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22 May 2017 (Monday)
|10:30 - 11:00||Plenary Talk 1
Title: Defining the Elements of Practice Research: Implications for Conducting Research and Teaching Practitioners
Speaker: Professor Michael Austin
Abstract: The international attention given to social work practice research over the past decade in conferences like this one provides a foundation for identifying the common elements of practice research. This introductory plenary provides a brief overview of our progress to date in order to identifying the emerging contexts and processes of practice research. It includes a discussion of roles, relationships, practice research questions and methods, research dissemination and utilisation, and the knowledge building processes of theory-informed practice and practice-informed theory. The presentation draws upon 25 years of research collaboration with public and nonprofit human service organisations in the San Francisco Bay Area with implications for beginning and advanced forms of practice research.
|11:00 - 11:30||
Plenary Talk 2
23 May 2017 (Tuesday)
|09:00 - 09:30||Plenary Talk 3
Title:A Multi-level Participatory Approach in Building Resilience in Households Affected and Infected by HIV and AIDS
Speaker: Professor Antoinette Lombard
Abstract: Children and families affected and infected by HIV and AIDS experience severe social and economic risks which make them vulnerable and potentially excluded. They nevertheless demonstrate resilience in coping with these adversities. This is a result of bridging their abilities and strengths with capacity building, empowerment and opportunities. This presentation discusses the experiences of service users, care workers, team workers and professionals in building the resilience of households and communities. It includes a discussion of the participatory multi-level intervention model of the NGO, Future Families, and how it informs best practice for environmental and community sustainability.
|09:30 - 10:00||
Plenary Talk 4
24 May 2017 (Wednesday)
|09:00 - 09:30||Plenary Talk 5
Title:Co-creative Trans-disciplinary Knowledge Creation through Reflexive Practice Research in Health
Speaker: Professor Lynette Joubert
Abstract: Social workers in health and mental health settings are challenged by the need to demonstrate their contribution to better outcomes for patients and their families within an evidence based health services context. The social science systemic perspective is not synchronous with a linear health paradigm. However, this difference can be bridged through the use of practice research methodologies which offer an opportunity for social workers, as both the ‘users and producers’ of practice research, to link their practice to organisational systems and policy innovation. This presentation will describe the development, implementation and evaluation of transdisciplinary practice research that studied an assumed, but infrequently evaluated, component of the services received by women being treated for gynecological cancers. The results have informed service developments, and most importantly, contributed to an improved patient experience for women and their families.
|09:30 - 10:00||
Plenary Talk 6