Gibson, Faith (11of 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 11: Jill Michael and Faith worked on developing the course. Staffing of Homes. Field social work. Mentions Peter Coleman at Southampton and informal contacts. Jill had gone to Penn State University for a year. Importance of the 30 day course. On the generic course recruitment of students to the module. Mentions Glen Houston as a student, now Head of the Registration and Qualification Inspection Agency in NI. Joe Mally[?] is now co-director of a large voluntary sector organisation. Differences between the south and north. Discusses other courses in N I. John McLachlan had a small older persons component at Queens University. [14:11] Membership of North and Western Health & Social Services Boards appointments by civil servants. Describes role and membership. [23:30] University role at Jordanstown research with a minor teaching role. Grant funded. Reminiscence work started partly from family experience and also by Help the Aged Recall Pack. She then developed local packs city and rural life for the North then one for Dublin then a wider Southern Ireland one. Mentions Joanna Bornat. Help the Aged helped financially. Describes the process of production. Considerable interest shown. Set within a theoretical background. Mentions influence of Peter Colemans book. Discusses value to people with dementia and compares it to reality orientation. Mentions Pam Schweitzer at Age Exchange. Faith did training for her. Peter Coleman came to NI via CCETSW as part of curriculum development. [42:34] Further details of putting together Recall packs. Used a collection of photographs taken in Derry in 1950s as well as wartime images- surrender of U Boat fleet at Lough Foyle etc. Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and Ulster Museum both had good photo collections. Museum staff got interested in the work and a number joined the Reminiscence Network. Importance of music and other non-verbal stimuli. [52:22] Worked in the psychiatric hospital in Derry with Recall. Remembers a group of older men and one man responded who had never talked in six months. Anecdote about a ward sister using reminiscence objects with medical staff. Early 1990s Faith ran a project with residential homes to train up a senior member of staff to work with the most challenging resident. Got the idea from John Gibson, Professor of Psychiatry at Queens.
Life story interview with Faith Gibson, Emeritus Professor of social work at the University of Ulster.