Gibson, Faith (7 of 17). Oral History of Oral History
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2011-03-10, 2011-07-21, 2011-09-20, 2012-03-22
Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland
Gibson, Faith, 1931- (speaker, female)
Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)
Part 7: [Session two: 21 July 2011] More about her fathers banking service to local stockmen. [02:42] Not being able to take physics. Teacher would not teach one girl in the class. Has a daughter who is a doctor. Child Guidance Clinics would have been going at least 10 years when Faith started working in them. Describes the children they worked with. Compares with Britain Maudsley Hospital for instance. Australian services was community based. Clinics always headed up by a psychiatrist, then a psychologist and a social worker. Learning disabilities treated in a different system. [09:39] Research on conversions by Billy Graham religious campaigns she worked on. Family reaction to her marriage to Norman. He had a junior lectureship at Queens University. Honeymoon in Maine New England then Northern Ireland. She knew very little about Ireland. Arrived at Cobh by boat. Stayed with Normans parents in Belfast. Moved into own house in 1960. Faith got a job in the new Dept of Mental Health at Queens. She became the first (senior) social worker in the Dept. Her role was clinical and teaching. This was with medical students as well as clinical practice with psychiatric social work trainees. They would go on to LSE, Edinburgh and Manchester. Two year social studies at Queens. Whilst she was there Queens had developed a social work course. When she started this was pre Younghusband and Seebohm. Courses were highly specialised. [21:00] Old Social Studies Diploma and options for further training. Talks about Irish Health Boards and predecessors. Integrated health and social care introduced. Department of Mental Health related to the health authority. Learning disabilities related to the Northern Ireland Social Care Service. Work was similar to Australia. [28:00] Had trainee social workers who carried a caseload. Ward rounds and case conferences. Internal organisation at Queens. Nurse training not part of the University. The professor was also called Gibson, trained at the Maudsley. Senior Clinic Psychologist was John Graham White intellectually lively environment. No issues in the hospital re sectarianism pre the Troubles. [37:12] Describes the clinical work. Child psychiatry came after the adult services. There were psychiatric Faith encouraged them to set up a branch of the British Association of Psychiatric Social Workers. Active group of hospital almoners. Tried to bring the two groups together, This was happening elsewhere as well which culminated in the formation of the British Association of Social Workers. Used to go to lunch at the Royal Victoria Hospital with social workers via Helen Rees who had worked in Australia. She wrote to Betty Hall in the Royal. Her colleagues were astonished. [44:40] National background to developments. Child Care was in the Welfare Dept in Northern Ireland. Social work in the south of Ireland.
Life story interview with Faith Gibson, Emeritus Professor of social work at the University of Ulster.