Social Work in Practice seminar series

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Melanie Schmidt

T: +61 3 8344 6715

Severe mental illness: recovery, disability and involuntary care
Presented by Professor Steven P. Segal

Date: Thursday 7 November 2019
9:30am – 4:30pm
Theatre 2, Level 1, Alan Gilbert Building, University of Melbourne Parkville Campus
161 Barry Street (corner Grattan Street) VIC 3010
Cost: $200 inc. GST

This workshop focuses on severe mental illness and explores the evidence on recovery, disability, and the use of involuntary care. It reviews objectives and outcomes of efforts to ensure the most achievable recovery outcomes with and for people with severe mental illness.

The workshop will update practitioners on how to achieve recovery, while ensuring the protection of people’s rights and the provision of humane and least restrictive care. It is based both on empirical evidence and on ground level experience of service provision in the psychiatric emergency room, the community, the hospital, community-based residential care facilities, and self-help organisations.


Leadership in complex systems
Presented by Dr Sarah Wise

Date: Thursday 21 November 2019
9:30am – 4:30pm
Room 561, Level 5, Arts West North Wing, University of Melbourne Parkville Campus
148 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3010
Cost: Early bird $375 inc. GST (ends 7 November)
Full fee $430 inc. GST

People who work on significant social change problems can feel overwhelmed and stuck. Systems thinking is a way of engaging with complexity and achieving sustainable social impact over time.

This course provides a foundation in systems thinking and introduces systemic co-inquiry as a framework to apply it. In learning about the systemic co-inquiry process, participants gain practice in causal loop diagramming, which helps to understand system behaviour and gain insights to unlock systems change. The leadership and culture that supports diverse stakeholders to engage in systemic co-inquiry, and the organisational form needed to sustain systemic governing of a problem or situation over a long period of time, is examined.

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on how they operate in complex situations, and the steps they can take to put systems thinking in practice and shape the future in a new way.