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Department of Social Work and Social Care Annual Conference 2017: New Directions in Social Work and Social Care

Time: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: De Lissa Lecture Theatre 5, De Lissa Building, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB
Price: free

Department of Social Work and Social Care Annual Conference 2017: New Directions in Social Work and Social Care

Plenary speakers

Constantin Court, Ruskin Mill College

Topic: New directions in therapeutic education and care


Constantin Court has been involved in working with challenging young people with a variety of difficulties and of all ages or more than 20 years in the national and international context. Originally from Germany he has been involved in initiatives in Germany, Israel, Switzerland, Egypt and England in caring and teaching capacity as well as staff trainer, lecturer, senior manager, care manager, project lead and head teacher. Constantin is currently working for Ruskin Mill Trust as Director for Practical Skills Therapeutic Education and quality assure the delivery of Ruskin Mill's unique method in the various centres of the Trust.

Since over 30 years Ruskin Mill Trust has been offering innovative education and care for young people who fall through the cracks of the mainstream system. Today the charity operates five specialist colleges, one special school one adult social care centre in England and Wales and is involved in initiatives in the US, a joint masters programme with the University of Lillehammer, Norway, and other international projects. Children and young people who are experiencing a number of challenges in their lives through autism, learning disabilities, attachment and mental health difficulties are immersed in stimulating sensory activities such as iron age forging, glassblowing, felting and greenwood work in a therapeutic environment.

Jo Gibson and Brendan O'Donovan, Vanguard Consulting

Topic: New directions in people-centred services

 

Professor Brian Taylor, University of Ulster

Topic: New directions in evidence, risk and decision-making


Brian Taylor is Professor of Social Work at Ulster University, Northern Ireland. Qualified in social work and teaching, he spent 12 years as a practitioner and manager, and then 15 years in professional training and organisation development in health and social care. Brian's research and teaching interests are in professional judgement, decision making processes, assessment tools, risk (assessment, communication and management) and use of knowledge to inform practice.

He is the principal organiser of the biennial international symposium: Decisions, Assessment, Risk and Evidence in Social Work. He has supervised a range of PhD and other research projects on these topics, and his publications include the books: Professional Decision Making and Risk in Social Work; and Understanding and Using Research in Social Work.

Brian is an honorary Senior Fellow of the School for Social Care Research at the National Institute for Health Research, London, an honorary Associate of the Harding Centre for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, and a founder member of the Board of the European Social Work Research Association.

Conference workshops

2.00pm - 3.30pm*

Jo Gibson & Brendan O'Donovan Vanguard Consulting Applying the Vanguard Method to People-Centred Services
Constantin Court Ruskin Mill College Applying the PTSE approach: a therapeutic skills workshop
Keith Davies Kingston and St Georges Evidencing success in social work practice
Farrukh Akhtar Kingston and St Georges Transformation and change in social work: a reflective workshop
Ellen Paladini-Stone & Katie Law Kingston and St Georges Complex adoption: large sibling group adoption and ‘in-limbo' adoptive placements

* Please note, you will be contacted to choose your preferred first and second choice of workshop nearer to the time of the event.

Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Anastasiya Stravolemova, FHSCE Events
Tel: 0208 725 4735
Email: HSCE-events@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Directions

Directions to De Lissa Lecture Theatre 5, De Lissa Building, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB:

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