Dr Neil Thompson
Dr Neil Thompson is an independent writer and online tutor. He has held full or honorary professorships at four UK universities. With over 30 books to his name, he is recognised as a leading author and thinker in social work. His best-selling texts include Anti-Discriminatory Practice (5th edn, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); Understanding Social Work: Preparing for Practice (4th edn, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and People Skills (4th edn, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). His latest book is The Authentic Leader (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). He has also produced a number of e-books available on the Kindle platform and elsewhere, including A Career in Social Work (Avenue Media Solutions, 2015) and How to Do Social Work (Avenue Media Solutions, 2015).
His work extends beyond books to include training manuals, DVDs and e-learning courses (www.avenuelearningcentre.co.uk). He is also involved in offering online tutoring. This includes:
1. The Avenue Professional Development Programme A subscription-based online learning community which offers online discussion forums, with tutorial input from Neil; a constantly growing library of multimedia learning resources; two e-books geared towards promoting self-directed learning and reflective practice (one e-book for assessing your own learning needs in relation to six learning themes and six learning domains and another e-book to review progress every three to six months); an e-portfolio for recording and consolidating learning; a reflective log facility and a virtual coffee shop for members to get to know one another. The Programme is flexible, and so new members can join at any time. Further information is available at www.apdp.org.uk.
2. Collaborative learning programmes Three-month online learning programmes on various topics – much more effective in terms of learning gain than conventional one-day courses, but available for a similar price. www.avenuelearningcentre.co.uk
Neil also offers online survey services to help organisations get their people issues right by gauging how well they are doing in terms of promoting workplace well-being (www.avenuesurveycentre.co.uk).
Neil has qualifications in social work, training and development, mediation and alternative dispute resolution and management (MBA), as well as a first-class honours degree, a doctorate (PhD) and a higher doctorate (DLitt). In 2011 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by BASW Cymru and in 2014 he was presented with the Dr Robert Fulton Award for excellence in the field of death, dying and bereavement from the Center for Death Education and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the United States. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Arts and a Life Fellow of the Academy of Welsh Affairs.
He has been a speaker at conferences and seminars in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, the Czech Republic, Turkey, India, Hong Kong, Canada, the United States and Australia. He was the founding editor of the British Journal of Occupational Learning and has also served as editor of the US-based international journal, Illness, Crisis & Loss and book review editor for the British Journal of Social Work.
Neil has a strong online presence. He has developed the humansolutions website, an important source of information about people, their problems and their potential, which has a fortnightly e-newsletter that goes out to over 2,500 people (www.humansolutions.org.uk). He also has a LinkedIn discussion group called, humansolutions, a Facebook fan page, a blog, a YouTube channel and a Twitter account. Connect with him online at www.neilthompson.info/index.php/connect.