Olwen Summerscales

Tutor in Social Work

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Olwen Summerscales

I worked as a social worker in statutory teams for about fifteen years, initially in generic teams and later in different versions of adult social work teams. My main experience was in working with older people, many of whom had a diagnosis of dementia. I became interested in practice teaching, completing the Practice Teaching Award in 2000. This revitalised my interest in the potential of social work to create positive change for people often facing the worst moments in their lives.

This led to a move to what was the Training Department in Birmingham City Council, working as a Practice Learning Co-ordinator, involved in finding and supporting students on social work placements within the City Council and beyond, i.e. in local agencies in the private, voluntary and independent sectors. Part of the role was to act as Practice Educator for a number of students, in addition to mentoring and assessing new Practice Educators and supervisors.

Since moving to Ruskin College in 2010, I have continued to work with students on placement as Link Tutor. I have been able to continue working with social workers who are undertaking their PEPs training to become Practice Educators. However, the main part of my role is to teach on the following modules: Sociology, Principles and Practice of Social Work (both Levels 4 and 5), Psychology, Research and Social Work. I also tutor final year students undertaking their dissertation.

Outside my role at Ruskin, I am also a Tai Chi teacher, which explains the potential research interests outlined above.

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