The Centre for Social Work Research (CSWR) aims to:
- Make a significant contribution to the generation of knowledge in social work
- Widen the participation of social work practitioners in research
- Develop innovative methodologies and new thinking about critical issues in social work practice and social policy enhance social work research and influence practice, professional training and policy
- Developing and undertaking relevant ‘practice near’ research projects
- Generating relevant, relationship-based practice knowledge
- Disseminating research findings and sharing learning through written publications, conferences, seminars and training programmes
CSWR is unique in the UK in providing this perspective, harnessing the psychosocial, multidisciplinary tradition to initiate creative social work research.
BME & Migrant Advisory Group - Safeguarding Children and Young People (B-MAG)
B-MAG was co - founded by the CSWR and the Victoria Climbie Foundation and saw its successful parliamentary launch in January 2017. A dedicated website is currently under development and links will be provided soon. For further information see the relevant section within the centre's 'Research Themes' below.
We hold an active schedule of events throughout the year. To keep up to date with what's going on please see the links at the bottom of this page.
- Professor Stephen Briggs - Director of the Centre for Social Work Research, Cass School of Education and Communities, UEL
- Dr Jo Finch - Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Cass School of Education and Communities, UEL
- Kimberly Detjen - Senior Lecturer, Cass School of Education and Communities, UEL
- Dr Robert Johns - Principal Lecturer, Cass School of Education and Communities, UEL
- Dr Stuart Stevenson - Senior Lecturer, Cass School of Education and Communities, UEL
- Mark Wheeler - Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Cass School of Education and Communities UEL
- Dr Dawn Ludick - Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Cass School of Education and Communities, UEL
- Laura Hamblin-Opaluwa - Postgraduate Researcher, Cass School of Education and Communities, UEL
- Fatuma Farah - Postgraduate Researcher, Cass School of Education and Communities, UEL
- Professor Andrew Cooper - Professor of Social Work, Tavistock Clinic / UEL - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Collaborators and Partners
Current Students Supervised or Co-Supervised by CSWR Members
Her research interests are in culture, Islamic religion and faith related child abuse. She also has interests in parenting and related cultural differences.
Fatuma's PhD thesis is on “Examining Perspectives on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) among affected communities in the United Kingdom and she is currently writing an article entitled “What is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and what is it doing in education”. This is to be published in the CASS School of Education and Communities Journal: Research in Teacher Education.
For the last five years Fatuma have given multiple presentations on FGM at a variety of conferences; such as, the annual conference for the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health in Leeds 2016, and is shortly to present at the FGM conference organised by OSCA (Ocean Somali Community Association) that holds Somali Week within the month of October (Black History Month).
Fatuma also delivers educational seminars on FGM in a variety of settings including third year clinical psychology students at the Tavistock Centre and community events.
To contact Fatuma Farah please email: email@example.com
Louise also lectures on the Early Childhood programmes at UEL, contributing to modules online and on campus, centred around additional needs and disability.
4th European Conference For Social Work Research: Bolzen/Bolzano (2014)
Paper presented - Second-generation African-Caribbean men and psychosis: Developing frameworks for anti-discriminatory mental health research
Since she received her MA in Music Therapy from New York University, USA, in 1990, Sumi has worked with various populations in different settings and has taught music therapy for many years. Sumi taught music therapy at Anna Maria College, Massachusetts, USA, as an Assistant Professor of Music Therapy (1998 - 2000). She is a Co-Director of the Guided Imagery and Music (GIM)/ Music and Imagery (MI) training at Ewha Womans University in South Korea where she has taught and supervised since 2005. In June 2016, she started to teach the Supportive Music and Imagery method at the Integrative GIM Training Programme in London.PhD study
She is currently completing her research on ‘An exploratory study of the processes of Supportive Music and Imagery therapy conducted in South Korea’ at The Tavistock and Portman / University of East London.
She has supervised the Supportive Music and Imagery (SMI), a brief music psychotherapy, for the past 10 years. SMI works with a client’s supportive resources (the supportive imagery) and uses one simple recorded piece of music, arts and verbal dialogue. She became very impressed by the changes made by the clients in six SMI sessions and this motivated her to embark on a PhD study to explore the SMI method further.
Her thesis is a qualitative study of SMI. It explores the SMI process as a brief therapy and the impact of supervision on the SMI therapy.
The investigation applies grounded theory to analyse data and uses case studies to present the findings. There are two sets of cases analysed. The first consists of cases conducted by SMI trainees, the second of cases conducted by SMI graduates, both supervised by me. Through a matrix of eight grounded theory categories and the interactions between the categories, an interaction model of the SMI process has been generated.
The study finds that the process of SMI is an ego enhancing process by internalizing the client’s good object (supportive imagery) through expressive media. In SMI, the whole process of focusing and enhancing the experience of the supportive imagery can be understood as a reparative process of ‘symbol formation’ of the good part of the self.
Paik-Maier, S. (2013) 'Music and imagery self-experience in the clinical supervision of trainees in guided imagery and music', in Bruscia, K.E. (ed.) Self-experiences in music therapy education, training, and supervision [e-book]. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers. Available at: http://www.barcelonapublishers.com/self-experiences-music-therapy-education-training-supervision; E-ISBN : 9781937440435.
Paik-Maier, S. (2011) 'Working on counter transference and other personal issues through self-reflective process', Bonny method resources AMI Spring 2011 Newsletter, Vol. 24, No. 1. Parma, OH: Association for Music and Imagery.
Paik-Maier, S. (2010b) 'Supportive music and imagery method', Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 10(3) [online]. Available at: https://voices.no/index.php/voices/article/view/453.
Conference presentations /workshops given:
Paik-Maier, S. (2014) 'An exploration of the process of supportive music and imagery therapy and its impact as a short term therapy', GIM in a changing world: the 11th European GIM conference. Consciousness-Neuroscience-Society, Berlin, 17-21 September.
Paik-Maier, S. (2014) 'Group experience of the supportive and imagery method', Music and imagery: embracing the imagination for health and wellbeing: the 5th MIAA GIM conference. Music and Imagery Association of Australia Inc., Treacy Centre, Melbourne, 26-27 April.
Paik-Maier, S. (2012) 'GIM and MI training in Korea: cultural and clinical aspects', The 3rd Anniversary of Arts Education Therapy Institute Graduate School of Education, Ewha Womans University: the first international symposium on guided imagery and music (GIM)/ music and imagery (MI). Ewha Womans University, Seoul, 14 January.
Paik-Maier, S., Paek, K.S., Ha, K., Kim,Y.S. (2009) 'Music and imagery part II: understanding countertransference and therapeutic issues through a reflective music and imagery process', Transformation of consciousness through music: the 20th conference of the Association for Music and Imagery. Techny, IL, 23-27 November.
Langdon, J. Paik-Maier, S. and Summer, L. (2000) ‘Practical and Innovative Supervision Strategies for Internship Supervisors’, Pre-Conference Institutes, American Music Therapy Association Conference. St. Louis, MO, 15 NovemberPaik-Maier, S. (1999) ‘Case Study of a Bipolar Client in Music Therapy’, New England Region / AMTA Regional Music Therapy Conference. Meredith, NH, 27 March.
Paik-Maier, S. (1994) ‘Ethical Consideration for the Music Therapist in a Hospital Setting’, Annual Conference of the American Association for Music Therapy. Taminent, 11 June
Paik-Maier, S. (1990) ‘A Case Study of Patient A’, The Symposium of Music Therapy, The Korean Association of Clinical Art, Seoul, Korea, 26-27 October.
1 – 4 June, 24 – 26 October 2016, Seminar Leader Supportive Music and Imagery Method Integrative Guided Imagery and Music Training Programme
Sept 2014 – Present, Co-Director Music and Imagery/Guided Imagery and Music Training. Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea
Dec 2010 – Aug 2014, Co-Director Music and Imagery/Guided Imagery and Music Training. Anna Maria College/Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea
Jan 2005 – Jan 2010, Clinical coordinator and supervisor Music and Imagery Training. Anna Maria College/Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea
July 2007 – 2012, Adjunct Clinical Supervisor The Institute for Music and Consciousness Anna Maria College, Paxton, Massachusetts, USA
Sept 1998 – May 2000, Assistant Professor of Music Therapy Anna Maria College, Paxton, Massachusetts, USA
The CSWR was established to enhance the evidence base for relationship-based practice and understand underlying processes in practice and policy making.
The Centre’s research is strongly influenced by UEL’s commitment to ‘relationship based’ social work practice and the Tavistock Clinic’s tradition of exploring the underlying processes of practice from a psychoanalytic and systemic perspective. Making sense of these processes enhances practice and extends the evidence base for policy initiatives.
Adapting the Tavistock tradition of research to contemporary issues, CSWR aims to develop and apply innovative methods that promote ‘practice near’ research, including:
- Observational approaches: the application of the Tavistock model of observation applied to individuals, groups and institutions
- Application of a case study method to explore aspects of practice through in-depth analysis of accounts of clinical, therapeutic sessions and ‘work discussion’ (group discussion of a case or work situation)
- Applying narrative interview methods including the biographical narrative interview methods to achieve in-depth and different perspectives of practice and policy issues
- Involvement of service users and front-line practitioners in the design, development and undertaking of research projects
This group aims to focus on the child protection/safeguarding needs of children and young people in migration and within ethnic minority communities. We aim to ensure that the rights, care and protection of migrant and BME children are upheld and that best quality services are delivered to these children and young people. The responsibilities of the group are to monitor and to work to improve the quality of care for these children and young people, through supporting research, campaigning and promoting professional and practitioner communication and networking, and through publication and dissemination online and in print media. The group was established by VCF and UEL_CSWR in autumn 2016 and the group was launched at the Houses of Parliament on 18 January 2017 with the support of Kier Starmer MP. We are working with three strands: child refugees and unaccompanied minors, faith and culture, and responses to radicalisation.
Further information and documentation can be found below;
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Events will be held on a yearly cycle to cover the three workstreams we focus upon, namely Unaccompanied Minors, Culture and Faith and Radicalism. Details of these will be available via the events link at the bottom of this page in addition to more specific posts here;
Culture & Faith Seminar
April 24 2018 – BMAG Culture and Faith
Seminar; Symposium on FGM
BMAG are holding a Symposium on Female Genital Mutilation from 5.30 to 8pm at the UEL Stratford Campus. The symposium will comprise of 3 panellists. Further information and booking
On October 17 2017 - The Centre for Social Work Research at the University of East London, was pleased to host the research seminar, “The W-Word: Witchcraft branding and spirit possession: Challenges for professionals”, followed by the book launch. The seminar focused on the issue of witchcraft labelling/branding and spirit possession, and considered how practitioners can work effectively with such concerns. Dr Prospera Tedam, opened the research seminar with a general overview of the issue of witchcraft branding, spirit possession and child safeguarding. Psychologist & PhD Student Laura Hamblin-Opaluwa documented early findings from her research on the topic of child abuse linked to a belief in witchcraft and spirit possession particular to the issue of the self disclosure, and Noktula Ruparaganda, a newly qualified social worker, discussed the role of the church in addressing abuse of children linked to witchcraft and spirit possession.
The research seminar was followed by the successful launch of the newly published book “The W word: Witchcraft labelling and child safeguarding in social work practice” by Dr Prospera Tedam. Professor Stephen Briggs introduced the book, which was then followed by a further presentation by Dr Tedam.
Dr Tedam's slides can be viewed here
Laura Hamblin-Opaluwa's slides can be viewed here.
Children & Young People in Migration Seminar
A seminar is planned for this workstream for Autumn 2018. Further information and booking links will be posted closer to the time.
A seminar is planned for this workstream for Summer 2018. Further information and booking links will be posted closer to the time.
If you would like to be kept up to date with info about upcoming events please follow us on twitter @safeguardingBME or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting 'B-MAG Info' and request that your email be added to our database.
Our research impacts widely through training events and workshops for practitioners in the UK and internationally, and influencing policy through, for example, membership of NICE Clinical Guideline Development Groups.
Systematic Review: The effectiveness of psychoanalytic psychotherapy as an intervention for the prevention of suicide, and the reduction of self-harm/repeated self-harm Authors: Stephen Briggs (1), Gopal Netuveli (1), Antigone Gkaravella (1,3), Patricia Kangogyere (1), Mark Goldblatt (4), Reinhard Lindner (5), Nick Gould (2), 1: University of East London, UK; 2: University of Bath, UK, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, UK, 4:Harvard University, USA, 5: Hamburg Eppendorf University, Germany
Why the review is important:
• Reducing suicide risks and repeated self-harm is a high health and social policy priority
• Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a widely practised intervention
• A few clinical trials of the effectiveness of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for reducing suicide and self-harm have been reported but to date there has been no systematic review of this intervention
A protocol has been developed, as for the Guidance for Developing a Cochrane Protocol (2011)
Initial findings were reported at the European Symposium for Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour 2016
Evaluation of the Place of Calm, Grassroots Training and the Counselling Partnership ‘Survivors of Suicide’ Counselling Service (East Sussex)
During 2016, CSWR undertook an evaluation of a new service, the Place of Calm, http://recovery-partners.co.uk/how-we-can-help/place-of-calm/ (commissioned by East Sussex County Council), for people in a suicidal crisis. The Place of Calm takes an innovative approach to meeting the needs of people who are suicidal, offering a stay of up to 24-hours, to provide practical and emotional support, using a Peer Support approach. The final report concluded that the Place of Calm offers a helpful and distinctive model for people in suicidal crises, which is de-stigmatising, non-medical, and highly valued by people who stay there.
Currently, we are evaluating two linked suicide prevention projects: Grassroots, http://www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/ which provides training for frontline staff working with people who are suicidal, and the Survivors of Suicide Counselling Service. http://sussexcommunity.org.uk/wellbeing-safety/counselling/
Understanding adolescent suicide groups
Group suicidal behaviour amongst young people can have devastating consequences for young people, families, practitioners and communities, and there are concerns that it may be increasing, influenced by online media and reported increasing rates of self-harm. It is crucial to know more about which young people are involved, how suicidal behaviour spreads and how practitioners can effectively intervene. In collaboration with Cardiff University and CAMHS practitioners, we have conducted a qualitative research study of how practitioners identify and work with risks of suicide in adolescent peer groups. An article reporting the findings and follow-up research are currently in preparation. The findings to date were reported at reported at the European Symposium for Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour 2016
See also: M. Goldblatt, S Briggs, R. Lindner, (2015) Destructive Groups: The Role of Projective Identification in Suicidal Groups of Young People, British Journal of Psychotherapy, 31, 1, 38–53
Apologies... This part of our website is under redevelopment. In the meantime below is a brief overview of the areas of research we are involved in currently;
- Infant, adolescent and adult mental health
- Infant observations
- Early infant - mother interactions and patterns of attachment
See details on the Recent publications (post 2006).
CSWR has been selected by the University as an impact case study submitted for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) in the Social Work and Social Policy Unit of Assessment. In due course this case study will be uploaded here. The REF decision making panels will assess the 'reach and significance' of impacts on the economy, society and/or culture that were underpinned by excellent research conducted in the submitted unit, as well as the submitted unit's approach to enabling impact from its research.
Improving practice and influencing policy
Through working closely in partnership with practitioners, our research aims to provide benefits benefits to practitioners through training and consultation and influence policy debates.
Recent policy impacts include: a House of Lords debate on the Children’s Bill adopted the findings and conclusions of the report on Safeguarding Children’s Rights (Briggs et al 2011)
CSWR’s evaluation of the Trust for London’s initiative “safeguarding children’s rights: exploring issues of witchcraft and spirit possession in London’s African Communities” was referred to in debate in the House of Lords over amendment 243 of the Children and Families Bill 2013. Following full debate, with a significant role taken by Baroness Howarth, who chaired the advisory group of the Trust for London initiative, the findings from our report were agreed with and adopted - that the best protection for children who are attributed properties of witchcraft or spirit possession is through application of the child protection and the international framework for children’s rights frameworks rather than through specific legislation.
As was commented in the debate we agree that there continues to be need to further research the issue, regarding prevention and assessing the effectiveness of interventions by practice organisations for identifying and responding to cases where attributions of witchcraft and spirit possession are suspected.
CSWR works closely with many UK practice organisations in statutory and third sectors, including CAMHS in Leicester, Tower Hamlets and Kent, Kids Company, Victoria Climbie Foundation, Mothertongue ethnic counselling, Maytree; a sanctuary for the suicidal.
Training and learning programmes
Tavistock/UEL: http://www.tavi-port.org (Courses and professional training/Tavistock course/by subject).