Social work encounters with interspecies homelessness: Resistance as companion animal-inclusive practice

The human-nonhuman bond is strong in interspecies families, such as those comprised of women experiencing, or at risk of homelessness with a companion animal. In Australia and New Zealand, there is an emerging companion animal turn in mainstream discourse, and we are becoming more and more critical about the exclusion of nonhuman interspecies family members from many aspects of society. Despite this shift, social work as a profession has been slow to respond. Given that the all-too-human services are not structurally set up to care for more-than-human families, any attempts to do so are acts of resistance. Examples from an Australian PhD study of companion animal-inclusive practices of resistance undertaken by social workers are discussed.

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ANZASW Webinar: The New Code of Ethics – Animals in Social Work

This will be a discussion between Nicole, Carole and Anne that focuses on the impact that the new ANZASW Code of Ethics and the statement regarding the recognition of the sentience of animals has on social workers across Aotearoa. There will be opportunities for participants to join the discussion.

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ANZASW Webinar: The Use of Facebook in Social Work Practice with Liz Beddoe

Research has shown that social workers have been using social media, both collectively and individually, as a way to gain another view of service-users lives through monitoring their Facebook pages. While it is known that such practices go on, no research has shown how Facebook is actually used in case work with families and under what circumstances. This presentation draws on some findings from a wider ethnographic study of child protection practice in England that observed Facebook being used by social workers as part of assessment and case work with families. On the one hand this practice can be viewed as an acceptable tool for social workers, on the other, it can be seen as an intrusion across a border into (semi) private spaces. This presentation explores the ethics of such practice in the broader context of ethics, power and human rights

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ANZASW Webinar: Political Activity and Social Work; Challenges and Opportunities with John Darroch

Drawing on original research into political activity by social workers in New Zealand this webinar will look at the opportunities and challenges to social workers engaging in work to promote social change. This webinar will draw on the findings of John’s Masters research into social work and social justice in New Zealand, as well as ongoing research into statutory social work and political activity.

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Workplace Bullying & “The Elephant in the Environment”

The recent inclusion of Workplace Bullying as a serious hazard causing harm in the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 is a huge step forward in dealing with Workplace Bullying.

New Zealand has, according to research, the 2nd highest rate of workplace bullying in the OECD, one of the highest rates of Family violence, Child abuse, hazardous alcohol consumption in the OECD and serious suicide and mental health issues permeating our social environment. We have a health system treating a high rate of stress related health issues, some terminal and extremely life sanctioning. There is a tremendous cost to the spirit of our society and an extreme fiscal cost.

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Being in the Moment with Self and Other – Understanding of the ‘Three Principles of Mind, Thought, and Consciousness’

This presentation will introduce participants to the ‘Three Principles’ – approach which was first formulated by Sydney Banks in the late 1970’s and has since been taught by psychologists, psychiatrists, life coaches and various scholars around the world. Programs based on this approach have been rolled out in prisons, hospitals, Fortune 500 companies and many more.
Participants will learn about the history and applications of this approach and will be introduced to some of the particulars of this understanding such as the unpacking of the Three Principles themselves and the ideas of Innate Health, Psychological Innocence and Inside Out creation of experience.

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World Suicide Prevention Day Webinar

It is vital that every social worker in New Zealand has a solid understanding of suicide prevention as they will never know when it will be needed. Many people have done suicide prevention training in the past. As new knowledge emerges it is vital that people keep up to date with the latest research. Suicide prevention can be a scary topic, but this webinar will give all attendees more confidence in this field.

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Lessons from the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry 2018

This lecture will examine the background to the 2018 inquiry, the process of hearing the voices of the people and the inquiry’s findings about the current state of mental health and addiction in New Zealand. The key recommendations of the inquiry report, He Ara Oranga, will be discussed.

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The KokoTālā App: Planning for a Brighter Future

KokoTālā is a tech start-up based in Mangere, Auckland. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for people to change their spending habits and financial behaviours and to empower them to dream big through saving and investing. We believe that the small changes we make every day create tiny gains that in turn create significant and positive financial effects over time. Users will be able to set a daily spending target, and save and connect with their family and friends, or even larger groups like a community or village.

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