Promoting therapeutic and relationship-based approaches in social work

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  • GAPS National Conference 2018

    This conference engages with our theme "SOCIAL WORK AT THE EDGE" 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.

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  • Social Work Stories

    This is a new area of our site dedicated to capturing and sharing poingnant moments in our Social Work lives. We started telling our stories at our 2017 National Conference in Cardiff, we warmly invite you to contribute your stories to this collection. Liz gets us started with a memory from early on in her career...

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  • Clare Winnicott Essay Awards 2018

    The deadline for 2018 awards are open for submissions has now passed. We were really pleased with the number of entries this year. The judges decision is due to be finalised by 7th September, with winning entries being published in The Journal for Social Work Practice in 2019.

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  • Video Presentations from 2017 Conference

    Videos of the full presentations given by Ruth Allen and Brigid Featherstone are available in our News section.

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  • The aim of GAPS

    Gaps promotes therapeutic and relationship-based practice, and the importance of psychodynamic and systemic thinking in social work. These perspectives are central to the editorial policy of the Journal of Social Work Practice, which is owned by GAPS.

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  • How is GAPS funded?

    From our ownership of the Journal of Social Work Practice, GAPS receives a modest annual income which we use to fund activities for front-line social work practitioners and managers – such as one-day workshops and seminars, as well as our annual essay award for social work practitioners and students.

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  • GAPS Workshops

    We regularly run workshops around the UK which are free for registered social workers to attend. The workshops focus on subjects in line with GAPS' aims. Recently they have covered subjects such as relationship based practice, the 'use of self' and the impact of managerialism on practice. This year we have been delighted by the response to our workshops in Wales.

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