Dr Dawn Ludick
, School of Education and Communities
I have been working at UEL since 2007. The desire to move into Higher Education became part of my long-term career path during the time I was engaged in my D(Phil) Social Work in the mid 1990s.
Areas Of Interest
- Supporting graduate students in their journey in becoming a qualified social work
- The role of the Academic and professional tutor
- Gestalt therapy
- Play therapy, which includes, sand work, working with creative mediums, puppets; story telling; biblio-therapy; drama and music therapy
- Diversity and Difference in a multi-cultural society
- Exploring the contact boundary between self and other
- Values and Ethic relating particularly to our cultural and belief systems
- Developing the awareness of self
- Involvement in research areas which address areas of difference and diversity
- Interpersonal and inter-professional training
In the mid 1990s I specialised in gestalt play therapy within a social work practice whilst embarking on the D(Phil). My social work experience includes working within the voluntary and statutory sector of children's service, safeguarding, foster care, running of various groups for children and their families and involvement in various community engagement of development initiatives in South Africa. I started at the University of East London in September 2007 to train and teach on the MA in Social Work. I was the MA in Social Work Programme Leader from 2009 - 2012. I emigrated to the UK in 1997, where for several years I continued to broaden my understanding of gestalt theory by engaging in training both in San Diego and Manchester. This also provided me with the time and space to embrace one of the most challenges experiences of my life - emigration! In this country I have been the manager of a Leaving Care Team during the implementation of the New Care Leavers Act 2000. I went on to gain experience in two particular areas of interest; working with bereaved children and their families which was then followed by joining a Barnardo's Project where the emphasis was in supporting families with disabled children - my particular interest was obtaining an in-depth understanding of autism.
- 01/85 - 12/88 University of Pretoria, South Africa
BA (Social Work)
- 01/91 - 12/93 Rand Afrikaans University South Africa
MA (Social Science) Clinical Social work
- 01/94 - 12/95 University of Pretoria, South Africa
D Phil Social Work (play therapy)
Thesis Title: A Gestalt Programme for learning-disabled children
- 02/02 - 11/06 Mindfields College Chalvington, East Sussex, UK
Human Givens Diploma
- 2007 Barnardos
NVQ4 Business Management
- 09/07 - 07/08 University of East London, UK.
Post Graduate Certificate: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
Higher Education Academy
- 2007 Fellow of the HEA (Reference 34897)
- 2015 Senior Fellow (Reference PR098196)
- 9/2012 - UEL link tutor for the the Tavistock Relations
- 09/12 - Social Work representative for CASS School Curriculum School Development
Current professional activities:
2020 - I am a member of supervision team supporting a Doctorate student with her research in which she is exploring the experiences of social work students with dyslexia on practice learning placement.
2018 UEL Student Union: The Imaginative thinker award for creative teaching 2022 UEL School of Education and Communities: Industry 4.0 Readiness: Recognised for leading their area to embedding Industry 4.0 into their work
Previous professional activities:
2010 - 2017 - I am a member of supervision team supporting a Doctorate student with her research in 'An Exploration of the Process of the Supportive Music and Imagery Therapy and of Its Foundation in Psychological Theory: A study of Supportive Music and Imagery therapy conducted in South Korea'.
2017 - 2019 - I have been a member of The UEL Verbatim Formula. This is a project which is part of a series of creative residential workshops facilitated in partnership with Queen Mary University London (QMUL) and the People's Palace Projects (PPP). UEL are one of three London Universities (including Goldsmiths' College and the University of Greenwich) which each run a creative residential workshop in partnership with QMUL and PPP. The residential will support leaving care young people to articulate their story, consider their future careers and educational pathways.
2009 - 2011 - I was a member of External Independent Evaluation Team for the safeguarding Initiative where there are issues of spirit possession or witchcraft, funded by London City Trust 2010 - 2016 I was a member of supervision team supporting a Doctorate student with her research in 'An Exploration of the Process of the Supportive Music and Imagery Therapy and of Its Foundation in Psychological Theory: A study of Supportive Music and Imagery therapy conducted in South Korea'.
2009 - 2011 - I was a member of External Independent Evaluation Team for the safeguarding Initiative where there are issues of spirit possession or witch craft, Funded by London City Trust.
- Co-author of a chapter with Robert Johns lived experience of older people in Britain today. 'Demographics and diversity.' In John, R. (2011). Social work, social policy and older people. Learning Matters: Exeter.
- Co-author of a research report 'Safeguarding Children's Rights: exploring issues of witchcraft and spirit possession in London's African communities by Briggs, S. Whittaker, A. Linford, H. Bryan, A. Ryan, E and Ludick D. (2011) Trust for London, University of London, CSWR and Tavistock and Portman NHS.
Module leader for
- Mental Wealth and Professional Fitness: Readiness for Social Work Practice
- Human Growth and Development across the lifespan
- Dissertation supervisor for MA Social Work
- Admissions lead for MA Social Work and BA (Hons) Social Work
- Preparation for Social Work Practice
- Values and Ethics in Social Work
- Linking theory to practice
- Interpersonal and Interprofessional skills
- Communication Skills
Previous administrative activities
Previous administrative responsibilities
- 09/09 - 08/12 Programme Leader and Admissions tutor for MA in Social Work
- 09/13 - 09/14 Admission tutor for the MA in Social Work
- 09/07 - 12/12 Module leader
- SKM400 Preparation for Social Work Practice
- SKM401 Values and ethics in social work
- SK1304 Client-centred practice: context and skills
- SK2304 Interpersonal and interprofessional skills BA in Social Work
- Practice Educators Training with specific emphasis on social work theory and anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice.