Events

Being your best as an Adventure Therapy practitioner

Virtual

Charles Sturt University

Tying the best, most appropriate knots, reading synoptic charts, navigating moving water, cave surveys, and the terrain to know the safest routes are just part of the broad skill set, knowledge, and experience needed to perform as a proficient Adventure Therapy practitioner. There is so much more such as philosophy, counselling skills, leadership, business, natural history, and the scientific process. We like to base our work on a fair test of the evidence. Join us in this hour long webinar for a journey through this fascinating and hugely rewarding field of expertise. It just might make a difference. Stephan Natynczuk, DPhil, MBA, LPIOL, FRSA, MNCS(accred), has been professionally involved in experiential education since 1988. Stephan enjoys training aspirant outdoor practitioners internationally and runs a private outdoor therapy practice. His research focuses on effective practice and professionalism in outdoor therapy. Stephan is the co-author of Solution-Focused Practice in Outdoor Therapy: Co-Adventuring for Change with Dr Will Dobud. Will Dobud has worked predominately with adolescents in the private and public sector. Coming to Australia from the United States in 2009, Will built True North Expeditions, a non-profit program in Adelaide, SA, providing adventure therapy experiences and social work services for adolescents from all […]

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Climate exodus: hope, refusals and acts of defiance during uneasy times

University of Newcastle

The UON Environmental Humanities Network invites you to a screening of David Baute’s award winning film Climate Exodus (2020), followed by a seminar that seeks to explore localised responses to climate change and ruin. We live in an uneasy time; a time marked by disasters, tragedy and ruin that challenges our relationships to place and time. Increasingly, a common awareness is emerging of how capitalist progress, growth and development walk hand in hand with experiences of dispossession, displacement and disjuncture. Climate change and environmental destruction are two consequences of the accelerated change that have followed neoliberal globalisation and left the world ‘overheated’ (Eriksen 2016) and unable to sustain life as we know it. The UON Environmental Humanities Network invites you to a seminar that seeks to explore localised responses to climate change and ruin. The seminar will take as its starting point the ethnographic film Climate Exodus by David Baute, which narrates the tragedy of three women who have lost everything due to climate change and emigrate to start a new life. Drawing on the stories of the film, Hedda Askland will discuss how we can understand displacement in the context of climate change and the political implications of framing displacement in […]

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How to create a literature map for your social research project

Virtual

Optimum Search City Research Centre

Literature maps help researchers review literature for gaps and points of impact. They are useful in both academic and industry related research projects to help gain traction and market interest. The are especially helpful for qualitative and social research projects. Research projects usually start with a Literature Review which involves using tools such as search engines ( e.g. google scholar) and document management and reference systems (e.g. Endnote and Mandalay). The literature review will attempt to create a space for the research project that has not been covered or is yet to be developed. Literature Mapping uses graphical methods to plot your literature in a graphical format. There are many types of graphical method from mind mapping to infographic formats. See our Research Gate Forum where leading experts have discussed the various graphical literature tools from Mind Maps through to Quiqqa and other methods. Dr Jonathan Drane has developed a unique but simple literature mapping method which streamlines your literature review and helps you refine your topic and its place in the literature universe. ‘In our method we prefer to use a ‘cards on desktop’ graphical logic.  It uses cards (like the icons on your desktop) and allocates identifiers to the cards […]

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The Intersectionality of Grief Work and Adventure Therapy

Virtual

Charles Sturt University

Grief and loss is ever present in the counselling work we do. We can usually link any presenting issue back to a significant loss in some way, such as loss of a relationship, job, way of life, or a death. At Confluence Counselling we work with rural and northern Indigenous communities that experience losses at higher rates due in part to poor social determinants of health factors, increased rates of death by suicide, and transgenerational grief from residential school, day school, 60s Scoop, and the child welfare system. We use adventure therapy to address grief and promote healing relying on the significant intersectionality that already exists between grief literature and activities and the field of adventure therapy. During this talk I will share further about our work, provide activity examples, and invite discussion on the role of adventure therapy within grief work. Presenters: Lynette Nikkell, Confluence Counselling Lynette is the founder and owner of Confluence Counselling. She is a registered clinical social worker with extensive experience in the areas of child protection and addictions services. Lynette has practiced and volunteered at leading national and international adventure therapy organizations. Her award-winning research has been presented locally and abroad. Will Dobud, Charles […]

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Keeping Clients Safe in the Outdoor Therapies

Virtual

Charles Sturt University

Join Margaret Asher for an engaging discussion about how risk mitigation strategies from other industries can inform outdoor therapy work and keep clients safe. While all adventures bring some risk, the strategies for critically analysing near misses and critical incidents can help practitioners and adventurers keep their outdoor programming safe, fun, and effective.   Margaret Asher, Director of Operations in Wilderness Therapy Margaret is currently the Director of Operations at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness and based out of Asheville, NC. Prior to that she started her wilderness therapy journey in 2010 at Alaska Crossings as a Field Guide and moved to many roles as Field Mentor, Case Manager, Medical Officer, and Assistant Program Director and at Open Sky as a Medical Case Manager and Health Director. She also serves as a Blue Ridge representative on the Outdoor Behavioral Health Council. She has been a Wilderness EMT since 2013, trained through the San Juan Ambulance in Silverton, Colorado where she was also able to volunteer with their local SAR. Having attended an experiential high school on the Minnesota Zoo property her love of the wilderness and learning through experience began. She loves being a part of growing the industry and creating […]

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Social science is everywhere: An introduction for Australian secondary students

Virtual

Academy of Social Sciences in Australia

The social sciences impact how we live our daily lives, as well as how our society functions. Join this webinar live or on-demand to gain an understanding of how the social sciences help us to study, analyse and solve society’s most compelling challenges. Please register to receive a copy of the webinar recording after the event. Designed specifically for Australian secondary students in years 9-12, the webinar is hosted by the President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Professor Richard Holden. Richard is Professor of Economics at the UNSW Business School and his research and opinion pieces have been featured in The New York Times, the Australian Financial Review, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and more. Event date and time: 9.45am-10.15am (AEDT), Tuesday 6 September 2022 Register Now

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Activities in democracy and kindness in tertiary learning

Virtual

Charles Sturt University

This presentation provides examples of how the authors and people studying online have engaged in co-design. People studying online bring with them a lifetime of experiences and knowledges. That expertise and experience often comes from the sector relevant to their tertiary study; suiting it to incorporation into subject materials helping to keep subjects contemporary. This supports innovation and encourages us to be critically reflective within our practice. Inclusion in the learning environment builds belonging and connectivity, engendering reciprocal respect, and collegiality. This challenges the usual hierarchy of teacher/student. Informed by Indigenist theories, kindness in pedagogy,and approaches to democratising teaching and learning practices, this presentation provides examples of how the authors and people studying online have engaged in co-design. Presenters: Rohena Duncombe Rohena worked in community health and combined practice with teaching for many years. Her research interests are in health ineaquality, service access, group work approaches to anxiety management and inclusive tertiary learning strategies. Katrina Gersbach Katrina Gersbach teaches child welfare, counselling, group work and case management at Charles Sturt University. Katrina draws on her social work practice background working alongside children and their families, using strengths based and trauma informed approaches within her teaching and research. Katrina is an […]

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Young people making the future: Activists, Practices, Enmeshments

Virtual

Newcastle Youth Studies Centre

Young people are always at the vanguard of social change, first to bear the brunt of evermore precarious labour markets and expensive education systems while being at the forefront of emancipatory global social movements such as feminism, trans rights, anti-racism and climate change. By being involved in overt political protests, online debates and via the sociality of their everyday lives, young people are making the future. In doing so they challenge the moral panic scapegoating of them at a time when there are more demands placed upon them than previous generations of adults could imagine. This seminar will present a diverse array of the engaged social actions of young people that contribute to making a viable future including climate change protest, feminist practices and learnings, and everyday friendships. Sarah Pickard (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle) Young Environmental Activists’ Motivations, Mobilisations and Methods:  Findings from Fieldwork This talk discusses young people’s environmental activism in contemporary times. It starts by outlining why this current wave is important for multiple reasons. Next, I briefly describe my qualitative research on young environmental activists involved in various youth-led and youth-supported environmental movements, including climate school strikes, Fridays For Future (FFF), Extinction Rebellion (XR), Scientist Rebellion, Global Justice […]

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Decolonising pedagogy: How can teaching in the social sciences be more inclusive and respectful of Indigenous peoples and their knowledge?

Virtual

Monash University

The importance of recognising the value Indigenous knowledges and values bring to universities and embedding Indigenous value systems and knowledges into university structures is broadly accepted across Australian universities. The Universities Australia Indigenous Strategy 2022-25 specifically commits universities to having Indigenous content in curricula that is meaningful, appropriately developed and appropriately resourced, and ensuring students graduate with an awareness of Indigenous values and knowledges. But how should staff teaching in the social sciences approach the task of decolonising their pedagogy? And what key principles and understandings should underpin such an important and urgent task?

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Household experiments in low waste living: Working toward a sustainability transition

Virtual

Monash University

Australia is experiencing an urban waste crisis and there is an urgent need to change norms and practices at the household level. Households are often seen as a problem for sustainability transitions, but they are also a source of innovation. We discuss our ARC funded participatory action project working with 35 householders to co-design and evaluate household 6-week experiments in low waste living. In this online panel hear from some of the householders and the research team. Information on the larger project is available here.

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Insecurity in the Asia-Pacific region

Virtual

Monash University

This webinar showcases the research of scholars within Monash University’s School of Social Sciences on security threats in the Asia-Pacific Region and how those threats are being and can be addressed. Topics include energy insecurity, disinformation, armed conflicts, non-state armed groups, climate change, gendered insecurity, and young women's leadership to address complex crises in the Region. By drawing this work together, the event encourages reflection on how security threats intersect as well as how we define security and whose security may be privileged.

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Fish passage: Motivations and challenges in Southeast Asia

Virtual

Charles Sturt University

Throughout Southeast Asia, particularly in the Mekong region, irrigation and hydropower structures are continually being introduced to waterways. These structures can hinder the migration and life cycles of key fish species, which local communities are dependent on for food security, livelihoods and culture. Fish passages, a type of “fish-friendly” infrastructure, have been added to these structures throughout the world as a way of allowing fish to pass. What motivates countries and funders to implement and/or fund fish passage? What are the challenges associated with the implementation of fish passages? This online session will present preliminary findings from Charles Sturt University’s FishTech team addressing these questions. The second part of the session will open the discussion up to the audience for feedback. Presenters are Dr John Conallin, Dr Nick Pawsey and Dr Jen Bond, Gulbali Institute of Agriculture, Water and Environment, Charles Sturt University. Register now

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