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Second Event in the Autumn/Winter CPD series begins October 8th 2019

the School of Social Work and Social in collaboration with Clanwilliam Institute will begin a 4 week lecture series on 8th October titled:

*A Systemic Approach to working with Fathers and Men: Evening Lecture Series*

This lecture series is designed for professionals who would like to develop or enhance their skills in working with families.
In this short course you will learn to reflect, consider and learn some theory about working clinically with families. This course will encourage you to consider the relational environment of families’ lives and relationships and your own approach to family work.

Full details available here

16 Sep, 2019


**Next Intake November 4th 2019 Registration closed October 21st 2019**

See here for details

22 Aug, 2019

We are hiring for two Social Work posts

Job VacanciesThe School is delighted to announce that we are hiring for two Social Work posts. The first is an Assistant Professor in Social Work (Full-Time Tenure Track). The second post is an Assistant Professor in Social Work & Practice Learning Coordinator (Part-time 0.7 FTE Tenure Track).

For more details on the vacancies and how to apply please click here


21 Aug, 2019

Grandparenting research referenced by the New York Times

grandparentingA recent article in the New York Times refers to research by Virpi Timonen, and Trinity colleagues Christine McGarrigle and Richard Layte, on the topic of intensive grandparenting.
The NY Times article can be accessed here:
The journal article, titled  “Choice and Constraint in the Negotiation of the Grandparent Role: A Mixed-Methods Study” can be accessed here:

20 Aug, 2019

Continuing Professional Development - In-house

The School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin is pleased to launch its 2019 Autumn/Winter In-house CPD programme which offers a diverse range of CPD seminars and events. This programme builds on the School's tradition of social work education, its successful Evening Lecture Series and online CPD programmes.
Through its CPD activities the School aims to provide social workers and professionals in health and social care settings with up-to-date, evidence-based knowledge to enhance their practice. 
The first seminar in our Autumn/Winter series takes place Friday 6th September 10am-1pm, Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Block, TCD. With both domestic and international presenters, the focus of this first seminar is on ‘Addressing Complexity in Domestic Violence Practice’.

For more information on this seminar and speakers along with information on registration see here.  We hope to see you on the Trinity College Dublin campus this Autumn and Winter.

13 Aug, 2019

Congratulations to Eavan Brady and Robbie Gilligan on their recently published articles.

CYSRAssistant Professor Eavan Brady and Professor Robbie Gilligan have recently published two co-authored articles based on the findings of Eavan’s PhD research which was supervised by Professor Gilligan.

The first article entitled ‘Exploring diversity in the educational pathways of care-experienced adults: Findings from a life course study of education and care’ was published in Children and Youth Services Review and can be accessed for free until 16th August 2019 here

The second article entitled ‘Supporting care-experienced adults' educational journeys: 'Linked lives' over the life course’ was published in Child & Family Social Work. For more information, click here


01 Aug, 2019

Congratulations to Virpi Timonen and Luciana Lolich on the publication of article in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work





Virpi Timonen and Luciana Lolich have published a new article in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work published by Taylor and Francis. The article entitled “The Poor Carer”: Ambivalent Social Construction of the Home Care Worker in Elder Care Services, examines the social construction of the home care worker from the perspective of various professionals in the elder care sector in Ireland. For more information, please visit: 

22nd July, 2019

Congratulations to Virpi Timonen and Luciana Lolich on the publication of article in the Journal Technological Forecasting & Social Change


Congratulations to Virpi Timonen and Luciana Lolich who have just published an article in Technological Forecasting & Social Change journal, titled: Embracing technology? Health and Social Care professionals' attitudes to the deployment of e-Health initiatives in elder care services in Catalonia and Ireland.  This article examines health and social care professionals' views, acceptance and resistance to e-health initiatives in elder care in Ireland and Catalonia (Spain). It aims to give an insight into the kinds of enablers and barriers that professionals encounter and anticipate when thinking about and trying to work with technologies intended to improve care services administration and delivery.  For more information please visit: to obtain free access to the article until the 5th September 2019.
Parts of this article relate to the H2020 SoCaTel Project. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant Agreement No 769975.

18th July, 2019

Congratulations to Catherine Elliot O’Dare who was conferred with a PhD degree on Friday last, June 21st.

Catherine O'Dare GraduationCongratulations to Catherine Elliot O’Dare who was conferred with a PhD degree on Friday last, June 21st. Catherine was jointly supervised by Prof Virpi Timonen and Dr Catherine Conlon.  We wish Catherine every success with her future career!











24th June, 2019

All Ireland Social Work Research Conference, June 2019


Congratulations to School staff and current and former students who took part in, and were involved in the organisation and running of, the hugely successful All Ireland Social Work Research (AISWR) Conference on 14th June 2019. The AISWR conference was a cross-border event showcasing practitioner and student social work research in the North and South of Ireland.

Assistant professor Eavan Brady was involved in organising and running the event and School staff Dr. Julie Byrne, Dr. Erna O’Connor, and Dr. Ruth Elliffe Chaired parallel sessions on the day.

Many former and current students presented their research at the conference including Laura Cullen, Mark McDonnell, and Sarah Murran of the MSW Class of 2019 and PhD students Orla Crowe, Sinead Whiting, and Calvin Swords.

Current Master’s in Social Work students also volunteered their time to help with the running of the conference on the day. Diane Ihirwe, Amber Labelle, Therese McGowan, and Anita Nolan, from TCD are pictured below with fellow student volunteers and Dr. Niamh Flanagan from @MUAppSocSc

Further details on the event can be found at

18th June, 2019


Trinity CollegeThe final session in our In House Spring/Summer CPD programme 'Domestic Homicide Review & Risk Assessment ' with Davina James Hanman, Dr Stephanie Holt & Dr Lynne Cahill, is taking place this coming Tuesday at 10 am. Please see to reserve a place.

23rd May, 2019

Congratulations to Paula Mayock and Sarah Parker on their recent publication in the international journal Housing Studies

housing studiesCongratulations to Assistant Professor Paula Mayock and PhD Candidate Sarah Parker and on the publication of their article in Housing Studies.

The article – Young people ‘strategizing’ a route to stable housing: Service fatigue, exiting attempts and living ‘off grid’ – examines young people’s responses to housing market forces that blocked an exit route from homelessness, focussing on the strategies used by them as they attempted to reclaim autonomy and control over their housing futures. It draws on data from Paula and Sarah’s qualitative longitudinal research on homeless young people in Ireland.

For media coverage of this article in the Irish Examiner on May 22nd 2019, click here.


21st May, 2019

Congratulations to Master in Social Work graduate Luke Somerville and Assistant Professor Eavan Brady on the publication of their article in the Journal of Social Work Practice.

JSWPThe article is entitled ‘Young People and Social Networking Sites: Exploring the views and training opportunities of CAMHS social workers in Ireland’ and is based on research carried out by Luke for his Master’s dissertation which was supervised by Eavan. The article can be accessed here.

21st May, 2019

Congratulations to Dr Julie Byrne and Dr Gloria Kirwan on their recent article published in the Journal of Technology in Human Services.

technology in human servicesCongratulations to Dr Julie Byrne and Dr Gloria Kirwan on the publication of their article - Social Media Surveillance in Social Work:  Practice Realities and Ethical Implications.  
The article was co-authored with Dr. Conor McGuckin, School of Education and published in the Journal of Technology in Human Services.  The article reports on a study with newly qualified social workers on the use of social media in their practice.  The qualitative methodology reveals multi-directional surveillance, by both social workers and clients, facilitated by social media and highlights the complexity of technology use in practice.

Full access to the article is available here:



9th May, 2019