I joined as senior lecturer in September 2010. Prior to this I had been teaching on a part-time basis on the diploma and then degree in social work at Bangor University.
I have also spent the last 20 years working in a range of community social work settings both voluntary and statutory, working predominantly in the field of alcohol and drugs. My last post prior to joining Glyndŵr University was an area manager with Wales Probation. Additionally I provided specialist supervision to social work teams, am a director of several charities and active within the growing North Wales recovery movement. I completed my PhD studies in June 2013, exploring through a case study design and biographical methodology the acquisition of alcohol knowledge by social workers.
I am an active member of the British Association of Social Workers substance misuse specialist interest group, the New Directions in Study of Alcohol Group and the Recovery Academy. Prior to social care work, I spent 10 years in catering and the licensee trade
Journal articles (Published)
Biskin, S. Barcroft, V. Livingston, W. and Snape, S (2013). .Exploring service user and care involvement on a social work degree programme’ Social Work Education: The International Journal, 32(3), pp.301-316.
Livingston, W. (2012) ‘Reflections on abstinence from a controlled drinker’ Journal of New Directions in the Study of Alcohol 35, pp. 37-47.
Livingston, W. Baker, M. Atkins, B and Jobber, S. (2011) ‘A tale of the spontaneous emergence of a recovery group and the characteristics that are making it thrive: Exploring the politics and knowledge of recovery’ The Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery 6(1), pp. 176-196.
Best, D. Groshkova, T. McCartney, D. Bamber, S. and Livingston, W. (2009) ‘The politics of hope’, Duglink 24(6), pp. 20-21.
Livingston, W. (2009) ‘Making sense of the mess in my head’, Journal of New Directions in the Study of Alcohol. 33 pp. 56-70.
Livingston, W. (2013) Social work practice, alcohol and other drug problems, (chapter 4.09) in Davies, M. (2013) The Blackwell companion to social work 4th edn. Wiley.
Livingston, W. Baker, M. Atkins, B and Jobber, S. (2012) ‘A tale of the spontaneous emergence of a recovery group and the characteristics that are making it thrive: Exploring the politics and knowledge of recovery’ in Roth, J. and Best, D. (2012) (eds) Addiction and Recovery in the UK, Routledge
Livingston, W. (2013) ‘Not from a book’ - The acquisition of knowledge and its use in practice by social workers, with particular regard to alcohol.- Bangor University awarded 11-03-2013
Galvani, S. and Livingston, W. (2012) Younger people and alcohol. A BASW Pocket Guide. Birmingham: British Association of Social Workers.
Galvani, S. and Livingston, W. (2012) Mental health and substance use. A BASW Pocket Guide. Birmingham: British Association of Social Workers
Galvani, S. and Livingston, W. (2012) Iechyd Meddwl a Defnyddio Sylweddaua Gwybodaeth Hanfodol I Weithwyr Cymdeithasol. Llawlyfr BASW. Birmingham: British Association of Social Workers.
Galvani, S. and Livingston, W. (2012) Pobl Ifanc ac Alcohol. Gwybodaeth Hanfodol I Weithwyr Cymdeithasol. Llawlyfr BASW. Birmingham: British Association of Social Workers.
Livingston, W. and Galvani, S. (2012) Older people and alcohol. A BASW Pocket Guide. Birmingham; British Association of Social Workers.
Livingston, W. a Galvani, S. (2012) Alcohol a Phobl H^yn – Gwybodaeth Hanfodol I Weithwyr Cymdeithasol. Llawlyfr BASW. Birmingham; British Association of Social Workers.In development/commissioned
Livingston, W. and Galvani, S (2014) Using evidence to inform working with people who misuse substances in Webber, M. ( 2014) Using evidence in social work practice, challenges and opportunities Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan
On Going - Exploratory Study -Sight Loss/Visual Impairment Alcohol and Other Drugs in collobaration with University of Bedfordshire and University of Lancaster (Principal Invesitgator -Dr. Sarah Galvani -Univeristy of Bedfordshire - funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust and Alcohol Research U -due to Report June 2014)
Roscoe, K. Livingston, W. and Carson, A. (2012) Local Evaluation of Intensive Family Support Services – Wrexham (Commissioned by Wrexham Local Authority).
Hughes, S. Livingston, W. Lyon, E and Owen, E. (2008) “An Initial Profile Analysis of Probation Clients who have received Secondary Screening for Alcohol. A report produced for National Offender Management Service -Alcohol Best Practice series. (cited in NOMS Alcohol Interventions Guidance - http://www.alcoholpolicy.net/2010/02/noms-alcohol-interventions-guidance-.html)
Book reviews (recent)
Livingston, W. (2013) ‘Living with Drugs (7th Edition)’ Michael Gossop, British Journal of Social Work Accepted June 2013 (Due in 43(5)
Livingston, W. (2012) ‘Group Work with Populations at Risk’ Greif, G. L. and Ephross, P. H.(eds) Journal of Social Work 12(5) pp. 563-564.
Livingston, W. (2012) ‘A community based approach to the reduction of sexual offending: Circles of support and accountability’. Hanvey, S., Philpot, T. and Wilson, C. Euro Vista Probation and Community Justice 2(2), pp. 113-114.
Livingston, W. (2012) ‘Social Work and Drug Use, Paylor, I., Measham, F. and Asher, H.’, British Journal of Social Work 42(7) pp.142-1423
Livingston, W. (2012). ‘Motivational interviewing: building motivational interviewing skills: a practitioner workbook , Rosengren,David, B.. Journal of Social Work 12(2), pp. 218-219.
Livingston, W. (2011) ‘Rape challenging contemporary thinking – Horvarth M and Brown J’ Euro Vista Probation and Community Justice 3(1) pp. 177-179
Livingston, W. (2011) ‘Understanding drug misuse: models of care and control. Keene, J.’ British Journal of Social Work 41(3), pp. 595-597
Conference Presentations (recent)
Livingston, W. (2013) ‘Disillusioned Opportunists’ -Trajectories into Social Work, WISERD 2013 Conference, University of South wales –Glamorgan Conference Centre 25-26 June.
Livingston, W (2013) Building relationships to strengthen networks – the evidence for moving away from a deficit-based and problem-focused approach to child protection work with alcohol and drugs, Conwy and Denbighshire Local Children Safeguarding Board Annual Conference Optic, St Asaph March 15th.
Livingston, W. (2012) Not from a book: social workers acquisition of knowledge about alcohol, in The New Directions in the Study of Alcohol annual conference: Motivational interviewing: 21 years of experience and the future for motivational interviewing, Llandrindod Wells, Wales, 24-27 May 2012, The New Directions in the Study of Alcohol Group.
Livingston, W. (2011) Not from a book: Tales of everyday drinking by social workers in the 5th International Narrative Practitioners Conference: Bringing theory and practice together, Wrexham Wales, 21 June 2011, Wrexham, Glyndwr University.
Livingston, W. (2011)– “Emperors New Clothes – reflections on recovery from North Wales” at the All Wales Service Users Forum Annual conference, organised in conjunction with Welsh Assembly Government, Cardiff June 24thResearch Project Advisory Board – work
McSweeney, T. Webster, R. Turnbull, J. and Duffy, M. (2009) Evidence-based practice? The National Probation Service’s work with alcohol-misusing offenders Ministry of Justice Research Series 13/09: London
Galvani, S.; Dance, C, and Hutchinson, A. Building capacity and bridging the gap: Alcohol and drugs in social care practice, education and employment-based training March 2012-.on going. (Alcohol Research UK funded project)
Practice; Social Work in Action – Jan 2013 –on going
Critical Readers (peer review)
Addiction Research and Theory - Critical Reading 2012 –on going
Social Work Education - Critical Reading 2012 –on going
The Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery – Critical Reading 2011 Special Edition