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Celeste Foster Celeste Foster

Lecturer in Mental Health

Location and contact

Mary Seacole MS3.27

T: 0161 295 2780

Office Times

Monday 9.00am-5.00pm

Tuesday 9.00am-5.00pm

Wednesday 9.00am-5.00pm

Thursday 9.00am-5.00pm

Friday 9.00-12:30pm (1.00-5.00pm regularly in practice link area)

Celeste Foster

Lecturer in Mental Health


Celeste has been a lecturer-practitioner in at the University of Salford since 2004. She joined the School of NMSW  as a full time lecturer in February 2013.

During her last five years in clinical practice She  held the roles of Service Lead and Lead Nurse for the Liverpool16-18yrs Specialist Mental Health Team, and Assistant Clinical Lead for Liverpool Specialist CAMHS, part of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Celeste is a registered Mental Health Nurse who has been working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHs) since 1995. In this time she has worked across a range of Community, Day, Inpatient and Specialist Services for young people in clinical, managerial, development and educator roles.

Throughout her career, Celeste has developed a strong interest and area of expertise relating to adolescent mental health and its relationship with the ‘adolescent body’, which includes self harm and suicide. In 2008, Celeste graduated from the Tavistock Clinic Adolescent Department/ University of East London with an MA with Distinction in Psychoanalytic Interventions with Adolescents. She is a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She continues to contribute to clinical practice in her field through provision of psychoanalytic interventions for Adolescents requiring Psychiatric Intensive Care Inpatient Treatment in partnership with a local healthcare provider.

Her main interests are psychoanalytic approaches to working with adolescents and their professional networks; self-harm; complex psychosomatic presentations; and higher education curriculum development in the field of child and adolescent mental health. 


  • Attachment theory
  • Child development
  • Child and Adolescent mental health
  • Psychoanalytic theory relating to adolescent development and psychological disturbance
  • Life course perspective
  • Age & Discrimination
  • Psychoanalytic theory and practice
  • Therapeutic work with complex and challenging behavior
  • Self Harm
  • Psychesoma in mental health
  • Interpersonal and communication theory & practice

Research Interests

  • Self Harm
  • Psychoanalytic Interventions for Adolescents with Complex Mental Health Needs
  • Psychosomatic conditions in Adolescence

Qualifications and Memberships

May 2012  British Association Counselling & Psychotherapy

Certificate of Proficiency for BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. (Approved by Professional Standards Authority for Health & Social Care)   

August 2008  Tavistock Clinic/University Of East London MA in Psychoanalytic Approaches to Working with Adolescents.  Award With Distinction  

July 2005  University of Salford Post Graduate Certificate In Higher Education & Research. 

Award with Distinction  

July 2002  University Of Salford Therapeutic Interventions In Self-Injury Level II & III Award with Distinction  

February 2000  University Of Manchester/Nursing & Midwifery Council Diploma Professional Nursing Studies Registered Mental Health Nurse  

June 1996  University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST)

BSc (Hons) 2:1, Biochemistry & Applied Molecular Biology  (Specialism: Aetiology of Psychotic Illness)  

Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) Registered mental health nurse   

Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) Registered Teacher Registered

Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Reg. MBACP) – Children & Young People Division  

Member of School: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work From September 2011 to present.  

Member of School: School of Nursing & Midwifery From January 2004 to September 2011.  

Member of College: College of Health & Social Care From January 2004 to present.


Foster, C 2009, 'Adolescents in Acute Mental Distress on Inpatient Pediatric Settings: Some reflections from a pediatric liaison practitioner', Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 22(1), pp.16-22.

Foster, C 2005, 'Interdisciplinary Engagements at the Margins; Child and Adolescent Mental Health Provision within Pre-registration Child Health Nursing Programmes', Innovative Learning in Action, 4, pp.11-20. 2007

Foster, C & Welsh, S 2007, Structure, Time and Power: Critical reflection on the development of a foundation degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, in: 'net2007 conference: Education in Healthcare', Jill Rogers Associates, Cambridge, UK, pp.73-79. Conference details: Nurse Education Tomorrow , 18th Annual International Participative Conference, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. 4-6th September 2007. 

Foster, C 2008, 'Destructables': Exploring the role of symbol formation in medically unexplained symptoms in adolescence and the implications for therapeutic practice , MA Thesis, Adolescent Department, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust/ University of East London, London, Uk.