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: Caring in an Uncaring World – Moral Injury and Ethical Practice


Friday 8th October 2021


Bristol and Online






GAPS, Sally Weintrobe, Sarah Banks
Caring in an Uncaring World: Moral Injury and Ethical Practice
How do we ‘carry on’ as professionals and carers within planetary and social systems that are fragmenting and disintegrating before our eyes? How can we promote spirit and integrity in our caring professions when our best efforts to maintain, and even improve, standards of social justice and ethical practice are undermined?
Caring in an uncaring world can often leave us feeling helpless, disempowered and even morally injured.  For example, when we leave those in psychological distress waiting without hope, or place children and elderly persons in homes that are unfit for purpose, and in doing so use depleted council resources which we know are being syphoned into private investment accounts, our sense of doing good in the world is attacked.
But there may be ways that we can embolden ourselves and others towards making a difference, to practice individually and collectively in ways that are more ethically purposeful and less morally injurious to ourselves and those we try to help.
This challenging conference has been inspired by the writings of our keynote speakers, Sally Weintrobe, Psychoanalyst and Founder Member of Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA), and Professor Sarah Banks (Durham University).
The aim is to encourage and support participants to identify and explore the conflicting moral environments that we work in, firstly guided by Sally’s ideas on ‘life in the (climate and/or neoliberal) bubbles’ and ‘moral injury’, and followed by Sarah’s thinking about ethical resistance and recovery.  Reflective discussion groups will be facilitated to assist participants in in developing their own ideas and connections.

How to attend:

Each year we hold a national conference which provides social work practitioners with a welcoming space to gather, reflect and discuss ideas.  This year, the conference will be presented both online and for physical attendance by participants in Bristol.  

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