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Skills and Approaches

In my practice, I draw upon knowledge gained from the following:

  • Studying and completing a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Justice and Society, from Flinders University

  • Evidence-based, peer-reviewed, academic research

  • The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Code of Ethics (2020) 

  • The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Practice Standards (2023)

  • Professional experience working with clients

  • Clients' experiences

  • All relevant legislation

  • Knowledge of local services and availability

  • Knowledge of health, social, legal and political systems and processes

I use established and widely accepted theories to guide my practice

  • Social Learning Theory

  • Conflict Theory

  • Systems Theory

  • Child Development Theory

  • Person In The Environment Theory

  • Attachment Theory

  • Empowerment Theory

  • Psychosocial Development Theory

  • Rational Choice Theory

  • Anti-Oppressive Practice In Social Work Theory

  • Psychodynamic Theory

  • Family Life Cycle Theory

  • The Functionalist Perspective

I use social work interventions

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Child-Centred Play Therapy 

  • Crisis Intervention

  • Counselling Psychology

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

  • Family Therapy

  • Couples Therapy

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Task-Centred Practice

  • Behaviour Therapy

  • Group Psychotherapy

I use social work approaches

  • Strengths-Based Approach

  • Trauma-Informed Approach

  • Client-Led

  • Person-Centred

  • Child-Focused

  • The client is the expert of their own life

  • The problem is the problem

I use highly developed professional skills

  • Professionalism

  • Ability to effectively communicate with all people

  • Active listening

  • Empathy

  • Understanding of human psychology

  • Understanding of intervention types and theories

  • Using and applying knowledge of evidence-based practices

  • Applying knowledge to practice

  • Ability to have difficult conversations in sensitive and respectful ways

  • Critical thinking

  • Assessment

  • Report writing

  • The ability to understand and critically analyse complex information

  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills

  • Time management

  • Organisation 

  • Facilitator skills

  • Research

  • Negotiation

  • Liaising

I provide referrals

When alternative expertise is required, I refer clients to doctors, legal practitioners, paediatricians and other health professionals, as well as social support services, as needed, whilst continuing counselling support.  

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