Centre for Social Work Practice

2018 National Conference

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2018 National Conference "Social Work at the Edge"

October 05, 2018 in London

Our conference theme this year brings into view social work’s wide reach, both in terms of its focus and its methods. At the edge of its professional boundaries, social work can be pioneering, reaching out beyond its - and society’s - comfort zone, often into realms that are hidden and unspoken, where it may meet other disciplines or may encounter professionally uncharted, uncertain territory, where our accumulated ‘practice wisdom’ may be our surest guide. We are also taken to the edge of our ability to feel with and for the people with whom we work, who are often themselves marginalised, rejected or ‘Othered’, living at the edge of society in a multitude of ways.

Everyday social work means living at the edge, whether that means difficult conversations, working in the evenings, meeting, or not meeting deadlines, looking after ourselves or losing sight of ourselves. As Social Workers, we can feel pushed to the edge of endurance, of what we can bear to feel and to know; at the edge of what we have to give in the context of depleted resources, while balancing our professional and ethical conscience with that of the bureaucratic and target driven roles.

This conference engages with these complex issues through the work of our two keynote speakers; Jane Lindsay and Sasha Roseneil. In addition to the keynote presentations, there will be generous time for group discussion, a stimulating participatory theatre element led by Sociodramatist Valerie Monti Holland, and a delicious hot meal. We aim to make the day nourishing and re-energising for all participants.

Last year participants told us they appreciated: • “being part of a community of like-minded practitioners” • “time and space for self-care, feeling valued and a lovely lunch!” • “the opportunity to reflect on relationships in social work and my relationship with social work”

Friday 5th October - 9.30am to 4.30pm

Amnesty International, London

Tickets £30 (£20 GAPS Members & Students) includes lunch and refreshments

CPD Certificates will be provided

To Book, please visit https://gaps2018.eventbrite.co.uk/

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