Joan Fletcher's social work career spans several years spent working as a mental health social worker and team manager, before moving into social work education in the mid 1980s. For the past twenty five years she has worked as a social work lecturer while undertaking training and accreditation as a psychotherapist. Throughout her time in higher education, she has maintained close links with practice by working as a psychotherapist and consultant, specialising in the areas of difference and diversity, internalised oppression, conflict management and group work with survivors of sexual abuse.
- MSc Integrative Psychotherapy
- Certificate in Training Teaching and Learning
- UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
- Certificate of Qualification in Social Work
- BA (Hons) Social Work
Joan teaches on the subjects of: anti-oppressive practice, group work, theoretical foundations in social work, loss and bereavement, interpersonal skills and inter-professional collaboration, community care, new developments in policy and practice with vulnerable adults, community needs and services, infant & child observation, social work skills and methods, organisation and management, risk management, assessment, community care, task-centred approaches, psychodynamic perspectives, cross-cultural perspectives, anti-racist practice, relationship –based social work, systemic family work, evaluation and endings in social work.
Areas of supervision
Joan is willing to supervise research on loss and bereavement, inter-professional collaboration, community care, policy and practice with vulnerable adults, social work skills and methods, organisation and management, risk management, assessment, community care, social work intervention approaches, cross-cultural perspectives, anti-racist practice, relationship–based social work.
Joan's professional output includes the training video 'Speak Up, Speak Out', which features a user and carers forum that she co-ordinated in 2006. She has been interviewed by Sunrise Radio about a diversity and progression study, and has been invited to present papers at the University of Salford's Race and Social Work: A Symposium (2012), the 3rd UK Conference for the Sexuality in Social Work Symposium (2011), the Joint Social Work Education Committee Research Conference (2007 and 2010), the Service Users and Carers in Social Care Conference (2009) and the International Conference by Family Rights Group (2008). She has presented at Goldsmiths for the Designing Learning Landscapes: Mobile, Open, Inclusive Conference (2014), the Progression in Social Work Toolkit Development Workshop (2012) and the Imagining Social Capital and Adult Women Returners Conference (2010).