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Fri 05 Oct

Group Work Clinic

9.30 Registration, Event 10.00 - 4.30

St Andrews Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

€40 IASW members/€100 non-members

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Group Work Clinic with Hilda Loughran

This two day event is aimed at social workers focused on developing their group work skills. The first day will be used to revisit our group work theory and to refresh basic group work skills while the second day will focus on the application of theory and skills to a recent or current group work experience. 

The event will be held on Friday, 5th and Thursday 25th October. 


Target audience

This event is open to social workers who currently work with groups or who would like to review recent group work to develop skills for future practice. As the event is practice based, it is not open to social workers without current or recent group work experience to participate. Places are limited to 12 and participants are required to attend both days. Participants will be asked to provide material informed by their practice in advance of the event to help ensure the content meets their needs.

It is assumed that those attending have an understanding of core group work theory and practice experience.


Learning outcomes

  • Participants will be provided with the opportunity to reflect on their practice as group work facilitators and to explore different possibilities for practice
  • Participants will be supported to explore dilemmas and difficulties that they experience as facilitator and to role play alternative ways of working
  • Participants will have the opportunity to make links and develop peer support networks with other participants at the event



Hilda Loughran is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice in UCD. She has been committed to developing and supporting group work in social work for her whole career. Hilda has taught on UCD's social work programme for over 20 years and designed a participatory teaching approach to building group work skills and confidence. As a practitioner she has been involved in group work practice mostly in the areas of working with addiction issues.