Amanda Probert (nee Vos)

Amanda Probert (nee Vos)

Social worker, educator, filmmaker for change

Summary

  • Experienced and commended University Educator
  • Highly experienced Social Work Supervisor
  • Creator of world's first Social Work Career Centre
  • Highly experienced program and project manager
  • Filmmaker & Digital Storyteller for social change

Education

Education
Dec 2014 - Dec 2014

Cert IV Training & Assessment (TAE40110)

Work History

Work History
Jan 2014 - Mar 2015

Director, SLE Practice Learning Centre & Lecturer, Simulated Learning

Griffith University
  • Project Lead for national Health Workforce Australia (HWA) Simulated Learning Environments (SLE) program
  • Strategic oversight of simulation-based learning within the School of Human Services and Social Work
  • Operational supervision of SLE staff
Nov 2012 - Dec 2013

Associate Lecturer, Simulated Learning

Griffith University
  • Oversaw development and construction of Simulated Learning Environment (SLE) Practice Learning Centre within the School of Human Services and Social Work
  • Developed and implemented simulated learning curriculum across Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery
Jul 2011 - Nov 2012

Associate Lecturer in Social Work

University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Social Work and Human Services Theory and Practice (Tutor)
  • Ethics and Professional Practice (Co-Lecturer & Tutor)
  • Complexity and Social Work: Policy and Practice (Coordinator)
  • Organisational Contexts for Social Work Practice (Coordinator)
Mar 2011 - Jun 2011

Project Manager, Social Work Field Placement Development Project

Griffith University
Nov 2010 - Feb 2011

Field Placement Convenor, Master of Social Work (Qualifying) On Campus

Griffith University
Feb 2010 - Jul 2010

Field Placement Convenor, Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Griffith University
Jul 2007 - Feb 2010

Manager, Horizon Career Centre

Australian Association of Social Workers

Horizon Career Centre is a national program of the Australian Association of Social Workers, servicing the Australian social work and human services industry.  The Centre develops and co-ordinates all AASW career related products and services including advertising; career guidance, consultations, counselling and coaching; student career workshops; and publishes in Australia and overseas.

Key Responsibilities

  • Led the ongoing strategic development of Horizon Career Centre
  • Managed day-to-day operations including professional supervision of staff
  • Delivered the national telephone career services (guidance, counselling and coaching)
  • Developed and delivered Social Work Career presentations
  • Wrote columns and ad hoc articles for internal and external publication

Achievements

  • Developed operational systems that enabled maintenance of income whilst reducing staff hours by 75% after only 18 months of operation
  • Developed and implemented national career guidance, counselling and coaching service
  • Lead developer of 'Creating YOUR Social Work Career', a core framework that has been leveraged for all Centre telephone career services, publications and presentations
  • Consistently high praise from student career workshop participants
Jul 2008 - Jan 2010

Project Manager, Website Upgrade

Australian Association of Social Workers

Achievements

  • New website, membership management and event management system delivered in 14 weeks
  • Created foundation infrastructure for Staff Intranet using Google Sites in recognition of need to standardise operations and improve staff knowledge, team-building and customer service
  • Received 'Superior Performance of a Sustained Nature' Award from the CEO
Dec 2006 - Jun 2007

Project Manager, National Employment Service

Australian Association of Social Workers

Achievements

  • Created the world's first social work career centre
  • Developed a model of operation that enabled a virtual work environment for all staff, reducing operational costs, environmental impact, and increased chance for long-term business sustainability
Aug 2004 - Nov 2006

Executive Officer, Queensland Branch

Australian Association of Social Workers

Achievements

  • Increased Branch activities by 600% in 18 months
  • Created first AASW e-News, increasing engagement with member community
  • Revised the Locum Service model of operation which was used to develop Horizon Career Centre
Feb 2004 - Jul 2004

Tutor, School of Social Work & Human Services

The University of Queensland

  • Working in Human Service Organisations
  • Individual Development and Health Care
Jul 2001 - Nov 2001

Social Work Student

Field Placement 2 - Centrelink
Feb 2000 - Jun 2000

Social Work Student

Field Placement 1 - Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group

Filmography (selection)

Alumni Interview Project - Producer (2015)

School of Human Services & Social Work, Griffith University
Interviews with Griffith University Alumni, designed to inspire current and potential students.

Family Tradition

Digital Story produced during QUT Digital Storytelling Intensive (January 2015)
One woman's personal realisation of her place within an unspoken family tradition. Is history destined to repeat?

Open Doors Youth Service 10th Anniversary History Project - Producer, Director, Editor (2012)
A film showcasing and celebrating the crucial and life-affirming work undertaken by the only full-time service in Queensland dedicated to working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender young people.  The film project included interviews with former and current clients, staff and other significant community members.

Throw Like a Girl (feature documentary in production) - Associate Producer
On location at Womens Baseball World Cup, Venezuela, August 2010. International documentary exploring women's relationship with baseball, directed by Cami J Kidder.

Slow Down (short) - Writer, Director & Editor (2010)
Short film highlighting the moments of beauty amongst the busy pace of modern day Manhattan.

I Heart NYC (short) - Writer, Director & Editor (2010)
Short film showcasing the many layers that it takes to make New York City the beautiful, glamorous, in your face, challenging, awe-inspiring, frustrating, extraordinarily ordinary and triumphant city that it is. 

Training

Digital Storytelling Intensive
QUT, Brisbane, Australia
15 - 21 January 2015

Oral History Workshop
Oral History Queensland Inc, Brisbane, Australia
01 November 2014

Mental Health First Aid
Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia
20 & 23 October 2014

4 Week Digital Filmmaking
New York Film Academy, New York, USA
13 September - 08 October 2010

Photography I & II: Digital
International Center of Photography, New York, USA
02 - 13 August 2010

Nonprofit Technology Conference
Nonprofit Technology Network, San Francisco, USA
27 - 28 April 2009

We Are Media Workshop - Blogging
Nonprofit Technology Network, San Francisco, USA
26 April 2009

We Are Media Workshop - Live Streaming
Nonprofit Technology Network, San Francisco, USA
26 April 2009

Supervision Training for Supervisors – Course 2
Australian Association of Social Workers, QLD
15 - 16 September 2008

Supervision Training for Supervisors – Course 1
Australian Association of Social Workers, QLD
28 - 30 May 2008

Supervision for Field Educators
The University of Queensland
2007

The Strengths Approach: Principles and processes
Brisbane Institute for Strengths Based Practice
31 March - 01 April 2007

How to Get the Best From Your Supervision: A 1 day training for supervisees
Australian Association of Social Workers, QLD
August 2005

Presentations (invited)

Simulation-Based Education: Visioning its role in Health Social Work
Gold Coast University Hospital Social Work Symposium
Gold Coast, Australia, October, 2014
Format: Paper Presentation

Simulation for Change: Transformative learning with the next generation of social workers, nurses and midwives
QRTN SIMposium
Brisbane, Australia, October, 2014
Format: Paper Presentation

Let's Get 'Real': Peer role-play vs simulated citizens in social work education
ANZSWWER Symposium
Sydney, Australia, September, 2014
Format: Paper Presentation

Raising the Curtain on Simulation: Transformative critical reflection with the next generation of agents for social change
Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education & Social Development
Melbourne, Australia, July, 2014
Format: PechaKucha

Simulated Learning: A little bit of theatre goes a very long way
AASWWE Symposium, Perth, Australia, October, 2013
Format: Workshop

Creating YOUR Social Work Career: Bringing purpose and passion to life
Co-presented with Leia Greenslade
AASW + AIWCW + AASWWE Strength in Unity Conference
Sydney, Australia, November 2008
Format: Paper Presentation

Enhancing YOUR Social Work Experience
Australian Association of Social Workers (WA), National Social Work Day Dinner
Perth, Australia, May 2007
Format: Speech 

Strengthening One Another: The ripple effect of positive connections
National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter Annual Conference
Jackson, MS USA, March 2007
Format: Keynote Address

Strengthening One Another: The ripple effect of positive connections
Inaugural International Conference - Strength Based Strategies
Hyderabad, India, November 2006
Format: Seminar

Thriving in Palliative Care
Queensland Health Professional Development Day (Bayside)
Brisbane, Australia, 2005
Format: Seminar (including self-produced short film)

Thriving in Allied Health
Queensland Health Seminars in Alcohol and Drug Studies
Brisbane, Australia, 2005
Format: Seminar (including self-produced short film)

A Quiet Revolution: The power of connection
International Federation of Social Workers Global Social Work Congress
Adelaide, Australia, October 2004
Format: Poster

Passionate Practice: International stories of thriving in social work
Australian Association of Social Workers, Queensland Branch
Brisbane, Australia, September 2004
Format: Seminar (including self-produced short film) 

Thriving in Social Work
Queensland Health (internal)
Sunshine Coast, Australia, December 2003
Format: Full Day Workshop

A Quiet Revolution: Putting Self-Care on the Agenda
Australian Association of Social Workers National Conference
Canberra, Australia, November 2003
Format: Paper Presentation

A Quiet Revolution
NSW Centrelink Senior Social Work Leadership Conference
Sydney, Australia, June 2003
Format: Speech (including self-produced short film)

Social Worker Self-Care
National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter Annual Conference
Jackson MS, USA, March 2002
Format: Workshop

Committees

Sunshine Coast Social Workers' Network

  • Member, Steering Committee, 2009 - 2012
  • Webmaster & Social Media Coordinator, 2009 - 2012

University of the Sunshine Coast

  • External Advisor, Arts and Social Sciences Advisory Committee: Social Work, 2007 - 2010 

The University of Queensland Social Work and Human Services Alumni

  • Secretary & Treasurer, 2008
  • President, 2003 - 2005
  • Committee member, 2002 - 2008

Brisbane Institute for Strengths Based Practice

  • Mentor to AYAD in Vietnam, 2008 (AusAID Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program)
  • Member, Inaugural International Conference Organising Committee - Strength Based Strategies, India, 2006
  • Committee of Management, 2006 - 2008

Australian Association of Social Workers

  • A/ National Convenor, Continuing Professional Education, 2005
  • Convenor, Continuing Professional Education, Queensland Branch, 2003 - 2004
  • Member, Committee of Management, Queensland Branch, 2002 - 2004

Publications

Greenslade, L., & Vos, A.  2010, 'Taking the Wheel: Put Yourself in the Driver's Seat of Your Field Placement Experience', in Grobman, L (ed), The Field Placement Survivial Guide (2nd ed), White Hat Communications, Pennsylvania.

Greenslade, L., & Vos, A.  2009,  ‘What’s On Your Social Work Horizon?  Creating YOUR Social Work Career – Phase 4: Cultivating Your Purpose’, The New Social Worker, vol. 16, no. 1, pp 13-14. 

Greenslade, L., & Vos, A.  2008, ‘What’s On Your Social Work Horizon?  Creating YOUR Social Work Career – Phase 3: Create Your Purpose’, The New Social Worker, vol. 15, no. 4, pp 12-13. 

Greenslade, L., & Vos, A.  2008,  ‘What’s On Your Social Work Horizon?  Creating YOUR Social Work Career – Phase 2: Understanding the Purpose of Social Work’, The New Social Worker, vol. 15, no. 3, pp 10-12. 

Greenslade, L., & Vos, A.  2008,  ‘What’s On Your Social Work Horizon?  Creating YOUR Social Work Career – Phase 1: Clarify Your Purpose’, The New Social Worker, vol. 15, no. 2, pp 8-9. 

Vos, A. 2007,  'My Horizon: A proactive approach to career enhancement', AASW National Bulletin, vol. 17, no. 3, pp 16 - 17.

Vos, A. 2003, 'Social Work, Dreams, and Passion in an Ideal World', The New Social Worker, vol. 10, no. 2, pp 28 - 31.