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Supervision is an ongoing requirement for all social workers throughout their careers, as stated in the AASW Supervision Standards and AASW Code of Ethics. This full-day workshop is based on current research and literature.

Topics to be discussed are:

  • Introductions and an expectations exercise
  • What are supervision? What does AASW say?
  • Factors that help or hinder supervision
  • Strengths based supervision
  • Professionalism and ethical behaviour – What happens to the AASW Code of Ethics in practice? Having difficult conversations around professionalism and ethical behaviour in supervision.
  • Models of supervision – individual, group, peer, peer group. Structured and unstructured models – what the research says. External supervision/ Internal supervision / How does performance management fit with supervision?

The day will also include:

  • Scenarios and small group discussion
  • Opportunity to practice some strength based techniques in pairs / small groups
  • Further scenarios for discussion
  • Trouble shooting – ideas and ways forward
  • Summary, where to from here and Evaluation

Who should attend?

  • New supervisors, experienced supervisors and supervisees

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the workshop participants will:

  • gain an understanding of what is supervision
  • gain knowledge of what makes supervision work well
  • gain knowledge of the core functions of supervision
  • gain knowledge of alternative models, including peer supervision and group supervision
  • gain skills in balancing building on strengths and having difficult conversations
  • gain skills in managing tensions while grounded in social work values and ethics

Meet the Presenter

Amanda Nickson has over 30 years of social work experience in a range of fields – community development, individual and family work, group work, community education, for statutory and non-statutory agencies covering issues as diverse as child protection, juvenile justice, adoptions, health, the Australian Defence Force, homelessness, domestic violence, finance and refugees. She has worked in rural and remote communities as well as metropolitan and regional cities. Amanda has many years of experience as a supervisor and has managed the extra complexities of ethical boundaries and dual roles in small communities.

Amanda has taught Professional Values and Ethics at James Cook University for eight years and has expertise in scenario based learning.

Where: Brisbane Workers Community Centre, 2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington 4064
Please enter via the Given Terrace carpark. Limited parking available on site, however street parking on Given Terrace or surrounding streets.

When: Wednesday, 11th April 2018 – 9.00am – 5.00pm

Registration from 8.45am

Fruit platters for morning and afternoon tea, with a full catered lunch.

CPD: 7 Hours

Further information

Contact: AASW Queensland Branch on 07 3369 9818 (Fax 07 3217 6938)

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