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The importance of relationship-based practice:

can we reclaim the social work practice we were trained to provide?


Monday 20th March 2017

9.30am – 4.15pm

Tapestri Café Bar & Bistro

Llys Glas, 37 Orchard Street, Swansea, SA1 5AJ



The aim of this workshop will be to look at the importance of emotionsin everyday life and in social work - and how the relationships we build can help to reclaim the social work practice we were trained to provide. It will look at the impact of managerialism and what an ‘emotional dimension’ in social work might embraceIt will consider the skewed way that logical thinking is often promoted as being innately superior to emotional andintuitive reasoning and how more intuitive influences in sound decision-making are often disregarded in more rigid forms of managerialism. If we are to ‘humanise’ the extremes of managerialism, this calls for practitioners to reclaim the importance of emotions, intuition and emotional reasoningin their work.


It also calls for the concept ‘use of self’ to be located at the heart of social work practice. This concept highlights what we knowand who we are, and how these aspects are brought together and communicated in the skillswe bring to our work. The workshop will explore the challenges faced by practitioners and how we can begin to reclaim the social work practice we were trained to provide– and to care for ourselves and others - in an atmosphere that is supportive, caring, stimulating and fun.


Pamela Trevithick

Dr. Pamela Trevithick is the Visiting Professor in Social Work at Buckinghamshire New University and a part-time coordinator of GAPS - a membership organisation set up to promote therapeutic and relationship-based practice, and the importance of psychodynamic and systemic thinking in social work. She is the author of the best-selling 3rd edition text Social Work Skills and Knowledge: A PracticeHandbook(2012). This book is widely recommended on social work programmes in the UK and abroad, and a text that has been translated into six languages.Her latest publications cover the impact of managerialism on social work and the importance of the concept ‘use of self’. These will be forwarded to applicants by email prior to the workshop.


Venue:Tapestri Café Bar & Bistro,Llys Glas, 37 Orchard Street, Swansea, SA1 5AJ

Date:   Monday 20th March 2017

Time:  9.30am – 4.15pm

No cost:  This event is free and funded by GAPS. It includes a free hot lunch and refreshments


Entrance to Tapestri is via the main courtyard on Alexandra Road or disabled access via Orchard Street (opposite the main Metro bus stop). If you're coming to Swansea by train, Tapestri is near Swansea Central railway station. The nearest car parks are the station car park or the NCP on Orchard Street.

To attend:please book using Eventbrite via this link  can we reclaim the social work practice we were trained to provide?   

Prior registration is a requirement and we encourage early applications to secure a place.Recent Events:


GAPS National Conference

and AGM 2016

Scapegoating in Social Work:

building resistance through relationships


Previous workshops:

GAPS Day Workshop

Wednesday 7th September 2016

at Create Centre Bristol

The importance of relationship-based practice:

can we reclaim the social work practice we were trained to provide?


GAPS Day Workshop

Friday 3rd June 2016

at YHA Bristol

Advanced Practice Skills - Rethinking systems in social work practice: using Systems-Centered theory and practice to instigate system change and understand what gets in the way. 


Recent GAPS National Conference presentations by

Pamela Trevithick, Ray Jones and Juliet Koprowska. 


Trevithick (2014) Humanising managerialism (word version) for GAPS website.pdf450.97 KB
Pamela Trevithick GAPS Nat Conf 4 Dec 2015 (34s) SENT.ppt1.28 MB
Shame, Blame and Scapegoating Presentation.pdf1.78 MB
Website updated 7 February 2017.

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