Episode 20: Working close to home, experiences of a social worker in rural Victoria.

In this episode, Lachlan Slade shares some of his experiences working in rural communities. We talk about some of the challenges of living and working close to your clients and how to have a conversation about appropriate boundaries.  Lachlan shares some of his self-care tips and how he manages to stay energised and enthusiastic about the work he does. 

Lachlan Slade grew up in Shepparton studying in Albury Wodonga, and Bendigo to complete their Social Work degree. Lachlan cofounded the Out in the Open Festival, Shepparton’s first LGBTIQ+ Community Festival. Lachlan has dabbled in Community Radio, and Politics. They now teach Social Work at La Trobe University, Shepparton, and they are a Counsellor Advocate at GVCASA while also trying to raise a 5 year old.

Lauchlan big tip?

‘’Patting yourself on the back when you have the wins. They can be hard to see.’’

Lachlans tips for getting the most out of supervision

  • Their theoretical background
  • Ask for a one off supervision , to see if it’s a good fit
  • See if you click with them
  • Try out different theoretical frameworks

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