Belén Arija Gisbert

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Social Worker (UPC), Social and Cultural Anthropologist (UCM) and PhD in Psychoanalytical Fundamentals and Developments (UCM).
Director of Vinculo. Centre for Integrative Therapies, Support and Training in Social Work.  Madrid
University Lecturer.  (2002-2012) UCM Social Work with Groups and Internship Supervisor.
Lecturer and Supervisor of support professionals and teams (social work, social education and social, healthcare and legal field)
Interfocal and Integrative Therapist Specialist in therapeutic support.
She has received training in different approaches: Gestalt, (EMTG), Rogers (UPC), Psychoanalytical psychodrama (CPM). She holds a postgraduate degree in creativity and analysis and group leading (EMTG), SAT Programme in Integrative Therapy (C. Naranjo). Mental Health (Dr I. Peña)
1993-2003: She is a social worker of cases and groups at the Asociación Realidades with the homeless.
She is author of several articles on individual and group support in Social Work.

Miren Ariño Altuna

Ariño Altuna, Miren FotoShe holds a Diploma in Social Work and a PhD in Psychology from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU); she is Lecturer and researcher at UPV/EHU. She has taught at a number of universities (UD; UPCO; EUTS in San Sebastian and UPV/EHU). She has been a supervisor and collaborator at several entities for social purposes (ATZEGI; AGIFES; ASAFES; CLARA CAMPOAMOR; APRAMP.., etc.). She has participated in official associations of DTS and AASS (Madrid, San Sebastian, Vitoria). She has participated in the “Interuniversity network for social work university teaching” since 2009-2016, as part of the “Research networks in university teaching” of the Vice-Rector’s Office for Strategic Planning and Quality of the Institute of Education Sciences at the University of Alicante. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Cuadernos de Trabajo Social at the University of Deusto for the 2015-2019 management project.


Josefa Fombuena Valero

Fombuena Valero, Josefa Foto

She is a graduate in Social Work and holds a PhD from the University of Valencia. She works as a lecturer at the Department of Social Work and Social Services at the University of Valencia and as a researcher at the Interuniversity Institute for Local Development.

She has written various articles, book chapters and books on Social Work at a national and international level. She has done research stays in France and South Korea. Her main research areas are social work methods, clinical social work, family justice from a contextual approach and identity issues on Social Work.
She received the Ana Díaz Perdiguero Social Research National Award (Madrid 2007) and the Premi de Recerca Social Dolors Arteman (Barcelona, 2006).
She has been as a member of the international panel of the Consensus Conference on the scientific nature of Social Work held in Paris and has also published the book “El trabajo social y sus instrumentos” y  en colaboración con otros profesores “Los métodos del Trabajo social: individuos, grupos y comunidades”.
She is director of the Social Work Collection by Nau Llibres publishing company.

Cinta Guinot Viciano


She holds a PhD in Social Sciences; she is a Social Worker, a Social and Cultural Anthropologist, a Family Therapist and a Supervisor of Social Intervention Teams.
She has developed her career mainly in the field of drug dependencies and family intervention. At present, she works as a lecturer at the Department of Social Work and Sociology at the San Sebastian campus of the University of Deusto and provides support in the training process of students who want to be social workers. She also supervises teams and professionals in the field of social intervention.
Her teaching and research areas include: social intervention with families, intervention models in social work, social intervention and interview techniques in social work, supervision of social work internships and social values.

Amaya Ituarte Tellaeche

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She holds a Diploma in Social Work, a Master’s degree in mental health care (UPV-EHU), psychotherapist accredited by FEAP and FEATF.
She has developed most of her career (since 1981 until her recent retirement) in the Basque Health System (Osakidetza), at the Family Planning and Women’s Health in Ortuella’s Health Centre, collaborating with AP and CSM, and carrying out clinical and psychotherapeutic work.
She has combined clinical work with teaching at an undergraduate and postgraduate level and has taught several courses and seminars at various Spanish universities including postgraduate courses in Public Health and Social Work and Supervision of Social Welfare Services both at the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU) and on the official Master’s in Family Intervention and Mediation at the University of Deusto, where she has been a guest lecturer from the beginning. She has taught courses for various services of the National Health System and for other bodies, entities and professional associations.
She has been a clinical supervisor of social workers for twenty-five years.
She has been a speaker at a number of scientific and professional conferences and meetings.
She is author of the book Procedimiento y proceso en Trabajo Social Clínico (1992) and has collaborated in a few others. She has also published numerous articles on social work and healthcare social work, and has also been cited as a reference in several doctoral theses.

Germán Jaraíz Arroyo


He works as a lecturer at the Department of Social Work and Social Services at Pablo de Olavide University (Seville). He holds a Diploma in Social Work, a BA in Sociology and a PhD in Social Sciences. He lectures on social policy at the Faculty of Social Sciences at this same university.  He is a member of the GISAP research group and his research interests include social intervention, third sector and community social services.  He has participated in the drafting of the 7th FOESSA Report, and is also a member of the drafting team of the journal Revista Documentación Social of the Scientific Council of the Spanish Journal of the Third Sector and ESPAnet’s Executive Committee. He has been an adviser to a number of legislative social policy initiatives in the Andalusian region and on reorganisation processes of public and third sector entities in Spain, European Union and Latin America. He has been General Secretary of Cáritas in Andalusia. His main publications are available on on google scholar.


Teresa Matus

Teresa Matus

She holds a PhD in Social Work from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a PhD in Sociology from the Universidad Cándido Mendez IUPERJ.
She is currently Director of Social Work at the University of Chile and a guest lecturer on a number of doctoral programmes and seminars on Social Work and Social Sciences in Latin America. She is a Founding member of the Chilean Society of Public Policy and Director of the network of Social Work researchers. She is also a member of the Council of Civil Society of the Ministry of Social Development. She has developed a social innovation  and quality management model for social programmes.



Silvia Navarro Pedreño


She is a social worker and a sociologist. She is a facilitator in organisational innovation and learning processes within the framework of the “Rayuela Creativa” project, which she created and leads.
She has developed her career mainly in the local government (in Badalona and Barcelona Town Councils) where she has performed various functions in the field of social action: direct intervention and participation in many community projects, coordination of interdisciplinary teams, technical support, strategic planning and top management.
She has teaching experience at a university level and in continuing education for professionals in the social intervention area.
Throughout her career she has worked intensely on the systematisation of practice, theorisation and publication of a large number of articles and papers. She is author of the book “Redes sociales y construcción comunitaria. Creando con(textos) para una acción social ecológica”.
She has participated in many professional forums at a national and international level as a speaker, organiser and member of scientific committees.
She defines herself as a full-time explorer and apprentice. She is an advocate of relational aspects as a key essence of her work and a creative experience that opens us to the event, to the possibility that something new may happen in social work and the exciting challenge of making it a story.


Carmina Puig i Cruells

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She is a lecturer at the Department of Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Work at Rovira I Virgili University. She holds a Diploma in Social Work, a BA in Psychology and a PhD in Anthropology with a thesis entitled “La supervisión de los profesionales en el ámbito psicosocial como un instrumento para la calidad asistencial y el bienestar de los profesionales”.
She collaborates with institutions and the public administration in the social welfare and healthcare areas on issues related to the social supervision of professional teams She is a member of the European Association for Supervision (EAS).
Her main research areas include:  A) Social supervision and professional teams.  Prevention of the welfare of professionals and teams.  B) Professional intervention. Methodologies and systematisation of social practices.

Links :www.researchgate.net/profile/Carmina_Cruells/

Miren Koldobike Velasco Vázquez.

Velasco Vázquez, Miren Koldobike Foto

She is a self-employed social worker, currently devoted to action research and training on the BA in Social Work, as a part-time lecturer from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) and tutor at UNED Open University.
She mainly focuses on work for justice and peace, linked to antimilitarism, anticapitalism, depatriarchalisation and non-violence.
She is an activist in various social groups such as the Canarian Network in Defence of the Public Social Service System (REDESSCAN), Alternativa Antimilitarista.moc and alternative economy. She is also a member of social movements in the Governing Board of the Official Social Workers Association of Las Palmas.
She has been a tax objector to military expenditure for over 20 years.
Her social work experience includes: street work with children; work at the women’s unit in the Salto del Negro prison; indirect social work in programmes related to childhood, youth, women, training, analysis and reporting, Cáritas, etc.; evaluation research of the public system of social services dealing with children in the Canary Islands; planning of childhood and family programmes on the Canary islands; training and teaching; participation in forums and networks for the distribution of wealth, alternative economy, fair trade and social services…
She has conducted various research studies on the situation of social services in the Canary Islands, the impoverishment in rural areas in the Canary Islands, response analysis related to public policies, inequalities…
She defines herself as an apprentice clown; a woman on the way, who thanks all her predecessors who were reference models and gave meaning to their life paths…a loving and beloved woman, who firmly believes another world is possible, necessary and urgent.

Myriam Iparraguirre Medrano

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She holds a Diploma in Social Work from the former University School in San Sebastian belonging to the University of the Basque Country UPV (1988). Later she did a postgraduate course in Social Work at UPV (1990-1992). In 2010 she graduated in Social Work at the University of Deusto in San Sebastian. She has been a Social Worker at penitentiary institutions since 1989 although her work in the intervention area started in 1988 as a social work student when she did an internship at the prison in San Sebastian, where she later started to work professionally after passing a competition exam.  Since 2007 she has been a Social Work Coordinator at the prison in San Sebastian, where she has led a team of six social workers. She has been a member of the Governing Board and President of the Official Association of Gipuzkoa, where she has been a member of the Ethics Committee. She has received training in Bioethics applied to social intervention and has been a member of the Ethics Committee in Social Intervention of Gipuzkoa promoted by the Regional Council.

Pamela Trevithick

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She is the Visiting Professor in Social Work at Buckinghamshire New University. She is the author of the best-selling text Social Work Skills and Knowledge: A Practice Handbook (Open University Press) – a book that has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish and Korean – with a recent addition published by Rawat Publications for the Indian market. Since her retirement and the publication of her 3rd edition text in 2012, she has delivered over 120 conference presentations at home and abroad. These presentations cover a range of themes including: the knowledge and skills base of social work; the impact of defences and defensiveness on practice; and the importance of emotions and ‘use of self’ in relationship-based practice. Her research interests lie on the impact of managerialism on social work – a theme explored in the journal article ‘Humanising managerialism: reclaiming emotional reasoning, intuition, the relationship, and knowledge and skills in social work’ (Journal of Social Work Practice 2014, 28(3) pp 287–311). This paper can be accessed free of charge via the GAPS website www.gaps.org.uk.  Dr Trevithick is a feminist and actively campaigns for appropriate funding to be allocated for public services and against inequality.

Karen Healy

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  • Research Director for the School of Social Work and Human Services
  • National President, Australian Association of Social Workers (current)
  • National Director, The Benevolent Society (current)
  • Past National President, Australian Association for Social Work and Welfare Education (2005-2009)

    Academic & Research Interests:

  • Social work theory and practice, social work education and workforce development, child protection and family support, service user participation and empowerment.

Teaching Areas: Direct practice, social work theory and social work with children, young people and families.

Select Publications: 

  • Healy, K. (2012) Social Work Methods and Skills: The Essential Foundations for Practice. Palgrave: Basingstoke.
  • Healy, K. and Mulholland, J. (2012). Writing Skills for Social Workers (2nd edition). Sage: London. (1st edition was published in 2007).
  • Healy, K. (2005). Social Work in Context: Creating Frameworks for Practice. Palgrave: Basingstoke. (Translated into Chinese in 2006 and into Danish in 2008).
  • Healy, K. (2000). Social Work Practices: Contemporary Perspectives on Change. Sage: London. This book was translated into Spanish and published as “Trabajo Social: Perspectivas contemporaneas” by Morata Press (Madrid, Spain) in 2001