Gibson, Faith (9 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 9: The Community playgroup at Castlerock is still in operation, Other local involvement. Most university families lived nearer to the campus. Golf was important to the locals. Faith got a [part time job running the Social Work Advisory Service Northern Ireland from home. Created by David Hobman. Vocational guidance organisation for social work training. Did that for five years. David Hobman interviewed her at Aldergrove Airport. Describes the organisation. Offices in Edinburgh and Bloomsbury. Precursor of CCETSW. BASW being formed at the same time. SWAS was subsumed into CCETSW. Eileen Younghusband and two year non-graduate training outside universities. Other types of courses that became undergraduate degree training. Then CSS in service training. [15:40] Social work as a profession and comparison with other specialisms. [18:00] Northern Ireland structures and courses, one at Ulster Polytechnic and then University of Ulster. Queens evolved to a two year generic post graduate Masters degree. CSS route also. [22:50] Faith had left SWAS to teach at Magee Campus in Derry. The Head at Coleraine did not want husband and wife on the same campus. Taught at Derry for ten years in total. Happy to teach at Magee in part to counter Unionist politicking. Describes the origins of Magee. Internal moves including merger with Ulster Poly. Norman had become a Pro vice chancellor then a Deputy chancellor. However he decided to go back to teaching at Jordanstown and Faith transferred there as well. Went back to work in 1974 and retired in 1996. Describes the work. Last three to four years of work was mainly doing research. [37:10] Used CCTV to train students which was picked up by the Education Faculty. As time went on she specialised in social gerontology teaching. Initially there were five lecturers in the department. Faith taught casework and some groupwork. Some community development training in the department. Imported people to teach short courses for continuing professional development. Derek Carter, the professor, had been a student at Columbia of Bill Swartz and used American group workers. Derek had been at York and was very friendly with Roger Hadley and Claire Wenger and neighbourhood patch development approach in social work. Broad vision of social work and public issues. Brief discussion about patch social work approach. [50:30] Interest in older people. A colleague was appointed who had worked in Scotland and had an interest in older people. Work developed from there. Started at Magee then moved to Jordanstown. CSS students trained in blocks but mainly worked in their own agencies. They persuaded the agencies that they needed to train their staff in gerontology which ended up as a three week residential course. Only happened once but they used to meet informally with the students.
Life story interview with Faith Gibson, Emeritus Professor of social work at the University of Ulster.