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


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


Membership of GAPS is open to all and will particularly appeal to practitioners, students, and researchers in the area of social work and related fields as well as those interested in social work, psychodynamic and systemic theory and practice.

UK Membership of GAPS costs £28.00 per year, for which you will receive:

  • Four printed copies of the Journal of Social Work Practice (UK addresses only) published in March, June, September and December (normal cost approx £197.00)
  • Individual online access to the current issue of the JSWP and to an electronic archive of the journal back to Volume 1 Issue 1
  • Free online access to two other journals published by our publisher Taylor & Francis: Psychodynamic Practice (UK) and Psychoanalytic Social Work (USA)


  • GAPS members receive a 30% discount on the price of Routledge published books
  • Discounted admission to GAPS annual conference (2023 members tickets are free!)
  • GAPS members are able to apply to the Practice Development Bursary Fund after 1 year of membership

Membership outside the UK costs £28 for online only access, or £45 for members in Europe and £55 for members in Australia, Canada and USA which includes print journals.

GAPS Website Subscription (free)

GAPS website is open to all to read, however subscribers can access and contribute to all of the online disucssion areas.  Subscription is open to anyone engaged in the Social Work field as a practitioner, manager, educator or student.  Subscribers do not have acces to the Journal of Social Work Practice

Please note, subcription and membership can take up to 48 hours to process

To Become a Member or Subscriber:

*Subscriber Only allows you to take part in online discussions, but does not enable access to the Journal of Social Work Practice.
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Please describe your work role or relationship to Social Work. It is helpful for us to know a little more about our community. We also restrict contributions to GAPS website to those connected professionally or academically to the Social Work profession. We aim for this group to be inclusive but not without boundaries. The information you give hear helps us to fulfill this aim.
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The membership fee will be debited from this card annually.

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.