Joan Fletcher

Staff details

Position SELTP Lead/Senior Lecturer in Social Work
Email j.fletcher (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7842
Joan Fletcher

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.

Academic qualifications

  • MSc Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in Training Teaching and Learning
  • UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
  • Certificate of Qualification in Social Work
  • BA (Hons) Social Work

Teaching

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.

Professional projects

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).               

 

Research Interests

My current research relates to relationship based social work, service users’ experiences of change moments in therapeutic encounters, diversity and progression on social work courses and multi-generational, multi-family group work with teenage mothers.

Publications

Article

Staempfli, Adi; Adshead, Lesley and Fletcher, Joan. 2015. Ready for Qualified Practice? A Comparative Study of Capability for Critical Reflection and Analysis of MA Social Work and MA Step Up to Social Work Students at the End of Second Placement. Social Work Education, 34(8), pp. 952-966. ISSN 0261-5479

Bernard, Claudia A.; Fairtlough, Anna; Fletcher, Joan and Ahmet, Akile. 2013. A Qualitative Study of Marginalised Social Work Students' Views of Social Work Education and Learning. The British Journal of Social Work, n/a, n/a. ISSN 0045-3102

Fairtlough, Anna; Bernard, Claudia A.; Fletcher, Joan and Ahmet, Akile. 2013. Black social work students’ experiences of practice learning: Understanding differential progression rates. Journal of Social Work, n/a, n/a. ISSN 1468-0173

Fletcher, Joan; Bernard, Claudia A.; Fairtlough, Anna and Ahmet, Akile. 2013. Beyond Equal Access to Equal Outcomes: The Role of the Institutional Culture in Promoting Full Participation, Positive Inter-Group Interaction and Timely Progression for Minority Social Work Students. British Journal of Social Work, n/a, n/a. ISSN 0045-3102

Fairtlough, Anna; Bernard, Claudia A.; Fletcher, Joan and Ahmet, Akile. 2013. Experiences of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Students on Social Work Programmes: Developing a Framework for Educational Practice. The British Journal of Social Work, 43(3), pp. 467-485. ISSN 0045-3102

Fletcher, Joan; Fairtlough, Anna and McDonald, Lynn. 2013. Engaging Young Parents and Their Families in a Multi-family Group Work Intervention : Lessons from a Pilot in England. Practice: Social Work in Action, 25(3), pp. 151-167. ISSN 0950-3153

Fairtlough, Anna; Bernard, Claudia A.; Fletcher, Joan and Ahmet, Akile. 2013. Experiences of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Students on Social Work Programmes: Developing a Framework for Educational Practice. British Journal of Social Work, 43(3), pp. 467-485. ISSN 0045-3102

McDonald, Lynn; Conrad, Tammy; Fairtlough, Anna; Fletcher, Joan; Green, Liz; Moore, Liz and Lepps, Betty. 2009. An evaluation of a groupwork intervention for teenage mothers and their families. Child and Family Social Work, 14(1), pp. 45-57.

McDonald, Lynn; Conrad, Tammy; Fairtlough, Anna; Fletcher, Joan; Green, Liz; Moore, Liz and Lepps, Betty. 2009. An evaluation of a groupwork intervention for teenage mothers and their families. CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK, 14(1), pp. 45-57. ISSN 1356-7500

Fletcher, Joan. 2008. Epiphany Storytelling as a means of reinforcing and embedding transformational therapeutic change. European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy, 3, pp. 30-37.

Broadcast

Fairtlough, Anna and Fletcher, Joan. 2011. Interview with Sunrise Radio about the Diversity & Progression study findings.

Digital

Bernard, Claudia A.; Fairtlough, Anna and Fletcher, Joan. 2012. Toolkit of resources for use by social work educators for cultivating a diverse and inclusive learning environment for learning about difference.

Film/Video

Fletcher, Joan. 2014. Staff and Student’s experiences of assessed readiness for social work practice role plays.

Fletcher, Joan. 2008. Speak Up, Speak Out: qualities and skills Service User and Carers value in a social worker - video of the event.

Project

Fairtlough, Anna and Fletcher, Joan. 2011-2014 Design, delivery and evaluation of an employment based accelerated route into children and families social work (MA Social Work Step Up).

Fletcher, Joan. 2013. Collaborative project with The Departments of Theatre and Performance to design and deliver assessed readiness for social work practice role plays..

Fairtlough, Anna and Fletcher, Joan. Continuing Professional Development projects with South East London and North West London Social Work Reform Partnerships.

Report

Fairtlough, Anna; Hughes, Rachel and Fletcher, Joan. 2018. South East London Teaching Partnership Evaluation Report June 2018. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED.

Rachel, Hughes; Fairtlough, Anna and Fletcher, Joan. 2018. Appendix C List of Sources for Evaluation. Project Report. South East London Teaching Partnership.

Hughes, Rachel; Fairtlough, Anna and Fletcher, Joan. 2018. Appendix D Theory of Change for the 2018-19 evaluation. Project Report. South East London Teaching Partnership.

Fairtlough, Anna; Hughes, Rachel and Fletcher, Joan. 2018. Appendix A CPD Qualitative Evaluation Report. Project Report. South East London Teaching Partnership.

Taylor, Mark; Hughes, Rachel; Fairtlough, Anna and Fletcher, Joan. 2018. Appendix B Teaching Consultant Research. Project Report. South East London Teaching Partnership.

Bernard, Claudia A.; Fairtlough, Anna and Fletcher, Joan. 2011. Diversity and Progression among Social Work Students in England. Project Report. Kings College, London, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, London.

Fairtlough, Anna; Fletcher, Joan; Green, Elizabeth and Collander-Brown, Kirsty. 2008. Skills for Care Post-Qualifying (PQ) Innovation Fund – second round Integrating employer workforce planning and service user and carer perspectives on practice education with the new PQ award framework. Other. Skills for Care.

McDonald, Lynn; Conrad, Tammy; Fairtlough, Anna; Fletcher, Joan and Green, Elizabeth. 2008. Implementation and evaluation of the UK pilot of a multi-generational, multi-family group intervention for teenage parents.. Other. UNSPECIFIED.

Fletcher, Joan. 2008. ) Collaborative Goldsmiths and Southbank BME Social Work Student Mentoring Scheme, Skills for Care.. Other. UNSPECIFIED.

Fairtlough, Anna; McDonald, Lynn; Fletcher, Joan and Green, Elizabeth. 2007. Parenting in the 21st Century: Interim (2006) and Final (2007) Evaluation Reports A Leonardo da Vinci Community Vocational Training Action Programme. Other. UNSPECIFIED.

Fletcher, Joan; Fairtlough, Anna; Green, Elizabeth and McDonald, Lynn. 2007. FAST babies London Pilot: Training Implementation, Adaptation and Evaluation.. Other. UNSPECIFIED.

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