Senior Lecturer in Social Work
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Wulf joined the team as Senior Lecturer in September 2010.Prior to this, he taught on a part-time basis on the diploma, and then degree, in social work at Bangor University.
Wulf has 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.His last post, prior to joining Glyndŵr University, was as Area Manager with Wales Probation.
Additionally he is a director of several charities and active within the North Wales recovery movement. He is vice-chair of the BASW substance misuse specialist interest group and chair of the New Directions in Study of Alcohol Group.
Continuing Professional Education and Learning (CPEL -post qualifying social work): modules in Mental Health, Professional Leadership and Analysis for Research.
MA in Criminology: module in Discourses about Alcohol and Drug Use
Journal articles (Published)
Livingston, W and Perkins, A. Participatory Action Research (PAR) Research – Critical methodological considerations. Drugs and Alcohol Today 18(1):61-71, https://doi.org/10.1108/DAT-08-2017-0035
Livingston, W. (2017) Learning about Alcohol: Personal Experiences Taken
into Social Work Practice, Practice, 29(1) 3-18.
Davies, N. Livingston, W. Huxley, P. and Owen, E (2016) Social Care Legislation as an Act of Integration, Journal of Integrated Care 24(3); 139-149.
Galvani, S. Livingston, W. Morgan, H and Wadd, S. (2016) The relationship between sight loss and substance use: users' perspectives Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy. 23(6) 476-483.
Livingston, W and Thompson N (2016) Promoting well-being: Crisis, loss and alcohol Illness, Crisis & Loss, http://icl.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/09/20/1054137316668640.full.pdf+html
Thompson, N and Livingston W (2016) Promoting Well-being Illness, Crisis & Loss, http://icl.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/04/13/1054137316643445.full.pdf+html
Loughran, H. and Livingston, W. (2014) Editorial Social Work Education: The International Journal Vol. 33, No. 5, 555–556.
Livingston, W (2014) Towards a comprehensive typology of knowledge for social work and alcohol. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 33(6) pp. 774-787.
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’, Druglink 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.
Loughran, H and Livingston, W. (ed) (2015) Alcohol and other drug use in social work education and training: Preparing for and supporting practice London, Taylor and Francis
Livingston, W. (2017) Death, Grief and Bereavement: Relationships with Alcohol and Other Drug Use, in Thompson, N. and Cox, G. R. (eds) (2017) Handbook of the Sociology of Death, Grief and Bereavement: A Guide to Theory and Practice, New York, Routledge, pp. 224-236. ISBN 9781138201064. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Handbook-of-the-Sociology-of-Death-Grief-and-Bereavement-A-Guide-to/Thompson-Cox/p/book/9781138201064 .
Livingston, W (2015) Towards a comprehensive typology of knowledge for social work and alcohol. In Loughran, H and Livingston, W. (ed) (2015) Alcohol and other drug use in social work education and training: Preparing for and supporting practice London, Taylor and Francis PP-81-94.
Livingston, W. and Galvani, S (2014) Using evidence to inform working with people who misuse substances in Webber, M. (2014) Applying Research Evidence in Social Work Practice Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan PP 156-169.
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. P291-297
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, London, Routledge.
Livingston, W., Perkins, A., McCarthy, T., Madoc-Jones, I., Wighton, S., Wilson, F. & Nicholas, D. (2018). Review of Working Together to Reduce Harm: Final Report, Cardiff: Welsh Government GSR report number 21/2018 Available at http://gov.wales/statistics-and-research/review-working-together-reduce-harm/?lang=en
Livingston, W.; Davies, N.; Huxley, P; and Owen, E. (2015) Integration in North Wales: Localised responses to national agendas, Glyndwr University, Wrexham. (funded by Flintshire Local Authority on behalf of the six North Wales Local Authorities and Betsi Cadwalader University Health Board http://www.ssiacymru.org.uk/home.php?page_id=2482 (published 17/08/2015)
Galvani, S. Livingston, W. Morgan, H and Wadd, S. (2014) Alcohol, other drugs and sight loss: a Scoping study http://alcoholresearchuk.org/alcohol-insights/alcohol-other-drugs-and-sight-loss-a-scoping-study/ (funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust and Alcohol Research UK)
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
Research On-Going - Funded
2018 (April –Aug) – Shared Director of Studies/Lead Researcher - Open Access Tier 2 Substance Misuse Review (North Wales –Area Planning Board) – Contract awarded by Wrexham LBC to Figure8Consultancy.
2018 -2019 Associate Consultant - Analytical Support For The Public Health MUP For Alcohol (Wales) Bill -Contract awarded to Figure8Consultancy. Funders Welsh Government.
April 2017 –April 2021 Research Team Member (Lead Researcher 1 out of 4 Work Packages) Evaluating the impact of minimum unit pricing in Scotland on harmful drinkers (Lead Partner – University of Sheffield) Funders Health Scotland
2017-2019 Understanding the active ingredients of sustained recovery in rural and remote settings – through the development of Peer Researchers – Argyll and Bute bid awarded to Figure 8 Consultancy (Wulf Livingston -Research Consultant)
Research on-going and not funded
2017 - Pilot project - Understanding the active ingredients of sustained recovery – with North Wales Recovery Community
2017- Explorations of experiences of illegal use of marijuana to self-treat for medically related conditions -_Glyndwr University Staff Team
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 12-06-2013
Livingston, W (2017) Working with adults who use alcohol and other drugs. Research. Community Care Inform [online] http://adults.ccinform.co.uk/research/working-adults-use-alcohol-drugs
/ [Updated 7-3-2017, first published 26/08/14]
Livingston, W (2017) Routes of entry to social work education and the profession. Glyndwr University, Wrexham (Paper available) DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.20809.75366
Akhtar, F and Livingston, W (2016) Social work beyond borders? : Do 15 years of devolution mean SWexit for social work as a unified profession in the UK, and a weakened position in the global work force? Professional Social Work October
Livingston, W (2016) Working with adults and alcohol use. Guides. Community Care Inform[online]
http://adults.ccinform.co.uk/practice-guidance/working-adults-alcohol-use/ [Updated 15-1-2016 first published 29/10/2014]
Galvani, S. Livingston, W and Morgan, H. (2015) Substance use and sight loss; A guide for substance use and sight loss professionals -Pocklington for Professionals number 2. London, Thomas Pocklington Trust
Livingston, W (2015) Not from a book – social workers’ understanding of alcohol paper for KBS 41st Alcohol Symposium Munich June 2015
Galvani, S. Livingston, W and McCarthy T (2012) Pocket Guides for Social Workers- Final Project Report Birmingham: British Association of Social Workers
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. and Galvani, S. (2012) Alcohol a Phobl H^yn – Gwybodaeth Hanfodol I Weithwyr Cymdeithasol. Llawlyfr BASW. Birmingham; British Association of Social Workers.
Journal articles (submitted)
De Viliers, T. Livingston, W. Maegusuku-Hewett, T. Prysor, G and Rees, J.
A new national framework and programmes for social work continuing education – critical reflections of the first phases of implementation in Wales, a case study. Abstract accepted for Journal of Social work Education - special Issue: The delivery of social work education through distance learning; challenges and opportunities (submitted June 2017, Minor revisions requested – resubmitted 2017)
Livingston, W. Alcohol and Drug Use: from Dual Diagnosis to Well-being.– book chapter in Choeng Poen AW and Ow, R (due for publication 2019) Social Work and Mental Health -Springer
Livingston, W Galvani, S. Morgan, H and Wadd S (2016) Seeing the alcohol and drug use in visual impairment treatment
Co-Editor Practice Social Work in Action -Nov 2017-on going
Guest Editor with Prof. Neil Thompson – Special Edition of Illness Crisis and Loss:– Publication November 2018.
Guest Editor with Dr. Hilda Loghram – Special Edition of Social Work Education: The International Journal – 2014 -Vol. 33, No. 5.
Practice; Social Work in Action – Jan 2013 –October 2017
Critical Readers (peer review)
Addiction Research and Theory 2012 on going
British Journal of Social Work 2014 on going
Criminological Research, Policy and Practice 2017 on going
Drugs and Alcohol Today 2017 on going
Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy 2014 on going
European Journal of Social Work 2017 on going
Journal of Social Work 2017 on going
Practice: Social Work in Action 2013 on going
Social Work Education 2012 on going
The Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery 2011 Special Edition
Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2018 Abstract submissions
Conference Presentations (selected)
Livingston. W. (2017) It’s not rocket science - effective interventions with adults who use alcohol & other drugs: Keynote address Hertfordshire ACS Festival of Practice 30th October Hemel Hempstead/Stevenage.
Livingston. W. (2017) Introduction to working with alcohol use and related experiences. Community Care Live 27th September London.
Livingston. W. (2017) Alcohol and Older People: key considerations for social workers. Community Care Live 27th September London
Livingston, W. (2017) Developing a single national (all Wales) programme for post qualifying education for social workers: the use of on line technologies in integrated circular development. JISC Connect More 2017 July 4 Glyndwr University
Livingston, W (2017) Participatory Action Research (PAR) Research: Considerations for a qualitative methodological approach. Kettil Bruun Society: Symposium Paper– (Sheffield) June 5-9th (Paper available).
Livingston, W (2017) Analysing the contribution of policy and provision to outcomes Public Health Wales Network Seminar: Behavioural Change and Addictive Behaviours. May 4th Bangor University.
Livingston W. (2016) Responding to Orford: Diverse methodological aspirations ARUK Early Researcher Symposium, March 15th Birmingham http://www.fead.org.uk/video/dr-wulf-livingston-responding-to-orford-diverse-methodological-aspirations/
Livingston, W. (2015) The bibliographical narrative – as data collection tool for non-life story focused enquiries 5th International Conference on Sociology and Social Work August 25-26 Chester University
Livingston, W (2015) Not from a book – social workers’ understanding of alcohol KBS 41st Alcohol Symposium Munich June 2-5th 2015 (Paper available)
Galvani, S. Morgan, H, Livingston, W and Wadd, S (2014) Cause or consequence: alcohol, drugs and sight loss among older people, British Society of Gerontology Annual conference September Southampton.
Livingston, W (2014) Mental Health and Well Being presented at Care Council foe Wales Getting in on the Act Conference November, Cardiff.
Morgan, H. Galvani, S. Wadd, S and Livingston. W (2014) Cause or consequence: alcohol, drugs and sight loss among older people. Disabilities Studies Conference
September 11, Lancaster University
Livingston, W. (2014) Extending Horizons - Implications and Opportunities for Research (of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014) Bangor University, July 04.
Livingston, W (2014) ‘CPEL – reflections on the journey so far’ BASW Cymru Annual Conference, Llandrindod Wells, June 18
Galavni, S. Livingston, W. Morgan, S and Wadd, S. (2013) Alcohol and sight loss: preliminary findings ‘Drinking Dilemmas: Space, Culture and Identity’ Alcohol Study Group conference of the British Sociological Association December, Cardiff University.
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 – social workers acquisition of knowledge about alcohol” Building Networks for Addiction Studies e – conference coordinated by Oxford Brookes University and the Society for Addiction Studies 11th-15th July
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 24th June
Livingston, W. (2011) “Did we really give up on abstinence? Have we in NDSAG made abstentions second class citizens?” The New Directions in the Study of Alcohol Group annual conference – University of Lancaster. 14th-17th April
Livingston, W. (2010) Supervising social workers in alcohol and other drug work, in British Association of Social Work, Special Interest Group Conference: Social work and substance misuse: Evidence-based practice, London, England, 23 September 2010. Birmingham, British Association of Social Workers.
Livingston, W. (2010) The acquisition of knowledge about social workers and its use in practice, in 5th One Day Symposium for PhD students researching substance misuse 19 July 2010, Oxford, Society for Study of Addictions/Oxford Brookes University.
Livingston, W. (2009) “A social work and social workers perspective “.Reducing risk to young women – cause and effect - Women finding solutions to binge drinking YWCA Conference – London 21st October
Livingston, W. (2009) “All the bad drunks giving the good drunks a bad name”. Prisons and Beyond Conference – Leeds 8th-9th October
Livingston, W. (2009) “I only hit her coz of the booze”. Prisons and Beyond Conference – Leeds 8th-9th October.
Livingston, W. (2009) “Working with people beyond Methadone. Drug and alcohol a social work issue?” British Association of Social Work – Special Interest Group Conference – London 21st May
Livingston, W. (2008) “Square pegs and round holes. Screening for drinkers in the Probation context” NOMS Alcohol Best Practice Conference – London. November
Livingston, W. (2008) “Making sense of the mess in my head”. The New Directions in the Study of Alcohol Group annual conference – Salisbury. 24th-27th April
Livingston, W. (2007) “Square pegs and round holes, alcohol targeting, provision and probation” Where does the ATR fit in?” Criminal Justice and Substance Misuse Conference – Conference Consortium –Warwick 17th-18th July
Staff Conferences/Research Forums
Livingston, W. (2018) Ticking boxes or making an impact: Applied Research in Practice Springboard 2018 Glyndwr University.
Livingston, W. (2018) Participatory Action Research (PAR) Research – Critical methodological considerations. Open House for Researchers 2015 Glyndwr University
Livingston, W. (2017) Lessons learnt about partnership working and delivering on-line programmes. Engage 2017 Glyndwr University
Livingston, W. (2017) Activities to support publication. Considerations beyond writing. Engage 2017 Glyndwr University.
Livingston, W. (2015) Small fishes in oceanic competition; developing research networks. Open House for Researchers 2015 Glyndwr University.
Research 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, (2013) A. Building capacity and bridging the gap: Alcohol and drugs in social care practice, education and employment-based training March 2012-.July 2013. (Alcohol Research UK funded project)
Livingston, W. (2018) Group Work Research, Garvin, C, D; , Tolman, R, M; MacGowan, M, J. Oxford University Press. Journal of Social Work 18(1):112-113.
Livingston W. (2017). An introduction to: Using theory in social work practice Forte, J.A. London. Routledge. Journal of Social Work 17(3) 381-382.
Livingston W (2016) Working with substance users Allan, G. Journal of Social Work 16(5),631-632.
Livingston, W. (2015) Capital punishment in 20th century Britain: Audience, Justice Memory Seal L Euro Vista Probation and Community Justice 4:1
Livingston, W. (2015) Environmental change and sustainable social development; Social work: social development volume II Hessle, S. Journal of Social Work 15(5): 559-560.
Livingston, W. (2014) Justice in transition: community restorative justice in Northern Ireland. Erikisson A Euro Vista Probation and Community Justice 3(2), pp. 110-111.
Livingston, W. (2014) Green Social Work – from environmental crisis to environmental justice. Dominelli L Journal of Social Work 14(2) pp 214-215
Livingston, W. (2014) ‘Motivational Interviewing Step by Step – 4 DVD Box Set -Institutional/Instructors Version’ Pyschotherapynet (with Cathy Cole and Ali Miller). Journal of Social Work 14(1) pp.100-101.
Livingston, W. (2013) ‘Living with Drugs (7th Edition)’ Michael Gossop, British Journal of Social Work 43(5) pp1045-1046.
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
Livingston, W. (2010) ‘Social Work Theories and Methods M. Gray and S. A. Webb (eds)’ Journal of Social Work 10(4), pp. 437-438..
Livingston, W. (2009) ‘Scrabbling for social work integration’, Journal of Social Work 9(2), pp. 243-244.
Livingston, W. (2008) 'Prescribing practice for smokers', Addiction Research & Theory,16(5), pp. 537-8.
Livingston, W. (2005) 'As one psychiatrist said to another', Addiction Research & Theory,11(1), pp. 93-94.
Livingston, W. (2003), ‘Smack and grab’ Addiction Research & Theory,11(4), pp. 285-6.
Book Reviews (submitted)
Livingston (2017) Naar. S and Safren, A. S. (2017) Motivational Interviewing and CBT; Combing Strategies for Maximum Effectiveness. New York Guildford Press (Journal of Social Work submitted Dec 2017)
Livingston (2017) Bryant L (eds) Critical and Creative Research Methodologies in Social Work (Journal of Social WorkSubmitted Nov 2017)
Livingston (2017) Mckinnon J and Alston M – Ecological Social Work (Journal of Social Work, Submitted June 2017)
• Alcohol and other drugs
• Social work Knowledge acquisition
• Participant Action research
• Service User Involvement
On Going – Integrating Well -Exploratory study of North Wales Local Authorities and Health board in their readiness for the changes in agency working reflected in the Social Services and Well-being Bill 2014--funded by Flintshire Local Authority on behalf of the six North Wales Local Authorities and Betsi Caldwalader Univeristy Health Board (Due to report April 2015)
On Going - Exploratory Study -Sight Loss/Visual Impairment Alcohol and Other Drugs in collaboration with University of Bedfordshire and University of Lancaster (Principal Investigator -Dr. Sarah Galvani -University of Bedfordshire - funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust and Alcohol Research UK (due to Report November 2014)