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Social Work in Primary Care: The Added Value - Primary Care SIG Conference & AGM

  • Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street
  • 9.00 - 4.00
  • 02 Oct 2015

Price €20 members/ €40 non-members

The Conference will explore the influence of social determinants on health, advocacy and ethical practice in social work.

The Primary Care Special Interest Group are delighted to welcome experts in the academic field of social work from Ireland and America at the 2015 Conference. The theme of the conference this year is to recognize the value of Social Work in Primary Care. Primary Care is designed to be the first point of contact for a community’s population with the health and personal social services (Primary Care: A New Direction, HSE, 2001). Social Work has a core role on Primary Care Teams and employ a range of interventions to meet the needs of the population. A central part of the role is ensuring service user’s views & needs remain at the centre of care planning. 

With that in mind, the Conference will explore the influence of social determinants on health, advocacy and ethical practice in social work. The afternoon’s workshops will provide opportunities for discussion around these topics with particular focus on the HIQA standards, Safer Better Healthcare and a workshop on Motivational Interviewing.

We hope that these topics will be of interest to all fields of Social Work practice. 

Price includes lunch and refreshments.


Social Work in Primary Care: The Added Value

Proposed Programme & Speaker Details

09:00 – 09:30 Registration

09:30 – 09:45 Open and Welcome by Mary McNutt, Chair Primary Care SIG

09:45 – 10:45 Evidence Based Practice; Dr Helen Buckley, Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Social Policy Trinity College Dublin

10:45 – 11:45 Ethical Practice in Social Work; Assoc. Professor Jeremy Carney from Minnesota State University Moorhead

11:45 – 12:00 Break

12:00 – 13:00 Social Work in a Healthy Ireland , Sarah McCormack, National Programme Lead, Healthy Ireland & Dr. John Cuddihy,  “Make Every Contact Count” Health and Wellbeing Division

13:00 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 14:15 AGM

14:15 – 15:45 Workshops – choose one:

Advocacy in Social Work [Advocating for clients and for the social work profession] Ann Moroney, Project Officer, Age Action Equality and Intercultural Care Home Project

Safer Better Healthcare [HIQA standards and how social work can incorporate this into practice] Moira Tysall, Principal Social Worker Primary Care, Palliative care, Elder Abuse,

Intervening Briefly, Motivational interviewing Paul Delaney, Director, coAim Training and Development

15:45 – 16:00 Close


Speaker Biographies

Helen Buckley is an associate professor in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin. She formerly worked as a social worker in disability, mental health and statutory child protection. While her research interests are mainly in the child welfare and protection area, she has conducted a study on the use of research evidence in practice and will be drawing from this in her presentation.

Dr. Jeremy Carney
 is a Professor of Social Work at Minnesota State University Moorhead and Director of the University Federal Title IV-E Child Welfare Program. His research interests include social work practice ethics, global education in social work, and child welfare services. Dr. Carney’s practice experience has emphasized the areas of child welfare, both public and private, and mental health care. 

Dr. John Cuddihy is Director of Public Health in the HSE southeast region. He has worked in Hospital Medicine, General Practice and more recently in several Departments of Public Health and in the Health Protection Surveillance Centre. He has special interests in chronic disease prevention and management, environmental health hazards and communicable disease control. His qualifications include a Masters in Public Health and a Higher Diploma in Leadership and Quality Improvement in Healthcare, as well as Fellowship of the faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal college of Physicians of Ireland.

Paul Delaney M.Ed. Dip.Couns. IAAAC, MINT, is a psychotherapist and supervisor with over twenty years experience specialising in the area of behaviour change. He delivers training programmes that include: Motivational Interviewing Skills, Structured Relapse Prevention Techniques, Dealing With Difficult and Challenging Behaviour, Group Work and Facilitation Skills and Negotiation Skills. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy (IACP) and the International Association of Facilitators (IAF)He initially received his training in Motivational Interviewing in 1995 in the UK and subsequently trained as an MI trainer in 1997. He specialises in the delivery of behaviour change training to other professionals and plays a leading role in the development and delivery of Motivational Interviewing (MI) training in Ireland. He delivers MI training programmes to various bodies including: the HSE, the Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform, FAS and various other government state and semi-state agencies.

Sarah McCormack has many years of management experience having worked in Corporate, Community and Hospital Services in the HSE. She has held a number of senior management roles her most recent posts being in Clinical Strategy and Programmes and is currently in Health and Wellbeing as the National Programme Lead for Healthy Ireland. Sarah took a lead role in the development of the recently published Healthy Ireland in the Health Services Implementation Plan 2015 – 2017. Sarah has specialised in Project and Change Management and holds professional certification from The American Project Management Institute and The European Applied Project Management Institute with an MSc in Leadership and Management.

Ann Moroney has worked as a social worker in a wide range of settings for many years. Her most recent social work post was in a Primary Care Social Work team in north Dublin. She was also director Access Ireland, a community development and training NGO with refugees and migrants, for a number of years. She is currently working with Age Action, coordinating the Interculturalism in Residential Care programme

Moira Tysall is a Principal Social Worker for Primary Care, Palliative care and Elder Abuse in HSE Midlands area. Moira qualified as a Social Worker in 1990 having completed a degree in Psychology and spending some time as a student Psychiatric Nurse beforehand.  Moira worked in the UK, mostly in Mental Health Social Work, in practitioner and management roles. Moira returned to Ireland in 1999 working first in Child Protection then taking up a Principal Social Worker role, firstly in Mental Health then including Primary Care, Palliative care and  Elder Abuse. Moira holds a Cognitive Psychotherapist qualification and is an accredited Mediator.




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