Promoting therapeutic and relationship-based approaches in social work

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Our Aims

As a professional membership organisation, the aim of GAPS is to promote relationship-based approaches, and psychodynamic and systemic thinking in social work in ways that ‘benefit the public’ and enhance the quality of life for individuals, families, groups and communities.

From our ownership of the Journal of Social Work Practice, GAPS receives a modest annual income. This income is used to resource activities and events for front-line social work practitioners and managers – such as organising and running free one-day workshops, seminars and public lectures for the benefit of social workers, social work students, other practitioners and interested parties. In addition to our free events each year we also organise a national conference.

Much of this work is undertaken by the GAPS Coordinator Dr Hannah Pepper who is supported in this role by Stephen Marsden, the GAPS administrator.