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PhD Student Pete Ayling

PhD Student

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: +44 (0)1905 542753

BSocSc (Hons) Sociology 1986, University of Birmingham
Certificate of Qualification in Social work, 1989, University of Wales, Bangor
MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy, 2002, University of Central England
MA Non-Directive Play Therapy, 2005, University of York
Advanced Award in Social work 2005 CCESTW/ West Midlands Consortium
PG Diploma in Higher Education, 2013 Birmingham City University

Pete is a part-time PhD student in the Institute of Health and Society at the University of Worcester.

Pete’s main research interest is in the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in professional development and practice. His PhD research concerns how social workers use empathy in their work with children and exploring the impact of emotions on practice decisions. He is conducting a multi-methods study with social work staff from Children and Families services. The study is informed by an interpretative phenomenological perspective, and utilises image creation and visual research methods.

Pete’s supervisors are Dr Helen Scott and Dr Derek Farrell.

Peter is also a member of staff at the University of Worcester, please click here for his staff webpage .

Ayling, Peter. (2012,) “Learning through Playing in Higher Education: promoting play as a skill for social work students” in Social Work Education: The International Journal, Vol. 31 No 6 September 2012.

Ayling Peter & Stringer, Berni (2013) “Supporting Carer-child relationships through play: a model for teaching carers how to use play skills to strengthen attachment relationships” in Adoption & Fostering. Summer 2013