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Strengthening the Evidence Base for Psychosocial Interventions

  • Sheraton Hotel, Gleeson Street, Athlone
  • 10 Registration, 10.30 - 4 Event, AGM 1.00 - 1.45
  • 20 May 2016

Price €10 IASW members/ €20 non-members

Full day conference & AGM organised by the SWAMH SIG

 

ONLINE BOOKING FOR THIS EVENT HAS CLOSED. HOWEVER, THERE ARE STILL PLACES AVAILABLE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PAY ON THE DAY. ONLY CASH CAN BE ACCEPTED. 

Price includes refreshments only - lunch is not included in the event fee

The Sheraton Athlone Hotel shares parking facilities with the Athlone Town Shopping Centre. Please park in the long term section of level B if you wish to avail of the conference delegate parking rate of €3. 

 

Programme & Speaker Details

 

10.00 - Registration, tea and coffee

10.30 - Introduction (Mary G Killion, chair SWAMH)

10.40 - Professor Caroline Mc Gregor, NUIG, A critical review of the Challenges and Opportunities of doing Research as a Practitioner

11.30 - Carmel Halton, UCC, Bridging the Gap: Promoting Practitioner Research in Social Work 

12.20 - Lunch

13.00 – 13.45 – SWAMH AGM in Main Auditorium  

13.45 - Aidan Cooney Listening to hard topics with soft ears; Care planning for in-patients who are victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

14.30 - Research in Practice Workshops

  • Research as Advocacy: Delayed Discharges from Acute Mental Health Units – Aideen McDonnell
  • The Role of a Mental Health Social Worker: Reflections on Research in Practice – Caoimhe Black and AnnMarie Kennedy

15.20- 16.00 Feedback and Wrap Up

 

Speaker Biographies

Caoimhe Black is a Senior Mental Health Social Worker in the Dublin North City Mental Health Service, working across inpatient, day hospital and community settings. She has completed a Postgraduate Diploma and a Masters in Cognitive Psychotherapy. Her clinical specialism is psychosis and she has completed research exploring the correlation between divergent illness perceptions within the service user, key worker and carer triad and service user affect and self-esteem. She has been involved in research regarding the role of a mental health social worker and her current research focus is service user satisfaction relating to mental health social work interventions. 

Aidan Cooney M.Sc (King’s) BSW (UCC)

In 2005, I graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from University College Cork. I went on to pursue an M.Sc in mental health and learning disability from the Department of Forensics and Neurodevelopment in King’s College Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurodevelopment (IOPPN) in 2008. On graduating from IOPPN I have worked in UK mental health teams in clinical specialist social work roles. In Oxleas PCT adult mental health and learning disability services and South London and Maudsley PCT CAMHS Neurodevelopment Services. In 2013 I moved to Louth Meath Mental Health services (LMMHS) working in Community Mental Health Teams. In 2016, I toke on the new role of In-Patient Clinical Social Worker, contributing to care plans and developing integrated care pathways to meet psychosocial needs such as finance & housing, intimate partner violence, parenting support and carer support etc.  

Carmel Halton has been a social work academic and educator for over 30 years. She occupies the roles of   Director of Social Work Practice, Director of the MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Practice Teaching and Supervision  and Director of the Master of Social Work Programme at University College Cork, Ireland. She is the elected educational representative  on the Social Work Registration Board. Previously she worked for many years as a social work practitioner and probation officer. Her research and publication interests include: probation, social work education, social work research  and practice, supervision for professional practice and  the use of peer support in practice and research.  She is committed to promoting and researching  outcomes of reflective inquiry in professional and post-qualifying social work education. Recently she co- authored a book ‘Continuing Professional Development in Social Work’ which was published in Autumn 2014 by Policy Press. A complete list of her publications are available on her UCC IRIS webpage. 

Aideen McDonnell is a Senior Mental Health Social Worker in the Dublin North City Mental Health Service, and covers both a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit and a community mental health team. She has completed a Masters in Applied Social Science and a Masters in Social Research Skills. She has completed research on the interaction of mental health services and child protection services, service user involvement in the mental health services, and delayed discharges in acute mental health units. She has also been involved in EU wide research into the transition from hospital based care to community based care. She is currently working on a project looking at move-ons from mental health rehabilitation hostels.

Caroline McGregor is Professor and Director of Social Work at NUI Galway.  Caroline has been at NUI Galway for almost 4 years. Prior to this, she worked in Queen’s University (under the name of Caroline Skehill) from 1999-2012 and in Trinity College from 1994-1999 where she completed her PhD. She has work experience in the fields of child protection and in mental health. Caroline’s main research interests include history of social work, child protection, children in care and critical perspectives in social work. Throughout her career, in addition to doing her own research and writing, she has been involved in supervising research across a range of fields with students and practitioners. She has a particular interest in and commitment to practice based research and developing research capacity within the professional community.  Caroline’s publications and other details are available at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/our-research/people/political-science-and-sociology/carolinemcgregor/

Abstracts

A critical review of the Challenges and Opportunities of doing research as a practitioner - Caroline McGregor

This Paper will consider the current state of practice based and practitioner led research from both an international and national perspective.  The paper will focus on the methods that can be used in practice based research and will consider the merits and limits of different approaches. An emphasis will be placed on how practitioners can develop their skills and confidence in relation to research in and for practice. Creative opportunities for partnerships between different stakeholders, to progress practice based research, will also be reviewed.

Listening to hard topics with soft ears; Care planning for in-patients who are victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) -  Aidan Cooney

This presentation hopes to contribute to one of the conference aims; interventions that reduce and minimize trauma for service users. Firstly, I will discuss the current evidence of Intimate Partner Violence amongst mental health service users. Secondly, the development of pilot of an integrated care pathway between Louth/Meath Mental Health Services (LMMHS) and domestic violence agencies; AMEN and Women’s Aid Dundalk, that aims to increase awareness of IPV as a need in care plans. 

Research as Advocacy: Delayed Discharges from Acute Mental Health Units – Aideen McDonnell

This presentation will discuss the methods and processes used in an audit-type study of delayed discharges due to accommodation shortages. The project covered Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare. The aim of the presentation is to the demonstrate usable methods of research that create outputs that can be used to advocate for better/increased resources for our service users. The presentation will also encourage social workers that have research experience to disseminate their findings.

The Role of a Mental Health Social Worker: Reflections on Research in Practice – Caoimhe Black and AnnMarie Kennedy

This presentation will describe the process of designing and implementing a research project in Dublin North City Mental Health Service, on the role of a mental health social worker. Our aim in this workshop is to describe the practical steps involved in completing the project. In particular we will discuss our learning from research, as a mechanism to enhance clinical practice.

 


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