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Professor Stephen Briggs

Professor of Social Work, Cass School of Education and Communities

Centre for Social Work Research, Cass School of Education and Communities

Stephen Briggs is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Social Work Research. 

  • Centre for Social Work Research, Stratford Campus
    Cass School of Education and Communities
    Stratford Campus
    Water Lane
    London
    E15 4LZ
  • s.briggs@uel.ac.uk +442082234266
    Stephen Briggs is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Social Work Research. He holds degrees from Cambridge (BA History), Oxford (MSc Applied Social Studies and UEL (PhD). Since qualifying as a social worker in 1977 Stephen has combined an academic career with continuing involvement in practice; between 1991 and 2012 he worked in multidisciplinary mental health practice in the Tavistock Clinic’s Adolescent Department. Currently he provides consultation, supervisionand teaching/training to a range of organisations.  Stephen joined UEL in 1994, became Reader in 2003 and Professor in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). He is Honorary Professor in the School of Education, University of Nottingham. His research interests are psycho-socially oriented and psychoanalytically informed. Currently they focus on the following key themes: Adolescent mental health Young people in society Preventing suicide and self-harm Safeguarding issues in ethnic minority communities Research from infant observation and its application to understanding infant mental health ‘Practice-near’  research methodologies, including their application to evaluation research in  health and social care   He is available for PhD supervision in these and related fields


    Selected publications

    Books

    S Briggs 2008, Working with Adolescents and Young Adults; A contemporary  psychodynamic approach. (Basingstoke, Palgrave, Second Edition)

    S Briggs, A Lemma and W Crouch (eds.) 2008 Relating to self-harm and suicide: psychoanalytic perspectives on practice, theory and research. (London, Routledge)

    S Briggs 2005, Real Life Issues: Addictions. London, Trotman Publishing

    S Briggs 2002,  Working with Adolescents: A Contemporary Psychodynamic Approach. (Basingstoke, Palgrave.)

    S Briggs 1997, Growth and Risk in Infancy (London, Jessica Kingsley)

    Peer-reviewed journal articles

    S.Briggs, M. Maxwell, A. Keenan (2015) Working with the complexities of adolescent mental health problems: applying Time-limited Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (TAPP), Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, DOI: 10.1080/02668734.2015.1086414

    M. Goldblatt, S. Briggs, R. Lindner, M. Schechter and E. Ronningstam, (2015) Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Suicidal Adolescents, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 29, 1, 20-37

    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

    B. Costa and S Briggs 2014 : Service-users experiences of interpreters in psychological therapy: a pilot study. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 10, 4, 231 - 244  

    S Briggs and H Hingley-Jones (2013) Reconsidering adolescent subjectivity; a ‘practice-near’ approach to the study of adolescents, including those with severe learning difficulties (British Journal of Social Work)

    L Froggett and S Briggs (2012) Practice Near and Practice Distant Methods in Human Services Research, Journal of Research Practice Volume 8, Issue 2, Article M9, 2012

    S Briggs, M Goldblatt, R. Lindner, JT Maltsberger and G Fiedler (2012) Suicide and Trauma; a case discussion (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy)

    S Briggs and L Lyon 2011 A developmentally focussed time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy for adolescents and young adults: origins and applications, Revue Adolescence, no.76, 415-434 (Adolescence, 2011, T.29, n°2, p 415-434)

    S Briggs 2010 Time limited psychodynamic psychotherapy for adolescents and young adults. Journal of Social Work Practice, 24, 2, 181-196

    R Lindner and S. Briggs 2010 "Forming Ideal Types by Understanding: Application to the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Suicidal Men" Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/ Forum: Qualitative Social Research (ISSN 1438-5627) Volume 11, No. 2, Art. 12, May 2010

    S Briggs and L Froggett 2009 Editorial, Special issue on Practice-Near Research. Journal of Social Work Practice, 23, 4

    S Briggs 2009 Risks and opportunities in adolescence: understanding adolescent mental health difficulties. Journal of Social Work Practice, 23, 1, 149-164

    S Briggs, L Webb, J Buhagiar, G Braun, A Trotter 2009 An Evaluation of Maytree, a short-term respite centre for the suicidal; implications for practice and prevention. Suicidologi, Oslo,  ÅRG. 14, NR. 3, 26-29

    S Briggs, L Webb, J Buhagiar, G Braun. 2007 Maytree: A respite centre for the suicidal: An evaluation. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. 2007 Vol 28(3) 140-147

    S Briggs 2006 ‘Consenting to its own destruction…..’ A Reassessment of Freud's development of a theory of suicide.  Psychoanalytic Review 93, 4, 541-56

    S Briggs, J.Maltsberger, M.Goldblatt, R. Lindner, G.Fiedler 2006  Assessing and engaging suicidal teenagers in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Archives for Suicide Research,10,4, 1-15

    J. Wright, S Briggs, J. Behringer.2005 Attachment and the body in suicidal adolescents. 2005 Journal of Clinical and Consulting Child Psychology, 10, 4, 477-491

    Book chapters

    S Briggs 2012 Observation, containment, counter-transference: the contribution of psychoanalytic thinking to contemporary relationship based social work practice in A Briggs, ed, Reflections on the work of Hamish Canham, London, Karnac

    S Briggs and J Behringer 2012 Linking infant observation research and other paradigms in C Urwin and J Sternberg eds Infant observation and Research: emotional Processes in Everyday Lives London, Karnac

    S Briggs and L Lyon 2012 Time limited psychodynamic psychotherapy for adolescents and young adults, in A Lemma (ed) Developments in the Tavistock, London, Karnac (forthcoming)

    S Briggs and L Priddis 2010 Feeding difficulties in infancy and childhood: psychoanalytic perspectives in Southall, A (ed)Feeding difficulties in childhood, Oxford, Radcliffe Medical Press, 2nd Edition

    S Briggs 2010 Suicide prevention and working with suicidal people; the contribution of psychoanalysis in Patrick, M and Lemma, A.  Off the Couch: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Applications London, Routledge

    S Briggs 2008 Postvention: the impact of suicide and suicidal behaviour on family members, professionals and organisations in S Briggs, A

    Lemma and W Crouch (ed) 2008 Relating to self-harm and suicide: psychoanalytic perspectives on practice, theory and research. London, Routledge

    S. Briggs 2005, Psychoanalytic research in the era of evidence-based practice. In Bower M. (ed) Psychoanalytic theory for social work practice. London, Routledge, pages 15-29.

    Reviewed/published research reports

    S.Briggs, J Finch, R Firth 2016 Evaluation of a non-statutory ‘Place of Calm’, a service which provides support after a suicidal crisis to inform future commissioning intentions, East Sussex County Council http://recovery-partners.co.uk/mailouts/Anna/PlaceofCalmFinalReport.pdf  

    S Briggs, A Whittaker, H Linford, A Bryan, E Ryan, D Ludick 2011 Trust for London Safeguarding Special Initiative: witchcraft and spirit possession

    T McCaffrey, S Briggs, H Linford and A Whittaker 2010 South East Coast Offender Health Project Board Final Report Commissioned by NHS South East Coast Education Commissioning Board Project Sponsor NHS Surrey

    S Briggs, L Webb, J Buhagiar and G Braun 2006 Evaluation of Maytree, a Respite Centre for the Suicidal (published by City Parochial Trust, June 2006).

    S Briggs, L Webb, L Ainscow, H Linford, T McCaffrey Scoping capacity to deliver practice learning for social work students in statutory mental health settings. A research project conducted for Skills for Care by the Centre for Social Work Research

    S Briggs, T McCaffrey, A Mulla J Trigg, A Trotter 2008 Mapping and Research of Practice Learning Opportunities for Social Workers in London. (Skills for Care London)

    Psychotherapy treatment manual

     S Briggs (2014) Time Limited Adolescent Psychotherapy (for Adolescents and Young Adults) (TAPP v3)

    Overview




    Recent and Current Research
    Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for reducing suicidal behaviour and self-harm (2014- 2016)|
    Understanding Adolescent Suicidal Groups: Practitioner Perspectives (2015)|
    Study of Victoria Climbie Foundations Advocacy Work with Children and Families (2014-2015)|
    Evaluation of the Safeguarding Children’s Rights Initiative; exploring issues of witchcraft and spirit possession in London’s African communities (Trust for London, 2008 – 2011)|
    Study of referrals to an A&E following an episode of self-harm, a suicide attempt or in a suicidal crisis (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust 2009-2011)|
    Scoping prison health care provision. South East Coast Health Authority (2009-2010)|
    Studies of Maytree, a respite centre for the suicidal: (Study of potential guest referrals to Maytree Respite Centre, Goldsmiths Charity (2010); Study of outcomes for people staying at Maytree Respite Centre (2008); Evaluation of Maytree  (2005 – 2006):|
    Mapping and Research of Statutory Learning Opportunities in London (Skills for Care, 2008)|
    Scoping mental health social work placements (Skills for Care, 2009-2010)|
    Further information is available on the Centre for Social Work Research (CSWR) website.
     
    Scholarly activities

     
     
    Reviewer for:

    Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
    British Journal of Psychotherapy
    Australian Social Work
    International Journal of Social Research Methods
    Journal of Advanced Nursing
    National Institute for Health Research (reviewer for research proposals to Research for Patient Benefit Scheme)
    National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR)
    Book manuscripts (Routledge, Jessica Kingsley)

     
    Member of:

    ESRC Peer review College
    National Institute of Clinical Excellence clinical guideline development group: the longer term management of self-harm (2009-2011)

     
    External PhD Examiner:

    University of Paris 7
    Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA
    City University
    University of Kent
    Middlesex University
    Hertfordshire University


     


    Recent and Current Research

    Evaluation of The Place of Calm, a resource for suicidal people in East Sussex (2016)

    Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for reducing suicidal behaviour and self-harm (2014- 2016)

    Understanding Adolescent Suicidal Groups: Practitioner Perspectives (2015)

    Study of Victoria Climbie Foundations Advocacy Work with Children and Families (2014-2015)

    Evaluation of the Safeguarding Children’s Rights Initiative; exploring issues of witchcraft and spirit possession in London’s African communities (Trust for London, 2008 – 2011)

    Study of referrals to an A&E following an episode of self-harm, a suicide attempt or in a suicidal crisis (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust 2009-2011)

    Scoping prison health care provision. South East Coast Health Authority (2009-2010)

    Studies of Maytree, a respite centre for the suicidal: (Study of potential guest referrals to Maytree Respite Centre, Goldsmiths Charity (2010); Study of outcomes for people staying at Maytree Respite Centre (2008); Evaluation of Maytree  (2005 – 2006):

    Mapping and Research of Statutory Learning Opportunities in London (Skills for Care, 2008)

    Scoping mental health social work placements (Skills for Care, 2009-2010)

    Further information is available on the Centre for Social Work Research (CSWR) website.

    Collaborators

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    Research

    Selected publications Books S Briggs 2008, Working with Adolescents and Young Adults; A contemporary  psychodynamic approach. (Basingstoke, Palgrave, Second Edition)

    S Briggs and H Hingley-Jones (2013) Reconsidering adolescent subjectivity; a ‘practice-near’ approach to the study of adolescents, including those with severe learning difficulties (British Journal of Social Work)

    L Froggett and S Briggs (2012) Practice Near and Practice Distant Methods in Human Services Research, Journal of Research Practice Volume 8, Issue 2, Article M9, 2012

    S Briggs, M Goldblatt, R. Lindner, JT Maltsberger and G Fiedler (2012) Suicide and Trauma; a case discussion (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy)

    S Briggs and L Lyon 2011 A developmentally focussed time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy for adolescents and young adults: origins and applications, Revue Adolescence, no.76, 415-434 (Adolescence, 2011, T.29, n°2, p 415-434)

    S Briggs 2010 Time limited psychodynamic psychotherapy for adolescents and young adults. Journal of Social Work Practice, 24, 2, 181-196

    R Lindner and S. Briggs 2010 "Forming Ideal Types by Understanding: Application to the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Suicidal Men" Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/ Forum: Qualitative Social Research (ISSN 1438-5627) Volume 11, No. 2, Art. 12, May 2010

    S Briggs and L Froggett 2009 Editorial, Special issue on Practice-Near Research. Journal of Social Work Practice, 23, 4

    S Briggs 2009 Risks and opportunities in adolescence: understanding adolescent mental health difficulties. Journal of Social Work Practice, 23, 1, 149-164

    S Briggs, L Webb, J Buhagiar, G Braun, A Trotter 2009 An Evaluation of Maytree, a short-term respite centre for the suicidal; implications for practice and prevention. Suicidologi, Oslo,  ÅRG. 14, NR. 3, 26-29

    S Briggs, L Webb, J Buhagiar, G Braun. 2007 Maytree: A respite centre for the suicidal: An evaluation. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. 2007 Vol 28(3) 140-147

    S Briggs, A Lemma and W Crouch (eds.) 2008 Relating to self-harm and suicide: psychoanalytic perspectives on practice, theory and research. (London, Routledge)

    S Briggs 2006 ‘Consenting to its own destruction…..’ A Reassessment of Freud's development of a theory of suicide.  Psychoanalytic Review 93, 4, 541-56

    S Briggs, J.Maltsberger, M.Goldblatt, R. Lindner, G.Fiedler 2006  Assessing and engaging suicidal teenagers in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Archives for Suicide Research,10,4, 1-15

    Attachment and the body in suicidal adolescents. Journal of Clinical and Consulting Child Psychology, 

    2005. <span style="font-family: Museo, Georgia, Cambria, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 18px; line-height: 28px;">10, 4, 477-491</span>.

    Book chapters S Briggs 2012 Observation, containment, counter-transference: the contribution of psychoanalytic thinking to contemporary relationship based social work practice in A Briggs, ed, Reflections on the work of Hamish Canham, London, Karnac

    S Briggs and J Behringer 2012 Linking infant observation research and other paradigms in C Urwin and J Sternberg eds Infant observation and Research: emotional Processes in Everyday Lives London, Karnac

    S Briggs and L Lyon 2012 Time limited psychodynamic psychotherapy for adolescents and young adults, in A Lemma (ed) Developments in the Tavistock, London, Karnac (forthcoming)

    S Briggs and L Priddis 2010 Feeding difficulties in infancy and childhood: psychoanalytic perspectives in Southall, A (ed)Feeding difficulties in childhood, Oxford, Radcliffe Medical Press, 2nd Edition

    S Briggs 2010 Suicide prevention and working with suicidal people; the contribution of psychoanalysis in Patrick, M and Lemma, A.  Off the Couch: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Applications London, Routledge

    S Briggs 2008 Postvention: the impact of suicide and suicidal behaviour on family members, professionals and organisations in S Briggs, A

    Lemma and W Crouch (ed) 2008 Relating to self-harm and suicide: psychoanalytic perspectives on practice, theory and research. London, Routledge

    S Briggs 2005, Real Life Issues: Addictions. London, Trotman Publishing

    S. Briggs 2005, Psychoanalytic research in the era of evidence-based practice. In Bower M. (ed) Psychoanalytic theory for social work practice. London, Routledge, pages 15-29.

    Reviewed/published research reports S Briggs, A Whittaker, H Linford, A Bryan, E Ryan, D Ludick 2011 Trust for London Safeguarding Special Initiative: witchcraft and spirit possession

    T McCaffrey, S Briggs, H Linford and A Whittaker 2010 South East Coast Offender Health Project Board Final Report Commissioned by NHS South East Coast Education Commissioning Board Project Sponsor NHS Surrey

    T McCaffrey, S Briggs, H Linford and A Whittaker .

    S Briggs, L Webb, J Buhagiar and G Braun 2006 Evaluation of Maytree, a Respite Centre for the Suicidal (published by City Parochial Trust, June 2006).

    S Briggs, L Webb, L Ainscow, H Linford, T McCaffrey Scoping capacity to deliver practice learning for social work students in statutory mental health settings. A research project conducted for Skills for Care by the Centre for Social Work Research

    S Briggs, T McCaffrey, A Mulla J Trigg, A Trotter 2008 Mapping and Research of Practice Learning Opportunities for Social Workers in London. (Skills for Care London)

    Psychotherapy treatment manual  S Briggs (2014) Time Limited Adolescent Psychotherapy (for Adolescents and Young Adults) (TAPP v3)

    Conferences and seminars organised 2006 – 2008: “Practitioner research and ‘practice near’ research methods” (£15k ESRC seminar series competition, with Prof L. Froggett, UCLAN).

    2006  Chair of the Organising Committee, 2nd International Congress; Psychoanalysis and Suicidality. Tavistock Clinic, London 30th March – 2nd April 2006.

    Selected talks and conference papers 2013-2014  S Briggs – Rising to the global challenge of adolescent mental health: the contribution of psycho-social perspectives, Invited Visiting Professor, Lecture, University of Hong Kong 01 02 13

    S Briggs 2002,  Working with Adolescents: A Contemporary Psychodynamic Approach. (Basingstoke, Palgrave.)

    S Briggs – Attention linking and containment: learning from infant observation, Invited Lecture, Institute of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Sydney, Australia 07 02 13

    S Briggs - Assessing and Engaging Suicidal Young People in Psychotherapy, Invited lecture, Canberra Psychoanalytic Centre 09 02 13

    S Briggs, J Scourfield, M Brandon – Symposium: the contribution of social work to suicide prevention, 3rd European Conference in Social Work Research, Jyvaskyla, Finland, 20 03 13

    S Briggs – Time limited psychotherapy for adolescents and young adults: model, method and applications, Invited Lecture, nScience UK  lecture and workshop, 25 04 13

    S Briggs - ‘Working with the risks and opportunities of adolescence’ keynote lecture, LB Tower Hamlets conference 06 06 13

    S Briggs - ‘Did I hear you?’ How does the voice of the child or adolescent get heard in research? – Keynote lecture, UKCP annual research conference, Regent’s University London, School of Psychotherapy and Psychology 22 06 2013

    S Briggs - Time Limited Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Adolescents and young adults (TAPP), nScience UK, Birmingham, 25 06 2013

    S Briggs - A symposium exploring new developments and applications in practice-near research, JSWEC Annual Conference, Royal Holloway College, 10 07 2013

    S Briggs - ‘Evidence based assessment of risks of suicide and self-harm’, a skills class at the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies Conference, Imperial College, London, 10 07 2013

    S. Briggs, M Goldblatt, R Lindner - Symposium: Psychoanalytic Treatment of Suicidal Patients: The Role of Psychoanalytic Therapy and its Mechanisms of Action in Suicide Prevention – International Psychoanalytic Association Congress, Prague, 31 07 13

    S Briggs 1997, Growth and Risk in Infancy (London, Jessica Kingsley)

    S Briggs  - ‘How Kids Company interventions work for young people; hearing the voices of young people‘ Conference presentation, LSE and Kids Company Conference: Molecules of Happiness: Why Love Matters for Vulnerable Children,  26 07 2013

    S Briggs - Working with self-harm and suicidal behaviour in young people, Workshop for Family Futures,  27 09 2013

    S Briggs - "Working with suicidal behaviour in young people; assessmentand intervention" Essex CAMHS Conference 02 10 2013

    S Briggs - 'Embedding Social Work Training in Practice'; Victoria Climbie Foundation 10-Year Anniversary Conference: The Child Protection System; Reforms and Developments from Laming to Munro 05 11 2013

    S Briggs - Time Limited Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Adolescents and young adults (TAPP) Brighton Centre for Emotional Development, 09 12 2013

    S Briggs - Time Limited Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Adolescents and young adults, nScience UK, Edinburgh, 14 March 2014

    Peer-reviewed journal articles S.Briggs, M. Maxwell, A. Keenan (2015) Working with the complexities of adolescent mental health problems: applying Time-limited Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (TAPP), Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, DOI: 10.1080/02668734.2015.1086414

    M. Goldblatt, S. Briggs, R. Lindner, M. Schechter and E. Ronningstam, (2015) Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Suicidal Adolescents, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 29, 1, 20-37

    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

    B. Costa and S Briggs 2014 : Service-users experiences of interpreters in psychological therapy: a pilot study. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 10, 4, 231 - 244

    Publications


    Funding

    Stephen is Director of the Centre for Social Work Research


    Interests

    Portfolio




    Programmes

    PhD and Professional Doctorate supervisions


    MA and BA in Social Work
    Rhiannon has seven years' teaching and lecturing experience at universities including Nottingham University, Nottingham Trent International College and Brunel University. She has taken modules across different disciplines including Politics, Media Studies and Sociology and has also taught research methods and study skills.

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