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Fri 10 May

IASW 2019 National Conference 'Social Work: Putting Relationships First'.

10am - 4pm

The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 2

€30.00 IASW members/€100.00 non-members

****** NOTE: This event is closed for booking online, however, there are still place available. Bookings will be accepted at the door, with cash payment only. *****

Irish Association of Social Workers National Conference 2019

Social Work: Putting Relationship First 

The Irish Association of Social Workers is committed to supporting continued improvement in the standards and quality of professional social work practice. The IASW National Social Work Conference 2019 will focus on the importance of building relationships as central to best practice. Building relationship between social work and service users is key to providing the most effective response to the people who engage with social work services. This conference will look at building collaborative, mutually respectful and therapeutic relationships not just in direct social work practice but through partnerships in social work research and education. 

Programme Overview

10.00-10.05     Welcome & Opening Address Aine Mc Guirk Chairperson of IASW

10.05-11.00       Dr. Hilda Loughran 'Counselling Skills, Social Work and Relationships'  

11.00-11.20       Refreshments

11.30-12.45       Relationship Building with SAOL Project Participants. Gary Broderick

12.45-13.45       Lunch

1.45 - 2.45        'Promoting Research Collaboration with Service Users'. Dr. Niamh Flanagan Maynooth University

2.45-3.45          Doing Relationship Based Social Work Using a Restorative Approach. Mary Henihan Regional Manager with Le Chéile Mentoring & Youth Justice Support Services.

3.45-4.00          Closing Aine Mc Guirk Chairperson of IASW.

Dr.Hilda Loughran is a social work academic in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at UCD. She has been involved in social work education for many years. Her areas of practice, education and research interest include counselling skills: motivational interviewing, solution focused work and group work, she is also involved in teaching addiction, theories and methods and research. She has been actively involved in engaging service users in social work education and research. Her most recent publication is Counselling skills for social work. She will present a paper on this topic addressing the roots of social work in building relationships and also look at some of the concerns and challenges that face social work in the current climate.

SAOL is an addiction project that works with women who use/d substances in a respectful, relational and trauma informed way.  We have an integrated programme of education, rehabilitation, advocacy, case management, peer-informed decision-making and childcare. The SAOL Project has worked over the last 24 years with the women, children and community members of the North Inner City of Dublin and continues to develop, responding to the changing needs of the women who participate in our project with creativity and commitment.


Gary Broderick, BA, BD, MA, Dip Add Studies, is the Director of the SAOL Project for the past 11 years. He is also lectures on addiction in UCD and NUIM. Gary believes strongly that addiction is the shared responsibility of all of society and is a normal reaction to social isolation, trauma and poverty.  Meeting trauma and violence on a daily basis in SAOL has been influential in his work in promoting Trauma Informed Practice in the addiction field.


Dr Niamh Flanagan is a lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Studies Maynooth University where she teaches social policy, evidence-based policy, life course policies and research. She joined the department in 2017 having previously worked in the social, health and education sectors including positions in the Combat Poverty Agency, the North Western Health Board, the Hospitaller Order St John of God and the National Domestic Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Services team in Tusla Child and Family Agency.   

Niamh has lectured in research methods and social policy in a number of third level institutions including IPA and UCD. As a part-time lecturer in social work research for many years, Niamh has retained strong links with the social work discipline. This dual interest in research and social work was the driving force behind Niamh’s doctoral research on the information behaviour of social workers which was funded by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.     

Mary Henihan is a Regional Manager with Le Chéile Mentoring & Youth Justice Support Services. Mary holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work (UCC), a Higher Diploma in Youth and Community Work (NUIM) and a BA in Humanities, majoring in sociology and psychology (UL).   Mary has worked in the voluntary sector for the past 14 years and has vast experience of working with young people and their families.  Since 2010, her main area of work and expertise is in the field of youth justice and restorative justice, where she is a validated trainer of trainers with the International Institute of Restorative Practices. She is also an associate lecturer in Restorative Practices with the Institute of Technology, Carlow. Mary has been a contributor author in Doing Relationship-Based Social Work: A Practical Guide to Building Relationships and Enabling Change, published in 2017.

Directions ; 

Mary Henihan Presentation at IASW 2019 National Conference


IASW Conference 2019 Gary Broderick

IASW Conference 2019 Dr. Niamh Flanagan


Dr. Hilda Loughran Putting Relationships First