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Session Overview
Date: Tuesday, 15/June/2021
11:00am - 5:00pmStudents' Forum: Interdisciplinary Creative Methods in Social Work
Location: Parallel Session 1
Kersti Kriisk
Reeli Sirotkina
Timetable
11:00-12.00 Workshop 1: Community-based Approaches and Social Work 12:00-13:00 Workshop 2: Benefits of Animals and Nature in Social Work 13:00-13:30 Lunch break 13:30-14:30 Workshop 3: Inertia of Movement in Active Social Work 14:30-15:30 Workshop 4: Creative ICT Solutions and Social Work 15:30-15:45 Break 15:45- 16:45 Panel discussion: The future of interdisciplinary creative methods in social work 16:45-17:00 Closing words
WORKSHOP 1: Community-based Approaches and Social Work In addition to traditional social work models, considering the current situation in the world, there is a critical need for creative community-based approaches. Community empowerment is a process that highlights the resources and inner strengths of each individual while providing opportunities to support and help each other within the community. In the community-based approach workshop, we will focus on the different opportunities and good practices in various countries that empower the community and its members. Different examples that promote mutual assistance will be introduced in the workshop, as there is a very clear need today for such methods in order to provide support and assistance to every member of the community.
WORKSHOP 2: Creative ICT Solutions and Social Work Modern times require new skills and smart approaches. Already in 2020, industrial surveys indicated that 90% of all jobs require an elementary command of ICT. Estonia has set itself a target of 95% computer literacy by 2023, and large investments are being made into renewing the technologies available in schools, improving internet accessibility and providing digital books. At the same time, providing quality services and support to the public in a cost-effective manner remains the biggest challenge in the social sphere. Smart technologies and automated work processes can be used in a variety of settings from client security, wellbeing and entertainment to easing workloads and optimising efficiency. This would allow more time for the most important things – being human and being there for your clients! To thrive in the global digitalization race, Europe must quicken the pace at which new technologies are employed and widen the spectrum of activities in which they are applied. In this workshop, we will take a closer look at new technologies and their applications in the social sphere, with insights from specialists in the field and good practices from Estonia and around the world. The last section of the workshop will provide the participants the opportunity to debate the possibilities and limitations of ICT with our panel of specialists, practitioners and academia.
WORKSHOP 3: Inertia of Movement in Active Social Work In this world, we are surrounded by sounds of nature and voices of people. Similarly, we are surrounded by constant movement, our vital motion through the cycle of life. Most people have some awareness regarding its basic concepts, which are not completely understood, but we can learn their importance and practice them. We realize now that music, dance and movement are very important for maintaining our mental health. Thus, we are glad to introduce you to some interdisciplinary methods in social work. The project is aimed at all age groups at various points in the cycle of life. Our mission is to show how to use music therapy and movement and dance in social work practice. For that, we are preparing two thematic workshops involving students from various countries and specialists working in Estonia. Each workshop includes overviews of various methods, discussion on the topic and narration of experiences by Estonian experts in their respective fields. The methods we plan to use are empowerment, encouragement and therapeutic creativity. These are important for our project because creative methods are not generally considered to be science-based, even though they can be very effective. Some of the examples of Estonian music therapy and movement and dance approaches in social work are as follows: Estonian Music Therapy; Tai; Autism Movement Therapy; Dance therapy. Through the social work pre-conference workshops, we intend to bring into focus several theories and methods. Our effort is to create and convey a better understanding and development of interdisciplinary methods used in social work in general. Participants can explore our ways and work through problem-solving processes. To confirm the effectiveness of our methods, we seek help of international research and studies and other academic sources. We have structured these workshops in three stages – presentations by group members and, hopefully, by international students, along with specialist comments/discussion around spoken topics.
WORKSHOP 4: Benefits of Animals and Nature in Social Work Social work is traditionally human-centred in practice, even though for many the bond between humans and animals and nature is the most fundamental of daily-lived experiences. This workshop intends to reflect on the predominant humanistic basis of social work and to consider the growing evidence for developing a wider perspective to incorporate the human–animal–nature connection into social work practice. The workshop is divided into two main themes – animals in therapy and nature hikes (including virtual travelling). It is scientifically proven that animal therapy programs can improve motor skills and the movements of joints, increase verbal communication and self-esteem, lessen depression, decrease boredom and reduce anxiety. Another excellent way to reduce stress and anxiety is to take up hiking to let your mind ‘switch off’ and just listen to the sounds of nature and let yourself relax. Our goal in this workshop is to give an introductory presentation on the above activities, analyze and give real-life examples from existing practices in Estonia. We are eager to explore new opportunities and look forward to hearing examples from various countries. We will end the workshop with a panel discussion that will focus on ‘Why Companion Animals are Beneficial during COVID-19?’ in which we will be joined by both students and working professionals.
Parallel Session 1 
12:00pm - 3:00pmEarly Career Researchers Network: Social Work+ in a Globalised World
Location: Parallel Session 2
Sandra Holtgreve
Nina Westerholt
Social Workers are challenged to find (often) local answers to complex global problems. As we witnessed not only with the CoVid 19 pandemic but also climate change, political crisis forcing people into migration and displacement or genderised and racialised violence, it has become evident that crises are not restricted by borders. Respectively, our special interest group intends to provide an academic forum for young researchers on how Social Work and its related fields (such as the Applied Cultural Sciences; Critical Diversity Studies; Educational Sciences a.o.) relate to the intersection of the profession’s purposes and global processes. The SIG opens a space for early career researchers to meet peers, share their work and produce knowledge on this topic together. Possible ways forward in this regard are (a) explore theoretical foundations from globalisation, world society, post-/decolonial studies, and transnationalisation (a.o.) for Social Work; (b) collect empirical research examples about the challenges and impacts of global entanglements for Social Work; (c) reflect upon methods of Social Work and develop suitable approaches for Social Work research in these settings, (d) research on innovative teaching practices to equip students with competences to address social problems, and (e) find new ways to look at the emergence of the profession from a global history. Our focus lies on the exchange and development of collaborative research: We want to elaborate innovative perspectives to study how our globally connected world shapes the profession and discipline, and inquire about coherent theories and methods. Subject areas that nurture this intersection are (a.o.): Migration, mobility, citizenship and border regimes; Anti-Racism and intersectional forms of violence (e.g. racialised gender violence); Post- and decolonial studies, social movements and resistance; Inter-, transnational and transcultural forms of society and community development; Global crises and Anthropocene (environmental degradation/food supply/climate).
Parallel Session 2 
Date: Wednesday, 16/June/2021
10:00am - 11:00amOpening Ceremony: Welcome to ECSWE2021!
Opening Ceremony speakers: Local host, Chair Prof. Karmen Toros, Tallinn University TLU Vice-Rector, Katrin Niglas Minister, Ministry of Social Affairs – Signe Riisalo EASSW President, Assoc. Prof. Teresa Bertotti, University of Trento IASSW President, Prof. Annamaria Campanini, University Milano Bicocca ESWRA Chair, Assoc. Prof. Alessandro Sicora, University of Trento IFSW Europe, Dr Rory Truell, IFSW Secretary-General Power us, Prof. Peter Beresford, Brunel University London
 
11:00am - 11:45amKeynote Speech 1: The Necessity of Critical Theory and Pedagogy: Revisiting the Purpose of Social Work Education During Times of Uncertainty, Prof. Christine Morley
Session Chair: Karmen Toros
 
11:45am - 1:15pmPaper Presentation Session 1: Social Work Practice and Crisis Work/Management
Location: Parallel Session 1
Session Chair: Andrés Arias Astray
Parallel Session 1 
11:45am - 1:15pmPaper Presentation Session 2: Crisis, Ethics and Digital Society
Location: Parallel Session 2
Session Chair: Daniela Gaba
Parallel Session 2 
11:45am - 1:15pmPaper Presentation Session 3: Crisis and Resilience
Location: Parallel Session 3
Session Chair: Sorina Daniela Dumitrache
Parallel Session 3 
11:45am - 1:15pmPaper Presentation Session 4: Children and Ethics in Social Work
Location: Parallel Session 4
Session Chair: Ilze Trapenciere
Parallel Session 4 
11:45am - 1:15pmPaper Presentation Session 5: Ethics and Vulnerabilities/Inequalities
Location: Parallel Session 5
Session Chair: Melanie Plößer
Parallel Session 5 
1:15pm - 1:30pmCoffee Break
 
1:30pm - 3:00pmWorkshops 1-2: Pandemic ethics: applying practice lessons to social work education; How to deal with the pandemic in professional relationship training. Methodology and ethical dilemmas in the Italian scenario
Location: Parallel Session 1
Parallel Session 1 
1:30pm - 3:00pmSymposium 1: Critical Approaches to Racism and Colonialism in Social Work Education: Response to Sceneries of Exception?
Location: Parallel Session 2
Session Chair: Nina Westerholt
Parallel Session 2 
1:30pm - 3:00pmSymposium 2: How Ecosocial Work is Part of the Curriculum at European Higher Education Institutes
Location: Parallel Session 3
Session Chair: Pieter Lievens
Parallel Session 3 
1:30pm - 3:00pmSymposium 3: Social Policy Education in Social Work – Innovative Approaches
Location: Parallel Session 4
Session Chairs: Sarah Lonbay & Marija Stambolieva
Parallel Session 4 
1:30pm - 3:00pmSymposium 4: Ethical Considerations for Social Work Education and Research in Africa: COVID-19, White Privilege, Structural Inequalities and Its Implications for European Social Work
Location: Parallel Session 5
Session Chairs: Tanja Kleibl & Ronald Lutz
Parallel Session 5 
3:00pm - 4:00pmLunch Break
 
4:00pm - 4:30pmEASSW Book Presentation
Nino Zganezc & Marion Laging
 
4:30pm - 6:00pmPaper Presentation Session 6: COVID-19 and Social Work Education
Location: Parallel Session 1
Session Chair: Effrosyni Kokaliari
Parallel Session 1 
4:30pm - 6:00pmPaper Presentation Session 7: COVID-19 and Social Work
Location: Parallel Session 2
Session Chair: LINA PELEKIDOU
Parallel Session 2 
4:30pm - 6:00pmWorkshop 3: The unique challenges for social workers in a global shared traumatic reality – the case of COVID-19
Location: Parallel Session 3
Parallel Session 3 
4:30pm - 6:00pmSymposium 5: Learning from Researching the Experiences of Social Workers with Asylum Seekers in North Greece and South Italy in the COVID-19 Context
Location: Parallel Session 4
Session Chair: Shulamit Ramon
Parallel Session 4 
4:30pm - 6:00pmPoster Presentation Session 1: Social Work and Crisis
Location: Parallel Session 5
Session Chair: Raymond Kloppenburg
Parallel Session 5 
6:30pm - 8:00pmCultural Event and Networking
 
Date: Thursday, 17/June/2021
9:45am - 10:30amKeynote Speech 2: The Challenges of Social (Policy) Innovation, Prof Yuri Kazepov
Session Chair: Mariann Martsin
 
10:45am - 12:15pmPaper Presentation Session 8: Learning/Teaching Methods I
Location: Parallel Session 1
Session Chair: Femke Dewulf
Parallel Session 1 
10:45am - 12:15pmPaper Presentation Session 9: Learning/Teaching Methods II
Location: Parallel Session 2
Session Chair: Marika Lotko
Parallel Session 2 
10:45am - 12:15pmPaper Presentation Session 10: Field Placement/Education
Location: Parallel Session 3
Session Chair: Alessandro Sicora
Parallel Session 3 
10:45am - 12:15pmPaper Presentation Session 11: Social Work and Migration
Location: Parallel Session 4
Session Chair: Elona Dhëmbo
Parallel Session 4 
10:45am - 12:15pmPaper Presentation Session 12: Learning/Teaching Methods III
Location: Parallel Session 5
Session Chair: Benjamin A Feasmen
Parallel Session 5 
12:15pm - 12:30pmCoffee Break
 
12:30pm - 2:00pmPaper Presentation Session 13: Ethics and Professional Social Work
Location: Parallel Session 1
Session Chair: MARIA MOUDATSOU
Parallel Session 1 
12:30pm - 2:00pmPaper Presentation Session 14: Healthcare Social Work
Location: Parallel Session 2
Session Chair: Maria Elena Cuartero-Castañer
Parallel Session 2 
12:30pm - 2:00pmWorkshops 4-5: Rediscovering Personal and Social Resilience from a Developmental and Political Perspective - A Biographical Research Workshop Using the Timeline Approach with Social Work Students; @EMPRSocialwork: Bridging and empowering social workers through social me
Location: Parallel Session 3
Parallel Session 3 
12:30pm - 2:00pmWorkshop 6-7: Some observations on the reception of the GSWSEP in Flanders; The ethics of global-solidarity in social work: two steps forward, one step
Location: Parallel Session 4
Parallel Session 4 
12:30pm - 2:00pmPaper Presentation Session 15: With and for Services Users
Location: Parallel Session 5
Session Chair: Anna Broka
Parallel Session 5 
2:00pm - 3:00pmLunch Break
 
3:00pm - 3:30pmMaster Class on Academic Writing I
Jane Fenton, Richard Ingram
Social Work Education: The International Journal
 
3:30pm - 5:00pmPaper Presentation Session 16: Learning/Teaching Methods IV
Location: Parallel Session 1
Session Chair: Stavros Parlalis
Parallel Session 1 
3:30pm - 5:00pmPaper Presentation Session 17: Social Work Program/Curriculum I
Location: Parallel Session 2
Session Chair: Matthias Stefan Kachel
Parallel Session 2 
3:30pm - 5:00pmPaper Presentation Session 18: Social Work Program/Curriculum II
Location: Parallel Session 3
Session Chair: Diletta Mauri
Parallel Session 3 
3:30pm - 5:00pmWorkshops 8-9: Teaching innovations and the social work perspective of agency leadership, management, supervisory roles, and direct service tools in the digital age; Engaging students online
Location: Parallel Session 4
Parallel Session 4 
3:30pm - 5:00pmPoster Presentation Session 2: Teaching/Learning and Social Work Practice
Location: Parallel Session 5
Session Chair: Zuzana Poklembova
Parallel Session 5 
5:00pm - 6:00pmMaster Class on Academic Writing II
Rudi Roose
European Journal of Social Work
 
6:00pm - 8:00pmGeneral Assembly
 
Date: Friday, 18/June/2021
9:45am - 10:30amKeynote Speech 3: Participatory Approaches with Children in Child Protective Services: Tokenistic Presence or Not? Prof Karmen Toros
Session Chair: Merike Sisask
Although participatory approaches have gained considerable popularity in discussions regarding child protection internationally, it remains a complex area of practice ― research indicates that children’s voices are only partially visible during assessment and decision-making. Nevertheless, previous research suggests that children in child protection system want to be more heard and understood, with their opinions being taken into account. In order to identify the child’s needs and to act in the child’s best interests, the child’s views of the situation and his/her opinions and wishes are crucial. It is believed that children are given a central position, not as objects for decisions but as subjects and experts in relation to knowledge of their lives, including needs and therefore, children needing to be acknowledged and treated as experts on matters involving their lives. It stresses that children are competent social actors with valuable views on their daily life. Furthermore, the importance of the participation of children in terms of the beneficial outcomes of the intervention-related decisions, impacting their lives. However, practitioners tend to underestimate children’s capacity to participate and make meaning of their needs This presentation focuses on several questions: Are children competent enough to know what they want? Is engaging children in participation protecting children or causing harm? Where do we go from here?
 
10:45am - 12:15pmPaper Presentation Session 19: Social Work with Children, Young People and Their Families
Location: Parallel Session 1
Session Chair: Silvia Fargion
Parallel Session 1 
10:45am - 12:15pmSymposium 6: Anti-oppressive Social Work: Researching Professional Practices in Significance to the Future of Social Work and Social Work Education
Location: Parallel Session 2
Session Chair: Elena Allegri
Parallel Session 2 
10:45am - 12:15pmPaper Presentation Session 20: Learning/Teaching Methods V
Location: Parallel Session 3
Session Chair: Caterina Filareti
Parallel Session 3 
10:45am - 12:15pmWorkshops 10-11: The international exchange revisited: from a ‘traditional’ study trip to an ‘online’ study trip; Taking it online: working with service users to assess students’ readiness for practice
Location: Parallel Session 4
Parallel Session 4 
10:45am - 12:15pmWorkshops 12-13: Human rights education in social work – European perspectives; Integrity as a shared professional craft
Location: Parallel Session 5
Parallel Session 5 
12:15pm - 12:30pmCoffee Break
 
12:30pm - 2:00pmSymposium 7: History, Current Situation and Future Directions of PhD Studies in Social Work in the Nordic-Baltic Region
Location: Parallel Session 1
Session Chair: Merike Sisask
Parallel Session 1 
12:30pm - 2:00pmSymposium 8: Transferring Innovative Teaching Approaches to Social Work Education: Preparing Social Work Students for practice with Computer Supported Scripts (CSS) and Standardized Client Simulation in Germany
Location: Parallel Session 2
Session Chair: Birgit Dorner
Parallel Session 2 
12:30pm - 2:00pmWorkshops 14-15: Covid-19 pandemic from social work perspectives: practical approaches, case studies and novel techniques; Rethinking and reorganizing social work field placement in the Covid-19 era
Location: Parallel Session 3
Parallel Session 3 
12:30pm - 2:00pmWorkshops 16-17: Research for Empowerment; Philosophy as Method for Social Work
Location: Parallel Session 4
Parallel Session 4 
12:30pm - 2:00pmWorkshops 18-19: Teacher stay in front of your blackboard!? Embedding Community Based and Engaged Learning in curricular practice: inspiring examples and useful tools
Location: Parallel Session 5
Parallel Session 5 
2:00pm - 3:00pmLunch Break
 
3:00pm - 3:30pmEASSW Groups
 
3:30pm - 5:00pmSymposium 9: Reconceptualising the Refugee Experience for Social Work Research and Practice: A Cultural Psychology Perspective
Location: Parallel Session 1
Session Chair: Mariann Martsin
Parallel Session 1 
3:30pm - 5:00pmWorkshops 20-21: Participation, Involvement, and Activation in Online Learning; Useful methods for collaborative action research (training) with students and service users. Exploring inclusive analog an digital approaches
Location: Parallel Session 2
Parallel Session 2 
3:30pm - 5:00pmWorkshops 22-23: Social Entrepreneurship; Innovation is key, but not when taking care of people
Location: Parallel Session 3
Parallel Session 3 
3:30pm - 5:00pmWorkshops 24-25: The Natural World as a Healing Factor in Social Work Practice with Individuals and Groups; The Nine Genders
Location: Parallel Session 4
Parallel Session 4 
3:30pm - 5:00pmWorkshops 26-27: Using Literature to Help Students Connect to the Lives of Service Users in the Context of an Interconnected World; Exploring the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on your professional identity: an interactive workshop
Location: Parallel Session 5
Parallel Session 5 
5:00pm - 5:15pmCoffee Break
 
5:15pm - 6:15pmPaper Presentation Session 21: Social Work Training and Practice
Location: Parallel Session 1
Session Chair: Andrea Nagy
Parallel Session 1 
5:15pm - 6:15pmPaper Presentation Session 22: Future and Sustainability of Social Work
Location: Parallel Session 2
Session Chair: Helena Belchior-Rocha
Parallel Session 2 
5:15pm - 6:15pmWorkshop 28: The Child´s Right to Be Heard – Listening to Children’s Voices in Child Protection Practices
Location: Parallel Session 3
Dr. Asgeir Falch-Eriksen
Prof. Karmen Toros
The idea of the workshop is to have a discussion on how the child’s right to a freedom of expression works during what has been dubbed street-level practice in Child Protection Services (CPS). We aim to introduce an upcoming open access book (published in early spring 2021 on Routledge). The book will use the right of expression in administrative and judicial proceedings, which is a right granted a child through the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Article 12, as a point of departure to explain what practices of the CPS must look like to uphold and enforce the rights of the child. The rights of a child that is subjected to detrimental care depends upon professional practitioners knowing how to enforce them. Research literature documents extensively and across countries how Art.12 is implemented either with a lack of hearing the voice of the child, or having a proforma/tokenistic approach to listening to the child throughout CPS-practices. This book will move one step further. Professional practices within CPS must be able to justify how Art.12 is enforced no matter where that practice is located in the course of any child protection case. Art.12 is comprehensive to CPS-practices as a child affected by any type of CPS-practice must be provided “the opportunity to be heard” in any administrative practice. As there is a lack of any detailed research-based knowledge on how to enforce Art.12 throughout CPS-practices, it is correspondingly hard to justify that the child has de facto rights. This book will be a step to remedy the lack of literature on professional rights-based practice pertaining to Art.12. The book will also seek to contribute to the ongoing research-agenda combining an interest in developing knowledge-based professionalism in social work pertaining to the rights of the child.
Parallel Session 3 
5:15pm - 6:15pmWorkshop 29: Listening to Professionals' Voices as to Develop Tools for Assessing and Determining the Best Interest of Children
Location: Parallel Session 4
Prof. Christos Panagiotopoulos
Dr. Anna Plevri
Dr. Ioanna Katsounari
Protecting vulnerable children is always a challenging and difficult task at the same time. Many of the challenges stem from the nature of the difficulties that children come across in their life and especially from the duration of time they have been exposed to. At the same time, we come across problems due to lack of working protocols amongst agencies, lack of common understanding on how we determine and assess children best interest. In particular, the last parameter occurs as agencies and consequently professionals do not work neither within a common framework nor they use tools as to determine and assess best interest of a child. Therefore, this study, commissioned by the Ombudsman of Children in Cyprus, explored through the focus-groups with all involved agencies (governmental and non-governmental) a) the understanding of the determination and assessment of a child by all involved agencies in Cyprus b) procedures that are currently in use in order to guarantee children’s best interest and finally c) suggested a methodology on how to develop tools for ensuring the best interest of the child. Results of the study indicated gaps in working together synergies, lack of common understanding amongst professionals on how to ensure children’s best interest and need for setting up a common framework. Therefore, in this workshop, experiences and good practices will be shared and discussed focusing in particular on children’s involvement on decision making and on the use of tools that define and assess children’s quality of life.
Parallel Session 4 
6:15pm - 6:30pmCoffee Break
 
6:30pm - 7:30pmClosing Session
 

 
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