Promoting therapeutic and relationship-based approaches in social work

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  • GAPS and Covid-19

    We are considering ways in which we can continue to offer you spaces to connect, learn, reflect and recharge in view of the current limitations on travel and contact.
    We would really like to hear from you about what you would like to see GAPS offering.

    Read more and get in touch
  • Clare Winnicott Essay Awards 2020

    The 2020 Awards are now OPEN!
    Winning Essays are published in The Journal of Social Work Practice and winners receive a £300 prize, presented at our National Conference.

    find out more
  • Practice Development Bursaries

    GAPS offers bursaries to its members for a wide range of Practice Development ideas and opporutnities.

    More Info and Apply
  • GAPS National Conference 2019

    "Social Work and Trauma – Context, Theory and Relationship-Based Practice"
    Our National Conference took place on 4th October in Sheffield.

    more info & book
  • GAPS Board of Trustees

    Are you interested in joining the Board of Trustees? Perhaps you would like to know more about it.

  • 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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  • 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. In November we will be in Edinburgh for "Difficult Conversations" and in December in Birmingham - "Systems Centred Theory"

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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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  • Are you still hearing from us?

    Changes to data protection legislation mean that we need you to let us know if you want to hear from us. Even if we have emailed you in the past, unless you have re-subscribed to our mailing list we may no longer be contacting you. Please re-subscribe so we can let you know about workshops, conferences and other GAPS activities.

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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...

    Social Work Stories