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Louise Whitaker
Southern Cross University
Social workPolitical sciencePedagogyIntellectual disabilityAutonomy
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#1Louise Whitaker (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 4
#2Elizabeth Claire Reimer (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 4
ABSTRACTThis paper reports findings of the second phase of a formative peer review into the critical reflection curricula in a Bachelor of Social Welfare course in a university in regional Australi...
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#1Courtney du Plessis (SCU: Southern Cross University)
#2Louise Whitaker (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 4
Last. John Hurley (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 13
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ABSTRACTBackground: Peer support has long featured in substance abuse treatment. A recent international shift has taken place toward a recovery-orientated approach to treatment which promotes the i...
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#1Elizabeth Claire Reimer (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 4
#2Louise Whitaker (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 4
ABSTRACTMany social welfare and social work students struggle to demonstrate competence in the complex process of critical reflection through to the stage of transformed thinking and action. Exampl...
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#1Monica Short (CSU: Charles Sturt University)H-Index: 2
#2Kay Susan Trembath (SCU: Southern Cross University)
Last. Gregory Wiman (CSU: Charles Sturt University)
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ABSTRACTCase management is experiencing a major evolution that involves the isolation of its roles and the compartmentalization of its functions. As educators, it is challenging to keep track of these changes and to equip students for contemporary practice. Five social work academics from three educational institutions undertook a co-operative inquiry into the research question; ‘What are the tensions within the contemporary human and community services environment that are influencing the teach...
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Securing sustainable employment enables the successful settlement of women from refugee backgrounds into regional Australia however, the path to its attainment is complex. Work that takes advantage of the breadth of their skills or offers sustainable careers is not readily available. Further, having to seek refuge suggests that women bring embodied memories of trauma which may, in turn, continue to impact on their health. A pilot program was funded to support women from refugee backgrounds as th...
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#1Kathy Shelley (USYD: University of Sydney)
#2Michelle Donelly (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 7
Last. Trevor R. Parmenter (USYD: University of Sydney)H-Index: 24
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Background: Social inclusion has been defined as an interaction between major life domains, including interpersonal relationships and community participation among other factors. Understanding the manner in which these life domains may inter-connect could inform efforts to promote social inclusion. This paper explores the role of personal support network members in establishing and maintaining community participation of a person with an intellectual disability. Method: An ethnographic research d...
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#1Louise Whitaker (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 4
#2Elizabeth Claire Reimer (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 4
AbstractCritical 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 described as a threshold concept in social welfare and social work education. This study investigated students’ conceptualisations of critical reflection by analysing the ‘learned’ critical reflection curricula of five core units in ...
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#1Anne Hillman (USYD: University of Sydney)H-Index: 5
#2Michelle Donelly (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 7
Last. Trevor R. Parmenter (USYD: University of Sydney)H-Index: 24
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This paper describes the dynamics of support observed in the networks of nine adults with intellectual disability, developed by families who had committed to achieving a ‘good life’ for this person. Network members, including the person with a disability, participated in this longitudinal ethnographic study. Three principles that underpinned their work were positive and respectful relationships, mentorship and providing opportunities and expectations. Participants worked actively with other netw...
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#1Anne Hillman (USYD: University of Sydney)H-Index: 5
#2Michelle Donelly (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 7
Last. Trevor R. Parmenter (USYD: University of Sydney)H-Index: 24
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Background This research describes issues related to human rights as they arose within the everyday lives of people in nine personal support networks that included adult Australians with an intellectual disability (ID). Method The research was part of a wider 3-year ethnographic study of nine personal support networks. A major criterion for recruitment was that people in these networks were committed to actively developing the positive, meaningful future of an adult family member with an ID. Dat...
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#2Anne HillmanH-Index: 5
Last. Trevor R. ParmenterH-Index: 24
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Being in paid employment is socially valued, and is linked to health, financial security and time use. Issues arising from a lack of occupational choice and control, and from diminished role partnerships are particularly problematic in the lives of people with an intellectual disability. Informal support networks are shown to influence work opportunities for people without disabilities, but their impact on the work experiences of people with disability has not been thoroughly explored. The exper...
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