52 episodes

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 specialties
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
advice about how to develop your clinical skills and some of the tools you can adapt to your work
Give advice on books to read and other resources
And importantly self-care advice and how to reduce burnout

https://insidesocialwork.com/

The Inside Social Work Podcast Marie Vakakis

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 32 Ratings

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 specialties
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
advice about how to develop your clinical skills and some of the tools you can adapt to your work
Give advice on books to read and other resources
And importantly self-care advice and how to reduce burnout

https://insidesocialwork.com/

    Understanding anxiety in teens

    Understanding anxiety in teens

    Anxiety in Teens 
     
    What is anxiety How to identify anxiety in teens Tips on how to initiate a conversation with your teen about their anxiety Self-help strategies How to know when your child may need professional help and what options are available Piera unpacks some of the signs and symptoms of anxiety in teens.
     
    She shares ways to start conversations with teens using the 5 steps of emotion coaching. 
     
    Join the Inside Social Work Facebook Group
     
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    Visit the website for the latest info and show notes https://insidesocialwork.com/
     
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    • 36 min
    BONUS episode: Having conversations about mental health

    BONUS episode: Having conversations about mental health

    Blog posts 
     
     
    https://thetherapyhub.com.au/how-can-i-approach-someone-with-depression-or-anxiety/ 
    https://thetherapyhub.com.au/difficultconversationsteens/
     
     
    Youth Mental Health First Aid Training 
    https://thetherapyhub.com.au/youth-mental-health-first-aid/
     
    MHFA australia mhfa.com.au/
     
     
    Here are the details to the free webinar series I am running, feel free to share it around.
    https://mailchi.mp/1233dcd926c2/untitled-page

    • 22 min
    ENCORE EMDR Therapy explained, with Caroline Burrows.

    ENCORE EMDR Therapy explained, with Caroline Burrows.

    EMDR explained, with Caroline Burrows.

    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 and motivates EMDR therapists in their clinical work. She is also an experienced clinical supervisor. Caroline has 15 years of experience providing therapeutic services across community, hospital, medical and university settings. She is the Owner and Director of Mindful Living, a successful group private practice in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. As the EMDR Coordinator at The Melbourne Clinic, Caroline developed the first inpatient hospital EMDR program in Victoria, Australia. Outside of work Caroline is an animal lover and enjoys walking her dogs, laughing and sharing meals with friends and family.  



    Carolines private practice Mindful Living in Croydon, where people can access EMDR therapy (either in-person or online): www.mindfulliving.com.au
     
    Carolines website where people can find out more about her EMDR training, consultation and clinical supervision services: www.carolineburrows.com.au
    Upcoming MHPN meeting, Footscray Youth Network 

    • 42 min
    ENCORE: Youth Mental Health First Aid with Dr Claire Kelly

    ENCORE: Youth Mental Health First Aid with Dr Claire Kelly

    What is mental health?
    It’s like health it’s on a continuum You can  have good health or poor health You can have an illness and it can be managed and have good health  
     
    What are some of the barriers to help-seeking?
    Help-seeking is low across all ages, 
    Young people are less likely to seek help
    Low levels of stigma towards others but higher self-stigma, feelings of I can deal with it myself. 
     
    It’s hard to know what are normal changes, this can be tricky for people to recognise.
    Changes during adolescence
    Changes in  focus and mood Physical changes over time Body Behaviour  
    Like any other sickness, mental health problems result in missed days, work left undone and wasted opportunities. 
     
    What are some of the additional impacts of not getting treatment early?
    Educational outcomes getting the grades they want at school that they are capable of Impacts the study they may like to do later on Impacts on physical development  Social development  Making friends  Relationships  Withdrawn   
    Loneliness can be a factor, as you withdraw due to work mental health, you may feel more and more lonely and find it more difficult to reach out. 
    The MHFA course discusses some of the potential red flags/ things to look out for when someone may be struggling with their mental health, strategies for managing the initial support of friends, family and colleagues safely, and information on obtaining immediate assistance if necessary.
    Can you talk a little bit about what somebody walking out of the standard and youth 14 hour class is really trained or educated to do specifically?
    What’s it not
    Doesn’t teach counselling skills Doesn’t teach you to diagnose   
    It gives you some education around the clusters of symptoms you may notice and helps you potentially identify if someone is in crisis. 
     
    ‘’If you’ve seen major changes (negative changes) in someone’s feelings, thinking and behaviour.If it appears to be having an impact on their ability to function, enjoy relationships study etc and it’s lasted more than a couple of weeks they need help. ‘’ 
     
    Often people are scared they’ll make things worse or being nosey.It’s ok to have these conversations,
    Mental Health First Aid, helps you have a plan in place and connect with someone. It’s different to being a professional on the treatment side of things  
     
    Tips for doing the course
     
    Everyone should attend a mental health first aid course
    Just like everyone should attend a physical first aid course. 
    It’s a different set of skills than what’s delivered in the curriculum, so consider doing a course.
    If you have an interest in mental health, then consider becoming an instructor. 
    https://insidesocialwork.com/episode7/
     
    To find out more about mental health first aid check out the MHFA website
    https://mhfa.com.au
    Resources:
    https://www.samhsa.gov/programs
     
    https://mhfa.com.au/courses
    https://mhfa.com.au/mental-health-first-aid-guidelines
     
     
    Join Marie and become a Youth Mental Health First Aider
    EALRY BIRD—— before the 31st October promo code PinkFlamenco2021 
    https://thetherapyhub.com.au/online-youth-mental-health-first-aid/ 
     
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    Join the Inside Social Work Podcast mailing list to get your free social work career guide
    Visit the website for the latest info and show notes

    • 53 min
    Creating an LGBTQIA+ safe practice with Lachlan Slade

    Creating an LGBTQIA+ safe practice with Lachlan Slade

    Lauchlan has a special interest counselling teens and adults who are experiencing trauma or anxiety, and with people from LGBTIQA+ communities.
    Lauchlan runs LGBTIQA+ small group supervision for practitioners and other professionals. 



    If you would like to hear more about Lauchlan’s social work journey check out our earlier interview on episode 20. 
    https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-inside-social-work-podcast/id1459084811?i=1000472746380 
     
    Join the Inside Social Work Facebook Group
     
    Join the Inside Social Work Podcast mailing list to get your free social work career guide
     
    Visit the website for the latest info and show notes https://insidesocialwork.com/
     
    Support the show by making a contribution https://www.paypal.me/Insidesocialwork
     
    Subscribe to the podcast wherever you get your podcasts!
     

    • 35 min
    Creating a gender clinic with Allison Parker

    Creating a gender clinic with Allison Parker

    In this episode, Allison and I discuss the importance of gender-inclusive health care. We discuss ways individual practitioners can show support, be a safe person to talk to and other ways to be a more inclusive practitioner. 
     
    Allison shares with listeners how she recognised a need for inclusive health care and applied for an innovation challenge , to create a gender clinic in Melbourne's West, and won! 
     
    About our guest
     
    Allison Parker  has a wide range of experience in health care, as a nurse and paramedic. Currently Allison is Innovation Lead of the Transgender, Gender Diverse & non binary innovation challenge at IPC Health. 
     
    Some resources Allisons shared
     
    Wyndham City council run Q group, a group for ages 12-25 years of the LGBTIQA+ community- a youth led space to provide support and recreational activities.
     
    youthinwyndham@wyndham.vic.gov.au
     
    For parents to seek support and information about their child’s gender identity
    Parents of Gender diverse children:
    www.pgdc.org.au
     
    Drummond Street Services has Queerspace for folks who identify as LGBTIQA+ they provide counselling, case management, advocacy and also training and professional development
    www.queerspace.org.au
     
    Transgender Victoria TGV is Victoria’s leading body for trans and gender diveradvocacy. TGV is Victoria’s leading body for trans and gender diverse advocacy.
    www.tgv.org.au
    For resources and support
     
    Minus 18- a youth organisation , amazing service to support the young people who are part of the LGBTIQA+ community
     www.minus18.org.au
     
     
    NWPHN- for resources and training for professionals
    www.nwmphn.org.au    
     
     
    Thorne harbour Health ( formally the Victorian AIDS council): for resources and support for the LGBTIQA+ community and professionals for PD and resources
    www.thorneharbour.org
     
     
    https://www.lgbtiqhealth.org.au/
    https://nwmphn.org.au/for-primary-care/trans-gp-module/ 
     
    Join the Inside Social Work Facebook Group
     
    Join the Inside Social Work Podcast mailing list to get your free social work career guide
     
    Visit the website for the latest info and show notes https://insidesocialwork.com/
     
    Support the show by making a contribution https://www.paypal.me/Insidesocialwork
     
    Subscribe to the podcast wherever you get your podcasts!
     
     

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Bambi-Ruby ,

Fantastic podcast

I love Marie’s podcast. I listen to it in the car, when I’m hanging out washing, in between meetings-anytime really. It’s great to see a glimpse inside different fields of social work practice and the show notes are always very helpful. Thank you Marie and guests for generously sharing your time with all us social workers out there :)

vita8341@@@$&&&$ ,

Sooo valuable

Incredibly valuable podcast for social workers.
Love the topics shared
The variability in topics
Thank you so much

RoseA1994. ,

Absolutely love this podcast.

As an emerging social worker I find this podcast so insightful and inspiring. A range of topics covered which are honest and answer a lot of questions I have about various sectors. Thank you!

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