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This podcast aims to inspire social workers to: Discover new areas of practice Gain insight into specialty areas and learn new skills How to combine different specialities Be motivated and inspired by hearing the stories of other social workers and not only hear about their successes but also hear about their struggles , challenges and fears Learn about some of the different fields of social work , how to work with each other and what are some of the strengths and limitations of those areas ...
 
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In this week's episode, I interview Justine Grimmer about her experiences working in ED mental health services. Justine has come into social work after a number of years working in welfare and community development roles and several attempts at trying to work at the teacher. She found her heart was in social work, went back to university in her 30’…
 
Dr Rosemary Higgins joins me in the podcast to discuss Motivational Interviewing. Rosemary has vast experience in the domains of research and practice. With over 50 publications in peer reviewed journals she is internationally renowned in her field. Rosemary is interested in the areas of lifestyle and behaviour change including smoking cessation an…
 
Working in mental health advocacy and peer work. In this week's episode, Matthew Jackman shares with listeners some of his experiences being a social worker and service user. Matthew has been in the out of home care system and the foster care system as well as having psychiatric mental health services involved in his life. Matthew encourages us to …
 
Jo and Alice return the podcast to update listeners on their upcoming social work talks quarterly issue. We recap some of the key areas from previous issues, looking at decolonising social work and mental health in social work. The next issue of Social Work Talk Quarterly is all about social work education. Jo and Alice share their inspiration for …
 
Amanda shares with listeners her social work journey, navigating the disability sector, working in statutory services in the UK, and traveling across the world on the Churchill fellowship. She has carved out a niche for her private practice working in Parkinson's care. Listen to the episode to hear Amanda's story. Amanda is an accredited mental hea…
 
In this week's episode, I talk with Louise Pearson. Louise is an accredited mental health social worker with over twenty years of experience in the disability and community sector. She has completed training as a Gestalt Psychotherapist and is also a grief and bereavement counsellor working in Melbourne’s North-East We talk about the grief and loss…
 
Listen to Blake share some of his experiences working in a men's behaviour change program. Blake is an accredited mental health social worker, working across a variety of settings including mental health, substance misuse, domestic violence, sexual offending, child protection, adolescent violence and disabilities. He refined his practice working as…
 
In this week's episode, I talk with Caroline Burrows about EMDR. Caroline talks us through what EMDR is and what it can be used for. Caroline is an Accredited EMDR Trainer and Consultant with a background in Clinical Social Work and Psychotherapy. Through the delivery of innovative EMDR training and consultation services, she encourages, inspires a…
 
Liz Andrew- Brake is a qualified Social Worker that is AASW registered. She has been working in the Child Protection field for the past 12+ years. She’s worked in a variety of roles in New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Australia in both government and non-government organisations (Child Protection Social Worker, Case Worker, Team Leader, and Manager…
 
‘’Thinking big’’ providing counselling in a women's refuge and starting a social enterprise. Jen Wiedman Jen has had a very diverse and interesting career. In this interview, she shares with listeners some of her journey and what inspired her to become a social worker. We discuss so much in this episode. We explore some of the frameworks Jen draws …
 
In my interview with Ashton Hayes, she shares her journey starting off as a paralegal working in family law. Her career took on a new trajectory as she discovered she felt she could do more hands-on work as a social worker. Ashton Hayes (Bachelor of Social Work (Hons); Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice), is an accredited mental social work…
 
Suzanne Doorakkers is an AMHSW and director of a large group practice, Emerald Tree Counselling, in Geelong. Last year Suzanne was elected onto the AASW board and shares some of her experiences being on a board for an organisation she is a member of. Hear about how Suzanne moved from an interest in science and nursing to becoming a social worker. S…
 
This week’s episode takes a look at something a little different, getting a job. Kate Taylor, founder and managing director of Taylor care recruitment, shares with the inside social work listeners a range of tips and advice to land that perfect job. Kates tips for students on placement (what opportunities should they take up to improve their employ…
 
This week's episode explores the world of school social work. I talk with Kylie Lloyd, who shares her experiences transitioning into social work as a mature student, while balancing the requirements of the degree and also being a single mother of 2 children. Kylie shares her experience being a learner as an adult and how she transitioned from HR to…
 
In this week's episode, Katrina shares her experience working with families in a school setting and in a hospital setting. Katrina has written an article looking at family therapy for child and adolescent school refusal which can be found in the show notes. Katrina is a clinical family therapist and a full clinical member of the Australian Associat…
 
This week's episode takes a look at working with diversity, in particular with LGBTQIA+ people. The way we communicate is important, it doesn't just communicate the content of what we're doing, it communicates our beliefs and assumptions about the world. I hope this episode gives you some ideas and tips on how to be more inclusive in your practice.…
 
Episode 20: Working close to home, experiences of a social worker in rural Victoria. In this episode, Lachlan Slade shares some of his experiences working in rural communities. We talk about some of the challenges of living and working close to your clients and how to have a conversation about appropriate boundaries. Lachlan shares some of his self…
 
In this week's episode, Louise Hayes explains some of the basic principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, ACT. Louise is a clinical psychologist, peer reviewed ACT trainer, an academic, author, speaker and active philanthropist. Louise uses ACT with young people in schools and clinical settings. She is a world expert in Acceptance and Commit…
 
This week's episode Lillian shares some ways we can manage anxiety during tough times. We talk about needing alone time, balancing work-life balance and how to support someone when they share with you when they’re in distress. Lillian Nejad, PhD, is a registered and endorsed clinical psychologist and author with over 20 years of experience in the a…
 
In my interview with Cathy we talk about the benefits and challenges in running a private practice. She shares some insights into the fears allied health professionals have in this area. Cathy Love is an Allied Health Business Coach, Speaker, Author and Occupational Therapist. She is the founding director of Nacre Consulting. She coaches allied hea…
 
Man up, talking men's mental health With Kylie King In this episode I talk with Kylie King about male suicide. We discuss the language to use when talking about suicide , look at the statistics in Australia and in particular men's mental health. While unpacking ideas of masculinity we talk about some of the barriers men face seeking help around the…
 
Going from student to professional and starting a social work newsletter with Joanne Young and Alice Cairn Jo is doing her final year of a Masters of Social Work (Qualifying), and is currently supporting caseworkers working with vulnerable families and children. Alice is a social worker in a residential educational setting and recently graduated fr…
 
In this episode, Sarah and I talk about the challenges of working with schools and balancing wellbeing and student academic outcomes. Sarah shares some of the various programs, some schools are implementing to support students with their wellbeing and mental health. We discuss the impact of being in a caring role and supporting those around us, Sar…
 
Today's show looks at a different way working with survivors of sexual assault. In this episode, you’ll hear how Clare uses trauma-sensitive yoga to support survivors of sexual assault. Clare Pritchard has been practising yoga since 1995. She is a Certified Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Facilitator, a Certifed Iyengar Yoga teacher, an…
 
Khadine Aharon is an Accredited Social Worker who specialises in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). She has more than 25 years of combined experience in Community Services and Natural therapies industries. Khadine has worked with hundreds of people in individual, group and community settings. EFT has become one of her favourite transformational to…
 
In this episode, we talk about burn out and why self-care is crucial to prevent burnout. Helen shares her personal journey in the social work profession and how she experienced burnout while managing a team. This led Helen to develop her own burnout course and resources to support social workers. Originally from the UK Helen studied Social Policy a…
 
Episode 8 Teen Mental Health First Aid Dr. Laura Hart is a Senior Research Fellow in the Engaging Minds in Body Image and Eating Disorders (EMBodIED) Research Team at La Trobe University’s School of Psychology and Public Health, and in the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, at the University of Melbourne. Dr…
 
Dr Claire Kelly is the Manager of Research and Evaluation at MHFA Australia. Claire has been involved with MHFA since 2003, when she first became an instructor while completing her Doctorate at the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University in Canberra, where the program was first developed. Prior to her current positio…
 
How to build a close and trusting relationship with clients while maintaining professional boundaries. What are professional boundaries? While thinking about this topic I went through some of my old textbooks and none of them had anything about boundaries. I found it interesting that something so fundamental to our work it not explicitly taught or …
 
Vittorio and I share stories of why we got into social work, sharing some of our challenges, struggles and memorable moments. Vittorio has been a social worker for over 40 years, with experience in health care, teaching and private practice. He is the host of a podcast called ‘just another do-gooder’. He shares some of the things that drew him to s…
 
Interview with Verity Best and Josette Gardiner : Counselling for children affected by family breakdown. Working with families and children in mediation, dispute resolution and family conflict. In this interview with Verity and Josette, co-directors of focus counselling service, we talk about how to work with children who are experiencing family br…
 
With Associate Professor Ronnie Egan, we explore the need for quality student placements, what stops people from taking on a student and the unexpected learnings and rewards. We discuss some of the support and training options available to those interested in having a student. As well as, how to get in touch with the university about offering stude…
 
In this interview with CEO Grant Holland, we discuss his journey from working with cars to becoming a Social Worker and Family Therapist. We take a look at some of the various roles he’s had and how his career lead him to establishing the creative and innovative employment training program at the Holland Foundation, that has helped 506 people get j…
 
Hear about how Slater and Gordon’s free Social Work service exists to support their clients Australia-wide who are facing a wide range of emotional and practical concerns as they move through the process of claiming compensation. We discuss a range of issues relating to social workers and their understanding of the law and the ongoing training and …
 
This podcast episode will look a little different to future episodes. Its a chance for you to get to know the host Marie Vakakis and hear about her motivations for the podcast. The Inside Social Work podcast is a podcast interview series that aims to entertain and inspire Social workers illustrating the diverse world of social work through conversa…
 
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