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One-day workshop with internationally acclaimed Dr Pamela Trevithick

  • Westwood House Hotel
  • 9.30 - 4.30
  • 15 Nov 2013
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Price €30 - Non Members €20 - Members €10 - unwaged

Integrating knowledge and skills into a conceptual map of practice: how our knowledge and skills are communicated in the relationships we build in social work

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This workshop looks at two themes. It begins with an account of why social work is – and has to be – highly skilled and knowledge-based and the importance of integrating social work’s extensive knowledge and skills base within a conceptual map of practice. A feature of this ‘map’ is a lexicon of 80 skills and interventions and how our knowledge and skills are communicated in the relationships that we build in social work.

A second theme looks at the complex problems and difficult situations that are a regular feature in social work and the advanced skills needed when we encounter defensive reactions, thoughts and feelings – defences that are evident in ourselves, in others and in the defensive stance adopted by agencies and organisations.

The workshop with involve the use of discussion, demonstrations and other exercises in ways that are informative and instructive but also energising and enjoyable.




9.30am – 10.00am

Registration & Coffee/tea


10.00 - 11.15am

Powerpoint presentation (1): the knowledge and skills base of social work. This session describes how the extensive knowledge-base of social work - and lexicon of 80 skills and interventions - can be integrated within a conceptual map of practice.


11.15 - 11.45am



11.45 - 12.45am



12.45 - 1.45pm



1.45 - 2.45pm

Powerpoint presentation (2): how our knowledge and skills are communicated in the relationships we build in social work. This session explores the advanced skills that are needed when working with complex problems and difficult situations - and when defensive reactions are evident.


2.45 - 3.45pm



3.45 - 4.00pm

Final session/comments and feedback



4.5 CPD points have been awarded for this event


About Pamela Trevithick . . . .

 Dr Pamela Trevithick is the Visiting Professor in Social Work at Buckinghamshire New University and a former Programme Director in Social Work at the University of Gloucestershire. She is the author of the best-selling text, Social Work Skills and Knowledge: A Practice Handbook (2012) - a text recommended text on most UK social work programmes and a book that has been translated into five languages.

In addition to her reputation as an author and gifted lecturer, she is the Chair of GAPS – a social work membership organisation established in 1984 to promote relationship-based approaches, and psychodynamic and systemic thinking in social work. In this role, Dr Trevithick runs GAPS-funded peer support groups and day workshops for front-line practitioners and managers on relationship-based approaches and psychosocial practice. Dr Trevithick also teaches abroad. In 2012, following the publication of the third edition of her book, she engaged in an impressive lecture tour of 13 Australian universities, running workshops organised by the Australian Association of Social Workers. She also lectured in Ireland and in the United States of America.

Dr Trevithick is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Social Work Practice, a feminist activist and member of SWAN - the radical Social Work Action Network.