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“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

Humanising Managerialism

Humanising Managerialism

Abstract: This paper develops Professor Eileen Munro’s coverage of ‘emotional dimensions’ in her Review of Child Protection in England. It argues that managerialism has failed to recognise the importance of the emotional life of human beings and the importance of the relationships we build in social work and that this failure seriously hinders the quality and effectiveness of social work.

Pam Trevithick

2014

The generalist versus specialist debate in social work education in the UK

The generalist versus specialist debate in social work education in the UK

Abstract: This chapter looks at the ‘generalist versus specialist’ debate in social work education, primarily in relation to England, in order to highlight major changes taking place. However, some of the difficulties identified, and the reforms proposed, are relevant to situations encountered in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and also countries outside the United Kingdom.

Pam Trevithick

2011

Understanding defences and defensiveness in social work

Understanding defences and defensiveness in social work

Abstract: All human beings have defences some of which are unconscious, that is, reactions that for the most part lie beyond our immediate awareness and control. The purpose of this paper is to introduce the important role that defences play in social work and to identify the knowledge and skills that are needed when working with anxieties that lead to defensive behaviour.

Pam Trevithick

2011

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 2024 Clare Winnicott Essay Awards are open for submissions from unpublished Social Work Practitioners and Social Work Students

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