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Prof. dres. Dr. Cornelia Rüegger

Prof. dres. Dr. Cornelia Rüegger

Prof. dres. Dr. Cornelia Rüegger

Undergraduate and postgraduate education and work experience

  • PhD, subject area social work (PH Freiburg, Prof. Dr. Albert Scherr)
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work
  • Since 2008: Research assistant in research and development, FHNW School of Social Work
  • Practical experience in social counselling and community work

Main focus

  • Social work as a profession
  • Professional action in interaction
  • Diagnostics and case understanding in social work
  • The working relationship and trust
  • The social dimension of mental illness
  • Clinical social work in psychiatry


Professions research in various fields of social work (counselling, child and youth welfare, child and adult protection); interaction and conversation research in social work (production and use of knowledge in interaction, processes of case constitution in social work conversations, trust I in work relationships, basic research on diagnostics in social work).


Development and implementation of diagnostic instruments and procedures as well as methods of case work in cooperation with practice


Module head and lecturer in bachelor’s social work course in specialist area of aging, in the module for clinical social work, case-based reasoning as well as supervising student papers. Co-head of CAS in Systemic Biographical Diagnostics and Case Work

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