Lecturer in Social Work
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Angela Olsen's is Social Work Lecturer for the University of Salford. Angela was nominated for the best teacher and was shortlisted for the best tutor in the SSU student awards for the last two years, and was delighted to receive, alongside her team, the Vice-Chancellor's distinguished teaching awards.
Angela is a board member for the international refereed journal 'Groupwork'. Her main administrative role is Admissions. Prior to Angela becoming engaged with higher education she had a long-term career of working with people with disabilities. Worked in several managerial posts including residential resource for people with learning disabilities and behavioural management difficulties and care homes for older people with dementias.
During 39 years working with people with learning disabilities. I have held several managerial posts including residential resource for people with learning disabilities and behavioural management difficulties and care homes for older people with dementias. In Angela's own personal time she enjoys gardening, cooking, and swimming.
Angela teaches social work skills including, assessment, communication and groupwork.
In addition to generic social work teaching, she teaches learning disability specific topics to social work and nursing students across the school, these include womens’ studies, including forced marriage and domestic violence; forensic work and co-production. She particularly enjoy teaching alongside people with learning disabilities in such topics as introduction to learning disabilities and assessment skills.
Module leader – Level 6 Developing Evidence based practice in learning disabilities
Research interests include co-production, i.e. the development of research and teaching materials working alongside people with learning disabilities as equal partners.
Most recent funded research was commissioned by the Greater Manchester Autism consortium.
Previous research has included exploring the experiences of people with learning disabilities who have experienced domestic violence.
Qualifications and Memberships
1988: Professional Registered Nurse (Manchester Royal Infirmary School of Nursing)
1991: Professional Registered Midwife (Bolton School of Midwifery)
2003: BSc Hons Psychology (University of Bolton)
2006: Postgraduate Certificate Further and Adult Education (University of Bolton)
2006: NMC registered Teacher Practice Educator/Teacher (University of Bolton)
2010: MSc Health and Social Care (University of Bolton)
Olsen, A., Pepe, A. & Redfearn, D. (2017). The A-Z of Learning Disabilities. Palgrave: London http://www.seek.salford.ac.uk/user/profile/publications/view.do?publicationNum=46485
Olsen, A & Carter, C. (2016). 'Responding to the needs of people with learning disabilities who have been raped: coproduction in action', Tizard learning disability review, 21(1), pp.30-38.http://www.seek.salford.ac.uk/user/profile/publications/view.do?publicationNum=45239
Research Project for Greater Manchester Autism Consortium (UK Industry, Commerce and Public Corporations) November 2015 http://www.seek.salford.ac.uk/data/projects/viewDetails.do?pid=7937&version=1
Olsen, A (2015). '"Is it because I'm gormless" A commentary on Narratvie therapy in a learning disability context: a review', Tizard Learning Disability Review, 2(3), pp.130-133. http://www.seek.salford.ac.uk/user/profile/publications/view.do?publicationNum=44365
Worsley, A & Mann, T & Olsen, A & Whitefield, E M - (2012). 'Key Concepts in Social Work Practice', Sage, London, UK.http://www.seek.salford.ac.uk/user/profile/publications/view.do?publicationNum=32607
Learning disability and offending
Groupwork and learning disabilities
Narrative work with people with learning disabilities
Co-production of easy read literature, action learning across organisations. –please see SEEK for details
A-Z of Learning Disabilities http://usir.salford.ac.uk/view/authors/