I am a qualified and registered social worker with over 30 years' experience within a variety of private, voluntary and statutory sector organisations. I'm a full-time Lecturer and the Practice Education Lead at Kingston University, an independent trainer, practice educator and ASYE assessor. I have a number of published articles including the International Journal of Social Work and am co-author of a chapter in Skills for Social Work Practice - Developing Communication and Interviewing Skills (Davies, K. & Jones, R. (eds) 2016).
I am a specialist in children and families, criminal justice and young people, HIV and addictions as a practitioner and manager. I was instrumental in my role as service and policy manager in raising the profile of dual diagnosis: mental health and substance misuse, leading a successful pilot project in Health and Social Care and am actively involved in working with agencies specialising in substance misuse. Special interests include family therapy, young people, addictive behaviour, multi-professional working, motivational interviewing and supervision.
Practice Education Lead, Social Work