Podsocs - Social Work Podcasts



Podsocs, the podcast for social workers on the run, brings you topics of interest for all human services practitioners, students and academics.


  • Episode 82: Nauru


    Asylum seekers, men, women and children, who have arrived in Australia by boat are detained indefinitely in inhumane and cruel conditions. Australian social workers, human services workers and other professionals who have worked at these detention centres risk imprisonment if they speak about. Alyssa Munoz speaks out about the eighteen months she spent on Nauru working with asylum seekers and refugees.

  • Episode 81: Adapting to climate change – vulnerable people


    Older people and other groups are vulnerable during extreme weather events and with climate change. Karen Appleby talks about how well our governments and institutions are adapting and the implications for social workers.

  • Episode 80: Alternative identities - Vampires


    This podcast will be challenging for many listeners and should generate a lot of discussion. DJ Williams addresses some of the personal and professional issues social workers and other professionals face when working with people who have alternative identities, in this case people who identify as vampires. Social workers work with many people defined by dominant discourses as deviant. When identities are so outside the norm, our own judgements can prevent people disclosing important aspects of themselves and the fear of being misunderstood can be a hindrance in our work with them. DJ’s research helps us understand how vampires view their world.

  • Episode 79: Voices against bigotry


    Islamophobia, a growing problem in Australia and around the world, has become a political football. Susie Latham talks about Voices against Bigotry and what we might do about this problem.

  • Episode 78: Foster families


    Foster families work the well-being of children in their care often with little recognition. In this podcast, Alyson Rees talks about her research with children and their foster families from a strengths perspective.

  • Episode 77: Everyday racism


    Everyday racism is alive and well in Australia. But do we know what it is, how it manifests and how it affects people in our community. Jessica Walton talks about everyday racism.

  • Episode 76: ‘Troubled’ or ‘disadvantaged’ families?


    Troubled Families programs have been introduced in England for those most ‘troubled’ families.. Sue Bond-Taylor discusses an evaluation of one these programs and the differences between political and practice meanings of words like empowerment and troubled.

  • Episode 75: Grassroots organisations


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  • Episode 74: Disruption beyond adoption


    In this podcast, Julie Selwyn talks about a study conducted with colleagues on UK adoption disruptions involving severely abused children adopted from care. She paints a picture of complex cases and the need for child participation and preparation, ongoing therapeutic support for children and adoptive parents, support and training for foster parents, and the importance of open communication about a child’s history and other ongoing issues.

  • Episode 73: Talking about sex


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  • Episode 72: From orphanhood to trafficked


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  • Episode 71: Closet activists and covert workplace activities


    Is radical social work dead or does it have a covert presence in modern social work practice? In this podcast, Leia Greenslade shines a light on closet activism.

  • Episode 70: Domestic violence in child welfare


    The “Safe and Together’ model is about domestic violence in child welfare contexts. David Mandel talks about this model and his work with professionals in the field.

  • Episode 69: Aboriginal mental health


    In this podcast, John van der Giezen discusses his work in Aboriginal mental health in Western Australia.

  • Episode 68: Aboriginal health


    Richard Shipp, an Aboriginal Health practitioner, and Victoria Jones, Psycho-oncology Service Development Social Worker, discuss their experiences of working with Aboriginal people and the success of particular projects.

  • Episode 67: Social work, robots and a technological future


    The world is changing. Robots and technological advancements will be very important to social work in the next two decades. How we engage with technology and predict and manage the issues that will arise alongside technological advancement is important. Equality, power and social justice will be on the agenda. Antonio López Peláez talks about his research on social work and robots.

  • Episode 66: Long term follow up of children with problem behaviours


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  • Episode 65: Hospital social work


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  • Episode 64: Corporate social responsibility and social enterprise


    What has business got to do with social work? Tim Palmer talks to Podsocs about the relationships companies have with society, people, communities and the environment and opportunities for social work.

  • Episode 63: Bodies, grief and social work


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