Date: 25th Aug 2016
A senior lecturer in social work at Buckinghamshire New University has chaired a first international conference exploring sexuality and social work, in Switzerland.
Jason Schaub co-chaired the conference Transgressing Boundaries and the Intersection of Sexualities in Social Work, hosted by the School of Social Work at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwest Switzerland, in Olten, near Zurich, Switzerland.
More than 180 delegates from around the world attended the two-day conference, organised by the Sexuality and Social Work Interest Group, is an international network of academics, students, practitioners and service users. The four keynotes were provided by speakers from four different countries.
Mr Schaub said: "This was a first international conference held by the Interest Group and exploring sexuality and social work.
"As well as being proud and honoured to hold our first conference, we were surprised at the wide range and number of people and papers from all over the globe.
"Topics related to sexuality are often sensationalised but this conference allowed space for serious debate about topics as wide-ranging as the experience of trans* people, people living with HIV, or the housing needs of older LGBT people.
"We are delighted to say there is now an interest in producing several outputs, including an edited collection, as well as plans for a further conference to be held in Montreal, Canada, in 2018."
The Sexuality and Social Work Interest Group was formed in 2004 to improve research collaborations and to develop knowledge. It was originally focused on the UK but is now an international group.
The 2016 conference saw more than 60 papers presented from 31 different countries.
Picture caption: Jason Schaub co-chaired the conference Transgressing Boundaries and the Intersection of Sexualities in Social Work.