Julie Morton

Julie Morton

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

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  • E: j.w.morton@salford.ac.uk
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Office Times

Monday 9- 5 Teaching/Office

Tuesday 9-5 Teaching/Office

Wednesday Research

Thursday  9-5 Teaching/Office

Friday 9-5 Teaching/Office

Please note these times change according to teaching calendar


I worked as a social worker and then an Approved Social Worker in community mental health teams for ten years before entering academic life. My teaching interests are mental health, social work theory and modules which explore ethics, power and social inequalities. My research interests are still linked to mental health but I am particularly interested in how capacity and vulnerability are viewed in practice and how judgments about capacity are linked to a clinical diagnosis.

I am currently collecting data for my PhD which consists of observations of NHS Research Ethics Committees, interviews with panel members who make decisions about the ethics of research and interviews with researchers. This is in order to explore how concepts of capacity and consent are conceptualized and operationalised in ethical review.


Modules: Social Work Theory and critical social work practice, Mental Health, Adults, Social Construction

My teaching interests are in sociological approaches to power, privilege and difference and the development of alternative approaches to the teaching of anti-oppressive practice. I have presented at conferences, organized conferences and seminars and written about sexuality and race in social work education.

Research Interests

Research ethics – processes and regulation.

The meaning of capacity and consent in research and practice

Concepts of risk and vulnerability in social work particularly in relation to clinical diagnosis

Alternative methods and approaches in teaching and learning about power, privilege and difference

Evaluations of mental health services

Qualifications and Memberships

Academic Qualifications

Registered for A PhD Salford University (completion date December 2014)

MSc Mental Health Practice University of Manchester

BA (Hons)Theology University of Manchester

Professional Qualifications

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

CQSW (Certificate of Qualification in Social Work) Manchester Polytechnic

Approved Social Worker post-qualifying qualification, University of Manchester

Accredited Practice Teacher Award, University of Central Lancashire

HCPC registration number (In process of registration)


Morton, J. (2009) ‘Crisis Resolution: A service response to mental distress’, Practice: Social Work in Action, 21 (3) 143-158.

Morton, J. (2009) ‘The Emotional Context of Mental Health’ Dilemmas for Human Services: Papers from the 12th International Research Conference, 2008.

Morton, J. (2010) ‘Emotion in Crisis, Primary and Secondary Services’, Journal of Social Work Practice.24 (4). 461–474