Stephen Jordan

School of Health and Social Care
 Stephen Jordan
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  • 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

Current research

Listening to Carers: The views and needs of unpaid carers in Southend-on-Sea

Conferences and presentations

June-Sept 2015 he jointly supervised 2 students on Undergraduate Research Opportunity project University of Essex.

Colchester, United Kingdom, 2015

In 2011 he carried out research for evaluating the Extended Community Based Model (ECBA) for assessing parents and children for Willis Palmer and the University of Essex.

Colchester, United Kingdom, 2011

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Sociological and Psychological Frameworks (HS190)

  • Interpersonal Skills for Practice (HS192)

  • Emotional, Relational and Mental Health Issues (HS291)

  • Legislation, Regulation and Ethics for Practice (HS292)

  • Critical Reflection and Professional Challenge (HS391)


Journal articles (1)

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

+44 (0) 1702 328428


GB.2.62, Southend Campus

Academic support hours:

Appointment by email