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

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

How can Trauma Informed Practice guide our interventions now?

An online GAPS Workshop for Social Work Practitioners, Educators and Students – Thurs 22nd Sept

GAPS National Conference 7th Oct – “Intersectionality for Social Workers and The Race Conversation”

This year’s conference will be a hybrid event – in person in London and online via Zoom. Book your place…

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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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.

Practice Development Bursaries

GAPS Members are invited to apply for bursary funding for activities which support practice development consistent with therapeutic, systemic and/or relationship-based approaches.

Centre for Social Work Practice Legacy Fund

The legacy fund was launched on 9th November 2021... find out more...

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