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Editorial – Volume 37, Issue 1 (2023)

Editorial – Volume 37, Issue 1 (2023)

Welcome to the first issue of 2023. This issue includes papers on a range of topics and themes which display the breadth and depth of practice issues that feature in contemporary social work practice.

Gloria Kirwan, Andrew Whittaker

31/01/2023

Editorial – Volume 36, Issue 4 (2022) – Personalisation: how far have we come and where are we heading? Current reflections from UK and Europe

Editorial – Volume 36, Issue 4 (2022) – Personalisation: how far have we come and where are we heading? Current reflections from UK and Europe

Twelve years have passed since the publication of the first Special Issue of the Journal of Social Work Practice on the theme of personalisation. It was in 2010 that social care provision was literally transformed by government policy. Putting People First (2007), the first government paper describing personalisation as a strategy, was published only three years before then and practitioners quickly adapted to working with personal budgets, resource allocation systems and other self-directed support tools.

Andrew Richardson, Francesca Pozzoli, Clare Parkinson

28/10/2022

Ukraine, the West & Russia: Putin’s War – A Personal Reflection

Ukraine, the West & Russia: Putin’s War – A Personal Reflection

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine has sent shockwaves across Europe and I have been struck how this applies at individual as well as governmental and institutional levels.” In this reflective piece, Nigel Elliott delves into the history of Russia and Ukraine, shedding light on matters of nationhood and the possible part played by the West's interactions with Russia, in response to some of the troubling questions the current conflict presents.

Nigel Elliot

July 2022

Editorial – Volume 36, Issue 3 (2022)

Editorial – Volume 36, Issue 3 (2022)

This general issue presents articles on a range of social work issues from authors based in many different countries and regions of the world, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, and Europe. Across many fields of practice, including child protection, mental health, addictions, working with older people and those who are terminally ill, the authors bring a focus to the psychosocial and emotional dimensions of social work practice in its many forms. They address a range of important issues such as the need for dialogue, whether internal or external, reconciliation and kindness and the value of viewing individuals within the context of their wider eco-systems and social contexts.

Gloria Kirwan & Andrew Whittaker

16/08/2022

Reflective Practice Editorial – Volume 36, Issue 2 (2022)

Reflective Practice Editorial – Volume 36, Issue 2 (2022)

Reflective practice is a well-established, but not uncomplicated or uncontested, feature of 21st Century professional activity. Familiar to practitioners in social work, social care, teaching and health-related professions, reflective practice is widely recognised as ‘a good thing’. What it exactly looks and feels like for those practising it or on the receiving end of it, however, is less well understood. In recent years, the dominance of the socio-political landscape by New Public Management and technical-rational responses to the complex, multi-faceted, affective and emotional circumstances of people’s lives, has reinforced the need for reflective skills and practices. Due to the current socially disturbing circumstances – the war in Ukraine, the global pandemic and the climate crisis – that challenge us existentially, evoke powerful emotional responses and attack our capacity to think, the need for reflective practice is, perhaps, greater than ever.

Gillian Ruch & Amanda Lees

31/5/22

Psychosocial and Relationship-Based Practice in Social Work. (Book review)

Psychosocial and Relationship-Based Practice in Social Work. (Book review)

This book is relatively slim in size but ambitious in scope; indeed, there is boldness in its coverage which is pulled off with skill and clarity. Its ambition is set out in its ‘main objective’, namely ‘to offer a critical and evidence-informed systemic and integrative approach to psychosocial and relationship-based practice and interventions’

Nigel Elliott

2019

Practice Perspectives

Practice Perspectives

Abstract: This chapter highlights how different practice perspectives reflect the way we think about and interpret events, and the actions that we take in social work.

Pam Trevithick

2018

“Cycling Over Everest” – Groupwork with Depressed Women

“Cycling Over Everest” – Groupwork with Depressed Women

Abstract: In England, there are fewer and fewer opportunities for social workers to undertake groupwork. The following is a description of an innovative feminist approach involved in adapting psychoanalytic theories, particularly the work of Winnicott, within a groupwork context. The paper describes a typical group session, preceded by an account of some of the main theories and practices informing our work.

Pam Trevithick

1995

Olive Stevenson – a champion for social work.

Olive Stevenson – a champion for social work.

Book review of: Olive Stevenson, Reflections on a Life in Social Work – A Personal and Professional Memoir (2013) Nigel Elliott NOTE: This article is an electronic version of an article published in the Journal of Social Work Practice, Vol. 29, No. 4, December 2015, pp. 487-490.

Nigel Elliott

2017

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.

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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