Join Simon Katterl and Natasha Swingler to deeply explore concepts of power and powerlessness as it relates to ethical and effective mental health social work practice. These sessions are designed to allow participants to identify and deeply reflect on their own power and privilege within the mental health system and consider ways in which human rights frameworks can and should be applied to practice. More specifically, these sessions have been designed to assist participants not only develop a greater understanding of power and human rights in practice but also take away tangible approaches to work with and redress power imbalances in order to support more fair and humane mental health services in Victoria.

The session will leave participants with:
• An understanding on power as it relates to mental health
• An understanding of why and how consumers might enter into the mental health system without power
• The capacity to identify their own power and privilege, including as it relates to the mental health system and consumers
• Specific strategies that they can use to identify, work with and redress power


  • Simon Katterl (Consumer Workforce Member)
  • Natasha (Tash) Swingler (Lived Experience Lead) — RCH

Eligibility criteria

This is a free event is for Social Workers only who work in the PUBLIC clinical mental health workforce in Victoria, (staff employed at Area Mental Health Services, Forensicare or mental health staff from RCH). Please note, if you do register for an event and it is not clear you are part of the intended audience, your registration will be confirmed two weeks prior to the event start date, or earlier.

Categories: Consumer perspective, Service development
Disciplines: Allied Health
Levels: Introductory
Lifespans: Adult

Wednesday 14 September 2022
09:00 to 11:00
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Provided by Centre for Mental Health Learning (CMHL)
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