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Kirsten Morley

Assistant Professor in Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences



Kirsten is a practising social worker and Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) who continues to work regularly for Nottingham City Council, based in an adult mental health team. Having worked in adult social care for over 20 years, Kirsten's experience encompasses a range of service user groups in various settings with a focus on mental health and learning disability. Prior to qualifying as a social worker, one of Kirsten's roles was Area Group Manager responsible for four residential services for adults with learning disabilities in London and since qualifying she has worked within local authority community learning disability and mental health teams.

Kirsten completed her MA in Social Work here at the University of Nottingham and since then has maintained links with the Centre for Social Work as a sessional lecturer/practitioner and tutor, joining the social work team full time as Assistant Professor in June 2016.

Kirsten has a keen interest in values-based and trauma-informed practice in social work as well as social approaches to mental distress. Tensions between human rights, self-advocacy and the use of compulsion under the Mental Health Act 1983 are also areas of research interest as is the relationship between the state, social work and social justice.

Kirsten teaches on the following modules: Human Growth and Development Across the Life Course; Critical Perspectives in Social Work; Contemporary Issues in Adult Policy and Practice; Social Work Theories, Models and Methods; Mental Distress: Social Contexts.

Conference papers presented:

Joint Social Work Education and Research Conference (Sept 2019) - Using the Power Threat Meaning Framework in social work education.

9th International Conference in Social Work and Mental Health (July 2019) - The importance of personal narratives in assessment: using the Power, Threat, Meaning Framework in social work education.

Joint Social Work Education and Research Conference (Sept 2018) - Assessing the communication skills of potential social work students: reflections on the use of actor role play in the admissions process

Membership details:

British Association of Social Workers

Health & Care Professions Council

Critical Values-Based Practice Network in Mental Health, Nottingham.

Social Work Action Network

Diversity and Equality Working Group (School of Sociology & Social Policy)

Centre for Applied Social Research (School of Sociology & Social Policy)

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Network (University of Nottingham multi-disciplinary group)

Forced Marriage Working Group (in collaboration with the Home Office Forced Marriage Unit)

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