Allan Brownrigg

Allan is head of region for the North East. He is a registered social worker and an accredited psychotherapist who has worked in a range of social work settings. He joined Frontline from Cumbria University, where he was a principal lecturer and professional lead for social work and rehabilitation. Prior to this, Allan was a social work academic at Northumbria University, a post he held for nine years. He has held three social work external examiner positions and one position examining a suite of mental health awards. Allan continues to have links to practice through his work with adult victims and survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Research interests

Current grounded theory research exploring entrepreneurship following an emotional crisis /  knife crime and parental responses.

Previous research engagement has including a randomised control trial exploring interventions for adults living with myotonic dystrophy, an interpretive phenomenological study exploring positive outcomes for young people attending CAMHS, and a thematic analysis of parental mental health and resilience.

Selected publications

Brownrigg A (2014) Self-harm. In: Teo T. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology: Springer Reference Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Brownrigg, A. (2009) Every Child Matters in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. In Barker, R. (2009) Making sense of “Every Child Matters”. Multi professional practice guidance. The Policy Press.

Place, M., Hulsmeier, J., Brownrigg, A. and Soulsby, A. (2005) The Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scale (FACES): an instrument worthy of rehabilitation? Psychiatric Bulletin, 29, 215-218

Brownrigg, A., Soulsby, A. and Place, M. (2004) Helping vulnerable children to become more resilient. International Journal of child and family welfare. Vol 7. No 1. pp 14-25

Conference Presentations

Brownrigg, A (2014) Staying alive: how did young people reduce suicidal beliefs without the need for professional help? 15th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour. Tallinn, Estonia. August 27 to 30, 2014

Brownrigg, A. (2013) Exploring culture, family and place during psychotherapy with young people who self-harm. Conference paper presented at the 7th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies 2013, July 22 – 25, 2013 in Lima, Peru

Brownrigg, A. (2008) Are youth voices silenced by the voices of professionals? Accounts from young people who self-harm. Paper presented to Twenty First Century Teenager: Media Representation, Theory and Policy. 10-12 July 2008. Trinity and all Saints College, Leeds.


Allan has taught social work as a senior or principal lecturer for over years, including modules within childhood studies, social science, law, reflective practice, research methods and evidence based mental health. He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate qualifying programmes, including onsite, work based and distance learning programmes.

Prior to this Allan was a practice educator for a total of 35 students between 1995 and 2010. He has also been a clinical supervisor for postgraduate therapy trainees between 2003 and 2018

He has supervised to completion over 50 dissertations.

Allan has also held four external examiner roles (two qualifying social work awards, one MA safeguarding programme and one postgraduate programme in psychological therapy).


Master of Studies in Social Innovation. Judge Business School. University of Cambridge. (Due for completion in June 2019)

Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy. University of Durham. 2002.

MA Social Welfare and Social Work. Northumbria University. 2001.

Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Practice. University of Northumbria. 2000.

Postgraduate Certificate in Approved Social Work/Mental Health Award. University of Northumbria. 1999. 

Postgraduate Certificate Practice Teachers Award. University of Northumbria. 1998. 

Diploma in Social Work. University of Northumbria. 1995.

Location: Newcastle 

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