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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

GAPS National Conference - 24th October 2024, Leeds and online

Dignity & Epistemic Justice in Social Work

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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Latest

Editorial – Volume 38, Issue 2 (2024)

We open this editorial with the sad news of the passing of our long-serving journal board member, Nigel Elliott. Nigel made an enormous contribution over many years to the success of this journal, including in his roles as a board member and long-serving Book Reviews Editor.

Non Violent Resistance: A Personal Journey and Reflections on its role in Social Work

Anna Flecknoe draws on professional and personal experiences to consider the possibilities of non violent resistance in work with parents struggling with challenging behaviours.

The Reflexive Supervisor

The challenges and complexities of working in the human service field are varied and multi-faceted. Supervisors of practitioners require a range of competencies to ensure safe and ethical practice. The ability to take account of self and think reflexively is a crucial attribute of the thoughtful and effective supervisor

What We Do

New voices for GAPS workshops

GAPS is excited to announce that we are looking to bring in new voices to deliver workshops and seminars over the coming year

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Nigel Elliott

Remembering Nigel Elliott

GAPS Treasurer, Trustee and Friend

Centre for Social Work Practice Legacy Fund

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

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