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Dr Michelle Lefevre

Post:Senior Lecturer in Social Work & Care (Social Work and Social Care)
Location:ESSEX HOUSE EH 221

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877656
International:+44 1273 877656

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Qualifications: Doctorate in Social Work (DSW), MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, MA Social Work, Certificate in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts, Postqualifying Award in Social Work (PQSW), Approved Practice Teachers Award,  CQSW/PG Dip Social Work, B.Mus.

Professional registration: Currently registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) as a Social Worker; Registered with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) 2003-12 as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist.

Career overview: Prior to her academic career, Michelle qualified and practised as a social worker and arts psychotherapist. Her experience included forensic investigative interviewing of children, sex offender treatment, groupwork with partners of offenders, psychotherapy with children in care and adults and children who had experienced abuse, and providing expert witness assessments for the family courts. Michelle continued to work independently as a psychotherapist and expert witness until 2009. Michelle began contributing to professional development courses and qualifying training at Sussex in 2000 and joined the University of Sussex as a full-time academic in 2003.


Dr Michelle Lefevre is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Care, the Academic Lead for Impact in the School of Education and Social Work, and Co-Director of CIRCY (the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth), which is a University research centre was Head of the Department of Social Work and Social Care between 2013 and 2015, led the postgraduate CPD provision for the Department 2003-11, and convened the Doctorate in Social Work 2012-14.  As well as her research commitments, Michelle currently teaches on qualifying social work courses, contributes to a number of continuing professional development courses for experienced professionals in Children's Services, and supervises doctoral students.

Community and Business

Michelle has been Editor-in-Chief of 'Child and Family Social Work' since December 2014 and was Deputy Editor of 'Social Work Education: The International Journal' 2009-14.  Michelle was an elected member of The College of Social Work Children and Families Faculty Steering Group and is now on the BASW Children and Families Policy, Practice and Education Group.  She is regional co-ordinator for the South-East branch of the Centre for Social Work Practice.  She is one of the convenors of the European Social Work Research Association Special Interest Group on social work with children and families across Europe.  She is a Fellow of the RSA.  She was a member of the UKCP Psychotherapy with Children Committee 2004-8, providing expertise on child protection issues and a member of the Ethics sub-committee, co-drafting a new set of ethics and standards for psychotherapy with children, necessitated by the introduction of Integrative Child Psychotherapy as a section of the UKCP.

External Examining: Doctor of Social Work/Social Care programme at the Tavistock/UEL, qualifying MA Social Work programme ' Step up to Social Work' at Manchester Metropolitan University,  the MA Social Work programme at Oxford Brookes, and Royal Holloway's PQ Social Work programme.