Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research

Past Events 2019/20

Disclosure of Suicidal Thoughts During an E-Mental Health Intervention:                          Relational ethics meets actor-network theory - 23 October 2019

Time: 12.30-2pm
Venue: Room G31, Freeman Centre

An open research seminar presented by Dr Milena Heinsch, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research, University of Newcastle, Australia


Recent developments in information and communications technology have created enormous opportunities for the provision of affordable, accessible and flexible mental healthcare. Yet the delivery of mental health services online also creates complexities and ethical challenges. While some of these challenges may be similar to those in face-to-face care, their nuance is quite different in the online milieu where relationships, identities and boundaries are fluid and there is an absence of physical presence.

Dr Heinsch's seminar will look at the ethical complexities involved in providing a social networking intervention for depression and alcohol misuse involving providers and peers. She will present a case where researchers and clinicians encountered a participant who repeatedly expressed suicidal thoughts online. Reflecting on how this was managed, she will draw on relational ethics and actor-network theory to explore the challenges and opportunities that emerged. These concern embodiment choice and freedom, technology as a mediator, mutuality and engagement, and power and status within the online environment. She will argus for the need to move beyond human-centric approaches to recognise the role of both human and non-human actors in shaping moral decisions and behaviour in e-mental healthcare.

Researching Professional Practice - 28 October 2019

Time: 12.30-2pm
Venue: Ground Floor Meeting Room, Essex House

CSWIR is launching a new thinking space: Researching Professional Practice provides an opportunity for doctoral researchers, practitioners and academic colleagues to explore the specific and unique dilemmas, challenges and opportunities arising from research conducted in, with and for (but definitely not ‘on’) professional practice.

Come along and see if it’s for you!

Bring own lunch/refreshments

Researching Professional Practice - 10 February 2020

Time: 12-2pm
Venue: Ground Floor Meeting Room, Essex House

Michelle Lefevre and Chris Hall will facilitate the session focusing on using Conversation Analysis (CA) as an analytic method for researching professional practice. There will be an opportunity to ‘have a go’ at CA using research data.

Bring own lunch/refreshments

Researching Professional Practice - 31 March 2020     *CANCELLED


'Identifying, Building and Sustaining Research Relationships'

Bring own lunch/refreshments

Celebrating Children's Lives: A 'call to action' event - 13 May 2020   *CANCELLED

Keynote Speaker: Sir Al Aynsley Green, the first Children’s Commissioner for England (2005-09)  

This event, facilitated by Professor Saul Becker and Citizens UK, Brighton, is hosted by CSWIR and the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY) in conjunction with the Sussex Student Union.

Sir Al Aynsley Green will set out a national overview of the state of children’s lives in England in the 21st century. The presentation will draw on our speaker’s extensive international fieldwork captured in his book: The British Betrayal of Childhood: Challenging Uncomfortable Truths and Bringing about Change.

This event is the foundation for a ‘a call to action’ hosted by the University and attended by young people from local sixth form colleges
and youth organisations

To book your place, email Loreto Rodriguez.

Researching Professional Practice - 18 May 2020

Theme:           Reciprocity in Research Relationships
Link to Join:  https://universityofsussex.zoom.us/j/96828767906 

Researching Professional Practice - 29 June 2020

Theme:           Researching post-COVID-19: Reflections on a pandemic
Link to Join:  https://universityofsussex.zoom.us/j/94482732743

This session will focus on how COVID-19 is affecting - and will continue to affect - our research practices, from how we design projects and carry out data gathering activities, to how we disseminate findings and generate impact. 

As this is the last CSWIR event of the academic year, virtual strawberries and cream will be served :)