BiographyRachel joined the Department in September 2004. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Science from UCC in 1993 and was awarded the Masters of Social Work from UCC in 1999. Prior to qualifying as a Social Worker, she worked in Focus Ireland in the area of Youth Homelessness and Drug Addiction and had also worked with Clare Care and the former Mid Western Health Board with Children in Care. Post qualifying, she worked in the Eastern Health Board as a Child Protection Social Worker (Area 6). She travelled worldwide over the next 3 years, working as a Medical Social Worker in Sydney Australia, primarily in the areas of Maternity, Child Protection, Paediatrics and Aged Care. She also spent a number of months working as a volunteer in rural Zambia in the area of Community Development. Returning to Ireland in 2003, she worked as a Social Worker in the area of Learning Disability before accepting a post in UCC in the School of Applied Social Studies. Rachel teaches and tutors primarily on the Masters of Social Work Course. Her Masters thesis focused on the "Importance of Reflection in Social Work Practice" and she continues to have a strong interest in this area of practice. She has also done some research on Direct Work with Children in Care.
- Having entered the department as a social work practitioner, research undertaken as part of my own training and education had been in the areas of working therapeutically with children in care and the importance of reflection in social work practice. These areas continue to be of significant research interest to me and are very connected to my teaching.
Gate-keeping social work practice and the role of social work education in gate-keeping professional practice are also areas that I have developed a research interest in. I have continued to read and develop my thinking with a view to doing a PhD around the area of gate-keeping social work practice, focusing specifically on people's motivations for entering social work, the importance of self-awareness in social work training and practice, and the role of social work education in supporting and nurturing trainees in these areas in order to adhere to our role in gate-keep professional practice.
Additional Reserach interests that are on-going include;
- Facilitation of Professional Formation through Small Group Teaching and Learning on the MSW. (Paper presented at the North / South Educators Forum 2011)
- Students perspectives of Professional Formation on the MSW. (On-going evaluation)
- Practice Skills Teaching and Learning. (Review and evaluation of the impact of reflective teaching methods on students experience of skill development)
Honours and Awards
|1996||Student Academic Achievement|
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|Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW)||Committee Member||01-OCT-05 / 30-DEC-99|
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|Social Work Development Unit, UCC||Committe Member||2005 / 1899|
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|University College Cork||Lecturer||/|
|Daughters of Charity||Social Worker||01-APR-04 / 01-SEP-04|
|Brothers of Charity||Social Worker||01-APR-03 / 01-APR-04|
|Sydney, Australia. Health Service||Social Worker||01-FEB-01 / 01-MAY-03|
|1996||University College Cork||B.Soc.Sc.||social|
|1999||University College Cork||MSW||MSW|