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Mrs. Catherine Wells

Title:

Lecturer

School/ Department:

School of Humanities - Social Care and Early Childhood

Telephone:

+353 0 51845673

Room Name/ Num:

C109

Campus:

College Street

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My Biography

Catherine Wells qualified in the UK at the Somerset School of Nursing as a General Nurse, and then at St George's Hospital London as a Mental Health Nurse. Following this she qualified at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in 1987. She holds a PGDip in Care Policy and Management from the London Metropolitan University and an MA in Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy from UCC. Catherine was chairperson of the Scientific Committee of the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy (South London Branch), overseeing a range of training initiatives for practitioners, workshops and conferences.

Prior to taking up lecturer post in Social Care in WIT in 1998, Catherine worked in London at St Bartholomews Hospital, London, as Senior Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in the Psychotherapy Department. She has held a range of senior clinical and management posts within the UK National Health Service.

Catherine has worked as a staff counsellor for Focus Ireland and as a therepist and clinical supervisor at the St Vincent de Paul hostel for the homeless in Waterford. She has provided training for Rape Crisis and the National Learning Network.

Catherine currently lectures on BA and BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care; the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies; the MA in Social Studies and the Special Purpose Award in CBT Skills.

Research

Catherine's research expertise lies in the field of mental health, with a particular interest in practice decision making, CBT and pyschological interventions with physical health problems. She has published in the area of CBT management of older adults with psychological problems. 

She is currently engaged in a research project examining brief Cognitive Behaviour Oriented Interventions for women with Breast Cancer receiving radiotherapy and its impact on health outcomes.

Teaching

Catherine has considerable teaching experience at both undergraduate and post graduate levels. In the UK Catherine lectured and ran workshops in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at undergraduate level at CIty University and King's College London. She was Lead Clinician for the Thorn Initiative at City University, London. 

In WIT she teaches Personal and Professional Development; Therapeutic Interventions; Child Health and Welfare; Professionalism and Social Change; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Catherine supervises both undergraduate and post graduate research theses on the BA(Hons) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care; the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies and MA in Social Studies.

Publications

Wells, C & Wells, JSG (1996) Cognitive therapy for older people In Redfern, S & Norman, IJ (eds) Mental Health Care for Elderly People London Churchill Livingstone pp.339-351

Wells, JSG & Wells, C (1996) Reducing challenging behaviour of elderly confused people: a behavioural perspective In Redfern, S & Norman, IJ (eds) Mental Health Care for Elderly People London Churchill Livingstone pp315-338