Choose a Paper for August 15th 8pm #swjcchat

4 08 2013

I’ve found three papers as potentials to discuss at the next Social Work Journal Club chat on 15th August at 8pm and wanted to ask people to vote on which they would prefer as I don’t want to make the decision alone!

I’ll ‘close’ the voting at the end of Tuesday 6th August and put a post up on the 7th – giving people a week to read through the chosen paper (although they are all interesting in my opinion!).

If you want to suggest an open access paper for next time, please leave recommendations in the comments below!

The options are


‘Setting and Crossing Boundaries: Professionalisation of Social Work and Social Work Professionalism’ – Catrin Heite – Social Work and Society International Online Journal 2012


How is a profession distinguished from a non-profession? In what ways is the boundary between profession and non-profession marked, transformed, and dealt with?

And how is social work professionalized in these processes of boundary-setting and boundary transformation? In the perspective of Social Work as Working at the Border I address professionalization, as well as professionalism as boundary-work, boundary-setting and boundary-crossing. This aspect of boundary transformation is discussed in terms of the theory of profession: how does the process of professionalization occur? What is the connection between professionalization, science, politics and the social question? With reference to these questions, a boundary-analytic perspective is outlined in order to review the emergence and development of social work as a profession, and professional ways of handling social inequalities: how is the boundary between profession and non-profession set, secured and transformed? How could this boundary be crossed in processes of professionalization? In the concluding remarks the issue of professionalization as a process will be reversed into the question of professionalism as a mode of practice. Social work will thus be related to a notion of critique, and conceived of as professional boundary-work in the context of social inequality.


‘Emotions, Social Work Practice and Supervision : an uneasy alliance? – Richard Ingram – Journal of Social Work Practice 2013


This paper examines the place of emotions within social work practice. The perceived tensions between emotions and rational decision making are explored and it is argued that their relationship is compatible and necessary. A model for the co-creation of emotionally intelligent supervision is developed to support this vision of practice.


What’s in a Name: ‘Client’, ‘Patient’, ‘Customer’, ‘Consumer’, ‘Expert by Experience’, ‘Service User’—What’s Next?  – Hugh McLaughlin British Journal of Social Work 2007


This article challenges the terms we use to describe the relationship between those who assess and commission services and those who are the recipient of those services. In particular, the article identifies the different terms that have been used in British social work, including ‘client’, ‘customer’, ‘consumer’, ‘service user’ and ‘expert by experience’, highlighting their assumptive worlds and the relationships the terms suggest and signify. Service user (the most popular term at present) is highlighted and critically analysed and found to be increasingly problematic and unable to describe the complexities of the service–recipient relationship. Alternative terms are discussed and found wanting, whilst a possible way forward is suggested to avoid the negative connotations of any one particular term.

So take your pick – 1, 2 or 3





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13 08 2013
“What’s in a Name?” Social Work Journal Club Discussion 15/8/13 8pm BST #swjcchat | Social Work Journal Club

[…] article for this week’s discussion can be found here as voted for by popular opinion – well, 8 of you!   I’m hoping it will be an interesting and wide-ranging discussion which […]

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