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Introducing Two New Adjunct Assistant Professors in the School of Social Work & Social Policy

The School of Social Work & Social Policy is delighted to announce the appointment of two new Adjunct Assistant Professors. Distinguished in their respective fields of practice, Assistant Professors Vivian Geiran and Pam McEvoy bring a collective  50+ years wealth and depth of experience in The Probation Service (Geiran) and Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (McEvoy). With backgrounds in senior management, national and international consultancy, research and academic development, Professors McEvoy and Geiran are a very welcome addition to the School of Social Work & Social Policy. Please see their profiles for further details.

Profile: Vivian Geiran

Profile: Pamela McEvoy

19th October, 2020


Professor Virpi Timonen collaboration with the School of Medicine on athletes and the impart of injury

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Trinity researchers have undertaken the first multi-centred, international, qualitative study exploring the athlete experience (in their own words) of sporting low back pain (LBP).

LBP is common in rowers and can cause extended time out from the sport and even retirement for some athletes. Rowers from diverse settings (club and university to international standard) in two continents were included in the study. Full article available here

15th October, 2020


Professor Virpi Timonen and Luciana Lolich have a new article ‘Dependency as Status: Older Adults’ Presentations of Self as Recipients of Care’ out now on Sage Open

 

The article explores older people’s portrayals of dependence and independence. The findings show that older adults who have supportive family relations or trusting relationships with formal care providers, are more likely to see their need for assistance as a symbol of status rather than as a sign of dependency. Drawing on different factors like advanced age, age-related disabilities, and lifelong contributions—they can (re)frame and justify acceptance of help. Conversely, some older adults are keen to present themselves as independent. These participants made downward comparisons with others whom they saw as “worse off” or, in their view, as insufficiently responsible for their own health and well-being. In the contemporary Western frame, dependency is to be avoided at all costs, but in this article, we argue that some older people can embrace dependency in a way that reflects and demonstrates their status and agency. Care professionals and members of informal networks can make a significant difference to older persons’ acceptance of help, care, and support by offering services in a manner that affirms the care recipients’ worth and agency.

Full article available here

13th October, 2020


JOB VACANCY- Research Assistant for the Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion Care (UnPAC) study

 

Dr Catherine Conlon of the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin has been commissioned by the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme to carry out research to understand people’s experiences of using abortion care and unplanned pregnancy support services since abortion was legalised in Ireland in January 2019.  The Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion Care (UnPAC) study began in November 2019 and will report at end of March 2020.  The project is recruiting a full-time Research Assistant to join the the PI and a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the final stage of the work programme. The successful candidate will have strong expertise in qualitative data analysis, a background in sexual and reproductive health policy, excellent writing skills, ability to work to deadlines and an aptitude for working as part of a team.  Deadline for applications is October 23rd at 12pm GMT by a strictly 2 page application emailed to conlonce@tcd.ie.  Inquiries to conlonce@tcd.ie are welcomed. Full Job Description available here  

13th October, 2020


Irish disabled children are more likely to experience poorer socio-emotional outcomes than their non-disabled peers 

Researchers at the School of Social Work and Social Policy co-author an article on disability and migration in Irish children, published by Child Indicators Research. The work reported in this article is based on secondary analysis of the Growing Up in Ireland study and reveals that children aged 9 and 13 who are disabled experience poorer socio-emotional outcomes than their non-disabled peers and this is especially the case among children from lower income backgrounds and with parents with lower educational attainment. The study found that having a migrant background did not impact on the socio-emotional outcomes of this cohort. These findings clearly require policy development on two fronts: to raise professional and community awareness on these issues and to strengthen the capacity of health, education and social care systems to support schools, families, and communities.

This research was funded by the Faculty or Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund and the Trinity Immigration Initiative. The authors are Ann Swift, PhD student at the School of Social Work and Social Policy (SWSP), Edurne Garcia Iriarte, Assistant Professor at the SWSP and Principal Investigator, Philip Curry, Assistant Professor at the SWSP, Prof. Roy McConkey, University of Ulster, Prof. Robbie Gilligan, SWSP, and Marisa Antunes, MSc in Applied Social Research graduate. 

The full text article is available to read here.

5th October, 2020


Urgent! Participants needed for Research on Covid,  Domestic Violence & Social Work Practice!

The School is seeking participants (Participant Information Sheet) for an important study which is examining social work practice in Ireland with families experiencing domestic violence and abuse (DVA) during the recent COVID-19 lockdown. We are conducting a national survey of social work practitioners and your participation would involve approximately 12 minutes of your time in completing the survey.

The survey will be available until October 30th  during which time the research team will be available to answer any questions.
The attached information sheet gives more detail on the study and this link will bring you directly into the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JW73XLC

While there is emerging research on domestic violence and COVID-19 in other jurisdictions, no such research exists here in Ireland. We would greatly appreciate your cooperation with this research.

1st October, 2020


School of Social Work & Social Policy achieves Athena SWAN Gender Equality Award

The School of Social Work & Social Policy has been awarded a prestigious Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of our commitment to gender equality in Higher Education. The award demonstrates the School has strong evidence-informed plans to address barriers to gender equity and develop and inclusive culture and practices.
Athena SWAN was first established to encourage and recognise commitment to addressing gender equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) employment in Higher Education. In 2015 it was expanded to recognise work undertaken in the arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, in professional and support roles and for trans staff and students. The School of Social Work & Social Policy is proud to be among the first in Trinity College Dublin’s Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Science to achieve an award under this new, expanded mission.
The award represents a significant achievement and a great effort in the School. It is an endorsement of our commitment to furthering equality in Higher Education and we look forward to working towards implementation of our evidence-informed plans to promote a culture of equality of opportunity amongst our staff and students.

28th September, 2020


PhD Student Amy Stapleton has been accepted on to the Council of Europe Trainers Pool.

Established in 1990, the TP is a group of trainers and educational consultants that the Youth Department (YD) works with on a regular basis in the implementation of its programme of activities. Members of the Trainers Pool are contacted to participate in the running of several different types of educational activity as indicated in the annual programme of the Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation. Depending on their competencies, TP members can be contracted as external training consultants, members of preparatory teams which prepare, run and evaluate training courses or seminars, general rapporteurs or editors for reports about the activities, and lecturers and experts providing a short input for the above mentioned activities. For more information on the work of the youth department, please visit: https://www.coe.int/en/web/youth.'

16th September, 2020


Public consultation event being held for a new research study that examines child protection and children with disabilities

Dr Susan Flynn Asst. Professor at Trinity College Dublin has been approved by the University and Tusla, the Child and Family Agency statutory child protectives services in Ireland, to carry out a comprehensive research project that examines child protection work for children with disabilities and their families in Ireland. The study is entitled, ‘“Keeping Disabled Children Safe: An Exploration of What Works and What is Problematic in Child Protection Practice for Disabled Children.”

This research seeks to close an established gap in knowledge about how to effectively keep children with disabilities safe from abuse and neglect in the Republic of Ireland. This is particualrly important as it is well established that children with disabilities experience a risk of neglect and abuse that is higher than for their peers who do not have disabilities. Child protection work for children with disabilities is also a complex and high stakes task that may have huge and lasting affects on the lives of children and families. In this context, there are also established barriers to doing this work effectively.

The purpose of the consultation is to ensure that members of the public such as parents who have disabilities, have the opportunity to share their experiences and expertise to ascertain important considerations for the design of the study as well as for the sharing of findings of the research.  Attendance is welcomed from any member of the public that may be able to share insight into the protection of children with disabilities, which may include parents of children with disabilities, adults with disabilities or disability advocates. Attendees are not expected to have any expertise with child protection practice.

For more information see here or to book a place simply email: sflynn7@tcd.ie

26th August, 2020


New article published entitled Working in the shadows, under the spotlight – Reflections on lessons learnt in the Republic of Ireland after the first 18 months of more liberal Abortion Care

Dr Catherine Conlon, Assistant Professor of Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin has published a new article in Contraception entitled Working in the shadows, under the spotlight – Reflections on lessons learnt in the Republic of Ireland after the first 18 months of more liberal Abortion Care co-authored with Prof Aoife Mullally, Dr Trish Horgan, Dr Mike Thompson,  Brendan Dempsey and Prof Mary Higgins. 

Journal pre-proofs are now available at first preview at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S001078242030189X

15 July, 2020


Statement by the Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion Care (UnPAC) study team responding to publication of Abortion Statistics for Ireland 2019 by the Department of Health

Dr Catherine Conlon Assistant Professor of Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin has been commissioned by the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme to carry out research to understand women’s experiences of using abortion care services and unplanned pregnancy supports.  The study is entitled the Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion Care (UnPAC) study and is the first study of services since abortion care was introduced in Ireland in January 2019.  Women using abortion care and unplanned pregnancy support services and health professionals providing such care e.g. doctors, nurses and counsellors, are taking part in research interviews for the study sharing insights as users and providers of services from the perspective of how well services are meeting women’s needs. 

We expect the study’s findings will be very useful to contextualise the statistics issued by the Department of Health on the numbers of people accessing the service during 2019.  Fieldwork for the study is well underway with the support of a sample of providers including: GPs, Women’s Health Clinics and hospitals across Ireland. The project was due to report in December 2020 but due to disruption of COVID19, will now report at end of March 2021.The findings of this research will inform HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme service planning and development and provide an evidence base to inform the review of the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Act 2018 scheduled for 2021.

For more information see: https://www.tcd.ie/swsp/research/abortioncarestudy.php

30 June, 2020


University Times article on the new Generation Covid research project – looking for additional participants!

The Generation Covid research project @GenerationCOVI1 want to hear from 2020 university graduates aged 25 or younger about their pandemic experience and future plans. Participants receive € 20 digital gift voucher as a gesture of appreciation for their time on the online interview that lasts about one hour. Get in touch with jogreene@tcd.ie

Here's a link to a University Times article about the project:
http://www.universitytimes.ie/2020/06/the-generation-covid-a-tale-of-graduates-entering-the-unknown/

25 June, 2020


Assistant Professor Dr. Stan Houston and PhD student Calvin Swords have published an article in the Journal of Social Work Practice: Psychotherapeutic approaches in Health, Welfare and the Community.

Dr. Stan Houston and PhD student Calvin Swords have published the article entitled ‘Analysing a parent’s capacity to change: towards a model for child protection social workers’ in the Journal of Social Work Practice.

Focusing on the C-Change Model Approach, the article identifies the critical importance of not only cognitive-behavioural perspective when assessing parenting capacity, but a psychodynamic orientation. The latter section of the article provides a practical application for practitioners and students. This article can be found at https://doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2020.1769581

22 June, 2020


An article featuring the research of Adjunct Professor Suzanne Cahill on Covid-19 and Dementia

Research by Adjunct Professor Suzanne Cahill on Covid-19 and Dementia has been featured in the Irish Times.

The full article can be found https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/up-to-250-people-with-dementia-may-have-died-in-care-homes-during-covid-19-1.4275966

12 June, 2020


 

Introducing Our New Online Practice Teacher Training Workshop

We are delighted to announce our new onine Practice Teacher training workshop which will take place in August 2020. For more information or to register click here

11 June, 2020


PhD Student Amy Stapleton has been announced as a laureate award winner of a new High Level Scientific Mobility Grant scheme

Amy Stapleton has been announced as a laureate award winner of a new High Level Scientific Mobility Grant scheme, as part of the Grants of the French Government, to strengthen scientific cooperation between Ireland and France.

Under the awards scheme, Amy will be funded to spend one month at the Centre for Sociological Studies and Economic Research (CLERSE) at the University of Lille later this year. Details of the award can be found at: https://ie.ambafrance.org/2020-SSHN-Results

07 June, 2020


Masters in Social Work student, Diane Ihirwe, has article published in The Journal: 'Racism is the knee on our neck, making it hard to breathe

Read the full article here: https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/diane-ihirwe-black-lives-matter-george-floyd-5114377-Jun2020/

05 June, 2020


SWSP COVID-19 Series #9: Presenting an article by Dr Susan Flynn entitled Adolescence Disrupted: Covid-19 and Protecting Teenagers

The next article in the SWSP COVID-19 series is now available. Dr Susan Flynn has written an article entitled Adolescence Disrupted: Covid-19 and Protecting Teenagers

The full article can be found here

03 June, 2020


SWSP COVID-19 Series #8: Presenting a blog by Dr Louise Caffrey entitled Face-masks and the limits of “evidence-based” health policy

The next article in the SWSP COVID-19 series is now available. Dr Louise Caffrey has written an article entitled Face-masks and the limits of “evidence-based” health policy.

The full article can be found here

or you can read the piece here

https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/were-dragging-our-heels-but-there-is-enough-evidence-to-support-making-facemasks-mandatory-39252709.html

 

02 June, 2020


SWSP COVID-19 Series #7: Presenting an article by Dr Catherine Conlon entitled Pregnancy in a Time of Crisis

The next article in the SWSP COVID-19 series is now available. Dr Catherine Conlon has written an article entitled Pregnancy in a Time of Crisis.

The full article can be found here

 

26th May, 2020


 

Professor Virpi Timonen collaborates with Portuguese colleagues in new research project on Older People's Experiences of Solitary Home Confinement in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Further information on the project is available to read here

25th May, 2020


SWSP COVID-19 Series #6: Presenting an article by Dr Stephanie Holt and Dr Ruth Elliffe entitled Making visible the invisible [youngest] victims of domestic violence and abuse

The next article in the SWSP COVID-19 series is now available. Dr Stephanie Holt and Dr Ruth Elliffe have written an article entitled Making visible the invisible [youngest] victims of domestic violence and abuse

The full article is available to read here

or you can read it here

 https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/analysis/child-domestic-abuse-like-covid-19-respects-no-boundaries-1002285.html

 

25th May, 2020


SWSP COVID-19 Series #5: Presenting a blog piece by Dr Camille Loftus entitled When is an essential worker not essential? When they’re a childcare worker

The next article in the SWSP COVID-19 series is now available. Dr Camille Loftus has written a blog piece entiled When is an essential worker not essential? When they’re a childcare worker

The full article is available to read here

 

18th May, 2020


JOB VACANCY - Research Assistant Generation COVID Research Project

Professor Virpi Timonen is seeking a Research Assistant for the Generation COVID Research project. Full details of the post and how to apply can be found here

18th May, 2020


Grandparenting practices around the world published in paperback edition

Increasing numbers of grandparents worldwide are coexisting and interacting for longer periods of time with their grandchildren. This unprecedented phenomenon is analysed in this in-depth and up-to-date collection, now available in paperback (as well as hardback and e-book formats). This exciting book considers topics that have so far received relatively little attention, such as transnational grandparenting and gender differences in grandparenting practices. It is the only collection that brings together theory-driven research on grandparenting from a wide variety of cultural and welfare state contexts - including Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Building on the success of Contemporary Grandparenting, this book deepens our understanding of how social structures continue to shape grandparenting across a wide range of cultural and economic

Grandparenting Practices Around the World is out now in paperback and available at 20% discount for a limited time from Policy Press.  

18th May, 2020


SWSP COVID-19 Series #4: Presenting an article by Prof Robert Gilligan entitled Unwinding the Lockdown – Let’s not Forget the Children

The next article in the SWSP COVID-19 series is now available. Prof Robert Gilligan has written a piece entiled Unwinding the Lockdown – Let’s not Forget the Children

The full article is available to read here

You can also find a link to it on Business Post website:

https://www.businesspost.ie/columnists/comment-children-have-suffered-in-lockdown-and-need-support-77550f9c

14th May, 2020


SWSP COVID-19 Series #3: Presenting a blog piece by Dr Susan Flynn entitled Children with Disabilities and their Families during the Covid-19 Pandemic

We are delighted to announce that the third piece in the SWSP COVID-19 series is now available. Dr Susan Flynn has written a blog piece entiled Children with Disabilities and their Families during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The full article is available to read here

11th May, 2020


SWSP COVID-19 Series #2: Presenting a blog piece by Dr Luciana Lolich entitled Aged by Covid-19

We are delighted to announce that the second piece in the SWSP COVID-19 series is now available. Dr Luciana Lolich has written a blog piece entiled Aged by Covid-19. The full article is available to read here

8th May, 2020


Presenting the first in our SWSP COVID-19 Series - Learning from the Nordic approach to pandemic management by Prof Virpi Timonen

The School is proud to launch the first in our SWSP COVID-19 Series which is a article from Professor Virpi Timonen entitled Learning from the Nordic approach to pandemic management. The full piece can be found here

For those of you who missed it you can listen (link below) to Professor Virpi Timonen speaking with Matt Cooper on the Last Word on what Ireland can learn from the Nordic approach to pandemic management.

https://www.todayfm.com/podcasts/the-last-word-with-matt-cooper/can-ireland-learn-nordic-approach-pandemic-management

 

 

 

6th May, 2020


Congratulations to Senior Freshman Bachelor in Social Studies student Lorraine Vaughan on her Foundation Scholarship award

The School of Social work and Social Policy would like to extend our congratulations to BSS Senior Fresh student Lorraine Vaughan.   Lorraine was one of fifty seven new Scholars elected in 2020 on the result of the Foundation Scholarship examination held in Trinity term.  The Foundation Scholarship is the most prestigious undergraduate award in the country, awarded to students of outstanding ability.

27th April, 2020


Exciting opportunity regarding the Online Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice from Trinity College Dublin

We will be holding a webinar (online information session) about the  Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice (Online) from Trinity College Dublin at 5pm on Wednesday 13th May where we will provide information and answer all your questions. All welcome!

This fully online course is a one year full-time programme that provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the role that social policies play in developing functioning and just societies. Students will be exposed to the arguments for developing policy interventions in areas such as social security, health and housing, crime and family policy and the challenges of implementing and changing policy in these areas at a national and global level.


The course can be used as a conversion course giving a foundation in social policy for graduates who do not hold a social science degree. It will be of interest to people considering specialized Master programmes, such as Social Work and Social Research, and those who currently work or wish to work in a social policy field in and out the EU.


Eligible students who complete the HDip can apply to study for a further year to achieve the MSc in Social Policy & Practice. To register for the webinar please register here:
https://bit.ly/socialpolicytcd2020

You can  find out more about the course on the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice website, by emailing at OCALLAJW@tcd.ie or by phone at +353-1-8963593.

22nd April, 2020