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Countering Violent Extremism CPD Program

Violent extremism takes many forms in the community and social workers are key partners in prevention and dealing with the devastating impacts.

The AASW has been funded to partner with subject matter experts to design and deliver a course for social workers and frontline mental health professionals that aims to assist the social work profession to better understand and respond to violent extremism in many of its forms.

This workshop will be offered free to all attendees with priority given to AASW members.

The workshop will be 4.5 hours in duration and will be offered to members in QLD, NSW and Victoria as part of the initial pilot phase.

The CVE project is part of a much larger Health Expert Advisory Group, the primary consultative body for Australia & New Zealand in the area of violent extremism. We are joined in this initiative by the Australia Medical Association, the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian Psychiatric Association, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, to name a few. The Australian Psychological Society are currently developing training and education options for their stakeholders.

This course offers an early intervention approach based on social inclusion principles that integrates clients with existing services and community activities.

This course is not about mandatory reporting, conducting investigations, proposing new programs or therapies or general social cohesion initiatives.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand radicalisation to violent extremism in the Australian context.
  • Be aware of myths about radicalisation and violent extremism.
  • Understand why young people might be susceptible to radicalisation to violent extremism.
  • Understand how to respond calmly and appropriately to situations which arise.
  • Understand what is involved from a client’s perspective in walking away from violent extremism.
  • Be aware of the difference between ‘disengagement’ from violent extremism and ‘deradicalisation’.
  • Understand how to tap into your existing approaches to early intervention, as taken with other damaging behaviours.
  • Build on existing practices and leveraging existing programs and policies.
  • Understand how to utilise a framework for making structured professional judgments.

Workshops available to book now

Australian Capital Territory

Canberra. Thursday 7 February 2019, 12.30pm - 5.00pm

Canberra. Friday 8 February 2019, 9.00am - 1.30pm

New South Wales

Sydney. Wednesday 20 February 2019, 12.30pm - 5.00pm

Sydney. Monday 11 March 2019, 9.00am - 1.30pm

Sydney. Thursday 28 March 2019, 12.30pm - 5.00pm

North Queensland

Townsville. Wednesday 12 December 2018, 12.30pm - 5.00pm

Cairns. Wednesday 6 March 2019, 9.00am - 1.30pm

Northern Territory

Darwin. Wednesday 13 March 2019, 3.00pm - 7.30pm

Darwin. Thursday 14 March 2019, 9.00am - 1.30pm


Sunshine Coast. Tuesday 27 November 2018, 9.00am - 1.30pm

Brisbane. Wednesday 28 November 2018, 12.30pm - 5.00pm

Gold Coast. Tuesday 11 December 2018, 12.30pm - 5.00pm

Toowoomba. Friday 1 March 2019, 12.30pm - 5.00pm

Brisbane. Tuesday 12 March, 12.30pm - 5.00pm

Brisbane. Wednesday 27 March, 12.30pm - 5.00pm

South Australia

Adelaide. Tuesday 11 December 2018, 12.30pm - 5.00pm

Adelaide. Wednesday 12 December 2018, 12.30pm - 5.00pm

Adelaide. Thursday 13 December 2018, 9.00am - 1.30pm

Adelaide. Wednesday 6 March 2019, 12.30pm - 5.00pm

Adelaide. Thursday 7 March 2019, 9.00am - 1.30pm


Launceston. Tuesday 5 March 2019,12.30pm - 5.00pm

Hobart. Wednesday 6 March 2019, 12.30pm - 5.00pm


Melbourne. Thursday 04 December 2018, 12.30pm - 5.00pm

Latrobe (Morwell). Tuesday 5 February 2019, 12.30pm - 5.00pm

Shepparton. Thursday 21 February 2019, 12.30pm - 5.00pm

Melbourne. Thursday 7 March 2019, 12.30pm - 5.00pm

Western Australia

Perth. Tuesday 5 February 2019, 12.30pm - 5.00pm

Perth. Wednesday 6 February 2019, 9.00am - 1.30pm

Geraldton. Wednesday 13 March 2019, 12.00pm - 4.30pm

Albany. Thursday 14 March 2019, 11.30am - 4.30pm

Perth. Friday 15 March 2019, 9.00am - 1.30pm

If you have any questions then please use the following contacts:

National Office T 03 9320 1003 or

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers