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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

The experiences, concerns, motivations and hopes of social workers in private practice

Key dates

Closes January 2021

Participants sought

Qualified social workers (may be members of or eligible for membership of the AASW) who are currently practicing privately, have recently stopped private practice or who plan to enter private practice in the future.

About

The research aims to explore the experiences, concerns, motivations and hopes of social workers in private practice.

What is involved

Participants will take part in an online focus group, conducted via zoom. The focus groups will be transcribed and analysed according to thematic categories. The result will be a report and publications which will be circulated among the participants for feedback before finalisation. The focus groups will take about 90-140 minutes to complete.

How to get involved

Please email; lsleep@myune.edu.au

Institution and investigator contact

University of New England
Student researcher – Lyndal Sleep
Chief researcher – Erica Russ
eruss@une.edu.au

Partner researcher – Joanne Cotterill

counselling@chooseyourfuture.me

University of New England Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HE20-189).

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).


A feminist approach for exploring and promoting the professional identity of women social workers in Australia

Key dates

October 2020 – August 2021

Participants sought

Women social workers in Australia (any level of professional experience)

About

Social work has been identified as a female majority yet male dominated profession. In this, the professional identity of social work has been significantly influenced by the patriarchal sexual division of labour, male knowledge paradigms and neoconservative service delivery. Therefore, this research aims to understand the impact these contexts have on women social workers developing and maintaining their professional identity. To achieve this, feminist qualitative methods will be used to conduct six focus group meetings with women social workers over a nine-month period to explore their lived experience of professional identity. It is anticipated that this research will contribute to, and reinvigorate, the ongoing knowledge development of critical and feminist social work, social work professional identity and the sociology of professions.

What is involved

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to participate in six focus group online meetings (duration per meeting of 60 – 90 minutes) scheduled over a period of up to 9 months. There may be roughly six to eight weeks between each meeting with the time/day of the meetings to be negotiated and mutually agreed upon by the participants and facilitators. It is likely that these meetings will be held during business hours. The focus group meetings will be facilitated by the chief investigator and a co-facilitator.

This will be a participant-led focus group, meaning the meetings will not follow a structured format and participants will have the opportunity to contribute and direct the topics of discussion. Each meeting will be audio-visually recorded via online platform, Zoom, then transcribed by a professional transcriber. Between each focus group meeting, the chief investigator will provide you with both a written meeting summary and transcription of the meeting. As part of the participatory methodology of this research, you will be expected to review the summary of each meeting, in order to inform your ongoing participation and contribution in the focus groups.

How to get involved

Please contact Jacqueline McNamara on the details provided below

Institution and investigator contact

Institution: Charles Sturt University

Contact: Jacqueline McNamara
Email: jmcnamara@csu.edu.au


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 January 2021

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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