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Social media: the new arena for social workers

  • Wynn's Hotel, Abbey Street
  • 9am - 2pm
  • 11 Jul 2014
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Price €5 members/students/unwaged & €10 non-members

The conference will discuss how this new arena of communication has shaped social work practice in recent years as well as highlighting some of the exciting and successful ‘online’ projects that have been developed as new ways of supporting the families and children that we work with. The area of internet safety will also be discussed as well as ways we can advise our clients around this.

Following a recognition by our members of the increasing role that social media and the internet is playing in social work this conference aims to highlight both the new opportunities this has brought to social work practice, as well as in the lives of our clients, and also the ethical dilemmas that have emerged from this for us as practitioners.


Venue: Wynn’s Hotel, 35-39 Lwr. Abbey Street,  Dublin 1

Date: Friday 11th July

Time: 9:00am-1pm

Cost: €10 non-members, €5 members, students and those unwaged.


This conference is accredited for 3 CPD points.


Programme & Speaker Details

9-9:30          Registration, Tea/ Coffee

9:30-9:45    Welcomes –Conor Boksberger & Monica Coll, NSW SIG Committee

9:45-10:30   Gloria Kirwan ‘Social Work and Social Media’ 

 Gloria is well known for her extensive research in the area of social media and social work and will address some the ways this has shaped social work practice in recent years as well as discussing some of the opportunities and ethical dilemmas this has raised for practitioners.

10:30-10:45 Q&As

10:45-11      Break

11-11:30     Ian Power, Executive Director,, is a not-for-profit website created by young people for young people and aims to promote general wellbeing and healthy living in order to prevent and positively intervene in harmful behaviour where it occurs amongst young people. Ian will inform us about activities and the importance of ensuring that young people have access to information online.

11:30-12      Ciara Joyce of ‘ SilverCloud Health’

SilverCloud Health provides evidence based online therapeutic solutions through tailored clinical programmes. The programmes are delivered via a flexible online platform and target symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, among other health concerns. Using the latest technology, this online platform provides a safe, supportive and interactive userfriendly environment. With an expanding international client base, SilverCloud Health’s clients include private and social healthcare providers, child, adolescent and family services, businesses, charities and Universities. Ciara will talk about the broad applications of this technology and how it has been integrated into services to date.

12-12:30  Workshop ‘Ethical dilemmas arising for Social Workers and Social      Media’ Peter Duncan & Aoife Breathnach, MSWs,  NSW SIG Committee

Both Peter and Aoife are Child and Family Social Workers working in TUSLA Child and Family Agency.

12:30-1        Emily Lynch Webwise is an internet safety initiative focused on raising awareness of online safety issues and good practice among students, their parents and teachers. Webwise is the Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre which is funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the EU Safer Internet Programme. Webwise is a part of the Professional Development Services for Teachers (PDST), Technology in Education and is a member of the Insafe network. Webwise is focused on raising awareness of online safety issues and good practice among students, their parents and teachers. Emily Lynch is the Education Officer with Webwise. Previously she worked as a post-primary teacher and with a technology startup.


1pm              New Social Workers AGM

While the conference is open to all social workers, we would encourage any new social workers (students and those practising less than 3 years) to stay for our AGM, which will follow immediately after the conference at 1pm, as this will be a great opportunity to learn about the work of the New Social Workers Special Interest Group as well as raise issues pertaining to new social workers. We would be very keen to hear from any new social workers who would be interested in getting involved in the group at committee level. Please contact us on via our website or at