Dr Carole Elizabeth Adamson



Carole is a past executive member of the Council for Social Work Education Aotearoa New Zealand (CSWEANZ). She was a founding member of the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS) and is a registered social worker. She serves as a university academic on NZQA/SWRB programme approval and recognition panels for social work programmes, and is the NZQA monitor for two social work programmes in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Having practiced as a mental health social worker in New Zealand, Carole is keen to retain professional links with the mental health and related fields. She has served as Chairperson of a drug and alcohol agency and as committee member, consultant, supervisor and trainer to several other NGOs, DHBs and professional groups in various fields of practice, and has provided practice supervision in the domestic violence field.

She has retained an interest in the professional supervision and support of social workers in a variety of fields, and is a periodic reviewer for several journals. She is the co-editor of Advances in Social Work and Welfare Educationand is the Australasian board member for Social Work Education. She has been a guest editor for Occupational Medicine (for an edition on PTSD) and Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education (for an edition on social work education and disasters). Her current interests are in resilience, disaster-informed curriculum development and animals in social work.

Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.co.nz/citations?hl=en&user=zbZU6FcAAAAJ

Research | Current

Carole’s prime areas of interest are in research, stress, trauma and disasters, especially in terms of the impact on the workplace and workforce, and in curriculum development. Her PhD studies considered the impact of critical incidents and traumatic events and the establishment of effective models of staff support within the mental health environment. She is currently engaged in research and curriculum development in the field of disaster-informed curriculum for social work, and in the process of curriculum design in the transition from the delivery of three to four year social work programmes in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Teaching | Current

  • Social work
  • Mental health
  • Stress, trauma and resilience
  • Professional supervision

Postgraduate supervision

Carole has a wide experience of supervision of Masters students in social work and is currently supervising five doctoral students.


  • Portfolio coordinator for curriculum development and external relationships in the social work programmes
  • Chair of School Staffing Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Beddoe, L., & Adamson, C. (2016). EDUCATING RESILIENT PRACTITIONERS. In I. Taylor, M. Bogo, M. Lefevre, B. Teater (Eds.) (pp. 343-354). ROUTLEDGE.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liz Beddoe
  • Appleton, C., & Adamson, C. (2016). The concept of integrity in relation to failing and marginal students. In A. Bellinger, D. Ford (Eds.) Practice placement in social work: Innovative approaches for effective teaching and learning (pp. 181-202). Bristol, UK: Policy Press. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30332
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cherie Appleton
  • Adamson, C. (2015). Supervision is not politically innocent. In L. Beddoe, J. Maidment (Eds.) Supervision in social work: Contemporary issues (pp. 10-21). London: Routledge.
  • Adamson, C. (2015). Best practice in responding to critical incidents and potentially traumatic experience within an organisational setting. In M. Pack, J. Cargill (Eds.) Evidence discovery and assessment in social work practice (pp. 302-323). Hershey, Pennsylvania: Information Science Reference. 10.4018/978-1-4666-6563-7.ch015
  • Adamson, C. (2014). A social work lens for a disaster-informed curriculum. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 16 (2), 7-22. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25402
  • Adamson, C. (2014). Disaster-informed curriculum for social work and welfare education: Guest editorial. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 16 (2), 5-6. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25401
  • Adamson, C., Beddoe, E., & Davys, A. (2014). Building resilient practitioners: Definitions and practitioner understandings. British Journal of Social Work, 44 (3), 522-541. 10.1093/bjsw/bcs142
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30150
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Allyson Davys
  • Beddoe, L., Davys, A., & Adamson, C. (2014). 'Never trust anybody who says, "I don’t need supervision"': Practitioners’ beliefs about social worker resilience. Practice: Social Work in Action, 26 (2), 113-130. 10.1080/09503153.2014.896888
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/21990
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liz Beddoe, Allyson Davys


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 405
New Zealand

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