The Social Work Stories Podcast
Abortion Care, Self-Reflection, Trauma, and Social Work

Abortion Care, Self-Reflection, Trauma, and Social Work

August 6, 2019

On this episode you'll get to hear the story of two anonymous social workers and their client in an abortion care service. There is a lot to unpack and bear witness to in this story, and so we ask that you take care of yourselves as you listen. Then join Mim, Lis and special guest Denika, as they sit with this story in all its complexity, compassion, and learning.

Hosts - Mim Fox & Lis Murphy.

Special Guest - Denika Thomas.

Producers - Ben Joseph & Justin Stech.

Music - "Mama" by Ben Grace (Copyright 2018). Find song in-full on iTunes or Spotify.

Leaving Violence: Finding the power of choice.

Leaving Violence: Finding the power of choice.

July 23, 2019

Episode 18 highlights the story of an amazing woman, her children, your anonymous social worker, and the incredible rediscovery of self, choice, freedom and joy.

Join Mim & Lis as they investigate this experience of a woman leaving violence and the mountains climbed to safely continue life, and the story of one social worker's attempt to walk alongside.

Hosts - Mim Fox & Lis Murphy.

Producers - Ben Joseph & Justin Stech.

Music - "Mama" by Ben Grace (Copyright 2018). Find song in-full on iTunes or Spotify.

Aged Care: Getting beyond the four walls.

Aged Care: Getting beyond the four walls.

July 5, 2019

It's 2019 and there's a Royal Commission into Aged Care in Australia. We are well overdue for looking into what is happening in this marginalised and isolated sector of our community! And more importantly, we're overdue in asking ourselves - Where are the social workers?

This episode, you'll hear from a passionate aged care advocate and social worker who sheds a light on the creative dance that can be played between aged care residents and their social workers. Listen with Lis and Mim as they explore this real-life and heartwarming social work story told by your anonymous social worker.

BONUS: Keep listening right to the end of this episode for a Social Work Stories 'Special Announcement'.

Credits:

Hosts - Mim Fox & Lis Murphy.

Producers - Ben Joseph & Justin Stech.

Music - "Mama" by Ben Grace (Copyright 2018). Find song in-full on iTunes or Spotify.

Social Work in a Maximum Security Prison: A story of creative practice in social work

Social Work in a Maximum Security Prison: A story of creative practice in social work

June 21, 2019

When your anonymous social worker works in a maximum security prison, and she opens with the line - "He was really intimidating!", then you can be sure it'll 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. We hope you enjoy this episode - as always! Use the handle @SOWKStoriesPod to reach out and tell us what you think.

BONUS: Keep listening right to the end of this episode for a Social Work Stories 'Special Announcement'.

Credits:

Hosts - Mim Fox & Lis Murphy.

Producers - Ben Joseph & Justin Stech.

Music - "Mama" by Ben Grace (Copyright 2018). Find song in-full on iTunes or Spotify.

Decolonising social work stories: A supervision session.

Decolonising social work stories: A supervision session.

June 7, 2019

Join Mim and Lis and their special guest Denika, as they explore and investigate decolonisation in the social work world. If you've ever wondered what social work supervision might sound like, then tune in and listen to this important and insightful conversation.

Credits:

Hosts - Mim Fox & Lis Murphy.

Producers - Ben Joseph & Justin Stech (along with a special thanks to Brenna).

Music - "Mama" by Ben Grace (Copyright 2018). Find song in-full on iTunes or Spotify.

An antenatal care story: Happy Ending? Sad Ending? - You decide.

An antenatal care story: Happy Ending? Sad Ending? - You decide.

May 24, 2019

As the title suggests, we're leaving the final decision up to you. Happy ending, or sad ending? You decide.

Join your hosts Mim and Lis as they listen and learn from a social worker who's job it is to support a mum and dad who are making one of the hardest decisions in their lives. This story delves into issues of choice, opportunity, colonialism, kinship care, parental rights, child welfare, heartbreak, and ultimately asking the question - what is the role of social work in antenatal care and the child & family welfare system?

Credits:

Hosts - Mim Fox & Lis Murphy.

Producers - Ben Joseph & Justin Stech (along with a special thanks to Brenna).

Music - "Mama" by Ben Grace (Copyright 2018). Find song in-full on iTunes or Spotify.

The Emergency Department & Social Working Myself

The Emergency Department & Social Working Myself

May 10, 2019

She came knocking on my door and it was really loud. I opened it.

She said, "Heads up. Not looking good. Cardiac arrest."

Episode 13 follows the story of your anonymous social worker and the complex situation she faced when a fellow social worker and her family experienced a sudden loss in the emergency department. 

Credits:

Hosts - Mim Fox & Lis Murphy.

Producers - Ben Joseph & Justin Stech (along with a special thanks to Brenna).

Music - "Mama" by Ben Grace (Copyright 2018). Find song in-full on iTunes or Spotify.

He can’t speak! The holistic recovery.

He can’t speak! The holistic recovery.

April 26, 2019

Theory to practice! You hear it over and over again in the social work world, but sometimes it's hard to make sense of how it actually works in day to day practice. Join Lis and Mim as they guide you through this wonderful theory to practice story told by your anonymous social worker and the amazing recovery experience of her client - a boy who can't speak.

Credits:

Hosts - Mim Fox & Lis Murphy.

Producers - Ben Joseph & Justin Stech (along with a special thanks to Brenna).

Music - "Mama" by Ben Grace (Copyright 2018). Find song in-full on iTunes or Spotify.

Miscarriage: A disenfranchised grief

Miscarriage: A disenfranchised grief

April 14, 2019

In episode 11 you'll hear from two anonymous and amazing social workers walking alongside a family experiencing a profound yet disenfranchised grief. With Lis & Mim as your guides through this story, you can immerse yourself in the wonderful, tough, sad, and heartwarming world of social work.

Credits:

Hosts - Mim Fox & Lis Murphy.

Producers - Ben Joseph & Justin Stech (along with a special thanks to Brenna).

Music - "Mama" by Ben Grace (Copyright 2018). Find song in-full on iTunes or Spotify.

The Dark Place: Working with a suicide caller.

The Dark Place: Working with a suicide caller.

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!

We hope you enjoy this episode and let us know your thoughts on twitter and instagram @socialworkstory & @socialworkstoriespod.

Credits:

Hosts - Mim Fox & Lis Murphy (and special guest - Ben Grace).

Producers - Ben Joseph, Justin Stech, and Brenna.

Editor - Ben Grace.

Music - "Mama" by Ben Grace (Copyright 2018). Find song in-full on iTunes or Spotify.