CHSSWK Research themes


Our School uses a range of research methodologies to ascertain the lived experiences, the health and well-being of diverse populations and implications of professional practice in the health and social services with a focus on three key broad themes/streams:

A venn diagram showing how Children, Young People and Families and Migrants, Refugees and Cultural Identities and Professional Education, Policy and Practice are connected

 

  1. Children, Young People and Families
  2. Migrants, Refugees and Cultural Identities
  3. Professional Education, Policy and Practice
     

Click on each theme below for the overarching statement and a list of staff who contribute to the theme.

Children, Young People and Families


Overarching statement

This research cluster explores the wide range of issues that affect the well-being of children, young people and families/ whānau and investigates practice strategies for promoting their well-being.

Contributors

Contact person
Research focus
John Fenaughty Resources and projects to benefit services for young queer and gender diverse people
Dr Irene de Haan Predictive risk modelling for the prevention of child maltreatment, Systems approach to reviewing family violence deaths
Dr Kelsey Deane Positive Youth Development, Youth programming and evaluation research
Debbie Espiner Promoting resilience and relationships with parents/caregivers and young people
Assoc. Prof. Mike O'Brien Causes and effects of child poverty and related policy issues, Welfare reforms and changes in delivery of and access to social services
Dr Hong-Jae Park Family issues amongst transnational families
Matt Rankine Welfare and organisations
Dr Matt Shepherd Child, adolescent and whānau well-being, computerised therapies
Andrew Thompson Family meetings, communication in health, grief and loss for bereaved parents
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Migrants, Refugees and Cultural Identities


Overarching statement

This cluster focuses on the diverse ways that people construct, negotiate and communicate multiple forms of identity and competencies. In particular, there is a focus on how the intersections of culture, gender, age, ethnicity, linguistic competencies and spirituality relate to people’s lived experiences across the domains of family, community, civil society and professional practice.

Contributors

Contact person
Research focus
Dr Margaret Agee Identity-related experiences of Pasifika people who are ‘afakasi’
Dr Allen Bartley Transnational migration, migrant professionals practicing in Aotearoa social work settings, New Zealand cultural politics
Assoc. Prof. Christa Fouché Migrant workforce experiences
Dr Jay Marlowe Refugee and migrant resettlement, identity, trauma, disaster risk reduction
Dr Hong-Jae Park Migrant capital, transnational communities, mobilities, cross-cultural adaptation
Dr Matt Shepherd Child, adolescent and whānau well-being, computerised therapies
Assoc. Prof. Liz Beddoe Migrant workforce experiences
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Professional Education, Policy and Practice


Overarching statement

Practitioners in social work, human services and counselling operate in increasingly complex and challenging environments. This research cluster explores responses to these challenges from education, policy and practice perspectives.


Contributors

Contact person
Research focus
Dr Carole Adamson Disasters and recovery in the social work curriculum, resilient practitioners
Dr Margaret Agee Ethics in counselling practice
Cherie Appleton Practice teaching and learning
Assoc. Prof. Liz Beddoe Continuing professional education and clinical supervision
Debbie Espiner Professional practice in human service settings
Assoc. Prof. Christa Fouché Workforce capability in the health and social services sector
Phil Harington Professional practice in civic society
Dr Jay Marlowe Integration of personal and professional identities
Assoc. Prof. Mike O'Brien Child poverty
Matt Rankine Professional Supervision, practice teaching and learning to professional supervision
Dr Barbara Staniforth Public perceptions of social work
Mike Webster Leadership in social work
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