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Development and Delivery of 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 that aims to assist the social work profession to better understand and respond to violent extremism in many of its forms.

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.

The project can be divided into three phases:

Stage 1: Consultation Workshops

Earlier this year we ran a 2 day workshop with 8 AASW members and subject matter experts to build a training resource and training materials. This consultation process informed the creation of materials that reflect the social worker context and the important role social workers’ play in prevention and in their work with the community.

Stage 2: Trainer Selection

The initial phase of the project requires six trainers in NSW, four in Queensland and six in Victoria. We have now received expressions of interest and will be interviewing candidates the week of 16 October 2017.

The trainers who are selected will attend a two day train-the-trainer program in Melbourne in December.

Stage 3: Workshop Delivery

The trainers will co facilitate 24 workshops across NSW, QLD and VIC between February and April 2018. These sessions will be advertised by the AASW and will be free for members who would like to attend.

We look forward to being able to offer this development opportunity to our members.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers