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Stephen J. Mordue

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Senior Lecturer in Social Work

I have been a Lecturer in social work for over 8 years. Prior to that, I was a practitioner working with older people and for the last two years of that period, I was a Team Manager.

My primary interest now is the impact of practice on social workers' wellbeing. I am interested in how self-care and 'being organised' strategies can support wellbeing and productivity to overcome occupational stress.

Teaching and supervision

I teach on:

I am Module Leader for the Social Work Theory and Practice modules in the first two years of BA (Hons) Social Work and Working with Adults.

Research interests for potential research students

My research interests lie in exploring the personality of those attracted to social work and how this might influence their response to the demands of practice. Understanding this leads to developing self-care and resilience-building strategies at a personal and organisational level that may offset the impact of occupational stress.


I am currently exploring the personality type of social workers and how empathy manifests itself for practitioners to develop an understanding of how individuals and organisations can be supported with self-care and productivity strategies.

I have co-authored 'How to Thrive in Professional Practice' (2020) Published by Critical Publishing – aimed at Social Workers and Social Work Students and authored 'How to Thrive at Work' (2021) also published by Critical Publishing, a reworking of the How to Thrive in Professional Practice book for a general workplace market.

I deliver presentations and seminars on Self-Care and 'Being Organised' to support wellbeing and productivity largely to Local Authorities.

I run two related websites:

Last updated 28 February 2024