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Dr Caroline Humphrey

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Caroline Humphrey

Senior Lecturer in Social Work


Shadows along the spiritual pathway (2015)
Journal Article
Humphrey, C. (2015). Shadows along the spiritual pathway. Journal of religion and health, 54(6), 2376-2388. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-015-0037-2

Contemporary spirituality discourses tend to assume that a canopy of light and love overarches all spiritual pathways. Unfortunately, the dark side of humanity cannot be spirited away so easily, and aberrations of personal spiritual development, inte... Read More about Shadows along the spiritual pathway.

Face-to-face: Social work and evil (2014)
Journal Article
Humphrey, C. (2015). Face-to-face: Social work and evil. Ethics & social welfare, 9(1), 35-49 . https://doi.org/10.1080/17496535.2014.968179

The concept of evil continues to feature in public discourses and has been reinvigorated in some academic disciplines and caring professions. This article navigates social workers through the controversy surrounding evil so that they are better equip... Read More about Face-to-face: Social work and evil.

Evil, child abuse and the caring professions (2014)
Journal Article
Humphrey, C. (2015). Evil, child abuse and the caring professions. Journal of religion and health, 54(5), 1660-1671. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-014-9898-z

The aim of this paper is to explore the ways in which the concept of evil has been invoked in relation to child abuse. First, the scene is set by juxtaposing professional discourses which have eschewed the concept of evil and public opinion which is... Read More about Evil, child abuse and the caring professions.

A paradigmatic map of professional education research (2013)
Journal Article
Humphrey, C. (2013). A paradigmatic map of professional education research. Social Work Education, 32(1), 3-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2011.643863

This article maps out research in professional education with reference to a threefold typology of paradigms i.e. the positivist, interpretivist and critical paradigms. The rationale for such an endeavour is fourfold. First, it directs attention to t... Read More about A paradigmatic map of professional education research.

Dilemmas in doing insider research in professional education (2012)
Journal Article
Humphrey, C. (2013). Dilemmas in doing insider research in professional education. Qualitative Social Work, 12(5), 572-586. https://doi.org/10.1177/1473325012446006

This article explores the dilemmas I encountered when researching social work education in England as an insider researcher who was simultaneously employed as an educator in the host institution. This was an ethnographic project deploying multiple me... Read More about Dilemmas in doing insider research in professional education.

The faith closet (2009)
Journal Article
Humphrey, C. (2009). The faith closet. Journal of practice teaching and learning, 8(3), 7-27. https://doi.org/10.1921/146066909X478271

This article is based upon research with student social workers and their educators which foregrounded the personal-professional interface in becoming a social worker.  Faith was an explicit dimension of this research project insofar as an inter... Read More about The faith closet.

By the light of the Tao (2009)
Journal Article
Humphrey, C. (2009). By the light of the Tao. European Journal of Social Work, 12(3), 377-390. doi:10.1080/13691450902930779

This article unveils a three-stage model of critical reflection which has emerged from research with social work students and their educators in England. In the first stage we acquire the art of reflection in everyday life-worlds as we process raw ex... Read More about By the light of the Tao.

Turning the world upside down (2008)
Book Chapter
Humphrey, C. (2008). Turning the world upside down. Religion, spirituality and the social sciences: challenging marginalisation, 107 - 118. Policy Press

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