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Karen Rodgers

Associate Lecturer
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Allied Health and Social Care

Karen qualified as a social worker in 2003. She has a strong interest in practice education, and her background is in the field of HIV/AIDS and older people’s mental health.

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Karen worked as a volunteer at a HIV/AIDS and cancer hospice in Kampala, Uganda, supporting the social worker. She then worked extensively in training local authority social workers. This involved working on a project for the early implementation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, then moving into the role of Adult Safeguarding Training Manager.

Before joining AR, Karen was a professional educator in a social work professional development team, leading on the coordination of social work placements and newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) in their assessed and supported year in employment. She has also supported practice educators in training, in the role of Practice Learning Mentor and, as a trained coach, supporting NQSWs.

Research interests
  • Access and use of facilitative procedures
  • Karen is Module Tutor on Assessed Readiness for Assessed Practice (ARDP) and teaches the BA and MA students in Cambridge and Peterborough. She also teaches on the postgraduate, Practice Education and Supervision module in Cambridge.
  • Karen is directly involved in organising and delivering placement preparation sessions/workshops for BA and MA students at ARU (Cambridge and Peterborough), onsite placement supervisors and practice educators.
  • BSc in Social Work (registered with SWE)
  • PG Dip in Social Work with Adults
  • Practice Educator PEPS 2
  • Coach
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Social Work England