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Amanda’s previous employment background was mainly located within Adult Mental Health Services; as a psychiatric social worker within a large Hospital Community Trust in the North Down & Ards area of Northern Ireland. Amanda also has a specialist interest in Deaf Children and Mental Health Services for Deaf Adults. She has been involved in the development of services for both client groups. However, it is her interest in Social Work education that has led her to UCLan.
Amanda’s background is as a psychiatric social worker for a large Hospital and Community Trust in Northern Ireland; mainly within the field of adult mental health in acute and community services. A large proportion of her work and interest is around the issue of anxiety management and treatment of the same within a group work context.
In addition, she also has had a number of year’s experience, in Northern Ireland, as a social work practitioner with Deaf children and adults, the latter of whom were experiencing and presenting with severe and enduring mental ill health. She has developed a multi-disciplinary referral map and services for both Service-User groups and has left this legacy to be developed from a regional perspective.
Prior to her current position she has been a guest speaker and lectured to BA & MA social work students at Queens University Belfast and the University of Ulster; the latter students being located within outlying colleges.
Her current interests are creative teaching methodologies and engaging students in a dynamic, meaningful and informative manner, as they embark upon their learning and future careers. She is known for her work in the area of ‘Social Media in Social Work Education’ and is the founder of the ‘Use of Book Groups in Social Work Education’, which can be found on Twitter: @SWBookGroup.
Kellsey, Deborah and Taylor-Beswick, Amanda M L (2016) The Learning Wheel. Critical Publishing. ISBN 9781911106388
Taylor-Beswick, A. (2014) Reading groups, libraries and social inclusion: experiences of blind and partially sighted people, Disability & Society, 29:7, 1172-1173, DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2014.919177
Taylor-Beswick, A. (2014). The use of book groups in social work education.
Taylor-Beswick, A. (2014). The social work book group: Using fiction to support learning, The Guardian, Available at http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/social-life-blog/2014/jun/06/social-work-book-group.
Taylor-Beswick, A. (2014). When actual meets virtual; social work book groups as a teaching and learning medium in social work education. In J. Westwood (Ed.) (2014). Social Media in Social Work Education. Hertfordshire: Critical Publishing.
"Everybody's changing and I don't feel the same" (Keane, 2004): Researching Digital Socialisation in Social Work Education AMLTaylor Social Work Academic UCLan
The first of Goldsmiths' Twilight Seminars for practicing social workers and students as a part of the Teaching Partnership Pilot. This is being hosted by Amanda Taylor from UCLan who runs innovative social work book group.
JSWEC 2015 17th Social Work Education Conference and the 9th UK Social Work Research Conference. Researching the contribution of social work education to the digital socialisation of students for practice.
Yorkshire and Humber Regional Annual Social Work Conference March 17th 2015 Seminar ‘Using Book Groups as a CPD Activity for Social Work Practitioners’
PSYCHOSOCIAL CONNECTIONS: PRACTICE POLICY AND RESEARCH 1st Annual Conference of the Association for Psychosocial Studies 16-17th December 2014 hosted by the Psychosocial Research Unit, University of Central Lancashire Preston PR12HE
Paper Presentation: Does Social Work Education Contribute to the Development of the Use of Self for Relationship Based Practice? Psychological Studies Content Upload
6th World Congress on Mental Health and Deafness
Riddel Hall, Queen's University Belfast
16-19 September 2014
Pathways to Rights
Social Work Forum ‘Risk Assessment in Mental Health & Deafness Social Work’
Social Work Practice with people who are experiencing Mental Ill health; lessons from Inquiry reports that go beyond "Awareness". Taylor & McPherson View programme
2014 Lancaster CeDR Disabilities Conference ‘The Silent Corner of Mental Health and Deafness: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue’ Seminar.
2014 Seminar JSWEC Joint Social Work Education and Research Conference July 2014 ‘The Use of Book Groups in Social Work Education.
2013 Paper presentation JSWEC Joint Social Work Education and Research Conference July 2013 with Westwood, J. L. and McKendrick, D., “Social networking sites for learning? Engaging social work students in online learning: Findings from a cross national research project.
JSWEC | UK Joint Social Work Education & Research Conference 2013 Keynote: Collective Consciousness through Creative Connectivity Amanda Taylor.
C12 University of Dundee 2013: A dynamic and interesting social work professional development seminar which looks to the future of our profession. Social Work Education Book Club Seminars.
Mental Health and Distress: Collaborative Curriculum Development Symposium Lancaster University June 2013
The Role of Technology for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Presentation: Approaches to learning and teaching - Social media (Day One)
Presentation: Using book and film clubs in teaching (Day Two)
Amanda teaches across the range of courses offered within the School of Social Work and fulfils her role as BA(Hons) Social Work Deputy Course Lead. Her teaching activities include:
Current Post 2009 - Present
July 2015 Educational Doctorate - Researching the contribution of social work education to the digital socialisation of students for practice:
Nov 2008 Professional Lead for the development of a Referral Pathway. Titled: Paediatric Audiology – Hospital Through to Community Services. The purpose of which was to achieve consistency and continuity of care as a result of standards detailed by the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme piloted in Belfast utilising a multi-disciplinary approach.
May 2008 Professional Lead in the development of Mental Health Services locally for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The purposes of which was to offer access and reasonable adjustment and to provide a service equal to that of their hearing counterparts.
May 2006 – Oct 2006 HQS (Health Quality Service) Project Lead for Physical Disability & Sensory Support Programme of Care. This role included reviewing the service provision based on specific HQS standards and ensuring that standards were being firstly being met and secondly being maintained. This included drafting of a Policy and Procedural Base for Practice across the Programmes and specific to each individual service provision.
Amanda has also founded a BA (Hons) Social Work Book Group that has attracted and achieved National attention in a recent Online Blog and within a high profile. Using J. K. Rowling's novel to boost social workers' learning. The use of book clubs in social work education. Amanda Taylor enthused social workers about book club and digital practice.