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Social workers play a significant role collectively and individually dedicating themselves to achieving social justice, promoting inclusion and improving the wellbeing of individuals, families, groups and the most vulnerable members of our communities. AASW – Social Work People explores the diverse world of social work and connects listeners to the people driving change and providing advocacy on the issues that impact upon the quality of life of all Australians.

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Social workers play a significant role collectively and individually dedicating themselves to achieving social justice, promoting inclusion and improving the wellbeing of individuals, families, groups and the most vulnerable members of our communities. AASW – Social Work People explores the diverse world of social work and connects listeners to the people driving change and providing advocacy on the issues that impact upon the quality of life of all Australians.

    Holding onto the core throughout a lifetime of change

    Holding onto the core throughout a lifetime of change

    For Margarita Frederico, AM the core of social work is its drive for social justice and its respect for human rights; and its richness comes from the way it is constantly evolving.  Social work has taken her from seminars with Anna Freud, to anti-Vietnam war protests; from The Royal Children’s Hospital to Myanmar; from childhood trauma to environmental rights.  Through a lifetime of change she has held onto the values, the rigour and the knowledge at the core of social work.

    SHOWNOTES

    A more detailed version of Margarita’s story was published in Social Work Focus, Autumn 2021

    Take Two, Berry Street

    https://scholars.latrobe.edu.au/mmfrederico

    Margarita’s writing:

    Margarita Frederico, Maureen Long, Nadine Cameron, Leadership in Child and Family Practice, Routledge, United kingdom, 2018

    Margarita Frederico, Maureen Long, Janelle Young,Educating Social Workers for Leadership in a Highly Differentiated Society, International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change, Vol 3 issue 4, pp61-72,  2018

    Evaluations of therapeutic foster care programs:

    Margarita Frederico, Maureen Long, Patricia McNamara , Lynne McPherson, Richard Rose, Improving Outcomes For Children In Out-Of-Home Care: The role of therapeutic foster care,Child and Family Social Work, Vol 22 Issue 2, 2016, pp1064-1074

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/cfs.12326

    Margarita Frederico, Annette Jackson, Carlina black, Ric Pawsey, Allison Cox, Take Two- Implementing A Therapeutic Service for Children who have Experienced Abuse and Neglect: Beyond Evidence Informed Practice, Child Abuse Review, Volume 28, Issue 3, 2019, pp225-239

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/car.2563

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

    The AASW respectfully acknowledges the past and present traditional owners and on-going custodians of the lands on which this podcast was recorded.  We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, their ancestors and families, and to the Elders of other communities who may be listening.

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    • 22 min
    One good brick in the edifice of life

    One good brick in the edifice of life

    When Norma Tracey AM started working in Sydney’s Children’s Hospital, the children were tied to their beds and their parents were allowed to visit for an hour in the evening.  Norma was already drawing on the psychotherapeutic insights of John Bowlby and attempting to make changes to the way that the children were cared for.  So she was excited and honoured to be given the opportunity to meet him and to discuss her plans to reform the whole hospital.

    The discussion did not go as Norma had planned.  Instead of encouraging her, he told her that the most that anyone could hope to achieve was to add one good brick into the edifice of life.

    That was more than 50 years ago, and Norma has been applying her understanding of attachment theory ever since.  She is currently the CEO of “Strong Mothers”, an organisation supporting marginalized women and their children.  Now that she has been recognized with an Order of Australia, we can ask whether Bowlby was right, or did he underestimate her?

     

    SHOWNOTES

    A more detailed version of Norma’s story was published in Social Work Focus, Autumn 2021

    Strong Mothers website

     

    ATTACHMENT THEORY:

    The original text:

    Bowlby J., 1965 Child Care and the Growth of Love , London, Penguin Books

     

    A general introduction:

    The School of Life: Psychotherapy,& John Bowlby

    https://www.theschooloflife.com/thebookoflife/the-great-psychoanalysts-john-bowlby/

     

    How it applies to social work education and practice:

    Harlow, E. 2021 Attachment theory: developments, debates and recent applications in social work, social care and education, Journal of Social Work Practice, 35:1, 79-91

    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02650533.2019.1700493

     

    ALSO MENTIONED BY NORMA:

    Dr T. B. Brazelton

    Phenylketonuria

    Coeliac disease

     

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

    The AASW respectfully acknowledges the past and present traditional owners and on-going custodians of the lands on which this podcast was recorded.  We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, their ancestors and families, and to the Elders of other communities who may be listening.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 19 min
    Leaving Matilda: From Elite Sport to Social Work

    Leaving Matilda: From Elite Sport to Social Work

    When Ellen Beaumont was in the Young Matildas, she trained every minute that she wasn’t working, eating or sleeping.  She put her education and career on hold, she missed family events and had no social life.  All the while she knew that if she’d been a man she would have been well paid and sponsored, whereas Ellen was paid nothing to work this hard and represent her country.  But for Ellen this was a life of privilege. 

    So when her sporting career had come to its end, how did Ellen make the transition out of this privilege?  How did she end up in social work?  And which aspects of her former life help her now as a social worker?

     

    SHOWNOTES:

    “Young Matildas Selected” SBS: ‘The World Game”, 30/04/2014

    Wikipedia summary of 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship

    Crawford F, and McGowan L, Never Say Die: The Hundred Year Overnight Success of Australian Women’s Football, New South Press, 2019

    Beaumont E, Chester P, and Rideout H, ‘Navigating Ethical Challenges in Social Media: Social Work Student and Practitioner Perspectives’, Australian Social Work, Vol 70, 2017

    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0312407X.2016.1274416?journalCode=rasw20&

    ‘You Can’t Ask That: Ex footballers, ABC iview  05/05/2021

     

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

    The AASW respectfully acknowledges the past and present traditional owners and on-going custodians of the lands on which this podcast was recorded.  We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, their ancestors and families, and to the Elders of other communities who may be listening.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 20 min
    Brave and Impactful: Pat Turner, AM on Reconciliation

    Brave and Impactful: Pat Turner, AM on Reconciliation

    The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2021 is ’More than a word, Reconciliation takes action’.  It recognises that many of us are aware of the issues, but that is not enough.  For Reconciliation, we need to take brave and impactful action.

    To help us understand what that action might be, today we bring you a conversation with Ms Pat Turner AM.  Her long and distinguished career  in public and community service includes the renegotiation of the Closing the Gap initiative which resulted in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap. For Pat, understanding the difference between the two is the key to understanding the brave and impactful action that Reconciliation requires.  Pat is currently the CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, and the Lead Convenor of the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Peak Organisations.

     

    SHOWNOTES

    Biography of Pat Turner AM (from The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth Century Australia).

    https://www.womenaustralia.info/leaders/biogs/WLE0239b.htm

    Reconciliation Australia website

    https://www.reconciliation.org.au/

    AASW reconciliation page

    https://www.aasw.asn.au/social-policy-advocacy/reconciliation

    AASW’s 2004 Statement Of Apology

    https://www.aasw.asn.au/document/item/618

    AASW Media Release “Reconciliation: A time to move forward together.

    https://www.aasw.asn.au/news-media/2021

    2020 “Australia and the World Annual Lecture: The Long Cry of Indigenous Peoples to be heard – a defining moment in Australia”. Ms Pat Turner’s address to the National Press Club, 30 September, 2020.

    https://www.npc.org.au/speaker/2020/722-pat-turner-am

    Learn more about the Coalition of Peaks and the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

    https://coalitionofpeaks.org.au/our-story/

     

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

    The AASW respectfully acknowledges the past and present traditional owners and on-going custodians of the lands on which this podcast was recorded.  We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, their ancestors and families, and to the Elders of other communities who may be listening.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 23 min
    The Storehouse of Wisdom

    The Storehouse of Wisdom

    From the day she graduated from Queens University Belfast, Mary Jo McVeigh OAM has maintained her absolute faith in her social work profession. She established Cara Care and Cara house where she has been working with children who have been recovering from trauma. For that work, she has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia.  For Mary Jo, our imagination is the storehouse of our wisdom, and she learns as much from her conversations with her ‘wee half-pinters’ as she does from her anti-oppressive social work textbooks.

    SHOW NOTES
    https://www.carahouse.com.au
    Anam Cara Wikipedia entry:wikipedia.org/wiki/Anam_Cara
    John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World, Bantam Books, London,1997
    Convention on the Rights of the child: https://www.unicef.org/child-rights-convention/convention-text
    Mary Jo Mc Veigh, Are We there Yet? Children Australia, Vol 42,Issue 3 (Sep2017) https://search.proquest.com/openview/ee1ebf5b5b52549b0547c8777542186f/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=1586358
    Mary Jo’s most recent publication is a literature review of group work with children over the internet: Beyond the Dawn: A literature review on technology assisted therapeutic group work interventions for children and young people who experienced maltreatment, Social Work With Groups, March 2021 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01609513.2021.1892564

     

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

    The AASW respectfully acknowledges the past and present traditional owners and on-going custodians of the land on which we meet.  We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, their ancestors and families, and to Elders of other communities who may be present.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 19 min
    Gender, Climate Change and Other People’s Blindspots

    Gender, Climate Change and Other People’s Blindspots

    As she was observing the consequences of the millennium drought on her rural community, Margaret Alston realised that there was hardly any discussion of the social consequences of the drought and almost nothing that examined the experiences of rural women.  For Margaret, a focus on social justice means that you can see what is in other people’s blindspots, and this points the way to a new area of social work practice.

     

    SHOW NOTES

    Margaret’s career summary is on the University of Newcastle website: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/margaret-alston#career

     

    Publications:

    Rural Women and Leadership, Breaking through the Grass Ceiling, Harwood Publishers, UK, 2000.

    Innovative Human Services Practice: Changing Landscapes, Pan Macmillan, 2009.

    Social Work: Fields of Practice, Oxford University Press, (3rd edition) 2018 and

     Research for Social Workers, Allen & Unwin (4th edition) 2018.

    Research, Action and Policy: Addressing the Gendered Impacts of Climate, Springer Books, 2012

    Women and Climate Change in Bangladesh Routledge  2015

    Women, political struggles and gender equality in South Asia , Pan Macmillan, 2016

    Ecological Social Work: Towards Sustainability , Pan Macmillan 2016

    Social Science Research Ethics for a Globalizing World: Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Perspectives Routledge Advances in Research Methods, 2016

    Social Work in Post-Disaster Sites, to be published by Routledge in 2018

     

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

    The AASW respectfully acknowledges the past and present traditional owners and on-going custodians of the land on which we meet.  We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, their ancestors and families, and to Elders of other communities who may be present.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 23 min

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