Recovery theory has emerged as an important set of principles shaping the delivery of mental health services and research. But to what extent are these principles realised in social work practice, research and education? This conference brings together consumers, practitioners and academics to showcase innovations and address challenges in applying recovery theory to teaching, research and practice. Participants will contribute to progressing an agenda that positions recovery oriented principles as core to social work practice in mental health.
Robert is currently Professor of Social Work in the School of Allied Health at the Australian Catholic University. He worked as a mental health social worker for Queensland Health for many years, including positions in hospital and community settings. His research on the family experience of schizophrenia led to the establishment of a family intervention program at the Princess Alexandra hospital in Brisbane, and this program has been adapted for use in mental health settings across Australia.
Robert joined University of Queensland as a lecturer in Social Work in 1990. In 1998 he joined the staff at the University of Tasmania as Professor of Social Work and Head of School. He returned to the University of Queensland as the inaugural Chair of Mental Health, and joined ACU in 2014.
Robert has published widely in the area of social work and mental health practice. He has been a keynote speaker at national and international conferences in mental health. His research interests include social work practice, practice standards, families and mental health, spirituality and mental health, and social inclusion.
Recovery theory and Social Work
Recovery theory has emerged as an important set of principles shaping the delivery of mental health services and research. The application of recovery principles extends beyond individual care, to include families and community care. The principles have a strong resonance with social work principles. In this paper I will explore the connections between recovery and social work, the relevance of the theory and the potential for further application of the recovery principles in practice.
BBSc; BSW; MPolLaw; PhD (Uni Melb).
Dr Brophy is Associate Professor, Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne and concurrently Mind Australia’s Principal Research Fellow. Lisa has been in a full time mental health research role for the last 6 years and in that time her focus has been on improving interventions focused on recovery and social inclusion and reducing coercive practice. Lisa has undertaken multiple research projects involving consumer researchers, using participatory methods.
In this presentation I will be discussing how a recovery-oriented approach begins with respect for lived experience of consumers and fundamental principles that include empowerment. This has influenced all my research and evaluation projects. I will draw on projects that use collaborative approaches to involving people with experience of the mental health system as partners throughout all stages, as well as providing opportunities for consumer led research.
BSW, Grad Cert (Health Service Admin) GAICD.
Stephen is a social worker who worked in the NSW government mental health sector for over thirty years where he was firstly a social work clinician in metropolitan Sydney and later an operational manager and project leader in rural south east NSW. During this time, he managed clinical systems which included the relationship between the clinical systems and the pyscho-social NGO sector. Stephen worked most recently for the Australian Association of Social Workers in policy and advocacy and representing the profession at federal level in the mental health arena. Prior to working for the AASW, Stephen also represented the profession as a senior volunteer for many years. Following a career in the service system, Stephen recently acquired governance knowledge and experience and is a director on two boards of not for profit organisations, one being a large national provider.
Recovery oriented practice and the NDIS
Stephen will discuss the NDIS and the relationship of recovery oriented practice to this new and evolving services system. This discussion will include a review of the apparent conflict between the goals and principles of the NDIS and that of recovery oriented practice. Politics and funding are inextricably mixed up in the discussion of the place of recovery in this area of practice.
Sera Harris is a ‘pracademic’ social worker who has experience working in the mental health and youth sectors and is currently a social work educator at ACU. She has worked in both government and non-government settings and has experience in direct client support, group work and in management of service delivery. She is in her final stages of completing her PhD at the University of Western Sydney, on the extent and role of digital technology used by social workers in direct practice settings.
Digital Technology and Recovery
I will be presenting about the role that technology can have in supporting recovery for people with mental illness. I will canvass some of the evidence in this area as well as talk about how social workers can contribute to this space.
Please note the conference has been postponed from its original date of Friday 30 June 2017, now taking place on Thursday 23 November 2017. Registrations are closed temporarily until all details are confirmed.
If you have already registered for 30 June 2017 and would like a refund of your registration, please contact Allison Forrest e firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 23 November 2017
9.30am – 5.00pm
Australian Catholic University, Strathfield
Allison Forrest, e: email@example.com
Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
Registrations are closed temporarily until all details are confirmed.
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