Promoting systemic thinking, and therapeutic and relationship based approaches in social work


Promoting systemic thinking, and therapeutic and relationship-based approaches in Social Work

GAPS National Conference 2021: Caring in an Uncaring World – Moral Injury and Ethical Practice

Friday 8th October
How do we ‘carry on’ as professionals and carers within planetary and social systems that are fragmenting and disintegrating before our eyes? How can we promote spirit and integrity in our caring professions when our best efforts to maintain, and even improve, standards of social justice and ethical practice are undermined?

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What would you like to attend? We are eager to offer a full calendar of online and in-person workshops, conferences, lectures and discussion groups to meet professional development needs and to give people opportunites to connect and time and space to reflect. ...

Writing for GAPS Website

Do you have an idea for a short article you could write for GAPS?  We warmly invite those involved in social work practice and educators to think about what they would like to say to an audience with an interest in systemic thinking and therapeutic and...

Welcome to GAPS

GAPS is a UK based charity which promotes relationship-based approaches and psychodynamic and systemic thinking in social work. It is funded by its ownership of the ISI ranked Journal of Social Work Practice, which was established by the group in the 1980s.

GAPS offers spaces for Social Workers, Social Work Students and Academics to connect and reflect, and to develop skills in and understanding of relationship-based practice.

We regularly run workshops, seminars and public lectures, and in addition to these free events, we hold a national conference each year. We actively encourage Social Workers to write for publication, and to explore initiatives that develop social work practice. Annual essay awards and an ongoing bursary scheme support such initiatives.

The GAPS website is a further space for reading, sharing and developing your thinking. The website allows you to contribute to discussions with social work colleagues and write short pieces for others to read.

We are always pleased to receive questions and suggestions from members, subscribers and people interested in the work of GAPS.

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Clare Winnicott Essay Awards 2021

The 2021 awards are open... find out more

Writing for the GAPS Website

Do you have an idea for a short article you could write for GAPS?

We offer an authors' fee of £400 per article.

Centre for Social Work Practice Legacy Fund

The legacy fund will be launched in 2021 ... learn more about it...

Workshops, Conferences & Other Events

What would you like to attend?  Do you know someone who might like to present to a GAPS audience? Is that you?

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