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My program of research is developing around my interests in exploring the intersections of trauma, relationship, and shame. I have examined these concerns and constituent factors in studies with men who have been ordered into treatment for their use of intimate partner violence and with women who have attended counselling to address their experience of trauma. My current project involves a research collaboration with Winnipeg service providers who work with men regarding their experience of intimate partner violence and violence prevention. Additionally, I am interested in the applications of mindful practices to social work intervention and program planning. Along this path, my recently completed study examined the concept of spiritual purpose in human service organizational leadership with leaders in the Communities of Service of the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba (CHCM). I continue to partner with CHCM’s Compassion Project on the development of new research.
Exploring the narrative constructions of men as perpetrators/victims of intimate partner violence: Comparing police, probation officers and service user narratives of men’s reporting experiences (PI: Dr. David Delay, University of Manitoba).
This is a qualitative study exploring the ways men construct the stories of their experience of reporting intimate partner violence and how these stories are received by police and probation officer. It is the first study to emerge from a University/Community research collaboration in Winnipeg and is supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
In the upcoming academic year 2017/2018, I will be teaching at all three program levels within our Faculty.
For MSW students, I will be teaching SWRK 7650 Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups & SWRK 7430 Evaluation Research in Social Work Practice.
For BSW students, I will be teaching SWRK 4200/4300 Field Focus: Child and Family Services and SWRK Interpersonal Communication Skills.
I am willing to supervise students with similar research interests. If you think we might be a match, connect with me and we can have a chat.
I serve on Faculty of Social Work committees including the Ph.D. Committee and the Graduate Programs Committee. Additionally, I represent the Faculty of Social Work on the University of Manitoba’s Senate and the University of Manitoba’s Psychology/Sociology Research Ethics Board.
Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) - St. Paul’s College, University of Manitoba, 1986
Bachelor of Social Work (with Honours) - Ryerson University, 1997
Master of Social Work - University of Toronto, 1998
Doctor of Philosophy (Social Work) - University of Toronto, 2015