Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research

Events

Reflective Forum: Pandemic-affected Professional Practice - 8 October 2020  *remote

Time: 12.30-1.45pm

Social work practitioners/managers and academics come together to reflect on how the pandemic and its aftermath has - and is - impacting on practice modelling a psychosocial approach called 'Listening Posts'. The three stages of which will be:

  • Stage 1 (30mins)
    A free and unstructured reflective conversation about the forum topic
  • Stage 2 (30 mins)
    A critical consideration of the content of Stage 1 to identify themes
  • Stage 3 (15 mins)
    Development of a hypothesis of what is happening with professional practice that might have wider application and help inform ongoing practice.  
Autistic Women and Girls - 15 October 2020  *remote (fully booked)

Autistic Women and Girls promoTime: 5pm

A short introductory seminar into understanding and working with autistic women and girls
Presented by Cathie Long and Esther Whitney 

Cathie is warm and engaging, and proud to be neurodiverse. She has an MA in Autism andwas awarded ‘The Professional Learning Award Outstanding Achievement (Autism)’ by the University of South Wales in December 2017. She is a highly competent and experienced Independent Social Worker and Expert Witness. She is an Approved Mental Health Professional, and a Best Interest’s Assessor. Cathie completes capacity assessments for Deputyship applications to the Court of Protection. She is experienced in assessments for the Family Court, particularly where the parents(s) and/or children have a learning disability, neurodiversity, or difficulties associated with their mental health. She possesses over 26 years of post-qualifying experience working with children, adults, and older people who have mental health problems (including dementia), a learning disability, substance misuse issues, and physical health needs.

Esther is an award-winning artist who is also proud to be neurodiverse. Esther is a mother who endured a difficult and prolonged experience of Family Court. Seven weeks after her daughter was born, Esther’s baby was removed into the care of her local authority. Due to Esther’s tenacity and determination, she intelligently did all she could to challenge the court decision. Finally, despite many opposing views from different professionals, the judge eventually allowed her daughter to be returned to her care. Esther is now the proud mother of her four-and-a-half-year-old daughter.
She is an MA in Autism research student at the University of Canterbury. 

Cathie will interview Esther about her lived experience of autism,drawing insights from different aspects of being autistic - such as sensory processing differences, and the differences between autism and a diagnosis of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD).

Doctoral Research-in-Progress (DRiP) Seminar - 5 November 2020  *remote

Time: 2-3pm
Zoom link: https://universityofsussex.zoom.us/j/95302607269

Title: Living on the Margins: Understanding wellbeing through the everyday life experiences of young Arab Jerusalemites
Speaker: May Nasrawy, Doctoral Researcher, Social Work & Social Care PhD

In this presentation, May will describe her research journey, starting from the point she developed an interest in the topic, through to why and how she went about researching it. She will pause at various intervals throughout to highlight particular challenges encountered, how she dealt with them, and ultimately “found her voice” through the ‘messiness’ of it all!

Researching Professional Practice - 9 November 2020  *remote

Time: 12.30-1.45pm
Zoom link: https://universityofsussex.zoom.us/j/95798039575

Theme: Researcher reflexivity when researching professional practice (to include planning the RPP workshop programme for the year) 

Researching Professional Practice pre-reading: Relationship-based Research in Social Work

BASW England Relationship-based Practice Week: 30 November - 4 December 2020

BASW England Relationship-based Practice Week event promoFREE FOR MEMBERS

Join us for a week of workshops, forums, and panel discussions around the topic of relationship-based practice.

We will be looking at the progress of the BASW England 80-20 Campaign - in partnership with University of Sussex Talking and Listening to Children (TLC) Research - since our first survey, where we are now during a year of pandemics and protest, and how we see the future of the campaign progressing.

The practice week sessions will cover a range of topics including:

  • Practical relationship-based practice tools (Kitbag and Kitbag Online)
  • Relationships during pandemics
  • Anti-racist practice
  • Making time for relationships
  • Better recording in children’s social work

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Researching Professional Practice - 14 December 2020  *remote

Time: 12.30-2pm

Reflective Forum: Pandemic-affected Professional Practice - 21 January 2021 *remote

Time: 12.30-1.45pm
Zoom link: https://universityofsussex.zoom.us/j/92726770429

Social work practitioners/managers and academics come together to reflect on how the pandemic and its aftermath has - and is - impacting on practice modelling a psychosocial approach called 'Listening Posts'. The three stages of which will be:

  • Stage 1 (30mins)
    A free and unstructured reflective conversation about the forum topic
  • Stage 2 (30 mins)
    A critical consideration of the content of Stage 1 to identify themes
  • Stage 3 (15 mins)
    Development of a hypothesis of what is happening with professional practice that might have wider application and help inform ongoing practice.  
Researching Professional Practice - 15 February 2021 *remote

Time: 12.30-2pm
Speaker: Paul Shuttleworth
Zoom link: https://universityofsussex.zoom.us/j/92466206413

Title: 'Fallibility and Rigour: Finding out what matters to children in kinship care through dialogical participation and critical realism'

This workshop will discuss the methodological approach used for the research which looks at what matters to children in kinship care which ensured the meaningful inclusion of the voice of children through participation. It will also discuss how social work research and practice should adopt a particular reflective and ethically charged participatory stance. This is known as dialogical participation.

Also highlighted will be the relevance of philosophy and knowledge production whenever participation is undertaken. Particular methodological stances are necessary so that generalisations can be robustly made and to ensure that research findings can produce change. Therefore, critical realism was used as an underlabourer to accentuate particular participatory methods.  

Lastly, there will be a reflection on the particular methods used for the study. This included photo-elicitation, child-led walking tours, role-play, drawing, and an interviewing process with the children that discussed emerging theories. This allowed a reflective and collaborative study design.

LISTEN TO THE RECORDING OF PAUL'S TALK

Ageing Well: Changing the Conversation - 23 February 2021 *remote (fully booked)

Time: 3-4.30pm

Much is made of delivering person centred care, but in looking too closely at the individual there is a chance we are devaluing social connection. Refocusing on the relationships between the older person and the people who care for them encourages us to the differently about the active role older people can play in this dynamic.

This webinar will explore whether focusing on quality relationships can improve outcomes for older people. We will examine the difference between the two approaches and how thinking differently could impact the care and support that is delivered.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Henglien Lisa Chen: Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research, School of Education and Social Work, University of Sussex
    Lisa’s research is centred on the policy and practice of long-term care, particularly in the forms of community and institutional care of older people including people with dementia and their in/formal carers and caring professionals.
  • Charlotte Evans: Founder of 'Story Chaplain'
    Inspired by the time she spent with her grandmother, Charlotte founded the social enterprise Story Chaplain, which encourages and equips people to use everyday creativity when spending time with people living with dementia, through resources and workshops. Charlotte holds an MA in Bibliotherapy (fiction therapy), and uses 'Comfort Words', poems and creative writing in her workshops. Charlotte often uses connection with nature and the seasons to encourage meaningful moments
  • Brendan Commane: Volunteer
    'Time to Talk Befriending' is an inter-generational befriending project which aims to help people aged 65+ who are socially isolated, chronically lonely and/or have limited or no access to services. The project aims to build lasting relationships. Brendan has undertaken a workshop led by Charlotte, and as a result now uses the INGREDIENTS cards to help create meaningful moments of connection with his befriendee.
  • Pati Bielak-Smith: Non-violent Communication (NVC) Trainer
    Based in Wales, Pati is a UK certified NVC trainer specialising in working with the elderly. She has written a book on applying NVC to Dementia.

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Researching Professional Practice - 29 April 2021

Time: 11am-12.30pm
Speaker: Nick Andrews, University of Swansea
Zoom link: 
https://universityofsussex.zoom.us/j/93530511839 

Nick Andrews from the University of Swansea will share his thoughts and experiences about professional learning and development through ‘magic moments’ in adult social work and social care. 

Title: 'It’s Not In The Care Plan: Supporting collective, contextualised learning through ‘magic moments'

The Franciscan, Richard Rohr states ‘the problem with organised religion is that it tries to teach people what to see rather than how to see’. A similar criticism could be made of approaches to training and development for the social work and social care workforce. Practitioners are often unconsciously framed as ‘empty vessels’, who are then subject to top-down Powerpoint presentations or e-learning. 

By contrast, the distinguished educationalist Paulo Freire advised strongly against imposing knowledge on people. The natural reaction to such an approach is to push-back, especially if it creates uncomfortable cognitive dissonance. He suggested that education is more about stimulating ‘a need to know’, which starts by valuing and engaging with the reality and stories of the people involved, then empowering them to lead the learning. The ‘magic moments’ storytelling approach to professional learning and development was developed in response to this awareness. Grounded in Appreciative Inquiry, it uses dialogue-learning techniques to explore and learn from the stories of practitioners. This short on-line, inter-active workshop will provide an introduction to this model of learning and, in the spirit of this approach, participants will be invited to share their own magic moments in the workshop space. 

Researching Professional Practice - 19 April 2021

Time: 12-2pm

Researching Professional practice - 14 June 2021

Time: 12-2pm

Reflective Forum: Pandemic-affected Professional Practice - 1 July 2021 

Time: 12.30-1.45pm

Social work practitioners/managers and academics come together to reflect on how the pandemic and its aftermath has - and is - impacting on practice modelling a psychosocial approach called 'Listening Posts'. The three stages of which will be:

  • Stage 1 (30mins)
    A free and unstructured reflective conversation about the forum topic
  • Stage 2 (30 mins)
    A critical consideration of the content of Stage 1 to identify themes
  • Stage 3 (15 mins)
    Development of a hypothesis of what is happening with professional practice that might have wider application and help inform ongoing practice.