Promoting therapeutic and relationship-based approaches in social work

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  • GAPS National Conference 2019

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

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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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  • Clare Winnicott Essay Awards 2019

    The deadline for the 2019 Clare Winnicott Essay Awards has passed. Winners will be notified in early September. The winning essay in each category (Student, Practitioner) will be published in the Journal of Social Work Practice.

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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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  • 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