The IASW Presents: Advocates and Allies
30 September 2019
A day event titled ‘Advocates and Allies’ hosted by the Irish Association of Social Workers International Committee
114 – 116 St. Andrew’s Resource Centre, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
9.30am – 4.00pm
In a time of increasing challenges for social work, the Irish Association of Social Workers International Committee is proud to host a unique and innovative conference bringing together radical and relationship based social work practice. The Advocates and Allies conference seeks to explore how social workers in frontline practice can practically connect more radical or ‘collective’ approaches to everyday micro or ‘individual’ approaches. Key to this is exploring how social workers can build alliances with service users by drawing on our core skills and knowledge base of advocacy, human rights and social justice work.
Professor of Social Work - University of Essex
Twitter handle: @vasilios_
Solution-Focused Collective, Chair, British Association of Social Workers 2014-18, Organiser of BASW’s Boot Out Austerity campaign
Guy is a social worker and a solution-focused practitioner, trainer and consultant. As the Chair of the British Association of Social Workers from 2014 to 2018, Guy campaigned for social change, and as his term of office came to an end, he co-founded the Solution-Focused Collective to develop similar activities. In 2019 the Collective launched the Solution-Focused Manifesto for Social Change. Guy co-wrote an article with Marc Gardiner of the Zebra Collective, ‘Collectivising Solution-Focused Practice’, which was published in the journal, Critical and Radical Social Work, in 2018.
Twitter handle: @GuyShennan
Talk Title: A Radical Focus on Hope
Zebra Collective, Solution-Focused Collective
Marc has worked in social care & community work in Plymouth, UK, for 30 years, mostly outside formal psychotherapy, e.g. managing mental health services (introducing solution-focused approaches in a national charity as a key element in its strategy to build a recovery culture), youth & community work, social & environmental activism, and – since 2003 – co-running Zebra Collective. Zebra’s core value is sustainable social justice, and we find that operating as a solution-focused organisation internally, as well as grounding all our work in the approach, produces real and lasting changes.
Twitter handle: @zebracollective
Talk Title: Hilary Cottam's Radical Help: possibilities & clues for social work?
Round table facilitated discussions will provide attendees with opportunities to discuss and reflect on what they have heard, and shape how they will take the ideas into their own areas of practice.
Advocates and Allies Conference Poster