Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work

Social work’s traditional location between mainstream and marginalized society, its commitment to serving oppressed people, and its professional mandate to promote a more just social order, position it to be a positive force for transformative change. The Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work believes that this requires new approaches to scholarship, education, practice and inquiry. 

The GPTSW is a world-wide, non-affiliated community of social work educators, researchers, theoreticians and practitioners interested in exploring existing and potential expressions and applications of what might loosely be called postmodern thought - in particular the confluence of perspectives termed 'social construction'. The GPTSW seeks to generate new forms of inclusive dialogue and to challenge those discourses that claim privileged knowing or require the suppression of alternative viewpoints. 

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Comment by Lionel Rice on May 8, 2016 at 0:07

It is very positive to hold this perspective but perhaps it gets lost when you try to express your practice through a social work department or influence a different social order thru your local authority. I do not think you get the freedom to support such transformation? I think relationship with clients is key but do we get time to develop such meaningful dialogue?

Comment by Jill Anderson on May 12, 2016 at 9:02

Hi Lionel.  Yes.  I think this is such an important issue, and is one of the reasons why we set up the Critical and Creative Approaches to Mental Health Practice (CCrAMHP) group in Lancaster: http://www.ccramhp.org.uk/   ie as a means for people trying to grapple with these contradictions to get some support from others.   Am conscious that isn't an answer though. I think too that there are a whole range of disparate initiatives that are trying to pull in similar directions and wonder how they can better connect. . .

I wonder what others think?

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