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FULLY BOOKED Thinking Critically About the Person-in Society: Towards a Model of Reflexivity in Soci

  • St Andrews Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse Street
  • 9 Registration, 9.30 - 1.00 Workshop
  • 07 Jul 2017

Price €5 members/€15 non-members

This workshop will outline a model of reflection that aims to develop anti-oppressive social work


Co-faciliated by Stan Houston and Erna O'Connor, School of Social Work and Social Policy, TCD.

The model was presented in summary form at the recent IASW National Social Work Conference. This workshop will offer a more comprehensive description of its content. Based on  the presenter's own research and theorisation of the area, the model can be used in a range of enabling contexts including supervision, practice learning, mentoring, coaching and peer support. While the workshop will involve an outline of the model, there will also be interactive exercises allowing participants the opportunity to use the model and reflect on its application to their own area of practice.

The workshop will also seek to customize the model for Irish society, addressing specific challenges for anti-oppressive practice within the Irish context. Thus, we are interested in the  participants' views on how the different domains of the model extrapolate to communities within the region. We intend to use this feedback to further refine the model for Irish practitioners.

You can download a full version of the model at


Stan Houston worked for around 20 years in social work in Belfast, mostly in family and child-care. After that, he moved to higher education, lecturing in the University of Ulster and then Queen's University Belfast until 2015. Last year, he moved to Trinity to lecture in social work. Stan's interests lie in the application of critical social theory to social work and he has published widely on this theme. He has also developed practical tools and methods for social work practice, including a model of reflexivity that will be summarized in his conference presentation.

Erna O'Connor is an Assistant Professor of Social Work, Director of the Master in Social Work programme and Fieldwork Co-ordinator at the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College, Dublin. Prior to this, she worked as a social worker in drug treatment and HIV services and as a social worker and social work team leader in hospital-based social work. Erna's PhD research explored relationship-based social work as a response to trauma. Her teaching and research interests include health-related social work, bereavement and trauma, reflective and relationship-based practice, practice learning and transnational social work.