Dr Jonathan Parker PhD, AcSS, FHEA, FRSA is Professor of Society & Social Welfare and Director of the Centre for Social Work, Sociology and Social Policy at Bournemouth University. He moved to Bournemouth in 2006 after 12 years at the University of Hull where he was one of the founders and director of the Family Assessment and Support Unit, a placement agency attached to the University, and latterly Head of Department of Social Work. Prior to this Jonathan has practised in a wide variety of Social Work posts with people with Learning Disabilities, as a hospital Social Worker, in a generic fieldwork team and with children and families before specialising with people with dementia and as an Approved Social Worker (mental health). He was Chair of the Association of Teachers in Social Work Education until 2005, Vice Chair of the UK higher education representative body, the Joint University Council for Social Work Education from 2005- 2010, and is an Academician with the Academy of Social Sciences. Jonathan's research focuses on conflict, cross-cultural issues, spirituality, practice learning and education, and theories and methods in social work. He has published widely, including over 20 books and over 150 academic papers, chapters and reports. Jonathan is the co-editor of the highly successful series of Social Work textbooks Transforming Social Work Practice and editor of the Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning.