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News Archive: January-June, 2022

Women's Aid and Trinity College Dublin "Violence Against Women is a Men’s Issue" A multimedia public lecture by Jackson Katz, Ph.D.

The School of Social Work and Social Policy and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Office jointly with Women’s Aid were delighted to host a free public lecture with Jackson Katz on 30th June.   The superb Dargan Theatre in Trinity Business School was the venue for a very stimulating and engaging lecture titled “Violence against Women is a Men’s Issue”.  Drawing on his experience and more than 35 years of work Dr Katz delivered an incredibly engaging talk and responded to many questions from the audience.  Ailbhe Smith, Activist and Chair of Women’s Aid, closed the event.

Find out more about Jackson’s work here
Find out more about Women’s Aid here

Pictured left to right are Sarah Benson, CEO Women’s Aid; Professor Lorraine Leeson, Associate Vice Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, TCD, Dr Jackson Katz; Associate Professor Stephanie Holt, Head of School, School of Social Work & Social Policy, TCD.

30th June 2022

Research on Social Workers Response to Domestic Violence and Abuse during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Congratulations to Stephanie Holt, Ruth Elliffe, Soma Gregory and Philip Curry on the publication of their research on COVID-19, domestic violence and social work practice, in the British Journal of Social Work. In collaboration with the Irish Association of Social Workers, the authors administered a survey to IASW members in late 2021 regarding their experience during lockdown of practice with families experiencing domestic violence. This article is timely given the launch yesterday by the Minister of Justice of the 3rd National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence. The authors would like to acknowledge their appreciation for the support of the IASW in working together to ensure this important research was facilitated. The article can be viewed here

29th June, 2022


Congratulations to Assistant Professor Alan Maddock on his recently published articles in The British Journal of Social Work and Clinical Social Work Journal.

The British Journal of Social Work open access article is entitled ‘Implementing the learning from the mindfulness-based social work and self-care programme to social work student practice during COVID-19: A Qualitative Study’. This article can be accessed here

The Clinical Social Work Journal open access article is entitled ‘The clinically modified Buddhist psychological model for social work practice and self-care’. This article can be accessed here

Alan was also a recent guest on the Social Work Research podcast. A link to this interview is available here

27th June, 2022

Congratulations to our Bachelor in Social Studies (BSS) Class of 2022

Congratulations to the class of 2022 who graduated yesterday. We hope you enjoyed your special day.

17th June, 2022

We are Hiring! Teaching Fellow in Social Policy - 2 Year Contract.

The School is delighted to announce that we are hiring a Teaching Fellow in Social Policy - 2 Year Contract. Full details can be found here

14th June, 2022

Public Lecture - Violence Against Women is a Men’s Issue - Dr Jackson Katz

Women’s Aid in partnership with the School of Social Work and Social Policy and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Office, Trinity College, Dublin are delighted to welcome Jackson Katz, Ph.D. for a multimedia public lecture "Violence Against Women is a Men’s Issue”. See event invitation here

This exciting event is for everyone, but particularly men who are interested in working to end male violence against women. This will be of particular interest to individuals interested in bystander work in their organisation. 

When: 10am-12pm, Thursday 30th June 2022 (registration from 9.15am)
Venue: Dargan Theatre, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2.

Spaces are limited so please register to secure a space. 
Registration on Eventbrite

14th June, 2022

We are Hiring! Executive Officer, Practice Education Unit - Permanent (0.6 FTE).

The School is delighted to announce that we are hiring an Executive Officer, Practice Education Unit (0.6FTE) - Permanent Post. Full details can be found here

24th May, 2022

Dr Alan Maddock awarded Swedish Research Council funding as part of an interdisciplinary international research collaboration


The Swedish Research Council has granted €250K in research funding to a group of international researchers for a project which focusses on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of people with physical disabilities in Cambodia. This project is a follow up to a pilot research project, co-led by Dr. Maddock, which was funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund. 
More details on the funding award and the research project are available here

18th May, 2022


Congratulations to Master in Social Work graduate Michal Wolniak & Emeritus Professor (QUB) Stan Houston on their recently published article in Critical and Radical Social Work


The article is entitled ‘A sociologist in the field of social work: Pierre Bourdieu’s theory and its relevance for social work practice.’ The article can be accessed here

13th May, 2022


Congratulations to Dr Joe Whelan who was awarded the IRJ Distinguished Article Prize at this year's Sociological Association of Ireland conference dinner.

This prestigious prize is awarded to the paper adjudicated to represent the best original contribution to the journal in a given year. The prize-winning article is now permanently free to access online and can be accessed here:

Well done Joe.

16th May, 2022

Hidden Voices: Lived Experiences in the Irish Welfare Space by Dr Joe Whelan: School of Social Work and Social Policy

Congratulations to Joe Whelan, Assistant Professor in School of Social Work and author of the recently published Hidden Voices: Lived Experiences in the Irish Welfare Space.   
This book draws on qualitative interviews with people receiving various working age welfare payments in Ireland to analyse welfare conditionality and explore stigma, social reciprocity and the notions of the deserving and undeserving poor.

An official hardcover and eBook launch will be held in person on Wednesday 1st June at Trinity College Dublin.   If you would like to attend please register via Eventbrite link

Meet Joe and hear more about the book here

13th May, 2022

We are Hiring! Assistant Professor in Social Work - 2 Year Contract (0.7FTE).

The School is delighted to announce that we are hiring an Assistant Professor in Social Work - 2 Year Fixed Term Contract (0.7FTE). Full details can be found here

12th May, 2022

Introducing our Micro-Credential Disability, Mental Health, and Child Protection: Towards New Understanding -

26th April, 2022

Congratulations to Professor Stephanie Holt who was elected to Fellowship on Trinity Monday 2022

Congratulations to all the new Fellows announced by the Provost on Trinity Monday including our own Head of School Professor Stephanie Holt.  

Stephanie’s research expertise and publication output is on domestic, sexual and gender-based violence, with a particular emphasis on understanding how children and young people experience living with domestic violence.

Stephanie is a highly respected international researcher working to exacting ethical standards to engage children and young people in research, to ensure that their voice and experience is ascertained and represented in policy, practice and research outputs with the objective of informing best practice. Stephanie qualified as a social worker in 1991, spending nine years in professional practice before entering academia and research.

Well done from all in the School of Social Work and Social Policy.

26th April, 2022

Masters in Applied Social Research student publishes peer-reviewed article based on dissertation

Congratulations to Sergio Perez and supervisor Dr. Daniela Rhode who have just published an article based on Sergio’s Master’s dissertation. The article examines the relationship between different religious and spiritual beliefs and subjective well-being in a case-based comparative cross-national study. The article can be viewed at:

21st April, 2022


We will be holding a webinar (online information session) about the  Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice (Online) from Trinity College Dublin at 6 pm on Thursday 7th April 2022 where we will provide information and answer all your questions. All welcome!
This fully online course is a one year 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:

23rd March, 2022

Congratulations to our PGDip Social Policy & Practice Class of 2021!

Huge Congratulations to our PGDip Social Policy & Practice Class of 2021! Wonderful to see students at graduation last week - Further information on the PGDip can be found here:

14th March, 2022

Irish Association of Social Workers short video on Professional Body Membership

The IASW collaborated with BASW NI, and the regulators CORU and NISCC on an all-Ireland study Shaping Social Workers’ Identity (See

One of the outputs of the collaboration is a video highlighting the benefits of professional body membership to social work students and newly qualified social workers, calling on them to add their voice to the collective voice of the profession so that we can consistently and effectively represent social work, working with and for service users. The study demonstrated the centrality of social workers’ dedication to working collaboratively with service users to empower and facilitate them to make changes to improve their circumstances. We need to use our collective voice to challenge and address the issues, often structural, that detract from our work to deliver with and for those who use social work services.

The video will go live today, 14th March (the day before World Social Work Day) at 11.30am and can be viewed at

14th March, 2022

Asst Prof Dr Catherine Conlon together with TCD VPEDI Prof Lorraine Leeson and TCD Equality Officer Dr Sioban O'Brien Greene reflect examine how Universities can work to eliminate sexual violence and harassment on #IWD2022

8th March, 2022


Dr Catherine Conlon Awarded Shared Island North-South Research Programme Project Award. 

Dr Catherine Conlon, Asst Prof Social Policy was announced yesterday as an Awardee of a Shared Island North-South Research Programme project awards by Taoiseach Micheál Martin T.D. and Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris T.D..  The programme attracted 376 applications for collaborative research projects between academics and institutions in Ireland and in Northern Ireland of which sixty-two were selected for funding. Dr Conlon leads the bi-lateral partnership with Dr Fiona Bloomer, School of Applied Social and Political Science at University of Ulster and a team including TCD post-doctoral researcher Dr Kate Antosik-Parsons.  The study will explore how contrasting democratic processes to legalising abortion on the island are shaping reproductive citizenship.  The unusual situation of an Act pre-existing partition, 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, being repealed simultaneously on both parts of the island provides the framework for the study. Very different mechanisms of repeal were followed north and south featuring highly contrasting degrees of local and participatory democracy .  The research team posit this as a case study with rich and unique potential to explore effects at the level of citizenship, in this case Reproductive Citizenship.  Experiential accounts of people seeking abortion care on both parts of the island since legalisation will be generated though qualitative interviews and analysed to compare articulations of reproductive citizenship featuring in these interview narratives.  The study will be of two years duration beginning summer 2022. 

3rd March, 2022

Third Annual Sherie de Burgh Commemorative Seminar

We cordially invite you to attend the third annual Sherie de Burgh commemorative seminar on Tuesday, 15 February from 7.00pm to 8.15pm via Zoom. We are delighted to be hosting this evening in partnership with Trinity College Dublin’s renowned School of Social Work and Social Policy.

During the evening, a selection of speakers will reflect on Sherie’s leadership in the practice of counselling, the critical role she played in supporting people dealing with unintended and crisis pregnancies in Ireland and we explore the role of pregnancy counselling practice in Ireland – past, present and future.
If you would like to attend, please register via email: or telephone: 01-662 9212
For more information, please click here. (We will be updating the webpage with more information shortly.)

10th February, 2022

Amy Stapleton and Associate Professor Paula Mayock publish article in Educational Action Research

Drawing on a Participatory Action Research (PAR) study involving the participation of 12 separated young people in Northern France, this paper documents the use of a Structured Ethical Reflection (SER) framework to guide a critically reflective process. As the paper demonstrates, SER not only enabled the identification of emergent power asymmetries but also supported the development of strategies that aimed to address ethical dilemmas as they arose during the research process.

The article is published Open Access and available here

7th February, 2022