AUTUMN LECTURE 2016: Gillian Ruch

Sutherland Trust Autumn Lecture

Sustaining relationships in austere times: challenges and opportunities

Presented by Professor Gillian Ruch

Tuesday 29th November 2016, Doors 6.30pm (refreshments) Lecture 7pm.

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Central Hall
2 West Tollcross
Edinburgh
EH3 9BP

Human services professions such as social work, education and health and social care are experiencing a resurgence in interest in relationship–based approaches to practice. The reasons for this renewed interest in relational approaches to professional practice will be outlined and, informed by the psychoanalytic and systemic concepts of curiosity, containment and social defence systems, the nature of these contemporary versions of relationship–based practice will be explored. An argument will be made for a model of practice that embraces and promotes the paradoxical professional qualities of ‘vulnerable competence’ and ‘confrontational empathy’ in order to counter the anxious, austere and avoidance responses to the perverse and pervasive colonisation of practice by New Public Management.

Gillian Ruch is Professor of Social Work at the University of Sussex. She teaches and researches in the areas of child care social work and relationship-based and reflective practice and is committed to enhancing the wellbeing of children, families and practitioners. Her particular interests are in promoting psycho-social research methods and reflective forums that facilitate relationship-based practice. Gillian has co-edited, with Danielle Turney and Adrian Ward, Relationship-based Social Work: Getting to the Heart of Practice. Gillian’s most recent publication Relationship-Based Research in Social Work: Understanding Practice Research, is co-edited with Ilse Julkenen from the University of Helsinki.

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