Desistance in practice: Interaction in criminal justice groupwork

Kirkwood, S. (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

Description

Desistance in practice: Interaction in criminal justice groupwork

The seminar on 22 April 2014 brought together a number of practitioners and academics to explore the preliminary findings from my research project on groupwork programmes. In advance, actors (primarily drama students from Queen Margaret University) acted out excerpts from the data and these were video recorded and shown at the event, following the Conversation Analytic Role-play Method developed by Prof Liz Stokoe at Loughborough University. This allowed a much greater level of engagement with the research materials that would normally be possible through simply dealing with transcripts, and was necessary given the original video recordings are too sensitive to show as they would reveal the identities of the research participants. The seminar began with an introduction to the research and the preliminary findings, followed by facilitated breakout sessions where each group examined a different video re-enactment of the data, after which there was a 30 minute coffee break, before a final session for feeding back on the sessions and general discussion. In addition to the engagement with practitioners and other external colleagues, the event allowed colleagues within the university, who acted as facilitators on the day, to engage with this approach for the first time or see how it applied to the area of social work. Social workers and managers working within Edinburgh Criminal Justice Services were invited to the event. A small number of contacts in relevant research or practitioner roles were also invited. Overall, 34 people attended the event (plus three who only attended the first session).
Period22 Apr 2014
Event typeSeminar
LocationEdinburgh, United Kingdom