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Dr Dawn Ludick

Senior Lecturer

Cass School of Education and Communities

I have been working at UEL since 2007. The desire to move into Higher Education became part of my long term career path during the time I was engaged in my D(Phil) Social Work in the mid 1990's .

    In the mid 1990s I specialised in gestalt play therapy within a social work practice whilst embarking on the D(Phil). My social work experience includes working within the voluntary and statutory sector of children's service, safeguarding, foster care, running of various groups for children and their families and involvement in various community engagement of development initiatives in South Africa. I started at the University of East London in September 2007 to train and teach on the MA in Social Work. I was the MA in Social Work Programme Leader from 2009 - 2012.  I emigrated to the UK in 1997, where for several years I continued to broaden my understanding of gestalt theory by engaging in training both in San Diego and Manchester. This also provided me with the time and space to embrace one of the most challenges experiences of my life – emigration! In this country I have been the manager of a Leaving Care Team during the implementation of the New Care Leavers Act 2000. I went on to gain experience in two particular areas of interest; working with bereaved children and their families which was then followed by joining a Barnardo’s Project where the emphasis was in supporting families with disabled children – my particular interest was obtaining an in-depth understanding of autism. 


    01/85 – 12/88 University of Pretoria, South Africa
    BA (Social Work)

    01/91 – 12/93 Rand Afrikaans University South Africa
    MA (Social Science) Clinical Social work

    01/94 – 12/95 University of Pretoria, South Africa
    D Phil Social Work (play therapy)
    Thesis Title: A Gestalt Programme for learning-disabled children

    02/02 – 11/06 Mindfields College Chalvington, East Sussex, UK
    Human Givens Diploma

    2007 Barnardos
    NVQ4 Business Management
    09/07 – 07/08 University of East London, UK.
    Post Graduate Certificate: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
    2007 Fellow of the HEA (Reference 34897)

    2015 Senior Fellow (Reference PR098196)
    9/2012 - UEL link tutor for the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relations

    09/12 – Social Work representative for CASS School Curriculum School Development

    Overview

    Current professional activities:
    2010 – present – I am a member of supervision team supporting a Doctorate student with her research in ‘An Exploration of the Process of the Supportive Music and Imagery Therapy and of Its Foundation in Psychological Theory: A study of Supportive Music and Imagery therapy conducted in South Korea’.

    2016 - I am a member of supervision team supporting a Doctorate student with her research in ‘Examining child abuse related to accusations of witchcraft or spiritual possession’. 

    2017 - I have been a member of The UEL Verbatim Formula. This is a project which is part of a series of creative residential workshops facilitated in partnership with Queen Mary University London (QMUL) and the People’s Palace Projects (PPP). UEL are one of three London Universities (including Goldsmiths College and the University of Greenwich) which each run a creative residential workshop in partnership with QMUL and PPP. The residential will support leaving care young people to articulate their story, consider their future careers and educational pathways 

    Previous professional activities:

    Research
    2009 – 2011 I was a member of External Independent Evaluation Team for the safeguarding Initiative where there are issues of spirit possession or witch
    craft, Funded by London City Trust

    2010 - 2016 I was a member of supervision team supporting a Doctorate student with her research in ‘An Exploration of the Process of the Supportive Music and Imagery Therapy and of Its Foundation in Psychological Theory: A study of Supportive Music and Imagery therapy conducted in South Korea’. 

    2009 – 2011 I was a member of External Independent Evaluation Team for the safeguarding Initiative where there are issues of spirit possession or witch craft, Funded by London City Trust 



    International Presentations

    2004
    International Conferences in Pretoria and Cape Town, South Africa
    Conference Title: Contact Boundaries in work with children

    2009
    Keynote Speaker International Childhood trauma Conference in Cape Town, South Africa
    Keynote address: : The body bears the burden

    International Teaching

    2008
    Huggenote College, Wellington South Africa 4 day trainings on the Masters Programme for Play therapy

    2009
    Diak, Helsinki, Finland: On the BA and MA Social Work programme.
    Understanding the contact boundary

    Nation Presentations

    Annual Health and Social Care Conference 2016. Inspire to succeed: Transforming teaching and learning in Health and Social Care. Presentation Paper Title: ‘Embedding employability starts on the first day of the first week in the first year for Social Work students on the BA (Hons) in Social Work degree’.

    JSWEC 11th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference
    Workshop: “Involving carers as co-educators in interprofessional education: three years of an interprofessional programme with, nursing, speech and language and social work students.




    Collaborators

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    Research

    Co-author of a chapter with Robert Johns lived experience of older people in Britain today. ‘Demographics and diversity.’ In John, R. (2011). Social work, social policy and older people. Learning Matters: Exeter.

    Co-author of a research report ‘Safeguarding Children’s Rights: exploring issues of witchcraft and spirit possession in London’s African communities by Briggs, S. Whittaker, A. Linford, H. Bryan, A. Ryan, E and Ludick D. (2011) Trust for London, University of London, CSWR and Tavistock and Portman NHS.


    Publications


    Funding

    Supporting graduate students in their journey in becoming a qualified social work
    The role of the Academic and professional tutor
    Gestalt therapy
    Play therapy, which includes, sand work, working with creative mediums, puppets; story telling; biblio-therapy; drama and music therapy
    Diversity and Difference in a multi-cultural society
    Exploring the contact boundary between self and other
    Values and Ethic relating particularly to our cultural and belief systems
    Developing the awareness of self
    Involvement in research areas which address areas of difference and diversity
    Interpersonal and inter-professional training


    Interests

    Portfolio




    Module leader for
    Preparation for Social Work Practice (SK4201)
    Human Growth and Development with Communication Skills (SK4203)
    Dissertation supervisor
    Preparation for Social Work Practice
    Values and Ethic’s in Social Work
    Linking theory to practice
    Interpersonal and Interprofessional skills
    Communication Skills
    Dissertation
    Previous administrative responsibilities
    09/09 – 08/12 Programme Leader and Admissions tutor for MA in Social Work
    09/13 – 09/14 Admission tutor for the MA in Social Work
    09/07 – 12/12 Module leader
    SKM400 Preparation for Social Work Practice
    SKM401 Values and ethics in social work
    SK1304 Client-centred practice: context and skills
    SK2304 Interpersonal and interprofessional skills BA in Social Work
    Practice Educators Training with specific emphasis on social work theory and anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice.

    Teaching