Special Interest Groups

Nordic Social Work Conference 2018 supports a host of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) which have been set up by FORSA Denmark members to allow the collaboration and development of specific topics within the social work research and practice field. These groups give the opportunity to make valuable contacts and gain insight and additional knowledge.

The overall aim for the SIGs is to promote the development, adaptation or translation of scientific approaches for the specific topics within the field of social work research and practice.

SIGs run independently but receive support from the Nordic Social Work Conference 2018 via its website and other communication channels, as newsletters and social media.

The SIGs will meet at the conference on Wednesday, November 21st, at 14:00-16:00. You can find the information on each group below.

Coordinator: Kirsten Henriksen (FORSA Denmark, Dansk Socialrådgiverforening)

The aim of this SIG is to contribute to the development of CSW in the Nordic countries, where this tradition since the 70's has led a languishing existence. This is unlike the English-speaking countries, where the tradition seems to be much stronger. The absence of a CSW tradition in Scandinavia makes Social Work (SW) insufficient in relation to the current challenges, which SW meets from New Public Management and the neoliberal tendencies in the field of social policy and government. It is crucial, that the tradition of CSW can show some ways to understand the conditions for SW and point to other possibilities to conduct SW, than the one, which NPM highlights, which is inconsistent with the values and ethical foundation of SW.

So: In Scandinavia we must learn from the Anglo-Saxon tradition and develop the tradition of CSW in a Scandinavian context, both in relation to practice, education and research, In this SIG the focus will be on how to develop research in a critical perspective, which can support the developing of practice and education based on this perspective.

The introducing coordinator of the SIG is Kirsten Henriksen, Socionom, Cand.scient.soc. Ph.D., FORSA and FKSA (The Association to develop CSW).

Time and place: Wednesday, November 21st, at 14:00-16:00, Porthania Building (Street address: Yliopistonkatu 3, Gatuadress: Universitetsgatan 3), Lecture hall P219 (2nd floor)

Coordinator: Pernille Wisti (Aalborg University, Denmark)

The introducing coordinator of the SIG “Power and user involvement” in the University of Helsinki Main Building, Auditorium I (old side, 2nd floor) is Ph.D. student Pernille Wisti (Aalborg University, Denmark).

All participants with interests in power and user involvement in social work practices, education and research are welcome. The SIG relates to perspectives and challenges in 1) development, comprehensions and discussions of power, 2) user involvement; approaches in practices and research, moving and empowering involvement, and critical voices and questions of ethics and 3) combinations of the topics; how, when and why power and user involvement is influential, significant and neglected.

However, the starting point of the SIG is the participant's ideas and suggestions since the SIG emphasises initiating a multidimensional and inspiring network.    

Time and place: Wednesday, November 21st, at 14:00-16:00, University of Helsinki Main Building (Street address: Fabianinkatu 33, Gatuadress: Fabiansgatan 33), Auditorium I (old side, 2nd floor)

Coordinator: Lars Uggerhøj (Aalborg University, Denmark)

The aim of the meeting is to establish a Special Interest Group in practice research.

Participants at different Nordic FORSA conferences have over the years expressed interest in establishing a Nordic group of researchers interested in practice research in social work.

The special interest group is open to researchers, practitioners, service users and other people interested in practice research.

Practice research is still a new and open approach without specific perceptions, definitions and frames. The aim of the group is to keep the discussions open and to share experience, thoughts and understanding among participants. Future possibilities could be to prepare pre-conferences, to submit abstracts for workshops and symposiums for Nordic conferences and beyond, to collaborate with the European special interest group in practice research – within ESWRA. But also to share experiences, publications, challenging issues etc. between FORSA conferences.

The first step is to find out if we can establish a group/network and from there decide together how we will continue our discussions

Time and place: Wednesday, November 21st, at 14:00-16:00, Porthania Building (Street address: Yliopistonkatu 3, Gatuadress: Universitetsgatan 3), Lecture hall P723 (7th floor)

Coordinator: Mette Rømer (Aalborg University, Denmark)

The purpose of this meeting is to initiate a Special Interest Group (SIG) for researchers with interest in women, vulnerability and welfare service research.

The SIG will relate to perspectives and challenges in 1) vulnerable women and their relationship and encounter with social workers, social work and the welfare system, 2) vulnerable women and their meeting with welfare systems in transformation, 3) feminist approaches in researching gender specific issues in the field of social work.

However, as a first step to form a basis for an inspiring network, the starting point of this SIG meeting is the participant's ideas and suggestions. 

Time and place: Wednesday, November 21st, at 14:00-16:00, University of Helsinki Main Building (Street address: Fabianinkatu 33, Gatuadress: Fabiansgatan 33), Lecture hall 11 (new side, 3rd floor)