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Ms Kimberly R Detjen

Senior Lecturer Social Work-Practice Learning

Centre for Social Work Research, University of East London, SocialWork

    Kim has previously worked as a social worker and manager in front line child protection in England. Prior to moving to England from America, Kim worked as a family therapist and paediatric medical social worker in the newborn intensive care unit and emergency medicine. She is a qualified Practice Educator and has supervised and assessed social work students on placements for many years.  Kim continues to be involved in children and family social work practice.  She has over 20 years of experience as a social worker.  

    Kim began working at UEL as a Senior Lecturer in Social Work in 2013. Kim is the Programme Leader for the PG Diploma Step Up Social Work Programme.  She teaches on the BA (Hons) Social Work, MA Social Work, and Post Qualifying Social Work programmes. Her area of expertise is children and families social work. 

    Kim is currently a Doctorate of Philosophy student at UEL and her research area is domestic abuse and child protection. 

    University of East London

    Doctorate of Philosophy--Jan 2016-ongoing


    Kingston University

    Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Education and Training--2012-2015


    Reading University

    Post Qualifying Advanced Social Work Course in Enabling Others--2007-2008


    Bournemouth University

    Post Qualifying Advanced Social Work Course Award 1--2006


    Saint Louis University

    Master of Social Work--1996-1999


    University of Missouri-Columbia

    Bachelor of Science Human Environmental Sciences, Human Development and Family Studies--1991-1995

    Registered Social Worker with Social Work England

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Missouri (USA) 

    Bachelor of Arts Human Development and Family Studies, 1995 University of Missouri-Columbia (USA)

    Master of Social Work, 1999 St Louis University (USA)

    PG Dip Practice Education and Training, 2014 Kingston University

    Currently a PhD Student at University of East London


    I am currently studying for my Doctorate of Philosophy. This relates to my practice experience in children and families social work. Specifically the research that I am undertaking focuses on the interactions and interventions between child protection social workers and women victims of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is one of the main areas of concern when it comes to child protection, and its prevalence is immense. My research focuses on the engagement between social worker and service user in order to safeguard children and women.


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    My areas of interest are children and families social work, child protection, domestic abuse, grief and loss, mental health, practice learning, and preparation for social work practice.



    Programme Leader:  PG Diploma Step Up Social Work Programme

    Readiness for Practice (BA), Seminar Leader
    Observation Skills (BA), Seminar Leader
    Communication Skills (BA), Seminar Leader
    Social Work with Children and Families (BA), Module Leader
    Observation, Human Growth and Development (PG Dip), Module Leader
    Child and Family Social Work:  contexts, skills and interventions (PG Dip), Module Leader
    PG Dip Step Up Social Work Programme Placement Modules (PG Dip), Module Leader
    Various Teaching Sessions on the MA Social Work Programme

    SK6203 Social Work with Children and Families (BA Hons)
    SK7104 Professional Practice Placement 1 (MA)
    SK7107 Professional Practice Placement 2 (MA)
    SK7203 Professional Practice Placement (Step Up)
    SK7206 Child and Family Social Work (Step Up)
    SK7322 Practice Educator Professional Standards (Post Qualifying)

    I also teach on a variety of modules across all of the Social Work Programmes.
    BA (Hons) Social Work
    MA Social Work
    Post Grad Dip (Step-Up) Social Work
    Post Qualifying Social Work Courses