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Donna Carlyle

Graduate Tutor

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Hls Staff Profile Donna 255Before moving into Higher Education I worked in practitioner, leadership and management roles within the NHS for over 25 years.  These roles included Health Visiting and Specialist Health Visiting (for children with complex and additional needs), and as a Sure Start Community Health Co-ordinator.  In the past 12 years I worked as a therapist in CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services) providing early intervention for children (birth to 5) and their families as an Early Years Mental Health Specialist within a Sure Strart Children’s Centre.  This was part of an integrated team across health and social care, delivering support for the social and emotional development of children in line with the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda. During this time, I was involved in the development of ‘Getting to know your Baby’ antenatal, parent craft sessions, city wide in Sunderland which was highly commended in the Nursing Times Awards, 2010.  I also piloted and evaluated a therapeutic group approach, ‘Fun Friends’, for young children (aged 4-7 years) with anxiety (using a cognitive behavioural therapy framework).  This won the ‘Patient Safety & Care Awards’ in 2014 and is now part of a rolling programme within Sunderland.

Campus Address

Coach Lane Campus East
Room H213


Qualifications

  • Health and Community Studies MSc January 04 2016
  • Other Courses Diploma September 05 2011
  • Other Courses Certificate September 06 2010
  • Counselling HND September 06 2004
  • Health and Community Studies BSc (Hons) September 07 1998
  • Master of Public Health MPH 2006
  • Psychotherapist/Counsellor British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 2004
  • Health Visitor Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 1998
  • School Nurse 1993
  • Registered General Nurse RGN 1990

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Bodies of knowledge, kinetic melodies, rhythms of relating and affect attunement in vital spaces for multi-species well-being, Carlyle, D., Graham, P. 7 Nov 2019, In: Animals
  • Opening up the unfamiliar and enabling new pathways for movement and becoming: Through, in and beyond attachment, Carlyle, D., Robson, I., Lhussier, M. 24 Oct 2019, In: Journal of Childhood Studies
  • Walking in rhythm with Deleuze and a dog inside the classroom, Carlyle, D. 9 Jul 2019, In: Medical Humanities
  • Re-energising the role of vitalism theory in child development, nature orientation and research, Carlyle, D. 1 Sep 2018, In: Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood
  • Promoting Pluralism in Counselling: an Untapped Source of Relational Mapping as Therapeutic Process, Carlyle, D. Dec 2017, In: International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Before moving into Higher Education Donna worked in practitioner, leadership and management roles within the NHS for over 25 years.  These roles included Health Visiting and Specialist Health Visiting (for children with disabilities/complex and additional needs), and as a Sure Start Community Health Co-ordinator.

In her previous clinical post, she worked for 8 years as a therapist in CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services) providing early intervention for children (from birth to 5) and their families as an Early Years Mental Health Specialist within a Sure Start Children’s Centre.  This was part of an integrated team across health and social care, delivering support for the social and emotional development of children in line with the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda.  During this time, she was involved in the development of ‘Getting to know your Baby’ an antenatal programme, city wide in Sunderland, which was highly commended in the Nursing Times Awards, 2010 and LGC 2012.

Donna also piloted and evaluated a therapeutic group approach, ‘Fun Friends’, for young children (aged 4-7 years) with anxiety (using a cognitive behavioural therapy framework).  This won the ‘Patient Safety & Care Awards’ in 2014 and is now part of a rolling programme within Sunderland.  Donna continues to have an interest in infant mental health and the 1001 Critical Days Agenda.

Current research interests include infant mental health, human-animal interactions, Pets-As-Therapy, history of the school dog, children's literature, visual methods, comics, ethnography and Deleuzian philosophy.

Donna’s doctoral thesis seeks to explore, using visual methods, children’s experiences of interacting with a canine in the classroom/school setting:

“Growing up with School Dog ‘Ted’ – An Ethnographic Study” and the influence this relationship has on their growth, social and emotional development and wellbeing.


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