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An 'Everyday' (Generalist) Approach

  • Updated September 2021 with note about Child Aware Practice

Aboriginal People

  • Updated Dec 2020 to include information from Emerging Minds Toolkit.

  • Key Indicators 2020 added to Supplementary Material list in Jan 2021.

  • Updated Apr 2021 with the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart and, in supporting material, a link to the history of Aboriginal people from their perspective.

  • Updated May 2021 with reference to a cultural mapping tool in Supporting Material.

  • Updated May 2021 with an explanation of the Practice Framework diagram.

  • Updated June 2021 with article on Family Violence by Shen et al.

  • Updated July 2021 with a synthesis of the resource: Keeping Our Kids Safe: Cultural Safety and the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations

  • Updated Aug 2021 with a reference to smoking and mortality

  • Updated Aug 2021 with information on urban Aboriginal health and wellbeing

  • Updated Apr 2022 with information on the impact of domestic and family violence on young Aboriginal people

  • Updated July 2022 with a note about food insecurity in urban and regional areas

  • Updated July 2022 with information about fostering wellbeing - added in Practice Approach section

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)


Ageing

  • Updated Feb 2021 to include further information on social work role in aged care facilities.

  • Updated Mar 2021 to include guiding principles for older people from NSW Seniors Strategy, 2021-2031.

  • Updated Apr 2021 with a reference in Supporting Material linking frailty, depression and diet.

  • Updated May 2021 with a paragraph linking gender and diet to frailty.

  • Updated May 2021 with a section on 'Ageing in Place'.

  • Updated September 2021 with a link to Health (in general terms).

  • Updated March 2022 with a note about the importance of aerobic exercise.

  • A link to the recently published (2022) My Aged Care Handbook added to Supporting Material section in June 2022 (Carers NSW Australia, 2022).

Alcohol and Drugs

  • Updated Dec 2020 to include (i) information from the Ten to Men Study on alcohol use by Australian males, and (ii) information from the 45 and Up Study on the link between alcohol consumption and cancer.

  • Updated May 2021 to include an outline of harm reduction therapy in the Practice Approach section.

  • Updated June 2021 with seven resources in the Supporting Material section around managing alcohol use in young people.

  • Updated August 2021 with a brief intervention approach, and a link to the AUDIT screening instrument

  • Updated Sept 2021 with research on the impact of teens drinking at home on their overall alcohol consumption when not at home.

  • Updated September 2021 with note about Child Aware Practice

  • A paragraph added in November 2021 at the start of the Practice Approach section

Attachment Theory


Behavioural Activation


Biopsychosocial-spiritual Assessment


Brief Intervention


Bullying


Carers: Looking After Others

  • Updated Dec 2020 to include findings from 2020 Carers NSW Survey and a reference to the booklet Caring Through Crisis.

  • Updated Jan 2021 to include sections on young carers in Background Material and Practice Approach.

  • Updated Mar 2021 to include carer skill modules (including manual handling) from Carers NSW Australia. Included in Practice Approach section.

  • Updated Aug 2021 with the Carers Australia response to the Aged Care Royal Commission

  • Updated December 2021 with link to Carers NSW resources and list of resource examples

  • Updated December 2021 with a link from Carers NSW Australia to disaster planning

  • Updated January 2022 with issues faced by former carers, issues social workers are able to assist former carers to address

  • Updated Jan 2022 with link the recently established CarerHelp website, containing multiple resources for carers across many health areas.

  • Updated Jan 2022 with a guide for family and friend carers to managing COVID-19 (added to the Supplementary Material section)

  • Updated May 2022 with a link to a resource from Carers NSW Australia on how LGBTIQA+ carers can access inclusive support.

  • A link to the recently published (2022) My Aged Care Handbook added to Supporting Material section in June 2022 (Carers NSW Australia, 2022).

  • An outline of the financial disadvantage faced by carers in Australia was added to the section Impact of Caregiving on Carers under Financial.

  • A note about young carers was added (July 2022).

  • Approaches to use with foster, kinship and permanent carers of children added (Aug 2022)

  • The 'Caring Journey' - six stages of caring - was added (Aug 2022).

  • Research findings about the economic impact of paid family leave for carers was added - reference in Aged Care Royal Commission content (Sept 2022).

Case Management


Case Notes


Child Aware Practice

  • Updated October 2021 with two topics: building children's resilience and addressing child sleep problems.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


Community Development

  • Updated May 2022 with information on the community-led disaster recovery process.

Co-regulation and Social Work Role


Crisis Intervention (practice model)


Dementia

  • Updated Dec 2020 to include a brief description of the booklet The Dementia Guide.

  • Updated Jan 2021 to include further information on sleep disturbance.

  • Updated Feb 2021 with further information on transition to residential aged care.

  • Updated Dec 2021 with things to be mindful of when on holidays.

  • The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE) added in January 2022.

Depression

  • Updated Apr 2021 with information on frailty and depression - see the Supporting Material section.

  • Updated May 2021 in the Supporting Material section with a paper listing evidence-based assessment tools for school social workers to use when diagnosing mental health conditions.

  • Behavioural Activation added in Sept 2021 as a topic to this website. See link in Contents.

  • Updated September 2021 with note about Child Aware Practice

Eating Disorders

  • Updated Feb 2021 suggesting an additional role for social workers is to support the family as attempts to manage programs designed by other health professionals (based on a recent research reported in Australian Social Work.

  • Updated May 2021 with links to diagnostic instruments and a note about the usefulness of moderated online support groups.

Elder Abuse

  • Updated Dec 2020 with prevalence of elder abuse in Australian Aged Care Facilities.

  • Updated Mar 2021 with risk factors for perpetrators (Seniors Rights Victoria data).

  • Updated Apr 2021 with further options for intervention from a study by Collins et al. of data from a Melbourne (Australia) public hospital. This study also noted ways of improving detection of elder abuse in hospitals (included following the reference listing in Supporting Material).

  • Updated Dec 2021 with prevalence of elder abuse in Australian people living in the community.

  • Updated July 2022 with warning signs for elder abuse

  • Updated Sept 2022 with further resources around prevalence in Australia.

Family Violence - Perpetrator

  • Updated Jan 2021 with information from Chung et al. (2020) about the need to include parenting skills in programs for perpetrators.

  • Updated Feb 2021 suggesting preventing family violence should consider multiple perpetrator factors, in particular the perpetrator's level of control over their violence, and their construction of masculinity.

  • Updated Mar 2021 warning parents can minimise the impact of FDV on children unless specifically asked about it.

  • Updated September 2021 with note about Child Aware Practice

Family Violence - Victim

  • Updated Dec 2020 to include information about potential food security issues for families experiencing violence.

  • Updated Feb 2021 with information about the Power and Control Wheel and how this is sometimes inappropriately used by systems that are supporting family violence victims.

  • Updated Mar 2021 warning parents can minimise the impact of FDV on children unless specifically asked about it.

  • Updated May 2021 with resources for victims from Moving Forward, a DFV case management service

  • Updated June 2021 with suggestions on reducing resistance and building support in men in general to help combat violence towards women.

  • Updated September 2021 with note about Child Aware Practice

FASD: Fetal Alcohol Specturm Disorders

  • Updated June 2021 with a possible FASD-informed approach as well details of relevant social work theories relevant to working with people with FASD.

  • Updated November 2021 with an outline of the Emerging Minds research on FASD.

  • Updated December 2021 with a link two documents: Managing Behavioural Symptoms and They Know Better!! (Managing right from wrong).

  • Updated February 2022 with link to Dr Vanessa Spiller's course Explained by Brain (cost $250AUD).

  • Updated March 2022 with recent information on changes to practice in Australia (in Supporting Material section)

Feminist Social Work


Gambling and Family Violence

  • Updated September 2021 with note about Child Aware Practice

Gambling - problem

  • Updated September 2021 with note about Child Aware Practice

  • Updated December 2021 with resources for those wishing to self-help - an article by Boyle referred to in the Practice Approach section

Grief and Loss

  • Updated August 2021 with information about grieving following loss of a pet, non-death loss in foster care, and a schema of supportive actions in responding to grief.

  • Updated August 2021 with Tonkin's theory of "Growing Around Grief"

  • Updated December 2021 with a section on Grief and Bereavement in a COVID-19 World.

Group Work


Health (in general terms)

  • Updated Dec 2020 to include information from the Ten to Men Study on obesity.

  • Updated Dec 2020 to include information on food security for families experiencing violence.

  • Updated Feb 2021 to include information on parent's response to diagnosis of cancer.

  • Updated Mar 2021 with information about prostate cancer from 45 and Up Study.

  • Updated Apr 2021 with information on frailty and depression.

  • Updated May 2021 with research linking diet and gender to frailty.

  • Updated September 2021 with information on falls prevention.

  • Updated January 2022 with information on social connectedness in Australian males.

Homelessness

  • Updated May 2021 with information and references from the Homeless Hub website, a Canadian site that also references Australian studies.

  • Updated September 2021 with note about Child Aware Practice

Human Rights


Involuntary Clients


LGBTIQA+ Community

  • Updated May 2021 with definitions of various terms.

  • Updated in May 2021 with a reference explaining how an agency can evaluate their LGBTIQA+ practice and policies.

  • Updated May 2021 with ten competencies to be aware of when supporting the LGBTIQA+ community.

  • Updated October 2021 with suggestions about maintaining a balanced / helathy relationship to one's work

  • Updated October 2021 with the topic "Discrimination in Palliative Care"

  • Updated November 2021 with a brief outline of the Writing Themselves in 4 report

  • Updated November 2021 with information on supporting children and young people through the coming out process as they identify as trans or gender diverse

  • Updated January 2022 with a summary of the findings of the Writing Themselves in 4 report

  • Updated February 2022 with information about same-sex families in Australia

  • Updated March 2022 with information about inclusive communication and how to achieve it - see Supporting Material section.

  • Updated March 2022 with a guide to informal supports to help maximise the health and wellbeing for LGBTIQA+ clients plus a list of websites.

  • Updated April 2022 with inclusive palliative care poster

Mindfulness


Motivational Interviewing (practice model)


Multiple Sclerosis


Narrative Therapy


Palliative Care

  • Updated July 2021 with information about the Psycho-Existential Symptom Assessment Scale (PeSAS)

  • Updated October 2021 with information about discrimination of the LGBTIQA+ community

  • Updated November 2021 with information on caregivers' strengths

  • Updated April 2022 with inclusive palliative care poster

  • Updated April 2022 with information on music at the end of life

Parenting

  • Resource (Big Life Journal) added to Supplementary Material (Jan 2021).

  • Emerging Minds practice guide on helping parents find material they are looking for added to Supplementary Material (Apr 2021).

  • Sharing information with parents - a nine step approach. Added to Practice Approach section (April 2021).

  • Importance of sleep for young people added in July 2021.

  • Updated October 2021 with information on Parental Self-Care and Self-Compassion.

  • Updated November 2021 with information on supporting children's resilience.

  • An additional reference from Asbestos.com about talking to children about a cancer diagnosis added in December 2021. It is just before the Supporting Material/References section.

  • Research on combining school and part-time work added in January 2022.

  • Added February 2022: Web resources on the implications for the health, development and mental health of children who suffer from higher weight, asthma, cancer, cerebral palsy, congenital heart disease, epilepsy and are preterm.

  • Behaviour management strategies for 0 - 10 year old children added at the end of the Supplementary Material/References section - Willoughby (2022) article.

Parenting When Separated

  • Updated November 2021 with information on supporting children's resilience.

Positive Psychology


Post-disaster Social Work

  • Stressors and supports evident 3 - 4 years post disaster (Harms et al., 2021) added in November 2021

  • Resources from Emerging Minds added to the Practice Approach section in Novemebr 2021

Problem Solving Approach (practice model)


Professional Boundaries


Reoffending

  • Updated January 2022 with information on young offenders Background Material and Practice Approach sections.

Refugees

  • Updated July 2022 to include a recent 2022 guide for social workers when working with people from refugee backgrounds; the guide was produced by Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), NSW Refugee Health Service (NSW RHS), & Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS).

  • Updated July 2022 with a summary of a study on refugee mental health.

Rural Social Work


Solution-Focused Therapy (practice model)


Stress Management

  • A link to Mindfulness exercises has been added to the "Managing Stress in the Mind" section of the Background Material (July 2021).

  • Updated September 2021 with note about Child Aware Practice

Suicide Interventions

  • A section on "suicide assessment and prevention during pandemics" (using telehealth) added to Practice Approach (September, 2021)

  • "Self-injury among adolescents" added in October 2021


Suicide Interventions with Older People



Task-Centred Approach (practice model)



Telepractice, Telehealth, Telemedicine

  • A reference to the Australian Association of Social Workers outline on online/remove practice was added (August 2021).

  • The need to be aware of digital inclusion and the digital divide was mentioned in the Practice Approach section and a reference by Barraket (2021) was added to the Supporting Material section (September 2021).

  • A link to the suicidal behaviour topic added. This topic covers managing suicidal behaviour during pandemics using telehealth (September 2021).

  • A report from practitioners in Family and Relationship Services Australia summaries the findings from a focus group discussion on using telehealth with clients (July 2022).