Stephen Jordan

School of Health and Social Care
 Stephen Jordan
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1702 328428

  • Location

    GB.2.62, Southend Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Appointment by email



Stephen is a HCPC registered social worker and qualified as a social worker in 1988. He has worked primarily in family assessment and support and with foster carers, but he has experiences of working in services for older people. From November 2004 until March 2011 he worked full time as the Curriculum Leader for BA (hons) Social Work at South Essex College. Stephen has worked as a lecturer for University of Essex since September 2014 and has taught a number of modules on the Social Work programme, including Interpersonal skills for Practice, Emotional Relational and Mental health issues and Critical Reflection and Professional practice. 2015 PhD Professional Doctorate in Social Work (Tavistock/ UEL) Thesis title: That joke isn't funny anymore: An exploration of humour, jokes and their relationship to social work 2014 Practice Educator Professional Standards in Social Work (PEPS) stage 2 qualification 2005 Postgraduate Certificate in Education 1997 CCETSW Accredited Practice Teacher 1992 Approved Social Worker


  • PhD Tavistock and Portman/ UEL

  • MSc Social Research Methods University of Surrey

  • BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies with CQSW University of Bradford

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Social work and humour;

Open to supervise


Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

The caring professions and climate change- messages from XR

Meeting, 4/12/2019

Practice Learning Conference May 2018

Conference, Practice Learning Conference May 2018, Chelmsford, United Kingdom, 9/5/2018

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Introduction to Sociological and Psychological Frameworks (HS190)

  • Introduction to Research Methodologies (HS290)

  • Emotional, Relational and Mental Health Issues (HS291)

  • Legislation, Regulation and Ethics for Practice (HS292)

  • Independent Study (HS390)

  • Critical Reflection and Professional Challenge (HS391)

  • Developing Professional Practice (HS741)

  • Introduction to Law and Social Policy (HS191)

  • Professional Skills 1 (HS194)


Journal articles (2)

Jordan, SD., (2019). How many social workers does it take to change a light bulb? One to hold the bulb in place and the rest to incite revolution: subversion, social work and humour. Critical and Radical Social Work. 7 (1), 73-86

Jordan, S., (2017). Relationship based social work practice: the case for considering the centrality of humour in creating and maintaining relationships. Journal of Social Work Practice. 31 (1), 95-110

Books (1)

Jordan, S., (2018). The Uses and Abuses of Humour in Social Work. Routledge Advances in Social Work. 1138477583. 9781138477582

Grants and funding


Evaluation of the YMCA project in Southend: 'Our Voice, Our Passions, Our Future'

Southend YMCA

+44 (0) 1702 328428


GB.2.62, Southend Campus

Academic support hours:

Appointment by email