The workshops are a key feature of the conference. 15 are planned in three sessions across the two days. In each session there will be one skill building workshop and four inter-active workshops.
SKILL BUILDING WORKSHOPS
The skill-building workshops will be run as a training session so places will be limited to enable the participants to learn through a range of activities. The aim of the sessions is to develop your skills in guiding staff/students. There is a choice of three workshops.
Two of the workshops will directly link to the first panel presentation on supervision. Dr Brenda and Michael Clare, from Perth, will co-facilitate a workshop entitled the Supervision Process. They are both practitioners who later became academics and now provide training and consultancy in this area.
The other workshop on supervision will be run by Dr Phyllis Chee. She is also based in Australia but originates from Singapore and has worked in Hong Kong prior to focusing on social work supervision for her PhD. She currently coordinates fieldwork practice at Griffith University. She will be focusing on Supervising in a Multi-cultural Context – a reality for all of us practicing in Malaysia and training the future generation of social workers.
The third workshop in contrast focuses on Advocacy and Assertiveness. This has been included in response to the observation from employers that some graduate entrants can be too timid to be effective social workers. This session will be conducted by Associate Professor Siti Hawa Ali who obviously understands the local culture and has vast experience advocating for individuals and for changes in social policy – especially those affecting women including domestic violence and sexual abuse. Currently she is based at USM’s School of Health Sciences in Kelantan.
The inter-active workshops aim to promote sharing of experiences and fruitful discussions between practitioners and academics in order to improve how we develop the competencies of the next generation of social workers. To facilitate this, a roundtable format will be used; the chairperson will be experienced in the topic under discussion and presenters – practitioners and academics – are encouraged to share openly their ideas, dilemmas, promising techniques and difficulties. All are welcome to comment and suggestions for further consideration and action will be noted by the rapporteurs and presented in the plenary session when an action plan will be formulated. The inter-active workshops have four tracks and within each of these themes there are 3 specific topics, as shown below:
♦Reflecting on Self in the Social Work Process :
- Values – teaching & application
- Self-Awareness & Reflective Practice
♦Specific Practice Areas :
- Working with teens
- Health Issues
♦Macro Perspectives :
- Marginalised Communities, Discrimination & Human Rights
- Social Policy and the Law
- Addressing Poverty.
- Developing a Mentoring Culture
- Coordinating and Structuring Placements
- Tasks for different levels of students/staff.
Allocation of places is on a ‘first come first served’ basis so to guarantee a place in the inter-active workshop that most interests you submit an abstract summarising the points and examples you wish to present. Abstract submissions are to be submitted by April 23rd and notification of acceptance will be by 15th May. Look at the webpage on Abstract Submissions for more guidance.