BA (Sheffield), MSW and CQSW (York), DipHE Counselling (Humberside)
Honorary Fellow in Social Work
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I joined the academic staff at York in 1995, and prior to that was a social worker in the field of adult mental health. My primary interest is in communication in social work: how it is done, how to research it, how to help students learn to do it. I am one of a small number of social work academics researching naturally-occurring communication – ‘institutional talk’ – in child protection social work, using conversation and discourse analysis as a framework.
I maintain an interest in mental health, in the impact of trauma, and in the role of child protection social work as preventive of adult mental health difficulties. I also have a longstanding interest in feminist concerns with violence against women, and was a founding member of Sheffield Rape Crisis.
I am author of a popular textbook, Communication and Interpersonal skills in Social Work. My work is informed by a psychodynamically-informed systems theory. My first degree was in English Literature and my interest in language, conversation, relationships and narratives is rooted in both the immediacy of the present moment and in the stories people tell.
Analysing communication in child protection social work. This project currently focuses on naturally-occurring communication in Initial Child Protection Case Conferences, using conversation analysis.
Centre for Advanced Studies in Language and Communication (CALSC): An interdisciplinary research centre for language, communication and interaction the University of York
Discourse and Narrative Approaches to Social Work and Counselling (DANASWAC), an international network of researchers.
Koprowska, J. (2014), Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Social Work. (4th edition) London: Sage Learning Matters. **
Koprowska, J. (2012) Curriculum Guide for Communication Skills. The College of Social Work.
Koprowska J (2010) ‘Are Student Social Workers’ Communication Skills Improved by University-based Learning?’, in H Burgess and J Carpenter (eds), The Outcomes of Social Work Education: Developing Evaluation Methods. Southampton, Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Social Policy and Social Work: 73-87.
Koprowska, J (2007) ‘Communication Skills in Social Work’, in K. Postle and M. Lymbery (eds), Social Work: A Companion to Learning. London: Sage: 123-133.
Hooper, C-A. and Koprowska, J (2004), The vulnerabilities of children whose parents have been abused in childhood, British Journal of Social Work Vol. 34, No. 2: 213-228.
Koprowska, J. (2003), The Right Kind of Telling? Locating the teaching of interviewing skills within a systems framework, British Journal of Social Work Vol. 33, No. 3: 291-308.
Communication and institutional talk in social work; social work practice; professional learning and practice.
Communication, systems theory, family skills, group work skills, mental health and trauma; supervising, teaching and assessing social work students. I also run a professional development group.
A cohort of students was followed through their two year professional training, tracking their experience of the interviewing skills (communication skills) course at the university, and of practice teaching and direct observation on placement. They, with students from the subsequent cohort, and their practice teachers, were involved in first piloting and then being trained in a new model for direct observation.
Koprowska, J. (2014) Communication and interpersonal Skills in Social Work. (4th ed.) London: Sage.