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The School of Social Work & Social Policy provides a number of short courses which are geared towards:

- Social workers from pre-professional through to post-qualification stages in their professional training
- Members of the public who wish to develop their knowledge of contemporary social issues and problems

Contemporary Social Work Perspectives - This 8 week lecture series will run from October 3rd 2017 to November 28th 2017 ( No Lecture will take place on October 31st 2017 ) Full brochure can be downloaded here

The lectures are as follows:

October 3: Professor Trevor Spratt - Adversities experienced in childhood & later life trajectories

October 10: Dr Julie Byrne - Business Management of human service organisations: Is the tide turning?

October 17: Dr Gloria Kirwan - Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors - working with changes and challenges in current practice

October 24: Patricia O'Connell - The impact of neglect on child attachment

November 7: Professor Robbie Gilligan - Re-visiting resilience - reflections on applying resilience related ideas in social work practice

November 14: Kieran McGrath - Dealing with 'historical' child abuse cases - major challenges ahead

November 21: Dr Erna O'Connor - Integrating relationship based social work & reflective practice

November 28: Dr Stephanie Holt - Domestic Violence & Pregnancy: implication for child and maternal health & well-being & social work practice

This lecture series, offered as part of our Continuing Professional Development Programme 2017/18, will provide an overview of some of the issues, debates and innovations in social work practice today.

The sessions will be delivered by experienced lecturers and practitioners who teach on the professional courses in the School of Social Work and Social Policy.  The aim of these interactive sessions is to stimulate reflection and discussion through exposure to current thinking, practice and research.

The series is restricted to professionally qualified Social Workers and may be of particular interest to prospective and established practice teachers.

Cost:  €100.00 for eight sessions
€70.00 (Reduced Rate for current TCD practice teachers)
€25.00 per individual session


If you have a general enquiry please contact:

Emma Mc Conkey, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin
Telephone:           01 896 4579


Event Co-Ordinators
Stephanie Holt    01 8963908
Gloria Kirwan      01 8963707
Julie Byrne           01 8964648

Please register & pay with PayPal to secure a place

Contemporary Perspectives in Social Work