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Journal of Social Work Practice

Aims & Scope
The Journal of Social Work Practice publishes high quality refereed articles devoted to the exploration and analysis of practice in social welfare and allied health professions from psychodynamic and systemic perspectives. This includes counselling, social care planning, education and training, research, institutional life, management and organisation or policy-making. Articles are also welcome that critically examine the psychodynamic tradition in the light of other theoretical orientations or explanatory systems. The Journal of Social Work Practice is committed to a policy of equal opportunities and actively strives to foster all forms of intercultural dialogue and debate. The Journal thus aims to:
provide a unique forum for the application of current understandings of unconscious processes to social work practice with individuals, couples, families and communities; relate these ideas to institutional life and social policy formation, link the psychodynamic tradition with other theoretical orientations and foster intercultural dialogue and debate.
In future the Journal will publish a broader scope of material, to include shorter commentaries, conference reports, items addressing professional debates and material which reflects on the social and political context of practice. The core of the Journal will continue to be high-quality refereed articles devoted to the exploration and analysis of social work practice themes from psychodynamic and systemic perspectives.
The Editors would like to encourage shorter items for publication as well as longer articles conforming to the existing style and would be pleased to discuss proposals or ‘early ideas’ with potential contributors.
Group for the Advancement of Psychodynamics and Psychotherapy in Social Work (GAPS),the owner of Journal of Social Work Practice, exists to promote good practice in all social work agencies. GAPS runs conferences, seminars and local groups and is run on a voluntary basis.

Peer Review Integrity
All research articles in this Journal, including those in special issues, special sections, or supplements, have undergone rigorous peer review, this generally involves initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by at least two independent reviewers.

GAPS and Taylor & Francis make every effort to ensure the accuracy of all the information (the “Content”) contained in their publications. However, the Society and Taylor & Francis and its agents and licensors make no representations whatsoever as to the accuracy, completeness or suitability for any purpose of the content and disclaim all such representations and warranties whether expressed or implied to the maximum extent permitted by law. Any views expressed in this publication are the views of the author and not the Society and Taylor & Francis.

Accessing the Journal

As well as recieving printed copies of The Journal of Social Work Practice quarterly, GAPS members have full online access to:

If you are a paid member of GAPS you can log in here to access the journal.  Annual membership of GAPS costs £28 – you can sign up here
To learn more about the journal, you can read past editorials here.  Or you can browse and search abstracts of articles on the Journal’s own webpage.