18-20 April 2018 | University of Edinburgh

Hosted by Service User Involvement SIG

We will discuss the current state of affairs and the challenges. In the morning, how to do participative and collaborative research will be on the table. The morning session is organised together with the SIG Practice Research.    

In the afternoon, we will have a number of presentations about user involvement in social work research and education in different countries (Norway, Italy, Netherlands, Scotland and the UK). Speakers include Sidsel Natland, Elena Cabiati, Sascha van Gijzel, Susan Levy and Gill Buck.   

The last part of the preconference is reserved for updates and collaboration in different networks and projects (PowerUS, CARe Europe, ESF project) 

Date and time: 18 April 2018, 09.00-15.30; George Square Campus, room to be confirmed

Integrating service user involvement in practice research

9:15 - 9:30 hours:  Welcome and short round of introduction (Jean Pierre Wilken and Sara Serbati)

9:30 - 9:50 hours: Social Work Practice-Research: state of art

9:50 - 10:10 hours:  Service user involvement in Research: state of art and guiding principles (prof. Hugh McLaughlin)

10:10 - 10:20 hours: Clarifying questions and additional remarks

10:20 - 10:35 hours: short break and formation of focus groups

10:35 - 11:35 hours: Discussions in focus groups: what are enablers and barriers to integrating service user involvement in practice research?

Each group is asked to point one facilitator and one person to make notes. The groups are mixed of people from the SIG of practice research and from the SIG of service user involvement of 6-8 persons.

11:35 - 12:00 hours: plenary closing session: highlights from the focus groups, some conclusions and ideas for follow-up.


Wednesday 18th April 2018 Afternoon

Working together in research and education: impact and challenges

13:00 – 14:30 hours: Presentations

1. Conflicts between users and practitioners – lessons learned in a collaborative research project. Sidsel Natland (Norway)

2. The effects of service users’ involvement in social work education: unexpected impacts from a randomized controlled trial. Elena Cabiati (Italy)

3. Working in tandem constructions with and without intellectual disability. Sascha van Gijzel and Caron Landzaat (Netherlands)

4. User Involvement in Social Work Education in Scotland – a case for impact? Susan Levy (Scotland)

5. User involvement in criminal justice practices. Gill Buck (UK)

14:30 – 14:45 hours: short break 

14:45 – 15:45 hours: Updates and discussion about ongoing activities

6. Update about PowerUS activities (Cecile Heule, Peter Beresford, Arne Kristiansen, Ole-Petter Askheim et al.)

7. Update about CARe Europe activities around service user involvement and empowerment (Jean Pierre Wilken)

8. Update about ESF project A transnational ESF project to compare educational projects working with service users. Vicky Lyssens-Danneboom and Kristel Driessens.

9. Update about COST application Network Service User Co-creation in Research and Practice

10. Update about plans for book publications.