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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

Telehealth use by social workers and other health professionals during COVID-19

Key dates

End date: 13 July 2020

Participants sought

Social workers (and any other health professionals) involved in delivering care (psychological therapy, counselling, support) to people with mental health problems

About

What has it been like using telehealth during COVID-19? I’d love to hear about your experiences. It’s important that we understand, directly from professionals, how they have adapted to using telehealth, their attitudes towards and experiences with using telehealth, and their knowledge and resource needs.

What is involved

Participation involves completion of a 15-minute anonymous online survey.

If you wish, there is an additional opportunity to participate in follow-up surveys or a qualitative interview.

How to get involved

Participate in the survey.

Institution and investigator contact

Centre for Mental Health Research, The Australian National University

Dr Lou Farrer, Senior Research Fellow

louise.farrer@anu.edu.au

Workplace relationships and empowerment during the coronavirus: Perspectives of social workers who are directed to telework

Key dates

May to July 2020

Participants sought

Social workers who are at least 18 years old as of today, have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in social work, are employed for pay on at least a part-time basis as a social worker, and have been directed to telework by a supervisor or manager at least 1 day per week during some portion of the past 90 days are being sought to participate in a research study.

About

You are invited to provide your input on the impact of telework during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on your ability to foster workplace relationships and feel empowered at work. The survey will ask questions such as: Since being directed to telework, do you agree or disagree that you have the (1) opportunity to get to know your co-workers, and (2) ability to work with your co-workers to collectively solve problems?

What is involved

Your help is needed by completing a brief 10-minute survey about your experiences since being directed to telework.

How to get involved

If you are interested in learning more about the project and are interested to provide your input, please visit the following link: https://uniofsunshinecoast.syd1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_efidlOrvT2tdygl

Institution and investigator contact

Trevor Gates

University of the Sunshine Coast (#A201391)

Email: tgates@usc.edu.au

Telephone: 07 5459 4461

What is required of supervisors for effective supervision of social work students undertaking field education in an Australian school setting?

Key dates

Starting June 2020

Participants sought

This research focuses on field education supervision specifically in school settings. The research will involve interviews with experienced field education supervisors about what makes ‘effective’ supervision in this setting. Interested participants must meet the following criteria;

  • Be eligible for AASW membership
  • Be experienced in the provision of supervision (off-site or on-site) in student field education in a school setting (minimum of 5 successful completions of student field practicums)
  • Be a social worker familiar with either; metropolitan or rural, Catholic or public/state school, anywhere in Australia.

About

The study focuses on participants’ lived experiences of supervising social work students undertaking field education in an Australian school context. You will be invited to talk about your experiences; supervision knowledge; challenges, highlights and strengths; and how the field might be developed. This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of New England (Approval No HE20-001, Valid to 19/02/2021).

What is involved

Participants will be involved in a semi-structured interview for approximately 60-90 minutes.

Interviews will be conducted via online (Zoom, Skype) or in person (depending upon location & social distancing restrictions).

How to get involved

If you would like to participate please contact the Principal Investigator, Scott Gartshore, via email at sgartsh2@une.edu.au to express your interest.

Institution and investigator contact

University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2351.

Contact Scott Gartshore. Master of Philosophy candidate

sgartsh2@une.edu.au

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: 31 August 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

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