|Present||Lecturer, Southern Cross University ‐ School of Arts and Social Sciences|
|Present||Board Member, The Family Centre|
|Present||Board Member, NSW Family Services Inc|
Honors and Awards
- SCU Community Engaged Learning Award 2015
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Journal articles (10)
Students’ conceptualisations of critical reflection Social Work Education (2017)
Critical reflection involves the identification of deeply seated assumptions about the social world and the individual's connection with it; however, its scope and practice are contested. While ambivalence about its definition remains, critical reflection is ...
Leaving the door open for “tune ups”: challenging notions of ending working relationships in family work Child & Family Social Work (2017)
The working relationship is considered a central feature of direct practice with human services clients. There are many challenges when it comes time to end a working relationship, yet limited guidance for workers on successful ...
The service environment in relationship-based practice: “it's like a community” Children Australia (2014)
The family service work environment has been linked to the parent–worker relationship (relationship) for many years. However, there is still much to understand about how the working environment and these relationships are connected. This paper ...
Using friendship to build professional family work relationships where child neglect is an issue: worker perceptions Australian Social Work (2014)
Effective working relationships are those which are characterised by close personal contact, even friendship-like in nature, contained within professional boundaries. However, such personal ways of working remain a contentious aspect of professional relationships. Indeed, workers ...
Parents’ perspectives of how the parent-family worker relationship enhances parenting capacity to support children’s wellbeing in families where child neglect is an issue Developing Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal (2013)
There is widespread agreement that the working relationship is a necessary condition to parents effectively engaging in child welfare interventions (de Boer and Coady, 2007; Kazdin and Whitley, 2006). Successful engagement has been found to ...
Relationship-based practice with families where child neglect is an issue: putting relationship development under the microscope Australian Social Work (2013)
Child neglect is a persistent social issue in Australia, with factors that hinder efforts to intervene. Of particular concern are difficulties that have been raised regarding building working relationships with parents where child neglect is ...
Family services assisting families and schools towards genuine partnership Developing Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal (2005)
A study on how Family Services assist families and school to work towards achieving genuine partnership is presented. Some practical activities that Family Services can engage in to assist schools and families work together to ...
The place of social justice in strengths-based work Children Australia (2004)
This paper attempts to unpack strengths-based practice in social welfare in order to reveal the location of social justice within such an approach. Firstly, this paper will briefly explore the origins of a strengths approach, ...
Book chapters (1)
Exploring the parent-family worker relationship in rural family support services : "you build a relationship... and before you know it you start working on the problems that you have got" PhD thesis, University of South Australia, SA (2010)
Building working relationships with families where child neglect is an issue is well known to be challenging, due to problems in engaging and retaining families and preventing worker feelings of helplessness and hoplessness. Despite this, ...