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


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

GAPS National Conference 2021


Friday 8th October 2021






Free/£28 members/non members


The GAPS 2021 National Conference will take place online. The theme and speakers will be announced in due course.

Before making this decision, we thought carefully about the implications of planning an in-person conference.  GAPS conferences are valuable spaces for meaningful connection among a broad but likeminded community. Whilst there remains a lack of certainty around the need to distance ourselves physically over the coming months, we have instead chosen to work hard at planning an online conference which creates many and rich opportunities to engage with others, learn, reflect and enjoy a thoughful and nourishing day.

Online events are open to our whole community regardless of location.  Delivering our 2020 conference online meant welcoming social workers from across the UK and beyond, and made it possible to include Lemn Sisay as our keynote speaker.

We have all learnt a lot about using online spaces in the past months, and we intend to make the very best use of the tools and experience that we have gathered, to hold an inspiring event.

If you have ideas to contribute, please do get in contact.  We always like to hear from you.

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Workshops, Conferences & Other 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?


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.