual Focus Group.

Your participation will contribute to the understanding of bilingual-bicultural social work practitioners lived experiences of role, identities, expectations and insider-outsider dynamics of your daily practice.

How to get involved

Please contact Student Researcher: Tania Ciotti
PhD Candidate

Institution and investigator contact

Student Researcher: Tania Ciotti (PhD Candidate)
Swinburne University
Principal Supervisor: Dr Carolyn Beasley
Swinburne University

Primary care workforce views on trauma-informed care for clients who are parents

Key dates

Survey will close mid-August 2021

Workshop/s will occur in September/November 2021

Participants sought

The primary care workforce in regional and rural Victoria working in any role (including students studying in a health care field), in the areas of General Practice, Community Health, Child and Family Services and Maternal and Child health

About

This research is being done to learn more about providing trauma-informed primary care services for those clients who are parents (including Aboriginal parents) and impacted by complex trauma

What is involved

A 15-minute online survey

How to get involved

Please complete the survey and forward amongst your networks. Link: Primary Care Workforce Survey

There is a separate option at the end to list your interest in attending follow up workshop to discuss the results.

Institution and investigator contact

La Trobe University

Carol Reid

Young People with Cognitive Disability Transitioning to Adulthood: Experiences of Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

Key dates

13/07/2021 to 31/08/2021

Participants sought

Practitioners working with young people with cognitive disability. Young person with cognitive disability aged 15 to 30

About

This research project will explore the risk factors that lead to abuse of young people with cognitive disability, as well as examine what protective factors can prevent violence towards this group. This research project has been funded by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. The research has ethical approval through the University of Queensland Ethical Clearance: 2020/HE002805

What is involved

Practitioner participants are asked to participate in an individual or group interview lasting approximately 60 minutes. All of the interviews will be conducted by a member of the research team. To ensure physical safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, all interviews will be held either via phone or via an online platform such as Zoom.

Young people participants (aged 15-30) who will participant in one to two interviews approximately 1 hour duration, at a place where the young person feels comfortable by a researcher who has practice supporting young people with cognitive disability.

How to get involved

Please call Dr Kathy Ellem from the University of Queensland on 0426 816 595 or email k.ellem@uq.edu.au

Institution and investigator contact

University of Queensland
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Dr Kathy Ellem
0426 816 595

Exploring social workers’ discourses of home visiting in child protection in the context of COVID-19

Key dates

01/07/2021 to 31/08/2021

Participants sought

Qualified social workers in South Australia who practice in the field of child protection or work with families experiencing child protection concerns, and have undertaken home visits (in-person and/or virtual) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About

Currently, there is no extant social work literature that explores the specific ways Australian social workers have responded to the pandemic in relation to home visits.

The aim of this research is to investigate the question: ‘what are social workers’ discourses of performing child protection home visits in the context of COVID-19?’

The aims of this study are:

  1. To examine social workers’ discourses of performing home visits with families experiencing child protection concerns

To explore the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on the practice of home visiting as reported by social workers

What is involved

Involvement consists of participation in one individual semi-structured interview of no more than 60 minutes. Interview can be conducted face-to-face where appropriate or via videoconferencing platform (e.g. Zoom). Interviews will involve discussion of the participants’ home visiting practices generally pre- and during COVID-19.

How to get involved

Please contact student researcher Georgia Craggs.

Institution and investigator contact

Student Researcher: Georgia Craggs
University of South Australia
Ph: 0468 547 438
Principal Supervisor: Dr Shepard Masocha PhD
University of South Australia

Online or Cybersupervision experience during COVID-19 pandemic survey

Key dates

1 July 2021 to 31 July 2021

Participants sought

Social workers and social work supervisors

About

Online or Cybersupervision experiences during the COVID 19 pandemic.

What is involved

Your involvement consists of completing the anonymous online questionnaire in which you are asked questions about your background, and views about your online supervision either as a supervisee or supervisor. The questionnaire takes between 10 and 15 minutes to complete

How to get involved

You can access the survey via https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R5W7YFF

Institution and investigator contact

Dr Mo Yuen Han of Felizberta Lo Padilla Tiong School of Social Sciences, Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Hong Kong
Associate Professor Kieran O’Donoghue, School of Social Work, Massey University New Zealand.

Restrictive Practices with Youth in Out of Home Care: An Exploration of the Understandings and Approaches of ACT Social Welfare Workers

Key dates

24/06/2021 to 31/8/2021

Participants sought

Participants may be employed by a government or non-government child protection agency in the ACT AND are required to have at least 2 years of professional working experience in the ACT. Participants may have a professional background in areas such as social work, community services, social sciences, psychology, health or another related field. Participation is completely voluntary, and participants can withdraw at any time.

About

A fourth-year honours student in the Social Work program at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) is undertaking a research project exploring how social welfare workers in the ACT understand and approach restrictive practices with children and young people in out-of-home care.

This project is being supervised by academic staff with expertise and experience within this area.

Restrictive practices continue to be present when behaviours of concern endanger the safety of the individual or those around them. In the ACT, The Senior Practitioner Act 2018 was introduced to reduce and prevent the use of restrictive practices, with positive behaviour support strategies to be implemented instead. This project will explore how restrictive practices are understood, approached, and implemented by social welfare workers (practitioners) providing support to children and young people in out-of-home care settings in the ACT. It provides an opportunity for practitioners to share their first-hand knowledge and experience regarding restrictive practice and positive behaviour support, with the intention of generating knowledge to inform policy and practice that will enhance service provision to youth in out-of-home care.

What is involved

Practitioners who provide support to youth in out-of-home care settings are invited to partake in a 45 – 60-minute conversational style interview, either face-to-face or via an online platform such as Zoom, Ms Teams or Skype. The interview will be focused on what informs practitioners’ understandings and approaches to restrictive practices and positive behaviour support. Interviews will be transcribed with the main themes, ideas and findings being presented in a student thesis.

How to get involved

If you wish to participate in this project and you meet the requirements above, you can send an expression of interest to the research team via Carly McIntyre at carly.mcintyre@myacu.edu.au or Dr. Aniqa Farwa at aniqa.farwa@acu.edu.au or Dr. Amelia Wheeler at amelia.wheeler@acu.edu.au and receive further information about the project.

Institution and investigator contact

Australian Catholic University

Student Investigator: Carly McIntyre – carly.mcintyre@myacu.edu.au

Principal Investigator: Dr. Aniqa Farwa – aniqa.farwa@acu.edu.au

Co-supervisor: Dr. Amelia Wheeler – amelia.wheeler@acu.edu.au

Exploring social work practices in trauma informed service delivery

Key dates

17/05/2021 to 30/08/2021

Participants sought

Social workers with a completed BSW or MSW qualification who are currently working in the field of domestic and family violence services, and have worked in this field for at least 12 months.

About

The research project investigates social workers’ perspectives and experiences when engaging with trauma informed service delivery in the field of Domestic and family Violence (DFV) services.. The aim of this study is to gain a deeper understanding of social workers’ conceptualisations and views on trauma and trauma informed service delivery. It also aims to explore how social workers understanding of trauma impacts on their practice in conjunction with social work core values.

What is involved

One semi-structured 30-60-minute online interview in English (by Zoom or telephone), with a possibility of another 10-15 minute follow-up interview.

How to get involved

Please email Bronwyn.reimer@myacu.edu.au

Institution and investigator contact

Australian Catholic University

Investigator contact:

  • Student researcher – Bronwyn Reimer
  • Lead researcher – Dr Alankaar Sharma
  • Co-researcher – Dr Lobna Yassine

Inclusion of animals in social work practice – Exploring social worker's current approaches to practice

Key dates

5th of May 2021 - 29 September 2021

Participants sought

Qualified social workers working with animals

About

The purpose of this research project is to explore social worker's perspectives of the strengths, challenges and approaches to including animals as part of social work practice. If you are qualified social worker, and worked or have worked with clients who have animals or consider animals as part of their family, are involved using animals in any type of therapy, or you are interested in this area, you are invited to participate in this research project. Social workers need to be at least 18 years of age and involved and interested in human-animal interactions in their practice.

This study has three objectives:

(a) to explore the extent of exposure of social workers to and knowledge of HAB in social work practice;

(b) to investigate how much social workers have included companion animals in their assessment and treatment of clients; and

(c) to identify the degree of professional education and/or training received by social workers to include companion or other animals in their practice.

What is involved

Taking the survey of 20-30 minutes.

How to get involved

For more information go to https://uniofsunshinecoast.syd1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1NecAU0ZHgXKPrM or contact bbennet1@usc.edu.au

Institution and investigator contact

Dr Bindi Bennett University of the Sunshine Coast and Dr Polly Yeung, Massey University (NZ)

Empathy in Therapeutic Contexts: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Key dates

Recruitment is now open

Participants sought

Social workers, occupational therapists, and psychologists, who are delivering counselling under the Medicare Australia Scheme are invited to participate in new research into the meaning, phenomenon, and experience of empathy in therapeutic practice contexts.

About

This research is exploring how professional’s use and describe empathy in their professional work. The research will examine the implications of empathy and empathic experiences in practice for professional workers.

What is involved

One semi-structured interview that will take about 60-90 minutes to complete.

How to get involved

Please email; tracy.s.watson@postgrad.curtin.edu.au

Institution and investigator contact

Curtin University
Student researcher – Tracy Watson
Chief researcher – David Hodgson
david.hodgson1@curtin.edu.au

Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HRE2020-0442).

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