August PD post

Some of the professional development opportunities available in July.  Comment below or email the library if you would like to add anything.

Write – presentations and papers

Australian Long-term Unemployment Conference

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or poster at the 3rd Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation.

All proposals will be reviewed by the program committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme. Authors will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their abstract submission.

Submissions close: 11th August


Read – professional reading

NDARC, NDRI & NCETA (June 2016) Alcohol and Drug Research Connections


Walker, K. (2016) The role of alcohol as men desist from physical intimate partner violence. Drug and Alcohol Review, doi: 10.1111/dar.12445.


Johnstone, E., Brough, M., Crane, P., Marston, G., & Correa-Velez, I. (2016). Field Placement and the Impact of Financial Stress on Social Work and Human Service Students. Australian Social Work, 1-14.


Attend – informal learning sessions, journal club, seminar series

Journal club (available to Healthy Options workers only)

Internal professional development session held in the Annerley boardroom and via Skype meeting.

August’s journal club will be presented by the NSW team.

Date: 22nd July, 12.30pm AEST


Project Gauge – Online modules

This introductory resource has been developed to introduce services to moving beyond individual engagement in consumer consultation and engagement.  There are 5 online modules:

– What is client engagement and participation in the alcohol and other drugs sector?

– Overcoming barriers to engagement and participation in the AOD sector

– Solid ground – feedback and suggestion boxes

– Focus groups

– AOD client advisory groups and representative roles

Duration: 10-15 minutes each


Social Work Practice: Advocating Social Justice and Change

Free online course offered by University of Michigan. Learn the values, techniques, and themes social workers use to help others as well as strategies for addressing social justice challenges. 

Duration: 5 weeks, 2-3hr/wk

Start date: 6th September


Buddhism and modern psychology

Free online course from Princeton University.  This course will examine how Buddhism is faring under scrutiny from psychologists and neuroscientists. Are neuroscientists starting to understand how meditation “works”? Would such an understanding validate meditation—or might physical explanations of meditation undermine the spiritual significance attributed to it? And how are some of the basic Buddhist claims about the human mind holding up? We’ll pay special attention to some highly counterintuitive doctrines: that the self doesn’t exist, and that much of perceived reality is in some sense illusory. Do these claims, radical as they sound, make a certain kind of sense in light of modern psychology? And what are the implications of all this for how we should live our lives? Can meditation make us not just happier, but better people?

Start date: Self-paced

Duration: 5 weeks, 2-5hr/week


Listen – podcasts, webinars

Culturally Reflective Casework Practice Podcast

The Culturally Reflective Casework Practice podcast series focuses on a practice model that supports practitioners in working with culturally diverse clients and families. Guest speaker, Janet Irvine, discusses the needs and challenges that can impact on clients from CALD backgrounds, and identifies ways in which organisations & practitioners can adapt Reflective Practice in their casework.

Duration: 5-20 minutes


Invisibilia podcast

Season 2 of the Invisibilia podcast has just begun.  This season includes seven one-hour podcasts on the invisible forces that shape human behaviour including ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.  Episodes are released each Friday and the first one for this season is “Flip the Script: what happens in situations where someone flips the script – does the opposite of what their natural instinct is – and in this way, transforms a situation.”

Duration: 1hr/episode

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