Gibson, Faith (10 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 10: [Session three: 21 Sept. 2011] Social Work Advisory Service. Used an office at Queens University Employment Section. Roman Catholic clerics were leaving the priesthood and decided upon social work training, so a number of them coming for advice. Discusses issues around working across communities, heightened by the Troubles. Family arrangements around work. Periodic trips to the office in Bloomsbury. David Hobman a gifted man. Only boss who ever gave positive feedback. He was succeeded by Tony Gardner who had been an MP. Worked there from 1969-1974. [12:00] Community development Roger Hadleys advocacy of patch social work teams made it easier. Hywel Griffiths who was first Director of the Community Relations Commission was an advocate. A number of his workers joined the Health & Social Services Boards when he left. Allied with preventative health matters. Head of social work training in Magee had trained in America as a group worker. Faith had some elements of community development in her Chicago degree. Hywel Griffiths went to work at the university in Coleraine and ensured community development was on the syllabus there. [18:30] Work with older people - Jill Michael had brought her experience and interest when she worked in Scotland over to Ireland. Before then no professionally trained social workers with older people. Describes the residential homes setup and changes to their management and buildings. Discussions within the Department about developing training also with outside bodies like BASW. The Magee course trained educational social workers. Talks about the challenges of doing research and administration especially around amalgamation to form the new University of Ulster. Was on the Western and Northern Health and Social Services Boards in the 1970s as well as a member of CCETSW.
Life story interview with Faith Gibson, Emeritus Professor of social work at the University of Ulster.