Research Profile

Mary Wilson

Biography

Dr Mary Wilson graduated from University College Cork in 1971 (B.Soc.Sc) and qualified as a social worker from University of Glasgow in 1975 (Dip S.W. & C.Q.S.W). She was awarded her PhD from University College Cork in 1993.

Mary has almost 30 years experience as a social work practitioner, practice teacher and researcher in organisations such as the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) where she led in the creation and development of the Family Support Service and in the Southern Health Board (HSE South) where she worked in child protection.  She has also worked as a Medical Social Worker in Scotland and a Youth and Community Worker in Ireland. In all agencies she pioneered work with Volunteers which was successful in developing the discourse and the practice of service user involvement.

Dr Wilson's research experience is in the fields of social work practice methods, especially groupwork, creativity, service user involvement and international social work. She has led research commissioned by the Royal Irish Academy, Department of Social Protection and numerous voluntary agencies which has helped to document and authenticate the lived experience of marginalised individuals and groups and to recommend future directions in service creation and good practice in service delivery.

Research Interests: See below

  • Fitness to Practice: gatekeeping the professional domain.

  • Supervision and Peer Support in Social Work Field Practice.

  • Creativity in Professional Formation: professional and pedagogical implications of creativity in teaching and learning.

  • Social Groupwork for Reflexive Practice

  • Family Support Services: prevention in action

  • Adoption: intercountry post-adoption support

  • Natural Parents:  documenting the lived experience of women who have relinquished children for adoption.

Mary was BSW Course Director for a six year period (2003-2009). The Bachelor of Social Work is a programme for mature/non-traditional students who are returning to education based on principles of access and social inclusion. Under her leadership the course achieved two highly successful re-accreditations from the National Social Work Qualifications Board (NSWQB). Mary also pioneered the Bachelor of Social Science (BASS) which is an exit route or professional gatekeeping initiative. It was the first course of its kind at University College Cork.  Her international work includes long standing collaborations with Universities in the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union where she has been involved in partnerships to develop social work practice, education and research. Although retired from full time work in 2013, she continues to research, teach and tutor on the BSW and the Post Graduate Diploma in Fieldwork Practice and Supervision.

Since October 2014, Mary has begun studying for a Diploma in European Art History at University College Cork., bringing together a number of interests in creativity in teaching and learning.  She is actively involved with the UCC Retired Staff Association where she is developing active retirement options for members.

Current research and development projects include an enquiry into the application of creative means, using Maskmaking, to examine and support effective assessment in the professional formation of social workers; capturing the student experience of groupwork practice in fieldwork; Science shop collaboration aimed at matching community research needs with student learning needs; and research into the ethical and practice dilemmas of fitness to practice.

Dr Wilson has published articles, book chapters and papers associated with these areas, in the British Journal of Social Work; the Irish Journal of Social Work Research; Groupwork(UK); Social Work with Groups and the School of Art Institute of Chicago (USA). In her latest publication she serves as guest editor of a special student issue of the Journal Groupwork  (forthcoming 2012).  

 

Mary is an editorial board member of the Journal Groupwork. She is a member of the European Groupwork Symposium and is a former elected member of the Board of the USA based Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG).  She has also served as a member of National Network on Critical Incident Stress Management and as a Consultant Expert Observer to Cork Joint Major Emergency Plan. 

 

 

Research Interests

As a scholar part of my contribution to knowledge building is made though research.  One of my particular skills lies in establishing working partnerships with others and enabling them to find and give voice to their experience and vision for the world.  This method of being and working with people has led to rich and interesting research studies initially in Adoption: policy and practice and in researching the use of groupwork to develop services in the post adoption arena. 

Currently I am involved in bringing Maskmaking to the classroom. This approach, delivered through the medium of groupwork represents the movement to more creative ways of working which enables a fuller exploration of the self in relation to the other.  This approach challenges dominant models of technical rationality in social work education and training while offering opportunities to promote interpersonal and intercultural awareness and develop more humanistic ways of working.

Most of my scholarship is therefore involved with Groupwork. My research has focussed on developing the discourse and practice regarding issues of social inclusion and access specifically in the areas of multiculturalism, social disadvantage and disability. I have developed partnerships with service users (including students), service providers and opened opportunities for teaching and learning in the spheres of social work education by bringing college and field together to promote the development of the knowledge, values and skills necessary for best practice in professional social work education. This ‘organic/bottom up’ approach fits with the values that I endeavour to capture in my work as teacher and researcher. It has led to recognition and invitations to serve on the professional bodies of my discipline such as the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (USA), the European Groupwork Symposium (UK) and the National Social Work Qualifications Board (Ireland). 

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2007)'Masks in Social Work'
Wilson, M.; (2007) 'Masks in Social Work' In: Visual Practices across the University. Muncih: Wilhelm Fink Verlag. [Details]
(2003)'Maskmaking and Social Groupwork'
Wilson, M. (co-authors, Lordan and Quirke); (2003) 'Maskmaking and Social Groupwork' In: Social Work with Groups; Strength and Diversity in Social Work with Groups. New York & London: Routledge. [Details]
(2000)'Structuring qualitative data'
Wilson, M., & Hammond, S.M. ; (2000) 'Structuring qualitative data' In: Research methods in psychology (2nd ed.). London: Sage. [Details]
(1996)'Smutek in Strata - problemy pracy socjalney'
Wilson, M.; (1996) 'Smutek in Strata - problemy pracy socjalney' In: Wybrne Problemy Pracy Socjalney. Warsaw, Poland: Tempus Jep 07034. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2004)'Family, community, church and state: Natural parents talking about adoption in Ireland'
Wilson, M,Lordan, N,Mullender, A; (2004) 'Family, community, church and state: Natural parents talking about adoption in Ireland'. Work-A Journal of Prevention Assessment & Rehabilitation, 34 :621-648 [DOI] [Details]
(2008)'Copenhagen Skole Bus'
Wilson, M.; (2008) 'Copenhagen Skole Bus'. Groupwork, 18 [Details]
(2008)'Book review of 'Using Drama with Children on the Autism Spectrum''
Wilson, M.; (2008) 'Book review of 'Using Drama with Children on the Autism Spectrum''. Groupwork, [Details]
(2008)'Global Groupwork: Länder- und kulturübergreifende Untersuchung wesentlicher Elemente des Social Groupwork Workshops'
Wilson, M. ; (2008) 'Global Groupwork: Länder- und kulturübergreifende Untersuchung wesentlicher Elemente des Social Groupwork Workshops'. MOBILE Social-Groupwork-Report, [Details]
(2008)'Mensch: Global Group Work: Cross-National and Cross-Cultural Examination of Essential Elements of Social Group Work Workshop'
Wilson, M.; (2008) 'Mensch: Global Group Work: Cross-National and Cross-Cultural Examination of Essential Elements of Social Group Work Workshop'. MOBILE Social-Groupwork-Report, [Details]
(2004)'Funzone: Using groupwork for Teaching and Learning'
Wilson, Mary; (2004) 'Funzone: Using groupwork for Teaching and Learning'. Groupwork, 14 (1):9-29 [Details]
(2004)'Family, Community, church and State: Natural parents talking about adoption in Ireland'
Wilson, Mary and Mullender and Lordan; (2004) 'Family, Community, church and State: Natural parents talking about adoption in Ireland'. British Journal of Social Work, 34 (*):621-648 [Details]
(2001)'Parenting for a Multicultural Society'
Wilson, M; (2001) 'Parenting for a Multicultural Society'. Irish Journal of Social Work Research, 2 (2):21-38 [Details]
(1996)'Book review of 'How to Work with Self Help Groups''
Wilson, M.; (1996) 'Book review of 'How to Work with Self Help Groups''. Groupwork, 9 (1):99-100 [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2006)'Life Long Learning: Access, Participation and Social Inclusion'
Wilson M ; (2006) 'Life Long Learning: Access, Participation and Social Inclusion' Arts Research Journal, University College Cork, . [Details]
(2003)'Groupwork: partnership for Multicultural Parenting'
Wilson, Mary; (2003) 'Groupwork: partnership for Multicultural Parenting' Social Work withGroups Newsletter, 18 (3) . [Details]
(2001)'The Multicultural Parent'
Wilson, Mary; (2001) 'The Multicultural Parent' The College Courier, University College Cork, . [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2011)27th Annual International Symposium of the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG).Minneapolis, USA 2005
Wilson, M. and Quirke, D. (2011) WHEN WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH: facilitating angels in the funzone! . In: Kuechler, C eds. 27th Annual International Symposium of the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG).Minneapolis, USA 2005 New York: Howarth Press, [Details]
(2002)7th International Conference on Adult Education and the Arts
Wilson, M. (co-authors, Lordan and Quirke); (2002) Breaking the Mould: Maskmaking as in inclusive educational tool 7th International Conference on Adult Education and the Arts Glasgow UK: SCUTREA, [Details]
(1999)Mining the Gold in Social Work with Groups
Wilson, M. (Co-Author: Lordan, N.); (1999) Groupwork in Europe: Tools to Combat Social Exclusion in a Multi Cultural Environment . In: Editors: S. Henry, J. East, C. Schmitz eds. Mining the Gold in Social Work with Groups [Details]

Unpublished Reports

 YearPublication
(2008)Re-Accreditation Report 2004-2009: Bachelor of Social Work, University College Cork for National Social Work Qualifications Board, Dublin.
Wilson, M. ; (2008) Re-Accreditation Report 2004-2009: Bachelor of Social Work, University College Cork for National Social Work Qualifications Board, Dublin. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2001)The Pain of Love...natural mothers' narratives of adoption, University College Cork Report.
Wilson, Mary; (2001) The Pain of Love...natural mothers' narratives of adoption, University College Cork Report. Unpublished Reports [Details]

Unpublished work

 YearPublication
(2007)2007-2008 BASS (Bachelor of Applied Social Studies) Research, Development and Delivery of initiative for exit route degree programme.
Wilson, M.; (2007) 2007-2008 BASS (Bachelor of Applied Social Studies) Research, Development and Delivery of initiative for exit route degree programme. Unpublished work [Details]
(2006)Interim Accreditation Report 2004-2006: Bachelor of Social Work, University College Cork for National Social Work Qualifications Board, Dublin.
Wilson, M.; (2006) Interim Accreditation Report 2004-2006: Bachelor of Social Work, University College Cork for National Social Work Qualifications Board, Dublin. Unpublished work [Details]
(2005)Audit of BSW Counselling Theory and Skills Development on Bachelor of Social Work at University College Cork.
Wilson, M.; (2005) Audit of BSW Counselling Theory and Skills Development on Bachelor of Social Work at University College Cork. Unpublished work [Details]
(2004)Re-Accreditation Report 1999-2004: Bachelor of Social Work for National Social Work Qualifications Board, Dublin.
Wilson, M. ; (2004) Re-Accreditation Report 1999-2004: Bachelor of Social Work for National Social Work Qualifications Board, Dublin. Unpublished work [Details]

Professional Activities

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2008)Groupwork Supervision in Social Work Practice,
Wilson, Mary; (2008) Social Work Practice. [Oral Presentation], Groupwork Supervision in Social Work Practice, University College, Cork , 01-NOV-08 - 01-NOV-08. [Details]
(2008)Moving from the Margins to the Mainstream,
Mary Wilson, Feilim O¿hAodhmaill, Michael O¿ hAodain; (2008) Implementing Social Inclusion with Non Traditional Students in Professional Education. [Oral Presentation], Moving from the Margins to the Mainstream, University of Limerick , 01-SEP-08 - 01-SEP-08. [Details]
(2006)New Approaches to Practice Teaching and Learning in Professional Education,
Wilson, Mary; (2006) New Approaches to Practice Teaching and Learning in Professional Education. [Oral Presentation], New Approaches to Practice Teaching and Learning in Professional Education, University College Cork , 01-MAR-06 - 01-MAR-06. [Details]
(2006)New Approaches to Practice Teaching and Learning in Professional Education,
Wilson, Mary; (2006) Conference organiser. [Conference Organising Committee Member], New Approaches to Practice Teaching and Learning in Professional Education, University College Cork , 01-JAN-06 - 01-JAN-06. [Details]
(2006)ColloquiumNon Traditional Students in Professional Education: Implementing Social Inclusion,
Wilson, Mary; (2006) Conference organiser. [Conference Organising Committee Member], ColloquiumNon Traditional Students in Professional Education: Implementing Social Inclusion, University College Cork , 01-JAN-06 - 01-JAN-06. [Details]
(2006)Colloquium: Non Traditional Students in Professional Education: Implementing Social Inclusion,
Wilson, Mary; (2006) Colloquium: Non Traditional Students in Professional Education: Implementing Social Inclusion. [Oral Presentation], Colloquium: Non Traditional Students in Professional Education: Implementing Social Inclusion, University College Cork , 01-MAR-06 - 01-MAR-06. [Details]
(2005)National Social Work Qualifications Board,
Wilson, Mary; (2005) Professional formation in social work education: issues and possibilities. [Oral Presentation], National Social Work Qualifications Board, Dublin , 01-NOV-05 - 01-NOV-05. [Details]
(2002)Intercountry Adoption Parenting Forum,
Wilson, Mary; (2002) The Adoption Experience. [Oral Presentation], Intercountry Adoption Parenting Forum, Cork , 01-FEB-02 - 01-FEB-02. [Details]
(2000)Practice Teaching Training Seminar,
Wilson, Mary; (2000) The Person and the Political: Reflection and Connection in Practice. [Oral Presentation], Practice Teaching Training Seminar, University College Cork, Cork , 01-MAR-00 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2000)Forum for Parenting in a Multi-Cultural Society,
Wilson, Mary; (2000) What Kind of a Person do I want my Child to Become?:challenges to identity building. [Oral Presentation], Forum for Parenting in a Multi-Cultural Society, Cork , 01-MAR-00 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2000)22nd Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups,
Wilson, Mary; (2000) Bridging the Gap: Challenges to the construction of social justice. [Oral Presentation], 22nd Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, Toronto , 01-OCT-00 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2000)Intensive Groupwork Education Seminar,
Wilson, Mary; (2000) Social Inclusion: perspectives on common themes. [Oral Presentation], Intensive Groupwork Education Seminar, Trondheim, Norway , 01-APR-00 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)21st Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups,
Wilson, Mary; (1999) Social Groupwork Education: A Strategy for Social Inclusion in Europe. [Oral Presentation], 21st Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, Denver, Colorado, USA , 01-OCT-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)25th Annual International Symposium on Social Work with Groups,
Wilson, Mary; (1999) The Power of the Triad. [Oral Presentation], 25th Annual International Symposium on Social Work with Groups, Boston , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)24th Annual International Symposium on Social Work with Groups,
Wilson, Mary; (1999) Using Maskmaking for Teaching and Learning. [Oral Presentation], 24th Annual International Symposium on Social Work with Groups, New York , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)27th Annual International Symposium on Social Work with Groups,
Wilson, Mary; (1999) When words are not enough. [Oral Presentation], 27th Annual International Symposium on Social Work with Groups, Mineapolis, USA , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1998)20th Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups,
Wilson, Mary; (1998) Discovering the Universal Woman through Creative Means: An Irish Perspective. [Oral Presentation], 20th Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, Miami, Florida, USA , 01-OCT-98 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1997)19th Symposium of the ASsociation for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups,
Wilson, Mary; (1997) A Voice for the Voiceless: Making a Vision Visible. [Oral Presentation], 19th Symposium of the ASsociation for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, Quebec, Canada , 01-OCT-97 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1996)EU Groupwork Symposium,
Wilson, Mary; (1996) Organising committee. [Conference Organising Committee Member], EU Groupwork Symposium, University College Cork , 01-JAN-96 - 01-JAN-96. [Details]
(1996)18th Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups,
Wilson, Mary; (1996) The Oppression of Matriarchy. [Oral Presentation], 18th Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA , 01-OCT-96 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1996)European SEminar on Childcare and Training Opportunities,
Wilson, Mary; (1996) Parents and Children: Partners in Growth. [Oral Presentation], European SEminar on Childcare and Training Opportunities, London, United Kingdom , 01-SEP-96 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1995)European Symposium of Groupwork,
Wilson, Mary; (1995) Challenges to Empowering Practice with a Group of Birth Mothers in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], European Symposium of Groupwork, Bournemouth United Kingdom , 01-JUL-95 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Ruskin College, Oxford External Ph.D Examiner2008 / 2008
The Association for Advancement of Social Work with Groups International Board Membe2000 / 2004
National Network on Critical Incident Stress Management, Ireland Member2000 /
Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, Inc., USA Member1996 /
European Groupworkers' Symposium, UK. Member1995 /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork BSW Course Director in the Department of Applied Social Studies01-JAN-03 /
University College Cork Deputy Course Director MSW01-JAN-02 / 31-DEC-03
University College Cork Co-ordinator of Higher Diploma in Social Science01-JAN-00 / 31-DEC-02
University College Cork College Lecturer (Half-time Post)01-JAN-93 / 31-DEC-00

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2005University College Cork Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher EducationTeaching
2000International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, USA CertificateCritical Incident Stress Debriefing
1993University College Cork PhDunknown
1988University College Cork CertificateAdult Education
1984University College Cork CertificateFieldwork Practice
1975University of Glasgow DiplomaSocial Work & Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW)
1972Case Western Reserve University,Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Cleveland State University,Cleveland, Ohio, USA. CertificateParticipated in C.I.P. Programme. An international education forum for Youth Leaders and Social Workers.
1971University College Cork B.Soc.Sc.unknown

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Groupwork Member of Editorial Board01-JAN-10 - 31-DEC-15
Groupwork Referee01-JAN-07 -

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests are predicated on values of Citizenship, Social Justice, Social Inclusion and use of Creative Means. These represent the `web and weft¿ in the weave of the programmes with which I have been involved as a academic and practitioner throughout my working life.  An approach that fosters social inclusion, is locally based, offers opportunities for participation and promotes an understanding of the `person as political¿, represent the pillars of my practice wisdom.   At a pedagogical level these concepts have been interwoven to inform the theoretical perspectives which inform my teaching and research.

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2015Placement II SS4208Placement II
2015Placement Portfolio SS4209Placement Portfolio

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