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  • Death and dying... how do you prepare for the end of life?

    Join Mim & Lis as we listen to a long-view story of death in a hospital. We explore what the social worker does over the course of two admissions, firstly helping to facilitate conversations with the elderly patient and his family members about what a good death looks like; and secondly exploring the actual end-of-life journey. This is a fantastic and compelling story told by a very experienced social worker - there are many practice lessons to be learned no matter what area of social work you happen to be in.

    After the story, Mim and Lis break down some of the bigger picture ideas and thoughts from their own experience. We discuss the role of a hospital social worker in the death space, and how we can take steps in our personal life to help us prepare to walk alongside families as they say goodbye to their loved ones.

    As mentioned in the episode, you can read more about the work of Dr Alan Wolfelt here.

    You can also explore the End of Life planning kits on the NSW Health website.

    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!

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    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Mim Fox

    Producer - Justin Stech

    Editing - Dave Scilly

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 26 April 2022)

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  • Have you ever thought about going into private practice social work? Are you already working in this space? Have you never even considered it?

    Join Mim & Lis as they have a conversation with Dr. Josie McSkimming, a clinical social worker and author, exploring her experience of engaging in therapeutic relationships in the midst of a pandemic. Josie shares the way she sustains herself in her practice, how she builds boundaries to support herself and her clients, and her gained wisdom for those wanting to enter the private practice space. We also discuss the emotional balance of in-the-room vs over-Zoom, the challenges of poor WiFi connections, and how a pandemic changes the whole dynamic of therapy.

    Whether you're in the private practice space, aspiring to work in this space in the future, or not thinking of this area of social work practice at all, we think most everyone will find helpful reflection and useful pieces of this episode to take with them.

    You can connect with Dr. Josie McSkimming on Twitter.

    *Your producer would also like to note a small correction to something mentioned in the episode: Lis claims her parents are the "Number 1 Fans", while empirical evidence shows that this title actually belongs to Judith K. We apologise for any misunderstandings and welcome all Number 1 Fans to the podcast.

    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!

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    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Mim Fox

    Producer - Justin Stech

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 29 March 2022)

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  • A heart-wrenching story shared by your anonymous social worker. A four year old girl dies in the Emergency Department and you are the social worker supporting the family. What do you say? What do you do?

    Listen along with Mim & Lis as we bear witness and honour the life lost, the family's grief, and the support of this social worker in the worst of scenarios.

    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Dr. Mim Fox.

    Producers - Ben Joseph & Justin Stech

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 29 October 2019; 22 February 2022)

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    Do you have thoughts, want to contribute a story or question for the team, or just say hello? Send us an email on socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you!

  • Join us as we revisit Episode 1 of the Social Work Stories Podcast. It's a special time as we recently crossed three years creating this podcast, and thought we would share our thoughts and reflections on the way we've grown, changed, and also stayed the same as we have build the SWS community.

    CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains discussion of the death of a young child. If this subject is likely to cause you distress, please choose another episode from our podcast feed.

    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!

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    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy & Mim Fox

    Producers - Justin Stech & Ben Joseph

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 27 December 2021)

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  • As you discovered in parts 1 and 2 of the SEED series, we've been working on something BIG and we're so excited to share the third and final chapter with you!

    Join Mim and Lis as we find out what SEED is, how it was developed, and why it made such a difference for a small community hospital on the South Coast of NSW. Learn what #kindnessworkshere means, hear harrowing first-hand experiences of the Black Summer bushfires, and experience community development in action as the staff of this hospital come together to create something new.

    We think this is a model of recovery and community development that will challenge and inspire, no matter what context you're based in.

    This is episode 3 of 3. Please listen to Parts 1 and 2 before enjoying this episode - make sure you're subscribed in your podcast app of choice so you never miss an episode. in the future

    Have any reflections after listening, or just want to say hello? Send us an email on socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you!

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    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Mim Fox

    Producer - Justin Stech

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 14 December 2021)

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  • As you discovered in part 1 of the SEED series, we've been working on something BIG and we're so excited to share the next chapter with you!

    Join Mim and Lis as we find out what SEED is, how it was developed, and why it made such a difference for a small community hospital on the South Coast of NSW. Learn what #kindnessworkshere means, hear harrowing first-hand experiences of the Black Summer bushfires, and experience community development in action as the staff of this hospital come together to create something new.

    We think this is a model of recovery and community development that will challenge and inspire, no matter what context you're based in.

    This is episode 2 of 3. Please listen to Part 1 before enjoying this episode, and keep an eye out for the final chapter, Part 3 which will release in one week - make sure you're subscribed in your podcast app of choice so you never miss an episode.

    Have any reflections 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 Mim Fox

    Producer - Justin Stech

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 07 December 2021)

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  • We've been working on something BIG and we're so excited to share it with you! Social Work Stories are bringing a special series of episodes exploring the SEED Program, and we're so excited for you to hear all about it.

    Join Mim and Lis as we find out what SEED is, how it was developed, and why it made such a difference for a small community hospital on the South Coast of NSW. Learn what #kindnessworkshere means, hear harrowing first-hand experiences of the Black Summer bushfires, and experience community development in action as the staff of this hospital come together to create something new.

    We think this is a model of recovery and community development that will challenge and inspire, no matter what context you're based in.

    This is episode 1 of 3. Parts 2 and 3 will be released in the coming two weeks - make sure you're subscribed in your podcast app of choice so you never miss an episode.

    Have any reflections 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 Mim Fox

    Producer - Justin Stech

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 30 November 2021)

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  • Ubuntu - I Am Because We Are. It was the theme of World Social Work Day in 2021, and we thought we would take some time to unpack what it means and where it comes from.

    Join Mim and Lis as we hear from two social workers who hail from Zimbabwe, who share their own perspectives of Ubuntu and how the concept developed across the continent of Africa - as well as a gripping story from the field.

    Hearing from a diverse range of perspectives across the global Social Work community is so important to us, and Ubuntu captures the essence of that value. Have a listen and let us know what you think!

    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!

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    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Mim Fox

    Producer - Justin Stech

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 26 October 2021)

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  • Sometimes you have to take a deep breath, prepare yourself for whatever's behind that door, and knock. Join Mim and Lis as we hear a story from a Community Aged Care setting, about a social worker who's making an initial home visit for an elder man in the community. Safe to say, things don't go according to plan! Hear how this social worker problem-solves with the client at the centre, and ultimately how she supports him to get the help he needs. Mim and Lis break down the story and discuss some of the issues in the aged care sector. This is a great practice story and we're sure you'll be putting new ideas into your practice kit as you listen.

    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!

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    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Mim Fox

    Producer - Justin Stech

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 28 September 2021)

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  • Self-care is not a weekly yoga class or a glass of shiraz. Join Mim and Lis for a bit of a different episode, where we share our own stories & experiences of burnout, and discuss how burnout and self-care sit within modern social work practice.

    A few resources mentioned in this episode:

    Self-Care: An Imperative, J. “Jay” Miller and Erlene Grise-Owens, Social Work Volume 65, Number 1 January 2020Social Work Podcast – Self-care and Cultural Humility in the 2021 NASW Code of Ethics: Interview with Allan Barsky, MSW Ph.D.Brene Brown’s Interview with Amelia and Emily Nagoski on completing the stress cycle

    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!

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    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Mim Fox

    Producer - Justin Stech

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 31 August 2021)

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  • Join Lis and Mim as we listen to a riveting story from an Emergency Department Social Worker, who tells the story of working with a patient who's partner is using violence in the home. This social worker opens the door to us with each step of the process, from referral, information gathering, strategising and working directly with this woman to wrap her with support. This incredible access will be valuable for listeners no matter your context.

    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!

    As mentioned in the episode, here's a link to the NSW Health Domestic Violence Policy: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/parvan/DV/Publications/procedures-dom-violence.pdf

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    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Mim Fox

    Producer - Justin Stech

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 27 July 2021)

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  • Join Lis and Mim as they break down the themes of a rich conversation Mim shares with Deanne Dale, all about Social Justice in Supervision. Deanne shares from a wealth of practice experience and a career of supporting other social workers in their practice through rich supervision approaches. Be sure to listen out at the start of the episode as Mim and Lis share some specific themes to watch for, and have a notepad ready to write down your own reflections. You can find out more about Deanne Dale on her website, www.socialworkwise.com

    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!

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    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Mim Fox

    Producer - Justin Stech

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 29 June 2021)

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  • Join Lis and Mim for the second-half of a very special interview as they sit down with two social workers from NSW Health Pathology’s Forensic Medicine Service, for an in-depth exploration of all thing forensic social work. Learn about what they do, who they work with, and how the team supports one another to keep delivering a service while looking after themselves. This episode is part 2-of-2, as the conversation was so fantastic that we couldn't help but keep recording! If you haven’t listened to part one, please take the time to go back and listen to Ep. 54 first - you won’t regret it!

    Do you have thoughts, want to contribute a story or question for the team, or just say hello? Send us an email on socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you!

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    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Mim Fox

    Producer - Justin Stech

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 25 May, 2021)

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  • Join Lis and Mim for a very special episode where they sit down with two social workers from NSW Health Pathology’s Forensic Medicine Service, for an in-depth exploration of all thing forensic social work. Learn about what they do, who they work with, and how the team supports one another to keep delivering a service while looking after themselves. This episode is part 1 of two, as the conversation was so fantastic that we couldn't help but keep recording!

    Make sure to listen until the end, as Mim and Lis share exciting news about a milestone the team has achieved...

    With a quarter of a million thank-you's from all of us on the Social Work Stories team, happy listening!

    Do you have thoughts, want to contribute a story or question for the team, or just 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 Mim Fox

    Producer - Justin Stech

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 27 April 2021)

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  • Join Lis and Mim as they listen to a story from a social worker based in Stockholm, Sweden, who shares his experience of carrying out community development practices in the social housing projects there. The story revolves around a group of young men who are given the opportunity to participate and lead in a whole new context, and the changes that come from creative social work.

    Do you have thoughts, want to contribute a story or question for the team, or just say hello? Send us an email on socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you!

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    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Mim Fox

    Producer - Justin Stech

    Assistant Producers - Hamish Cole and Felix Kiefel-Johnson.

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 23 February 2021)

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  • Join Lis and Mim for a story from a social worker who shares his experience of working in a community youth mental health setting. The story revolves around a young woman who journeys through complex mental health in the midst of a challenging family and social context. Stick around for an announcement from the team at the end of the episode.

    Do you have thoughts, want to contribute a story or question for the team, or just say hello? Send us an email on socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you!

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    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Mim Fox

    Producer - Justin Stech

    Assistant Producers - Noni Reginato, Hamish Cole and Felix Kiefel-Johnson.

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 23 February 2021)

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  • Join Lis and friend of the podcast Bec for a story from a social worker who shares her experience of working in a mental health social work setting. The story revolves around a man who the social worker praises as an Australian Ratbag. Hear more about working with people who might come across as a little bit different than what society expects, and using creativity in practice to respond to their needs while championing their autonomy.

    Do you have thoughts, want to contribute a story or question for the team, or just say hello? Send us an email on socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you!

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    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Bec Garvie

    Producers - Justin Stech and Mim Fox

    Editing - Hamish Cole

    Assistant Producers - Noni Reginato and Felix Kiefel-Johnson.

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 9 February 2021)

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  • Our team is taking a break to enjoy the Aussie summer and exhale after a long year. But we didn't want to leave you without. So please enjoy a replay of one of our favourite episodes, "The Dark Place - Working with a Suicide Caller". It originally released on April 1, 2019.

    Our anonymous social worker takes you through one of her most difficult stories while working for a mental health crisis line. Throughout this episode we walk the line of uncertainty, risk and harm in the dark place of suicide prevention and crisis support. Please look after yourselves as you listen.

    We also have a very special guest join us to unpack it all. Be sure to stay with us the whole way through the episode to hear a hauntingly beautiful song that means so much to us!

    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Dr. Mim Fox.

    Producers - Ben Joseph & Justin Stech.

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Contact us online at www.socialworkstories.com, follow our facebook page or use the handle @SOWKStoriesPod on twitter or instagram.

    Do you have thoughts, want to contribute a story or question for the team, or just say hello? Send us an email on socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you!

  • Our team is taking a break to enjoy the Aussie summer and exhale after a long year. But we didn't want to leave you without. So please enjoy a replay of one of our favourite episodes, "Social Work in a Maximum Security Prison: A Story of Creative Practice in Social Work".

    When a social worker works in a maximum security prison, and she opens with the line - "He was really intimidating!", you can be sure it will be a story worth listening to. Join your hosts Lis & Mim as they unpack the creative practice of another one of our fantastic social work storytellers.

    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Dr. Mim Fox.

    Producers - Ben Joseph & Justin Stech, with special thanks to Brenna Lorkin.

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Contact us online at www.socialworkstories.com, follow our facebook page or use the handle @SOWKStoriesPod on twitter or instagram.

    Do you have thoughts, want to contribute a story or question for the team, or just say hello? Send us an email on socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you!

  • Our team is taking a break to enjoy the Aussie summer and exhale after a long year. But we didn't want to leave you without. So please enjoy a replay of one of our favourite episodes, "Removing the Children, Receiving a Mug":

    Join your hosts Mim & Lis as they take a few steps into the dynamic and challenging world of social work in the child and family sector. Be prepared to be challenged and inspired by this story of an early-career social worker thrown into a difficult situation.

    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Dr. Mim Fox.

    Producers - Ben Joseph & Justin Stech.

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Contact us online at www.socialworkstories.com, follow our facebook page or use the handle @SOWKStoriesPod on twitter or instagram.

    Do you have thoughts, want to contribute a story or question for the team, or just say hello? Send us an email on socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you!