The Social Work Stories Podcast

The Social Work Stories Team

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Social Work and Voluntary Assisted Dying: We Have All The Tools We Need - Ep. 85
Nov 20 2023
Social Work and Voluntary Assisted Dying: We Have All The Tools We Need - Ep. 85
Join hosts Lis Murphy and Mim Fox as they delve into the nuanced and delicate role of social workers in supporting individuals through voluntary assisted dying. As the state of New South Wales, Australia prepares to introduce voluntary assisted dying later this month, Mim and Lis frame the conversation by highlighting how this emerging field of practice adds depth to the already established wider skillset of social work. The heart of the episode unfolds with a poignant story from a social worker who guided an elderly man and his family through the voluntary assisted dying process. The narrative emphasises the importance of compassion, autonomy, and family involvement in end-of-life decisions. Lis and Mim reflect on the ethical considerations and social work principles involved, stressing the need for preparatory supervision, paired with ongoing critical reflection. The episode concludes with insights into creating safe spaces for end-of-life care conversations and the value of in-person and virtual communities for support. This emotionally charged and timely episode provides a compelling exploration of the social work principles underpinning voluntary assisted dying, showcasing the skills and compassion social workers bring to these complex situations.   p.s. Don't forget to check out the latest episode of our sister podcast Social Work Discoveries! p.s.s. We'd love for you to join the conversation on this, so make sure you reach out to us on the socials (see links below), or otherwise on email at socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you! p.s.s.s. Follow our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/SocialWorkStoriesPodcast   Credits: Hosts - Lis Murphy and Dr. Mim Fox Producers - Dr. Ben Joseph and Justin Stech Social Media Coordinator - Maddison Stratten Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 21 Nov, 2023) Contact us online at www.socialworkstories.com, follow our facebook page and LinkedIn, or use the handle @SOWKStoriesPod on twitter or instagram.
Early Intervention Social Work and What Makes a Happy Ending - Ep. 79
Apr 25 2023
Early Intervention Social Work and What Makes a Happy Ending - Ep. 79
How do we measure a successful outcome in our practice? What would we consider a happy ending for the people we work with? Would they agree? In this episode, Mim and Lis explore a story from a social worker in the Early Intervention space. We hear what Early Intervention is, and the approaches for supporting families before their situation reaches a crisis point. Then we hear a powerful story about a family this social worker supported, the ins and outs of their work together, and some deeply thought-provoking reflection regarding the real impact of our work with families. Mim and Lis then discuss these themes and open up a rich conversation on the complexity of working with families, our role in working towards successful outcomes, and the value of critical reflection in our ongoing practice. Learn more about the Targeted Earlier Intervention Programs discussed in this episode.  Also, don't forget to check out the latest episode of our sister podcast Social Work Discoveries! We'd love for you to join the conversation on this, so make sure you reach out to us on our socials (see links below), or otherwise on email at socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you! Follow our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/SocialWorkStoriesPodcast Credits: Hosts - Lis Murphy and Dr. Mim Fox Producers - Justin Stech and Dr. Ben Joseph Social Media Coordinator - Maddison Stratten Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 25 April, 2023) Contact us online at www.socialworkstories.com, follow our facebook page and LinkedIn, or use the handle @SOWKStoriesPod on twitter or instagram.
Police Social Work: Speaking Life into Young People - Ep. 78
Mar 28 2023
Police Social Work: Speaking Life into Young People - Ep. 78
You probably already know that around Social Work Stories, we’re big fans of stories from social workers who are in unique practice settings... so it's no question that we LOVED hearing this story.  In this episode, we mark World Social Work Day 2023! Then, we hear a powerful story from Jack about his time as a Police Social Worker, working with Pacific Islander youth in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Then Mim and Lis explore the complex layers of the story, including Jack's struggle to navigate his role as a Samoan man working with both the police and the Pacifica community, the therapeutic approach he used to connect with a young man on his 'last chance', and the impact of systemic racism on indigenous youth. Hear about the critical reflection and conscious choices Jack made, as he worked  to create change within the system and become a much-needed role model for this young man. And something so rare in social work - he got to see the fruits of his labour many years later! To connect with Jack, reach out to him here. Also, don't forget to check out the latest episode of our sister podcast Social Work Discoveries! We'd love for you to join the conversation on this, so make sure you reach out to us on our socials (see links below), or otherwise on email at socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you! Follow our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/SocialWorkStoriesPodcast Credits: Hosts - Lis Murphy and Dr. Mim Fox Producers - Justin Stech and Dr. Ben Joseph Social Media Coordinator - Maddison Stratten Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 28 March, 2023) Contact us online at www.socialworkstories.com, follow our facebook page and LinkedIn, or use the handle @SOWKStoriesPod on twitter or instagram.
An Opportunity for Recovery: Social Work in Emergency Mental Health - Ep. 76
Jan 30 2023
An Opportunity for Recovery: Social Work in Emergency Mental Health - Ep. 76
Our first episode of 2023 starts off with an incredible story of a Mental Health Social Worker in a Hospital Emergency Department. We hear about a patient who comes in needing support, and how the social worker makes quick decisions about his approach towards her needs. We hear a rich internal-dialogue of a skilled clinician going about their work, providing dignity, person-centred care, and a holistic approach in his practice. Mim and Lis then discuss the story, their own experiences, and a few key approaches for us to take away from this practice piece.  A transcript for this episode can be found on this episode's page of our website. Be sure to check out the latest episode of our sister podcast Social Work Discoveries!   We'd love for you to join the conversation on this, so make sure you reach out to us on the socials (see links below), or otherwise on email at socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you! Follow our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/SocialWorkStoriesPodcast Credits: Hosts - Lis Murphy and Dr. Mim Fox Producers - Justin Stech and Dr. Ben Joseph Assistant Producer - Felix Kiefel-Johnson Social Media Coordinator - Maddison Stratten Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 31 January, 2023) Contact us online at www.socialworkstories.com, follow our facebook page and LinkedIn, or use the handle @SOWKStoriesPod on twitter or instagram.
Therapeutic Social Work in the Home Visit: LIVE SHOW - Ep. 74
Nov 28 2022
Therapeutic Social Work in the Home Visit: LIVE SHOW - Ep. 74
A very special episode of Social Work Stories - a recording from our very first LIVE SHOW!  As part of the ANZSWWER Symposium in early November, the team hosted a recording session of the podcast in front of a live audience, and we had such a great time. We're so excited to share this with you, and hope it's the first of many.  Join Lis, Mim, and a live audience as we hear from an anonymous social worker, who is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker, and who shares a story from a therapeutic space with a child, in context of regular visits to the home to carry out her work. Listen to the theories and principles that are interwoven into the work this social worker carries out, and try to keep count of just how many you hear mentioned! This is an excellent story for anyone working with children, families, in a therapeutic space, or really any person-focused role! As always, Mim and Lis then discuss the practice story and delve into what was happening beyond the spoken words of the social worker.  Following the episode recording, we also had our Producers Ben and Justin join Mim and Lis on stage for a Q&A session. If you're keen to hear the recording from this Q&A, where we answer questions about why we podcast, our experiences, and many other interesting topics, drop us a line to let us know you'd like to see it in the podcast feed!   We'd love for you to join the conversation, so make sure you reach out to us on the socials (see links below), or otherwise on email at socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you!   Credits: Hosts - Lis Murphy and Dr. Mim Fox Producers - Justin Stech and Dr. Ben Joseph Social Media Coordinator - Maddison Stratten Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 29 November, 2022) Contact us online at www.socialworkstories.com, follow our facebook page and LinkedIn, or use the handle @SOWKStoriesPod on twitter or instagram.
Narrative Therapy and Intensive Outreach- Working with Mothers Whose Children Have Been Removed - Ep. 72
Sep 27 2022
Narrative Therapy and Intensive Outreach- Working with Mothers Whose Children Have Been Removed - Ep. 72
Join Mim and Lis as we listen to a story about narrative therapy, disenfranchised grief, and intensive work with mothers whose children have been removed. Hear about the importance of documenting people’s stories, working for justice, and navigating the politics of storytelling. Mim and Lis share their thoughts and reflections about this unique and fascinating practice space. We also put a call out to social workers doing this type of intensive outreach work - we’d love to hear from you! Please send us an email or reach out via social media.   Articles mentioned in this episode: Flaskas https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1467-6427.2007.00381.x   Denborough https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gXnye6fbgfXmS-3d8_uwhTmfqo45-_2k/view?usp=drivesdk   Have any burning thoughts after listening, or just want to say hello? Send us an email on socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you! Follow our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/SocialWorkStoriesPodcast Credits: Hosts - Lis Murphy and Dr. Mim Fox Producers - Justin Stech and Dr. Ben Joseph Social Media Coordinator - Maddison Stratten Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 27 September, 2022) Contact us online at www.socialworkstories.com, follow our facebook page and LinkedIn, or use the handle @SOWKStoriesPod on twitter or instagram.
Companioning in End of Life Care - Social Work Education for Students and Practitioners - Ep. 71
Aug 29 2022
Companioning in End of Life Care - Social Work Education for Students and Practitioners - Ep. 71
Join Mim and Lis as they sit down with Jo McIlveen for an in-depth conversation about social work in the bereavement space. Jo discusses companioning in end of life care, and brings in her extensive knowledge of research in the death & dying space that informs her practice in this area. Lis and Mim also share their own experience in this space, providing a rich discussion which will no-doubt bring a new lens to this topic area.  This conversation is oriented as an educational piece, aimed at equipping both practitioners and students alike. The discussion is both deep and approachable, and will be perfect for your next journal club, reading group, or other learning spaces. We'd love if you would reach out and let us know how you use it! If you want to connect more with Jo, you can follow her on Twitter.  Have any burning thoughts after listening, or just want to say hello? Send us an email on socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you! Follow our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/SocialWorkStoriesPodcast Credits: Hosts - Lis Murphy and Dr. Mim Fox Producers - Justin Stech and Dr. Ben Joseph Social Media Coordinator - Maddison Stratten Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 30 August, 2022) Contact us online at www.socialworkstories.com, follow our facebook page and LinkedIn, or use the handle @SOWKStoriesPod on twitter or instagram.