Gap-mending niches in institutionalized social work practice and education

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The gap-mending concept has been developed within the network of PowerUs
( It entails a constant reflection upon what causes and mends gaps between social workers and service users in social work practice, education and research. Within the PowerUs network gap-mending practices have been developed where more reciprocal relationships are aimed for, in joint development projects.

The principles of these practices are similar to those found in research about good practice in recovery of mental illness, and in - so called - strength based social work, that emphasizes the importance of enabling niches, rather than an emphasis on categorizing and diagnosing personal problems.

In this presentation we want to discuss the result of a study, where 150 former students have been interviewed a few years after having taken an experimental course – the Mobilization course – in the School of Social Work, Lund University. The course has been given since 2005 and gives the opportunity for two student groups, social work students and students recruited in service user organizations to learn from each other and develop projects of good practice together. In the study we wanted to find out how the course had affected them in their future carriers, and what possibilities or obstacles they experienced in developing gap-mending practices.


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  • Social Work
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov
Publication categoryResearch
EventFORSA/NOUSA: Nordic Social Work Conference: Power and Social Work - University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 2018 Nov 212018 Nov 23


ConferenceFORSA/NOUSA: Nordic Social Work Conference