12 November 2015
We were delighted to have Dr Pamela Trevithick, Visiting Professor in Social Work at Buckinghamshire New University, as our keynote speaker in Glasgow. Pamela inspired and motivated us all and she stayed on for the rest of the conference, facilitating two workshops.
Pamela encouraged us all to challenge managerialism and promote social justice.
During her fascinating input, Pamela did not simply keep to the script; rather, she interacted with the audience, answering questions and generating discussion. Pamela's presentation for the day provides an overview of the themes she developed.
We launched our ScOPTbox practice learning library . Jean Gordon outlined her role in collating and curating the materials submitted by practice teachers and social work academics across Scotland. Jean gave demonstrations on throughout the day on how to get the best from the breadth and depth of the resources in ScOPTbox.
ScOPTbox also offers hosted spaces for communities of practice (eg. an online forum for a group of local practice teachers) and hosted spaces for practice teachers who wish to engage with students online. Check this out at www.practicelearning.info
As well as these wonderful developments and inputs, conference delegates had a choice of 9 different workshops. As you can see, the workshops covered a wide variety of areas relevant to practice teaching.
Finally, Gillian Muir made sure that we didn't dash out the door without thinking about how we would take all this back into our work with students and service users. Gillian facilitated a discussion around two important things
- our personal pledges for our future practice
- our affirmations as to why practice learning is important for our wider community and why pratice learning is important for us as individual practice teachers and educators.
So what did the delegates think of the day? With the support of Michelle McCue from CELCIS, we were delighted to receive a very positive evaluation report. A big thank you to Michelle for taking the time to collate all the feedback for us.
Sadly, we also said good bye to our current Chair Rona Gray, who stepped down at the conference after many years as an active committee member, Vice Chair and Chair. Without Rona's hard work and dedication the conference would not have gone ahead and it was a very fitting conclusion to Rona's years of commitment and support to ScOPT.