JOHN WOOLNER

Lead Associate Social Work Practice and Compassionate Supervision

I am a UKCP registered systemic couple and family therapist.

In 2000, I qualified with an MSc in systemic psychotherapy, with a distinction for clinical practice. I continue to run a private practice, lecture on the MA and BA Social work programmes at Plymouth University, lecture for the Frontline Social work programme, am a specialist lay member sitting for the Mental Health Review Tribunal service and am in practice part-time as a systemic psychotherapist with the NHS in adult mental health.

For the last eighteen years I have been delivering training in systemic theory and practice. This has included training for Relate counsellors, Frontline social work practitioners, junior doctors/psychiatrists, child protection social workers on behalf of the Institute of Family Therapy, and to consultant social workers in local authorities across the UK, adopting the ‘Reclaiming Social Work’ model, on behalf of Morning Lane Associates.

I am very enthusiastic about systems theory as it applies to human relationships, and to exploring interventions that bring about lasting change at the level of meaning and understanding. I consider delivering training to be a two-way process. We learn from each other. I have supervised, provided training for, and facilitated away days for, various organizations – such as Relate, Action against Domestic Violence and Abuse, Force Cancer charity and Family Matters.
I have great enthusiasm for the work I do, considering systemic theory as a way of making sense of our social worlds. It is at the heart of the way I think and act.

I have delivered workshops in creative writing in psychiatric hospitals, and am a keen writer myself.

UKCP registered psychotherapist

⇒ MSc in family and couple systemic psychotherapy (Birbeck College and University of London – 2000)

⇒ Certificate in Counselling Skills (Exeter University – 1994)

⇒ Diploma in Applied Social Studies and CQSW (Bristol Polytechnic 1988)

https://www.johnwoolner.co