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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 Events

Events

GAPS offers workshops, work discussion groups, and conferences to the Social Work community. GAPS events offer a space to connect and recuperate, and form new relationships with like-minded colleagues.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, we have made use of online spaces to deliver these activities and continue to offer spaces for social workers to connect, reflect and learn. In doing so we have explored the benefits of working in this way, whilst also considering what can be lost. In the future GAPS hopes to provide a mixture of in-person and online activities.

Most GAPS events are free, and, when we meet in person, lunch and refreshments are provided. Events are held around the UK. In recent years GAPS visited London, Bristol, Swansea, Taunton, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Birmingham, Glasgow and York.

Our listings also include events held by other organisations, which we think you might be interested in.

If the cost of attending an event is a barrier...

GAPS members are able to apply for practice development bursaries to support with fees or travel costs for training events.  Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events

The Social Work Public Perception Myth: A Genealogy of Discourse

The Social Work Public Perception Myth: A Genealogy of Discourse

Joe Hanley will analyse negative discourse around social work and offer suggestions about how this can be ...

Location: Online

Date: Tues 16th April

Time: 2pm-3.30pm

Building relational systems in social work using Systems-Centered® theory and practice

Building relational systems in social work using Systems-Centered® theory and practice

An online workshop which will be both serious and fun, theoretical and practical, and provide a space for slowing down – for being rather than doing.

Location: Online via Zoom

Date: Thursday 9th May 2024

Time: 9.30am - 1pm

Developing Skills for Critical Practice

Developing Skills for Critical Practice

The workshop introduces the concepts of ‘Critical Pedagogy’ which come from the work of the Brazilian educationalist Paulo Freire. After introducing the theory of Critical Pedagogy the workshop then applies these to social work practice, thinking particularly about the skills we need to practice more critically.

Location: Online via Zoom

Date: Friday 28th June

Time: 9.30am - 1pm

Past Events

Exploring Our Work Challenges Using a Systems Centered® Approach

Exploring Our Work Challenges Using a Systems Centered® Approach

Location: Online

Date: 10 Sessions beginning Weds 24th January 2024

Belong + Perform at Work – A Systems Centered Approach

Belong + Perform at Work – A Systems Centered Approach

Location: Online

Date: Thursday January 11 - Friday January 12, 2024

Book Launch – ‘Systems Psychodynamics’

Book Launch – ‘Systems Psychodynamics’

Location: London and Online

Date: Sunday 3rd December

Becoming Trauma-Informed: the next step

Becoming Trauma-Informed: the next step

Location: Online via Zoom

Date: Monday 27th November 2023

“First Build Your System” Leadership & Management – a systemic perspective

“First Build Your System” Leadership & Management – a systemic perspective

Location: Online via Zoom

Date: Thursday 23rd November 2023

Finding Hope in a Dark Place – stories of innovation and activism – reigniting the fire in our bellies (GAPS National Conference)

Finding Hope in a Dark Place – stories of innovation and activism – reigniting the fire in our bellies (GAPS National Conference)

Location: Birmingham and online via Zoom

Date: Friday 3rd November 2023

How can Trauma Informed Practice guide our interventions now?

How can Trauma Informed Practice guide our interventions now?

Location: Online via Zoom

Date: Friday 6th October 2023

Systems-Centered® Training Week

Systems-Centered® Training Week

Location: York

Date: Mon 11th - Fri 15th September

Harmful Sexual Behaviour – a workshop for Social Work Practitioners working with Children and Young People.

Harmful Sexual Behaviour – a workshop for Social Work Practitioners working with Children and Young People.

Location: York

Date: Friday 8th September

Building collaboration in groups and teams: Finding common ground (SCT UK)

Building collaboration in groups and teams: Finding common ground (SCT UK)

Location: Eastbourne

Date: Mon 5th & Tue 6th June 2023

Building relational systems in social work using Systems-Centered® theory and practice

Building relational systems in social work using Systems-Centered® theory and practice

Location: Online via Zoom

Date: Wednesday 24th May 2023

Social Work in times of crisis and disaster – Northumbria Univerisity Annual Social Work Conference

Social Work in times of crisis and disaster – Northumbria Univerisity Annual Social Work Conference

Location: online

Date: Fri 27th January

Proposals for GAPS events...

What would you like to attend?

We are eager to offer a full calendar of online and in-person workshops, conferences, lectures and discussion groups.  We are really keen to hear from people who have something to share with our audience.  We would like to hear from you about ideas for an event.

Do you know someone who might like to present to a GAPS audience? Is that you?

 

Clare Winnicott Essay Awards

The 2023 Clare Winnicott Essay Awards are open for submissions from unpublished Social Work Practitioners and Social Work Students

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