It is my hope that some of the resources published here will be of assistance to workers and community based organisations.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:
In my experience, NGOs tend to spend huge amounts of time writing and re-writing policies and procedures for all aspects of their organisation. It is critically important that all services have up to date and relevant policies and procedures. I have written the following policies and procedures in my capacity as a Consultant for numerous community based organisations. Some of the policies have been provided by other services who are happy to share their work. In particular, my thanks to the Ipswich Women’s Centre Against Domestic Violence; the Centre Against Sexual Violence, Logan City; and the Queensland Youth Housing Coalition.Please note that these policies and procedures are intended to be used as guidelines only. Your organisation will need to shape them to suit your specific needs and requirements.
I am sharing them here in the hope that organisations might be able to short cut the lengthy process involved in developing these policies from scratch and therefore spend more time providing high quality services to clients.
I have been planning for some time to update this manual with a new and far more current version – I still hope to do that at some stage!
Please let me know if you have any queries.
Manual for NGOs:
Workers have often asked me to recommend readings for particular areas. I have developed a few reading lists of some of my favourites. Of course these lists are not exhaustive and there are many, many good books and articles out there. If you have particular readings that you have benefitted from, I’d love to hear from you so that I might share them here.
Reading List – Trauma:
There are many high quality references on Trauma and work in this area. These are some of the books that I read and re-read regularly.
Reading List - Feminist Social Work Practice:
Whilst this first reading list is a little old, I still think there is some fine literature here on Feminist Social Work Practice.
OTHER INTERESTING RESOURCES:
This section includes a random selection of resources that I have either developed or collected that seem to be quite popular amongst other workers in the area. I hope you enjoy!
This handout covers some of the issues raised in training about Vicarious Trauma, most particularly information that I have collated from other sources. It also includes a reference list at the end that has a number of very interesting books, articles and web pages that you might want to follow up on.
10 Tips for Graduating Social Workers
I recently gave a guest lecture for the graduating students of the Griffith University Masters of Social Work Qualifiying Course. It was a lovely day and I very much enjoyed my time with these wonderful students. They asked if I would put up my slides from the day, so here they are!
Principles of Feminist Social Work:
This is a brief description of the Principles of Social Work Practice as I taught them in my Feminist Social Work course at the University of Queensland.