Service User Involvement in Social Work Education in Northern Ireland: Learning from Victims and Survivors of Conflict (Joe Duffy invited as Guest Speaker to Silver School of Social Work, New York University, as part of Summer Lecture Series)

Duffy, J. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


The involvement of service users and carers in the education of social work students in the United Kingdom has been a mandatory part of the curriculum since 2003, and was subsequently introduced to Northern Ireland in 2004 as part of the wider reforms to social work education. An additional element, particular to Northern Ireland however, is the requirement that the social work curriculum should also incorporate direct teaching about the impact of Northern Ireland’s troubled history of violence on individuals, groups and communities. This was an area that had always presented significant challenges in the ongoing wider context of community conflict, but which nonetheless, needed to be addressed given the nature of challenges that social workers encountered as part of their daily social work practice. This presentation will firstly outline the findings from research conducted by Duffy (2006) which initially made recommendations about exploring the contributions that service users and carers could make to helping social work students understand the impact of political conflict based through the sharing of their lived experiences in the social work curriculum. The presentation will then discuss the findings from the evaluation of a European Union PEACE III funded initiative in Queen’s University, Belfast, where victims and survivors of Northern Ireland’s political conflict, bereaved or traumatised through violence, have been working alongside social work academics in teaching social work students about the skills, knowledge and insights that they need when in the role of providing support and intervention to service users and carers who have been directly/indirectly impacted by conflict. Relevant Readings Duffy, J (2009) Citizens as Social Work Educators in a Post-Conflict Society: Reflections from Northern Ireland. Revista Alternativas. Cuadernos de Trabajo Social (Alternatives. Notes on Social Work) No 16-2009, pp53-63. ISSN: 1133-0473. University of Alicante. Spain. Duffy, J. (2006) Participating and Learning: Citizen Involvement in Social Work Education in the Northern Ireland Context. A Good Practice Guide. London: Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) Campbell, J and Duffy, J (2008) Social work, political violence and citizenship in Northern Ireland. In Shulamit Ramon (Ed) Social Work in the Context of Political Conflict (IASSW/BASW). Birmingham: Venture Press. Duffy, J (2008) Citizen Involvement in Social Work Education in the Northern Ireland Context. In Irmgard Jansen (Ed) Social Work in European Comparison. Forschung, Studium und Praxis Schriften des Fachbereichs Sozialwesen der Fachhochschule Munster, Band 13. Munster. Waxmann Verlag.
Period12 Jul 2011
Held atNew York University, United States, New York