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Social action. Social justice. Social change. Research areas

The knowledge generated by our social work researchers is shared with other academics, students, government policy-makers, not-for-profit social service organizations, individuals who make use of social work services and supports and members of the general public.

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  • The Faculty of Social Work's research focuses include: 

    • human rights and social justice
    • child welfare
    • family violence
    • social determinants of mental health
    • Indigenous methodologies and ways of being

Collaborate with us

We are always interested in hearing about issues that arise in the field, which may require further investigation and research. If you have a research idea that you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact any of our researchers who work in that area.

Michael Baffoe: anti-oppression, human rights, immigrant and refugee issues, international social work, community development

Marlyn Bennett: Indigenous social work, child welfare, youth, violence against women, research methodology

Tracey Bone: mental health in marginalized populations, Deaf identity and Deaf mental health, deaf language and culture, criminal justicedomestic violence, social work practice, eating disorders and their impacts, mental health recovery

Marleny Munoz Bonnycastle: FASD, immigrants and refugees, human rights, child welfare, poverty, Indigenous social work, homelessness and housing, women and feminism 

Maria Cheung: Human rights, genocide studies, spiritual minorities, gender studies, international social work, immigrant and refugee, anti-oppression, Indigenous social work

David C. J. Delay: mental health, mindfulness-based interventions, intimate partner violence and treatment, men’s health and healing

Mary Kate Dennis: Indigenous elders, loss and grief, food sovereignty, environmental justice

Sid Frankel: nonprofit sector, poverty reduction policy (including basic income), population health promotion, voluntary and non-profit sector, social policy, research methodology, economic security

Deana Halonen: Indigenous social work, international social work, distance education

Diane Hiebert-Murphy: family violence, family-centred practice

Mohammad N. Khan: economic well-being, financial capability, (Im)migration, disaster management, decolonization

Kathy Levine: mental health, child welfare, family violence, family-centered practice, youth, violence against women

Hai Luo: aging, addictions, social capital, international social work, Indigenous social work

James P. (Jim) Mulvale: economic security, distance education, social justice, social work theory

Kendra Nixon: violence against women, intimate partner violence, child protection, social welfare, social and family policy

Rusty Souleymanov: addictions, public health, 2LGBTQ, anti-oppression, social justice, trauma, sexual health

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Ongoing support projects

Couples Counselling Project

Many couples that have experienced abuse/violence in their relationship choose to stay together. The Couples Counselling Project (CCP) is a service, training, and research program designed to help couples that have experienced abuse/violence in the past and want to work towards an abuse free-relationship.

When does abuse/violence occur?

  • When someone threatens, mocks, insults, belittles, ridicules, or coerces another person. (This includes any behavior that causes one partner in a couple to feel frightened or worthless.)
  • When someone strikes or threatens to hurt another person. (This includes pinches, pushes, slaps, and punches; it also includes preventing free movement, throwing or hitting objects, and unwanted sexual contact.)

In the CCP a co-therapy team works with couples who have experienced abuse/violence in the past and want to work towards an abuse/violence-free relationship. The program emphasizes safety while addressing the impact of abuse/violence. The overall goal of the program is the prevention of further abuse and greater relationship satisfaction.

Areas that may be addressed include: strategies to reduce the risk of future abuse in the relationship, identifying and addressing the effects of the abuse on individuals and on the relationship, effective problem solving and conflict resolution, supportive and respectful communication, and rebuilding trust. Services offered include couples conjoint therapy and couples group therapy.

The Couples Couselling Project is appropriate for couples:

  • who have experienced abuse/violence in their relationships in the past but the abuse/violence has stopped.
  • when individuals who have behaved abusively/violently accept responsibility for their behaviour and can contract for continued non-violence and when individuals who have been hurt by the aggressive behaviour can develop a safety plan.
  • who are committed to developing a non-abusive partner relationship.

The Couples Couselling Project is not appropriate when:

  • violence is ongoing.
  • either partner is abusing alcohol or other substances.
  • either partner is suicidal.
  • there are domestic violence charges pending.

Couples Counselling Project service information

Services offered by the Couples Couselling Project are confidential and free of charge. Clients can contact the Couples Couselling Project directly or can be referred by other professionals in the community. We will work with clients to determine which services will be most useful. 

The Couples Counselling Project is funded by the Family Violence Prevention Program, Department of Family Services and Labour, Government of Manitoba.

For more information, please contact:

The Couples Counselling Project
The University of Manitoba
485 Selkirk Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R2W 2M6 Canada
204- 474-6711

Research resources

Contact us

Judy (Judith) Hughes
Associate dean, graduate programs and research
Faculty of Social Work
Room 311 Tier Building
173 Dafoe Rd. W
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus) 
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M9 Canada

204 474-7594

Erik Magnusson
Research grants facilitator
Faculty of Social Work
Room 500E Tier Building
173 Dafoe Rd W.
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M9