Patricia Walsh
Assistant Professor, Sch Office - Social Work & Social Policy


A qualified social worker, has specialised in child welfare and mental health practice. Completed advanced training in London and postgraduate training in child and family mental health in the Institute of Psychiatry/ Maudsley Hospital in 1989. From 1996 - 1999,a member of the management committee of Access Ireland, the first EU-funded project promoting the integration of refugees in Ireland. From 1998 - 2002,a member of the management board of a Tempus Phare project re-establishing social work education at university level in Romania. In 2002 she developed and directed a new Masters in Social Work programme in Trinity. From 2003 - 2011, a member of the Irish statutory social work regulatory body, the National Social Work Qualifications Board (NSWQB),elected as nice-chair in Jan 2008,re-elected in 2010 and served until its demise in 2012. As well as teaching and administrative responsibilities, undertakes commissioned research work in a range of areas and pro bono consultation work with selected groups.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Social Work in a 'Globalized' Ireland in, editor(s)Christie, A., Featherstone, B., Quin, S. and Walsh, T. , Social Work in Ireland: Changes and Continuities, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp18 - 35, [Christie, Alastair and Walsh, Trish] Book Chapter, 2015

Christie, A., Featherstone, B., Quin, S. and Walsh, T. (Editors), Social Work in Ireland: Changes and Continuities, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 235pp Book, 2015

Walsh, T. and Cananvan, J (co-authors), Strengths-based Practice in Child Welfare, Child Care in Practice, 20, (1), 2014, p1 - 6 Journal Article, 2014

Child Care in Practice, 20, 1, (2014), 1 - 157p, Walsh, Trish and Canavan, John, [guest editors of special issue], Nov 2012 - Feb 2014 Journal, 2014

Mulvihill, A, Walsh, T., Pregnancy loss in rural Ireland: an experience of disenfranchised grief, British Journal of Social Work, advanced access, 2013, p17 Journal Article, 2013

Irish Social Worker, (2013), 52p, Trish Walsh, [Guest Editor], 3 months Journal, 2013

Walsh, T.,, Breslin, G., Curry, P., Foreman, M., McCormack, M., A whole hospital approach? Some staff views on a hospital bereavement service, Death Studies, 2013 Journal Article, 2013 URL

Trish Walsh, Review of Working with children and teenagers using solution-focused approaches., by Judith Milner and Jackie Bateman , Child Care in Practice, 18, (3), 2012, p291-295 Review, 2012

Shedding light on the expert witness role in child welfare work: the value of social constructionism in, editor(s)Witkin, Stanley , Social Construction and Social Work Practice: Interpretations and Innovations, New York, USA, Columbia University Press, 2012, pp188 - 210, [Trish Walsh] Book Chapter, 2012

Therapeutic options in Child Protection and Gendered Practices in, editor(s)Brid Featherstone, Carol-Ann Hooper, Jonathan Scourfield and Julie Taylor , Gender and Child Welfare in Society, London, Wiley, 2010, pp273 - 300, [Walsh, Trish] Book Chapter, 2010

Trish Walsh, The Solution-Focused Helper: ethics and practice in health and social care, Maidenhead, Open University Press/McGraw Hill Education, 2010, 249pps.pp Book, 2010

Wilson, G., O'Connor, E., Walsh, T. & Kirby, M. , Reflections on Practice Learning in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Lessons from Student Experiences, Social Work Education, 28, (6), 2009, p631 - 645 Journal Article, 2009

Walsh, T., Wilson, G. & O'Connor, E, Local, European and Global: An Exploration of Migration Patterns of Social Workers into Ireland, British Journal of Social Work, Vol 39, (6), 2009, p1 - 18 Journal Article, 2009

Trish Walsh, Review Essay: Transformative Texts, Review of Social Work Dialogues: transforming the Canon in Inquiry, Practice and Education., by Stanley L. Witkin and Dennis Saleebey , Qualitative Social Work, 8, (2), 2009, p269 - 279 Review, 2009

Wilson, G., Walsh, T., & Kirby, M., Developing Practice Learning: Student Perspectives, Social Work Education, 27, (1), 2008, p35 - 50 Journal Article, 2008

Walsh, T., Foreman, M., Curry, P., O'Driscoll, S. & McCormack, M. , Bereavement Support in an Acute Hospital: an Irish model , Death Studies, 32, (8), 2008, p768 - 786 Journal Article, 2008

Wilson, G., Walsh, T. & Kirby, M., Reflective Practice and Workplace Learning: the experience of MSW students, Reflective Practice, 8, (1), 2007, p1 - 15 Journal Article, 2007

Walsh, T., Two sides of the same coin: Therapeutic interventions in child protection social work, Journal of Systemic Therapies, 25, (2), 2006, p38 - 49 Journal Article, 2006

Walsh, T., Griffiths, H., McColgan, M. & Ross, J., Trans-national curriculum development in Romania, Journal of Social Work Education, 24, (1), 2005, p19 - 36 Journal Article, 2005

Coposescu, S.(ed.), Tempus Project Evaluation: some initial findings, Models of Education in Social Work, Editura Universitatii, Transilvania, Brasov, 2001, 29 - 49 p Proceedings of a Conference, 2001

Walsh, T., Changing expectations: the 'impact' of child protection on Irish social work, Child and Family Social Work, 4, (1), 1999, p33 - 41 Journal Article, 1999

Walsh, T., The Child's Right to Independent Representation: developments arising from the Child Care Act of 1991, The Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland, 3, (2), 1997 Journal Article, 1997

Walsh, T., Solution Focused Child Protection: towards a positive frame for social work/ practice, Dept. of Social Studies, TCD., 1997 Book, 1997

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Gillian Ruch, Brid Featherstone,Snnove Karvinen-Ninokoski, Trish Walsh, Symposium on Trust, European Conference on Social Work Research, 2013, University of Jvaskyla, Finland, March 20 - 22, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

Brid Featherstone, Sue White,Trish Walsh, Time to change the conversation on 'child protection', Positive Practice in Hard Times: social work fights back, Royal Holloway College, University of London,, July 10 - 12, 2013, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

Trish Walsh and Jane Toolan, Beyond the glass cliff? The career choices and trajectories of early Irish social work leaders, The 3rd Annual European Social Work Research Conference, University of Jyvaskla, Finland, March 20-22, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

Trish Walsh, Transnational Migrant Families: how they maintain bonds across borders, International Workshop: Best Practice in Multilingualism in Education, TCD, June 17, , 2013, Lucide European Network/CLCS School, TCD Invited Talk, 2013

Trish Walsh, Deirdre Mahon, Mark Yalloway,Fergal Landy, Symposium 2: Signs of Safety: Lessons from International Dissemination, BASPCAN, Belfast, Northern Ireland., April 16, , 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Trish Walsh, Child Welfare and Social Policy: the Irish experience, Symposium on Child Welfare and Social Policy, University of Vechta, Germany, September 24, 2012, Professor Kim-Patrick Sabla, University of Vechta Invited Talk, 2012

Trish Walsh, The Solution Focused Helper: an updated model, irish Association of Social Workers training event, Dublin, Ireland, March 2, , 2012 Invited Talk, 2012

Trish Walsh, Information and Comunication Technologies in Health and Social Care, Nov 8, 2012, 2012, TCD Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2012

Trish Walsh, The Impact of Bereavement? A whole-hospital approach, "The Impact of Bereavement: Present Research and Future Direction", University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, March 24, 2012, edited by Northern Ireland Bereavmeent Forum , 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Trish Walsh, From knowledge-generation to generations of knowledge: Tracking the development of solution-focused practice models , 1st European Conference on Social Work Research, University of Oxford, England, March 24, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Trish Walsh, Annette Winston, Erna O'Connor, Bereavement Care: an iinnovative hospital-based social work model, Changing Health International Conference, UCD, Dublin, May 2010, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

Jonathan Scourfield, Brid Featherstone, Trish Walsh, symposium on gender and child welfare, BASPCAN, Annual Conference, University of Cardiff, Swansea, September 2009, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Trish Walsh, Annette Winston, Erna O'Connor, Symposium: Bereavement Care in an Acute Hospital, 8th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society, Melbourne, Australia, July 2008, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Walsh, T., Foreman, M., & Curry, P. , Bereavement Care in Acute Hospitals: An Evaluation of the Beaumont Hospital Bereavement Care Service, Dublin: Beaumont Hospital/School of Social Work & Social Policy, Trinity College School of Social Work & Social Policy, October, 2007, 1, 75 Report, 2007

Walsh, T, Fast forward: service users' involvement in social work education - are we ready?, Irish Social Worker, Winter 2005/2006, 2006, p9 - 15 Journal Article, 2006

Ruth Torode,Trish Walsh and Muireann Ni Rathallaigh, Safeguarding refugee and asylum-seeking children: the Irish experience, Safeguarding refugee and asylum-seeking children, BASPCAN, London, England, Nov 28, 2005, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Torode, R., Walsh, T. & Woods, M., Working with Refugees and Asylum-seekers: a resource book for social workers, Dublin, Social Studies Press, 2001 Book, 2001

Byrne, G., Hussey, B., Kearney, S., Shannon, G., Smith, B. & Walsh, T., Giving Children a Voice: The case for the independent representation of children, Dublin, Law Society, 2001 Book, 2001

Walsh, T., The Strengths Perspective in Child Welfare: clashing paradigms with Child Protection, Irish Social Worker, 18, (1), 2000 Journal Article, 2000

Loughran, H. & Walsh, T., Newly-qualified Irish social workers: what work worlds are they entering?, Irish Social Worker, 16, (5), 1998 Journal Article, 1998

The Social Work Perspective on the Children Act of 1996 in, Perspectives on the Children Bill of 1996, Dublin, The Childrens Legal Centre, 1997, [Walsh, T.] Book Chapter, 1997

Walsh, T., Brief Solution Focused Therapy - Miracle Cure or Quack Medicine?, Irish Social Worker, 13, (1), 1995 Journal Article, 1995

Research Expertise


(i) Therapeutic interventions with children and families over the lifespan; (ii) bereavement support, end-of-life care and loss; (iii)solution-focused and strengths-based approaches; (iv) gender, transnationalism and migration; (v) critical perspectives on helping professions; (vi) Inclusive practice: the experiences of migrant and ethnically diverse carers and social workers in Ireland.


  • Title
    • Capturing the needs and resources of migrant and ethnically diverse social workers: beginning the process of building capacity
  • Summary
    • All-Ireland participatory action research with migrant and ethnically diverse social workers (MEDSWS) which aims to create a forum for MEDSWS; dialogue between MEDSWS and social work educators and academics on respective needs and resources.
  • Funding Agency
    • Arts and Social Sciences Benefaction Fund
  • Date From
    • March 2014
  • Date To
    • Sept 2016
  • Title
    • Evaluation of end-of-care training for staff in community hospital and residential care settings.
  • Summary
    • PI: Dr. Trish Walsh Research Assistant: Dr Sarah Donnelly
  • Funding Agency
    • The Irish Hospice Foundation
  • Date From
    • May 2013
  • Date To
    • Feb 2014
  • Title
    • The Childrens Grief Project, Limerick
  • Funding Agency
    • Sisters of Mercy Provinciate team
  • Date From
    • March 2013
  • Date To
    • August 2013
  • Title
    • Signs of Safety and Differential Response models in child welfare
  • Summary
    • A critical assessment of the evidence base and international dissemination of the Signs of Safety (TM) and Differential Response models in child welfare.
  • Funding Agency
    • Arts and Social Sciences Benefaction Fund
  • Date From
    • April 2011
  • Date To
    • Sept 2013
  • Title
    • Multiple Sclerosis Ireland
  • Summary
    • Development of casework and supervision policies and practices nationally.
  • Funding Agency
    • Multiple Sclerosis Ireland
  • Date From
    • Feb 2010
  • Date To
    • Dec 2010
  • Title
    • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Summary
    • A critical literature review of best international policy and practice in the provision of specialist child and adolescent mental health services. Prinicpal Investigator
  • Funding Agency
    • Mental Health Commission of Ireland
  • Date From
    • March 2008
  • Date To
    • November 2008
  • Title
    • Beaumont Bereavement Care Service
  • Summary
    • Principal Investigator for funded research: An evaluation of Beaumont Hospital Bereavement Care Service.
  • Funding Agency
    • Beaumont Hospital/Irish Hospice Foundation
  • Date From
    • Feb. 2006
  • Date To
    • Nov. 2007
  • Title
    • Social Work with Refugees and Asylum-seekers
  • Summary
    • Establishing service needs of this client group and co-authoring first Irish curriculum materials for social workers on this area of practice. Commissioned research project with Ruth Torode and Marguerite Woods of TCD.
  • Funding Agency
    • Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
  • Date From
    • June 1999
  • Date To
    • Aug 2001
  • Title
    • Tempus Phare Project Evaluation
  • Summary
    • P.I. for an internal initial evaluation of the Tempus Phare Project, establishing a postgraduate social work and health promotion course in the University of Transilvania; supervised two research assistants conducting interviews with students and project partners & participants in Romania and EU; wrote final report.
  • Funding Agency
    • Tempus Phare Project
  • Date From
    • Feb 2000
  • Date To
    • Mar 2001
  • Title
    • A Case Study in the Diffusion of Innovation in Irish Social Work
  • Summary
    • An in-depth case study of the introduction of a new practice approach to social workers in Dublin.Doctoral research.
  • Funding Agency
    • Department of Social Studies, TCD
  • Date From
    • Oct 1995
  • Date To
    • April 2002


CHILD WELFARE; critical theory; Gender and family, household structures; Interventions with families across the lifespan; Mental Health; Social work/social work education; solution focused helping



Member of CORU Panel of Assessors for the social work registration board. Feb 2014

Member of Expert Advisory Panel for Multiple Sclerosis Ireland August 2013

Member of Editorial Board, Child Care in Practice journal 2010 -

Assessor for Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE)since 2004; European Journal of Social Work (EJSW) since 2006 and British Journal of Social Work (BJSW)since 2009 2004 -

Vice-chair of National Social Work Qualifications Board (statutory body) 2008 - 2011

Board Member of National Social Work Qualifications Board - statutory registration body 2003 - 2011

Member of Committee on National Qualifications (NSWQB) 2004 - 2011

External Examiner for National University of Ireland (Galway) MA in Family & Youth Studies, St. Angela's College, Sligo 2005 - 2008

External Examiner for University of Ulster post-qualifying social work research course 2001 - 2005

Member of the Panel of Assessors of the NSWQB; served on three course accreditation panels 2001 - 2004

External examiner for Irish Association of Counsellors and Therapists (IACT) Supervisor Accreditation scheme 1995 -2000

Founder - editor of the Irish Journal of Social Work Research 1997 - 2002

Member of the Editorial Board of The Irish Social Worker journal 1994 - 2001

Management Board member of Access Ireland, EU funded Irish Refugee Council project for the integration of refugees 1997 - 2000

Awards and Honours

Funded studentship (EHB) 1977 - 1978


Member of IASW (Irish Association of Social Workers)

Member of European Brief Therapy Association (EBTA)

Member of Gender and Child Welfare research group (international) 2005 – Present

Member of Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work 2006 – present