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Tax Relief on CORU Registration Fee 
The IASW have been advised by Revenue that social workers wishing to claim tax relief on their CORU Registration Fee can write to their local tax office to request same, enclosing a copy of their receipt for fees. Any queries can be directed to your local tax office. 
Seeking Information on use of ICT in Health and Social Care
As part of an EU project on the use of information and communications technology in health and social care (see project: ENS4Care at   ens4care.eu ), we are seeking news and information on of any innovative projects where members are using information technology/ social media in working with service users/clients (or within health/social care organisations/professional).
These projects can be specifically run by social work or be run by inter-disciplinary teams. We would be very pleased to hear from you.  Please send feedback to office@iasw.ie with FAO John Brennan in the subject line.
Practitioner Researcher SIG AGM
The first AGM of the SIG will take place on Friday, October, 2nd at 3.30 in the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street. All welcome. 
Would you like some of the IASW Library Books?
Currently the library is resource that is underutilized for a variety of reasons; accessibility, out-of-date publications, limited collection of books, the vast majority of publications are available online, etc. 
For these reasons, the IASW is donating the collection of library books to IASW members! If interested, you can call in on  Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 between 12 noon and 7.00pm
Venue: St. Andrews Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Next Edition of the Irish Social Worker
The next IASW Journal "The Irish Social Worker" will have a mental health focus, and include book reviews and additional articles on disability and good governance in health services. To  receive a copy you must have a current IASW membership: check the IASW website regarding membership.
The Journal will be available from the end of August. 
Pamela Trevithick's Social Work Skills & Knowledge
A limited number of copies of Pamela Trevithick's book Social Work Skills and Knowledge: A Practice Handbook (3rd edition) will be available at our CPD events for €30.  If you would like the book posted to you within Ireland, the cost is €38 on receipt of payment which you can post the IASW office. Payment can be made by postal order, bank draft or cheque (made out to the Irish Association of Social Workers).  Unfortunately, we don't have the facility to accept debit/credit card payments. 
August 2015
donal
  

Throughout the summer months, our Professional Development C oordinator
Clíona,   has been working hard with members and SIGs in preparation for September and beyond and has produced an extensive array of CPD events, as you can see below. Continuing on the themes from this year's National Social Work Conference, there is a strong emphasis on both self-care and on practitioner research. Members have asked for more on these themes and I firmly believe you'll be happy with what is being provided. Remember to book early as places fill up quickly!
The Association continues to work on your behalf, promoting the profession of social work and speaking out on issues of concern to social workers, all of which is detailed on our website. 
I look forward to meeting you at one of the many events in the coming months and I'd welcome your ideas about how the Association can continue to support members and develop our profession!
Dónal O'Malley, IASW Chair
IASW Upcoming Events
To secure your place at an IASW event, you will need to  book and pay online. You can do this by visiting the relevant events page on the website, clicking on the  Book Now  button at the top of the page and completing the booking form. 

Members will notice that in 2015 they pay even less for events than non-members, one of the many benefits of membership.

To avail of the member rate for events you need to use the 
e-mail address you used for your IASW membership details.
Finding Spaces: An Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation FULLY BOOKED
Friday, 4th September from 9.30 - 1.00
The Sanctuary, Stanhope Street, Dublin 7
€5 members/€15 non-members
An introduction to how mindfulness (and meditation) can nourish and sustain our role as social workers.

Open Access Publishing and Accessing Evidence for Research in Social Work
Monday, 28th September from 6 - 7.15
Room 3080, Arts Building, Trinity College
Free event 
Aoife Lawton, Systems Librarian, HSE, Dr Steevens' Hospital and manager of Lenus will present this seminar

Primary Care SIG Conference & AGM
Friday, 2nd October 
Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8
€20 members/ €40 non-members
Date for your diary. Speaker details and conference programme will soon be available on the IASW website. 

Launch of Research Connect
Friday, 2nd October from 5.30 - 7.30
Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Join us for the launch of a new online service which matches social workers looking for support to conduct and/or disseminate research with mentors who wish to provide that support to the profession. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Social Workers in Disability SIG Conference & AGM
Friday, 9th October 
Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8
€20 members/ €40 non-members
Date for your diary. Speaker details and conference programme will soon be available on the IASW website. 

Legal Rights of Unmarried Parents Including Cohabiting Parents

Friday, 16th October from 9.30 - 1.00
St Andrew's Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse St, Dublin 2
€5 members/€15 non-members
Veronica Black of Treoir will present this seminar which will clarify the legal situation regarding guardianship, access, custody, maintenance, birth registration, establishing paternity, passports and cohabitation. 

Working with Adolescents in the Context of the Family: Roadmaps and Toolkits
Wednesday, 21st October from 9.00 - 12.30
St Andrew's Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse St, Dublin 2
€5 members/€15 non-members
Fidelma Beirne from Crosscare Teen Counselling will facilitate this seminar. T opics include  engaging adolescents & families,  sharing resources for individual and family work,  case examples/illustrations.

Disorganised Attachment and Child Protection: New Ways of Assessing Risk and Helping Children and Families (limited places) FULLY BOOKED
Thursday, 22nd October from 10 - 4.30
Kingsley Hotel, Victoria Cross, Cork
€25 members/ €50 non-members
Professor David Shemmings will run a Masterclass for practitioners on disorganised attachment and child protection. 

'Cherishing All the Children of the Nation Equally'? 100 Years and Beyond
Friday, 23rd October 2015
University College Cork
€75/ €25 students & unwaged
The National Child Protection and Social Work Conference has taken place on a biennial basis at University College Cork since 2007 and this year  will explore the extent to which the Irish State has lived up to the 1916 proclamation with regards to children.  This conference is a not-for-profit event and is a partnership between the Social Work Development Unit (UCC), staff from child protection and welfare teams in the Child and Family Agency and the IASW Southern Branch. Visit http://swconf.ucc.ie/ for details and to book your place.

Legal Rights of Unmarried Parents Including Cohabiting Parents
Tuesday, 3rd November from 9.30 - 1.00
Westwood House Hotel, Dangan, Galway
€5 members/€15 non-members
Veronica Black of Treoir will present this seminar which will clarify the legal situation regarding guardianship, access, custody, maintenance, birth registration, establishing paternity, passports and cohabitation. 

Understanding Children, Loss & Bereavement
Wednesday, 25th November from 9.30 - 4.30 
Education & Research Centre, Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross, Dublin
€20 members/€40 non-members
The Irish Association of Social Workers and Social Care Ireland are coordinating a second conference on 'Understanding Children, Loss and Bereavement'. See website for full conference programme and speaker details.