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Social Work Online Training (SWOT)

Social Work Online Training (SWOT)

What is Social Work Online Training (SWOT)?

SWOT is the AASW's online professional development platform. It provides access to a range of online content for social workers and other allied health professionals, on a diverse scope of practice and theoretical topics. this includes dedicated courses, together with recordings from symposiums, conferences and workshops.

How do I access SWOT content?

  1. First you must register for individual courses and recordings by clicking on the categories in the table above, or via the tabs to the left under the SWOT sub heading.
  2. After registering for an AASW SWOT course of recording, you must view the content via the AASW SWOT Portal.

The AASW launched the Empowering Excellence program in 2018/2019 to provide quality online professional development opportunities, with a dual theoretical and direct-practice focus.

  • The program is delivered by leading content and practice experts, and brings a particularly strong Mental Health practice focus.
  • A range of clinical and therapeutic approaches are covered, relevant to both early career, and more experienced social workers.
  • For Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (and those seeking to apply), the series provides content aligned with Focussed Psychological Strategies, a CPD requirement under Medicare.

The AASW Empowering Excellence program includes



Registration and more information

NDIS Series: Understanding the Scheme and working as an NDIS private practitioner
Brooke Kooymans
6 hours (Disability)
Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Assoc Prof Monica O’Kelly
1.5 hours (FPS)
Introduction to Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT)
Dr Bruno Cayoun
2 hours (FPS)
Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to reduce substance use problems and improve mental health and wellbeing
Assoc Prof Amanda Baker
1.5 hours (FPS)
CBT Package
  • Intro to CBT
  • Intro to MiCBT
  • MI and CBT
As above
5 hours (FPS)
Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Brendon Knott
2 hours (FPS)
Masterclass: Using ACT Flexibility
Brendon Knott
2 hours (FPS)
ACT Package
  • Intro to ACT
  • ACT Masterclass
Brendon Knott
4 hours (FPS)
Introduction to Dialectal Behavioural Therapy
Dr Carla Walton
1 hour (FPS)
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Military Populations
Dr Madeline Romaniuk
1 hour (FPS)
Introduction to Interpersonal Psychotherapy
Anthony Hillin
1 hour (FPS)
A Narrative Therapy approach to men’s violence towards women
Helen Wirtz
1.5 hours including exercises (FPS)
Introduction to infant mental health and infant-led work with families
Dr Wendy Bunston
2.5 hours including exercises (FPS)
Becoming a social work supervisor: An interview with Jane Wexler
Jane Wexler
30 min recording, PLUS 1.5 hours of additional reading and exercises
The transition from service provider to service manager
Dr Elizabeth Shannon
1.5 hours including exercises
Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities

Anthony Hillin Vanessa Edwige

1.5 hours

Introduction to Narrative Therapy and Community Work
Dr David Denborough
2 hours (FPS)


  • Evidence-based relaxation: Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing
  • Introduction to Psychoneuroimmunology
Dr Judy Lovas
1.5 hours (FPS and MH)

Refer to the table below to browse, and register for all other SWOT content:

Fields of practice

Aged care

Alcohol and other drugs

Child wellbeing and protection

Community development



Family violence

Field education


Mental health

Sexual abuse

Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

Professional self

Career transitions

Cultural competence and sensitivity







AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers