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GAPS encourages connection and reflection among the social work community. We invite you to take part in our online discussions to exchange thoughts and ideas about the articles and subjects raised. We have recently encouraged our members and wider readership to contribute through the Writing for GAPS initiativeWe have been really delighted with the response and we are very pleased to publish the first of these commissioned pieces from Rhian Taylor,Patricia Higham, Hannah Robb and Louise Sims.

We invite you to read, think, and respond through the comments section.  This space is for practitioners, educators and students in the field of social work.  You must logged in as a GAPS member or subscriber (subscribing is free).  Please get in touch if you have any difficulty registering or logging in – we would really like you to take part.

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On Being and Becoming: Rogerian Approaches to Relationship Building and Eating Disorders

On Being and Becoming: Rogerian Approaches to Relationship Building and Eating Disorders

Broadly speaking, Carl Rogers’ hypothesis is that the person who presents in psychotherapy already has within them the resources, knowledge, and wisdom needed for healing, and that it is the work of the therapist to facilitate a therapeutic relational climate that enhances the client’s ability to draw upon their internal resources in the pursuit of growth and change (Rogers, 1942). This approach is of particular interest when applied to the treatment of eating disorders and attachment trauma.

Hannah Robb

The Middle Passage

The Middle Passage

The term ‘midlife crisis’ refers to a phenomenon where a mid-point of life can trigger significant identity, relational and lifestyle changes. Hollis shuns the term ‘crisis’ and instead talks about ‘the Middle Passage’ as representing a wonderful, though often painful opportunity to re-examine ourselves. During the Middle Passage, there is an invitation for greater consciousness. I am a white woman and a social worker in my own middle-age. I started writing this paper in the last week of February 2021 after a close colleague, a black woman, resigned.

Louise Sims

Joining, Contracting and Intervening: three parts to embedding clinical practice in a child protection system 

Joining, Contracting and Intervening: three parts to embedding clinical practice in a child protection system 

Professionals from a range of therapeutic disciplines join with social work colleagues in local authority children’s services departments to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families. Such clinicians can be referred to as ‘embedded’ in local authority structures. This article considers three recursive and interlinked processes – joining, contracting and intervening – that occupy the clinician in the process of becoming embedded. 

Jamie Evans

Learning from the Kindertransport Children’s Lives

Learning from the Kindertransport Children’s Lives

This article by Patricia Higham discusses the experiences of the Kindertransport children, and argues that today’s practitioners can learn strategies for practice from the Kindertransport children’s lives, including how to diminish the incidence of post-traumatic stress, mitigate the impact of traumatic life events on vulnerable individuals and facilitate post-traumatic growth.

Patricia Higham

How to Make a Social Worker – reflections on social work education

How to Make a Social Worker – reflections on social work education

I have recently left my job as a senior lecturer in a university to go back to practice with looked after children. It was a difficult decision and like most complex issues, the reasons for it were overdetermined. As the months pass in my new role, I have been reflecting on my experiences of working in social work education and considering them from my current position, as a practitioner.

Rhian Taylor

How do we understand relationships now?

How do we understand relationships now?

A discussion which began during the first Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, when many social workers worked from home and met clients and colleagues online. Our Trustees, Nigel and Katharine begin the discussion with a longer view. You are invited to join in.

Nigel Elliott and Katharine Scanlan

Writing for the 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 relationship-based social work practice.

Our aim is to bridge the gap between practice and academic writing whilst opening up spaces for contemplation and stimulating discussion.

We encourage practitioners, educators and researchers to propose articles of 1,000 words or more for publication on this site and for discussion among our community.

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