Conversations with parents about Family Group Conferences

By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council NOTE: If you are receiving this via e-mail it may be cut short by your e-mail programme and/or the graphics may be distorted. You may wish to click the link and view it in full. Most parents will be reluctant to have aContinue reading “Conversations with parents about Family Group Conferences”

How to manage resistance and have difficult conversations that make a difference

By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council NOTE: If you are receiving this via e-mail it may be cut short by your e-mail programme and/or the graphics may be distorted. You may wish to click the link and view it in full. Preface: This is a review of Motivational InterviewingContinue reading “How to manage resistance and have difficult conversations that make a difference”

Parental Advocacy: Building Bridges

By Richard Devine Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council… with Tim Fisher and Becca Dove from Camden Council and Leigh Zywek and Penny McKissock from Bath and North East Somerset Council. NOTE: If you are receiving this via e-mail it may be cut short by your e-mail programme and/or the graphics mayContinue reading “Parental Advocacy: Building Bridges”

How the world is healthier, happier, and wealthier than ever – and what that might mean for Social Work

By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council. NOTE: If you are receiving this via e-mail it may be cut short by your e-mail programme and/or the graphics may be distorted. You may wish to click the link and view it in full. Steven Pinker’s book, Enlightenment Now (2018) is theContinue reading “How the world is healthier, happier, and wealthier than ever – and what that might mean for Social Work”

Recording and Report Writing

By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council NOTE: If you are receiving this via e-mail it may be cut short by your e-mail programme and/or the graphics may be distorted. You may wish to click the link and view it in full. I was recently granted the privilege of participatingContinue reading “Recording and Report Writing”

What I learnt attending Alcoholic’s Anonymous

By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council NOTE: If you are receiving this via e-mail it may be cut short by your e-mail programme and/or the graphics may be distorted. You may wish to click the link and view it in full. The following is an essay I completed whenContinue reading “What I learnt attending Alcoholic’s Anonymous”

The Effects of Being in Care, Being Black and The Search for Belonging

By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council (26.03.21) NOTE: If you are receiving this via e-mail it may be cut short by your e-mail programme and/or the graphics may be distorted. You may wish to click on the link and view it full. Introduction: I recently read a book recommendedContinue reading “The Effects of Being in Care, Being Black and The Search for Belonging”

Working with Fathers: Challenging our perceptions of men

By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council NOTE: If you are receiving this via e-mail it may be cut short by your e-mail programme and/or the graphics may be distorted. You may wish to click the link and view it in full. Introduction:  It is well documented that child protectionContinue reading “Working with Fathers: Challenging our perceptions of men”

We need to talk about resilience

By Rhian Taylor (19.02.21) Preface by Richard Devine. This guest blog is by Rhian Taylor, an experienced social worker with over 20 years experience. She has recently left academia after several years as a lecturer in Kent University to work in a specialist CAHMS team, where no doubt her thoughtful, kind-spirited and passionate commitment toContinue reading “We need to talk about resilience”

Carl Jung: Modern Man in Search of Soul: 10 lessons (part 2)

By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset (05.02.2021). Modern Man in Search of a Soul (1933) is apparently a great introduction to Carl Jung’s theories of analytical psychology. The book is broken down into eleven essays dealing with topics of dream analysis, Freudian psychology, spirituality, religion, and the unconscious. I don’tContinue reading “Carl Jung: Modern Man in Search of Soul: 10 lessons (part 2)”

Carl Jung: Modern Man in Search of Soul: 10 lessons (part 1)

By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset (22.01.2021). Modern Man in Search of a Soul is apparently a great introduction to Carl Jung’s theories of analytical psychology. The book is broken down into eleven essays dealing with topics of dream analysis, Freudian psychology, spirituality, religion, and the unconscious. I don’t claimContinue reading “Carl Jung: Modern Man in Search of Soul: 10 lessons (part 1)”

End of Year Review 2020

By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council (31.12.2020) Introduction:  As the year comes to a close, I have decided to write and share an end of year review. For the past few years, I have spent a few hours during the time in-between Christmas and New Years reflecting on whatContinue reading “End of Year Review 2020”

Forrester versus Featherstone: A debate Part 3

By Richard Devine (18.12.2020), Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council. Introduction:  On 07th October 2020, we held a debate at Bath and North East Somerset Council between Brid Featherstone and Donald Forrester. This debate was inspired by an article each of them wrote for the COVID2020 online magazine. Very briefly, Forrester advocatedContinue reading “Forrester versus Featherstone: A debate Part 3”

Forrester versus Featherstone: A debate Part 2

By Richard Devine (16.12.2020), Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council. Introduction:  On 07th October 2020, we held a debate at Bath and North East Somerset Council between Brid Featherstone and Donald Forrester. This debate was inspired by an article each of them wrote for the COVID2020 online magazine. Very briefly, Forrester advocatedContinue reading “Forrester versus Featherstone: A debate Part 2”

Forrester Versus Featherstone: A debate Part 1

By Richard Devine (14.12.2020), Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council Introduction:  On 07th October 2020, we held a debate at Bath and North East Somerset Council between Brid Featherstone and Donald Forrester. This debate was inspired by an article each of them wrote for the COVID2020 online magazine. Very briefly, Forrester advocatedContinue reading “Forrester Versus Featherstone: A debate Part 1”

Social Media and Social Work

By Richard Devine (02.10.20), Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Preface: This is a review of ‘Social Media and Social Work: Implications and opportunities for practice’ edited by Claudia Megele and Peter Buzzi (2020).  Introduction:  ‘The fast evolving social and technological landscapes have transformed society and the understanding of ‘social’ and are rapidlyContinue reading “Social Media and Social Work”

10 Lessons from 10 years on the Frontline: 10, Asking for help

By Richard Devine (11.09.20) Lesson 10: Asking for Help It turns out that I don’t have 10 lessons. I only have 9! A couple of days ago I realised that I wasn’t going to have a 10th lesson. I remembered, however, that I could do what I have always done when I am ‘stuck’ orContinue reading “10 Lessons from 10 years on the Frontline: 10, Asking for help”

10 Lessons from 10 years on the Frontline: 9, Small Wins

By Richard Devine (10.09.2020), Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council. In this blog, I will share some of the mini-lessons that I have picked up over the years. It is a random list of ideas and thoughts that didn’t fit into any of the other lessons. So here it is:  Confidence overContinue reading “10 Lessons from 10 years on the Frontline: 9, Small Wins”

10 Lessons from 10 years on the Frontline: 8, Some parents need long term support

By Richard Devine (09.09.2020) Lesson 8: Some parents need long term support Introduction:  This is the most recent lesson I have learned. If I would have read this blog during the first few years of being a social worker, I would have dismissed the idea as fanciful, unrealistic, and probably proposed by someone disconnected fromContinue reading “10 Lessons from 10 years on the Frontline: 8, Some parents need long term support”

10 Lessons from 10 Years on the Frontline: 7, Effective social work depends on effective time management

By Richard Devine (08.09.2020), Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council Lesson 7. Effective social work depends upon effective time management Introduction: Poor impulse control; easily activated fear system motivating avoidance of difficult tasks; and the inability to organize and structure my time according to a set of priorities are all issues thatContinue reading “10 Lessons from 10 Years on the Frontline: 7, Effective social work depends on effective time management”