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Rachel close (BA, MA, MA, PGdip) is a senior lecturer at Teesside University and a qualified social worker (HCPC now Social work England).
Rachel has worked in a range of therapeutic settings with children, young people, and families. Rachel has completed a range of therapeutic training including dyadic developmental psychotherapy, Transaction Analysis (foundation) and Systemic family practice (PGdip).


Rachel is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in social work with UCLAN, exploring the shift towards trauma-informed practice in domestic abuse service provision.

Rachel is a British Psychological Society accredited clinical supervisor and had taken lead roles as an onsite supervisor for social work university students on work placements.

Rachel has developed and delivered specialist training on trauma, child sexual exploitation, attachment and emotional regulation to a range of professionals including social workers, nurses, residential workers and the police.

Rachel has gained previous experience working as a research assistant and has contributed to the training, evaluation and development of services/organisations offering therapeutic support to children and families.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Central Lancashire

1 Oct 20181 Sep 2014

Award Date: 1 Sep 2024

Master, Northumbria University

15 Jan 201920 Mar 2020

Award Date: 20 Mar 2020

Master, Teesside University

9 Jan 201410 Jul 2015

Award Date: 25 Sep 2015

Master, Teesside University

9 Jan 201112 Jul 2012

Award Date: 9 Oct 2012


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