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Prof. Dr. Ursula Hochuli Freund

Prof. Dr. Ursula Hochuli Freund

Prof. Dr. Ursula Hochuli Freund

Undergraduate and postgraduate education and work experience


  • 2009 - 2013: Training as a yoga teacher at the Freiburg Yoga School
  • 1999 - 2002: Organisational consulting in process and system consulting, TRIAS
  • 1997: PhD from the Faculty of Philosophy I of the University of Zurich
  • 1977 - 1987: Master’s degree from the Faculty of Philosophy I of the University of Zurich,
    - major subject pedagogy (focus on social pedagogy)
    - minor subjects special pedagogy, psychology, philosophy, civil law

Career milestones

  • Since 11/2000: Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Aargau, later, Northwestern Switzerland, FHNW School of Social Work
  • 1999 - 2002: EFQM-Assessments of hospitals, consulting for the GP network “QP-Praxen Südbaden” in the implementation of the EFQM model
  • 1997 - 2000: Social educator in the observation station Foyer Neubad, Basel
  • 1991 - 1999: Lecturing at the University of Education, Freiburg in Breisgau
  • 1978 - 1994: Designing and running holiday camps for young people
  • From 1982: Member of the Board of the Swiss relief organisation Kovive (responsible for holiday camps, family holidays, project work)
  • 1991- 1994: President of the Swiss relief organisation Kovive
  • 1979 - 1985: Internship, part-time employee and holiday deputy for the heads of the secretariats for apprentices at the Social Welfare Office of the City of Zurich

Main focus

  • Social work as a discipline and profession, professional activity
  • Methods of social work, social diagnostics
  • Cooperative process design concept: further development specific to the field of work


  • Cooperative process design (module head ML BA107)
  • Case-based reasoning II: In the practice context (ML BA135)
  • Mindfulness in social work (elective module, BA 321)
  • Initiation and design of research- and theory-based innovation processes (Project Internship, MA11)

Continuing education

  • Specialist seminars Leading case discussions (I: Basics, II: Competences)
  • Specialist seminars “Cooperative process design in employment-oriented integration and Documentation” (within the framework of the CAS in Integration Management “Target groups and methods”)

Research and development

  • “Hey, I can do that” and “Yes, sure, I’ll manage that” - Digital tools for resource-oriented self-evaluation by young social work clients. The FHNW Foundation project in cooperation with the School of Engineering (HT) and the Academy of Art and Design (HGK) (April 2020 – August 2020)
  • “Methodical and concrete illustrative video material and explanatory videos for the acquisition of competence in methodical action in social work”. Lehrfonds FHNW (03/2019 - 02/2020).
  • Cooperative instrument development to increase quality and effectiveness in social work” (KoopIn), Innosuisse (KTI) project (01/2016 - 08/2018). Advisory services for cooperative practice development developed on the empirical basis of KoopIn. See:
  • Case management software KPG. Project with socialWEB Software GmbH (09/2017 - 12/2019). Product “socialweb-mit-KPG”.
  • Services for cooperative process design, e.g. University Psychiatric Clinics of Basel, Bürgerliches Waisenhaus Basel, Schürmatt Foundation, Zetzwil
  • Editor of the book “Kooperativer Prozessgestaltung in der Praxis” (2017), joint editor of “Handbuch Soziale Diagnostik. Perspektiven und Konzepte für die Soziale Arbeit” (2018), Volume 2 “Diagnostics in the Fields of Action of Social Work” in progress (2020)

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