Dr Steve J Hothersall is the Head of Social Work Education at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. He is a qualified and registered social worker, having specialised in child care/protection and statutory mental health work, having trained as a mental health officer (AMHP), and he is also a qualified nurse.

Steve has practised and taught in both England and Scotland for many years. He has written, researched and published on a variety of topics including social work with children, young people and their families, social policy, risk, mental health, methodology, epistemology and philosophy more generally, having a particular interest in pragmatism and the use of philosophy in professional practice(s) (https://doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2018.1499613).

Steve is a regular reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work (https://academic.oup.com/bjsw) and other journals, and is a regular speaker at both national and international events and conferences. He is a member of BASW (https://www.basw.co.uk/), a member of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity (https://qmethod.org/) and was previously involved in the development of the International Association for the Study of Attachment (https://www.iasa-dmm.org/).

He is a Series Editor for Critical Publishing (https://www.criticalpublishing.com/) and he is currently involved in writing and editing a new edition of a best-selling social policy text and working on a monograph on philosophical perspectives in social work, social care and health.

Steve is also passionate about the music of Ludwig van Beethoven “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.”