|2015 - Present||Senior Lecturer, Southern Cross University ‐ School of Arts and Social Sciences|
Honors and Awards
- Churchill Fellowship 1997
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Journal articles (13)
From adversity to stability to integration: how one Australian program is making a difference in therapeutic foster care Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma (2018)
This paper discusses two key strategies detailing how “relationship-focused” and “trauma-informed” intervention practices, which form the basis of an Australian therapeutic program called Treatment and Care for Kids (TrACK), made a difference in the lives ...
Transnational social workers' lived experience in statutory child protection European Journal of Social Work (2018)
The experience of loss and grief affects migrating social workers who enter an unfamiliar child protection environment. This paper highlights themes that emerged from the narratives of 13 transnational social workers, who were educated and ...
Child athletes and athletic objectification Journal of Sport and Social Issues (2017)
This article examines the risks associated with conceptualizing the child athlete’s body primarily in aesthetic terms and as an instrument of sporting victory, and develops a concept of “athletic objectification.” It draws on a recent ...
Children’s experience of sport in Australia International Review for the Sociology of Sport (2017)
Australia is known as a ‘sporting nation’ and sport is central to its cultural identity. Children’s participation in leisure activities, including sport, is considered to be of such importance that it is enshrined as an ...
Improving outcomes for children in out-of-home care: the role of therapeutic foster care Child & Family Social Work (2017)
How best to support children and young people in foster care remains a challenge for child welfare. There has been little Australian research on the outcomes for children and young people placed in therapeutic foster ...
Secrecy surrounding the physical abuse of child athletes in Australia Australian Social Work (2017)
Over the past two decades there has been a growing awareness that sport may not be a positive experience for all children. For example, we know that some children experience sexual abuse in the context ...
Transnational social workers in statutory child welfare: a scoping review Children and Youth Services Review (2017)
Internationally, child welfare services experience chronic workforce shortages and high rates of staff turnover. One strategy adopted to fill critical workforce gaps is the international recruitment of social workers. Child welfare employers in Australia, New ...
Connecting and strengthening young Aboriginal men: a family wellbeing pilot study Australian Social Work (2016)
A significant proportion of young people in Australia are currently not being engaged in school and other social systems. This article presents the results of a mixed-methods study of a pilot Family Wellbeing intervention designed ...
Safety as a fifth dimension in supervision: stories from the frontline Australian Social Work (2016)
Child and family practice is recognised as a field of social work that has become increasingly complex. While evidence is growing in relation to effective supervision, there has been little research about the attributes of ...
Children's experience of sport: what do we really know? Australian Social Work (2015)
Internationally, children's participation in leisure activities, including sport, is considered to be of such importance that it is enshrined as a human right. However, there is a growing awareness that children's experience of sport is ...
“The way all foster care should be”: the experience of therapeutic foster carers in the Victorian Circle Program Children Australia (2014)
Central to the success of therapeutic foster care (TFC) is the quality and stability of the relationship between the child and carer. This key relationship may, from a therapeutic perspective, facilitate healing by addressing the ...
Book chapters (1)
Evaluation of the Treatment and Care for Kids Program (TrACK) School of Arts and Social Sciences (2018)
The Treatment and Care for Kids (TrACK) program is a therapeutic home-based care program providing intensive intervention for children and young people with complex needs. The program is run jointly by Anglicare Victoria and the ...