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[Rescheduled] New Directions in Mental Health Social Work: National and International Perspectives

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Time: 9.45am - 1.00pm
Price: free

[Rescheduled] New Directions in Mental Health Social Work: National and International Perspectives

Update on Friday 11 November 2023.

Department of Social Work and Social Care Annual Conference 2023


As societies around the world deal with multiple crises, including the devastating impact of war, pandemic and poverty, social workers are among the many professions seeking to support individuals and families with their mental health. Increased awareness and understanding of mental illness and new trauma-informed approaches are helping to shape social work practice. In order to highlight some of these developments, our 2023 social work conference will bring together professionals, researchers and academics from a range of countries to examine the changing role of mental health social work in these challenging times.

Online event

Rundown of the conference

 9.45 Conference opens – introduction by the Chair (Professor Malcolm Payne) and Dr Wilson Muleya, Head of Department  

10.00 – 11.00 – Three plenary speakers, 20 mins each 

  • Dr Lynn Tang, University of Liverpool – ‘Working with Chinese mental health service users in the UK'. 
  • Professor Sarah Vicary, Open University – ‘Using interpreters in Mental Health Act assessments'. 
  • Dr Tessa Morgan, University of Cambridge, ‘How are social needs of young people with social work involvement characterised by CAMHS?' 

11.00 - 11.15 - Plenary discussion/questions 

11.15 - 11.30 - Break 

11.30 - 12.30 - Three plenary speakers - 20 mins each 

  • Dr Reima Maglajlic, University of Sussex – ‘Co-producing knowledge on distress caused by political conflict – lessons from Bosnia and Herzegovina' 
  • Dr Laura Tucker, University of York – ‘Who do we think we are? The role of mental health social work in England and Wales'. 
  • Dr Ian Cummins, University of Salford – ‘The impact of austerity on mental health services in the UK' 

12.30 - 12.45 - Discussion/questions 

12.45 – 13.00 - Chair's summary and Close 

Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Nathalie Leung