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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

Journal of Social Work Practice

Journal of Social Work Practice

The journal promotes the use of psychodynamic and systemic perspectives to explore and explain social work practice and relationship-based practice. It publishes papers based on empirical research, theory and practice experience from the UK and around the world, all of which are anonymously reviewed by two peer reviewers. The journal aims to support and enliven practitioners and academics alike through deep and thoughtful exploration of matters relevant to contemporary practice. As the title suggests, social work is a prime focus. However, papers discussing allied fields of interpersonal help and the organisational and policy contexts that influence practice are also welcome, as are articles offering critical analysis of psychodynamic and systemic theory in the light of other explanatory frameworks. Contributions from practitioners are especially welcome, either in the form of full-length articles or as shorter pieces in the Voices from Practice section. The journal embraces social work values and seeks to represent diverse and intercultural perspectives.

The journal aims to provide a forum in which:

  • practice, institutional and policy matters are examined through psychodynamic and systemic lenses;
  • the lived experience of practitioners, educators and researchers in contemporary helping professions in the UK and in other cultures and countries is reflected and made visible;
  • psychodynamic and systemic perspectives are linked to and evaluated in the light of other theoretical orientations.
  • Peer Review Integrity
  • All research articles in this Journal, including those in special issues, special sections, or supplements, have undergone rigorous peer review, this generally involves initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by at least two independent reviewers.

 

Recent Editorials

Editorial – Volume 38, Issue 2 (2024)
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. ...

Andrew Whittaker, Gloria Kirwan

Editorial – Volume 37, Issue 3 (2023)
Editorial – Volume 37, Issue 3 (2023)
We begin this editorial with the sad news of the death of Andrew Cooper, former Editor of this journal and ...

Andrew Whittaker, Gloria Kirwan

Editorial – Volume 37, Issue 4 (2023)
Editorial – Volume 37, Issue 4 (2023)
This general issue presents articles focused on social work with children and young people in Belgium, Estonia, ...

Andrew Whittacker, Gloria Kirwan

Editorial – Volume 38, Issue 1 (2024)
Editorial – Volume 38, Issue 1 (2024)
Welcome to the first issue of 2024. This general issue presents articles focused on topics ranging from ...

Andrew Whittaker, Gloria Kirwan

Editorial – Volume 37, Issue 2 (2023)
Editorial – Volume 37, Issue 2 (2023)
The original idea for a Special Issue focusing on poverty stems back several years when it seemed timely to take ...

Helen Hingley-Jones, Gloria Kirwan

Editorial – Volume 37, Issue 1 (2023)
Editorial – Volume 37, Issue 1 (2023)
Welcome to the first issue of 2023. This issue includes papers on a range of topics and themes which display the ...

Gloria Kirwan, Andrew Whittaker

Editorial – Volume 36, Issue 4 (2022) – Personalisation: how far have we come and where are we heading? Current reflections from UK and Europe
Editorial – Volume 36, Issue 4 (2022) – Personalisation: how far have we come and where are we heading? Current reflections from UK and Europe
Twelve years have passed since the publication of the first Special Issue of the Journal of Social Work Practice ...

Andrew Richardson, Francesca Pozzoli, Clare Parkinson

Editorial – Volume 36, Issue 3 (2022)
Editorial – Volume 36, Issue 3 (2022)
This general issue presents articles on a range of social work issues from authors based in many different ...

Gloria Kirwan & Andrew Whittaker

Reflective Practice Editorial – Volume 36, Issue 2 (2022)
Reflective Practice Editorial – Volume 36, Issue 2 (2022)
Reflective practice is a well-established, but not uncomplicated or uncontested, feature of 21st Century ...

Gillian Ruch & Amanda Lees

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Centre for Social Work Practice Legacy Fund

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

Practice Development Bursaries

GAPS Members may apply for bursaries to fund, for example, conference attendance, setting up a work discussion group, running a workshop, or other practice development opportunities.