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Researcher: Stanford, SN (Associate Professor Sonya Stanford)

Fields of Research

Counselling, wellbeing and community services
Social work
Higher education
Clinical social work practice
Mental health services
Sociology of education
Social change
Causes and prevention of crime
Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Urban sociology and community studies
Health policy
Police administration, procedures and practice
Communication technology and digital media studies
Political economy and social change
Teacher education and professional development of educators
Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
Health and community services
Continuing and community education
Sociology of health
Social program evaluation
Sociology of family and relationships
Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation
Health services and systems
Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Educational technology and computing
Social theory
Organisational planning and management
Mental health nursing

Research Objectives

Pacific Peoples community services
Mental health services
Expanding knowledge in human society
Mental health
Higher education
Teacher and instructor development
Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)
Families and family services
Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
Women's and maternal health
Violence and abuse services
Gender and sexualities
Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Equity and access to education
Behaviour and health
Ability and disability
Employment patterns and change
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services
Community services
Children's services and childcare
Criminal justice
Neonatal and child health
The media
Health policy evaluation
Professions and professionalisation
Crime prevention
Workforce transition and employment
Ageing and older people
Teaching and instruction technologies
Learner and learning
Employment services
Rehabilitation and correctional services
Evaluation of health and support services

Career Best Publications

'Speaking Back' to Fear: Responding to the Moral Dilemmas of Risk in Social Work Practice; British Journal of Social Work

Research Publications

'Futuring’ Social Work Through Next Generation Leadership; Leading Social Work Education in the 21st Century: An International Colloquium
'Speaking Back' to Fear: Responding to the Moral Dilemmas of Risk in Social Work Practice; British Journal of Social Work
34 | The benefits of a disrupted 'place' for a placement: the potential of virtual student units during a global pandemic; 2020 virtual Australian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER) & National Field Education Network (NFEN) Workshop: 'Social Work in a Climate of Change'
A no-win situation? Public forum on risks in mental health practice
A Reflective Approach to Risk in Everyday Mental Health Practice; Mental Health Social Work and Risk: Messages from Research
Australian Social Work Education; International Social Work Eduction
Beyond social media panics for 'at risk' youth in mental health practice; Beyond the Risk Paradigm in Mental Health
Beyond the Risk Paradigm in Mental Health Policy and Practice; Macmillian Education UK
Change, care, contexts & power: A conceptual framework for teaching in Social Work; XXXX
Clinical Review of Practice
Conclusion: remoralizing risk in mental health policy and practice; Beyond the Risk Paradigm in Mental Health Policy and Practice
Constructing moral responses to risk: a framework for hopeful social work practice; British Journal of Social Work
Critical Ethics of Care in Social Work: Transforming the Politics and Practices of Caring; Routledge
Critically Reflecting on being 'at Risk' and 'a Risk' in Vulnerable People Policing; Policing Vulnerability
Designing the future of social work in Tasmania through collective effort and shared responsibility; Teaching Matters 2018
Echoes from the past: Seeking the future of Tasmanian social work education using codesign; ANZSWWER 2017 Symposium
Educating social workers in the midst of COVID-19: the value of a principles-led approach to designing educational experiences during the pandemic; The British Journal of Social Work
Exploring academic staffs’ self-perception about supporting diverse learners; Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
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Mental Health Social Work: Perspectives on Risk, Regulation, and Therapeutic Interventions; Australian Social Work
Moving beyond neoliberal rationalities of risk in mental health policy and practice; Beyond the risk paradigm in mental health policy and practice
Navigating risk and protective factors for family violence during and after the COVID-19 ‘perfect storm’; Current Issues in Criminal Justice
New Generation Leadership: Looking After Tomorrow; Strategic Leadership in Social Work Education
Parenthood covered in Tassie forum
Public forum in Launceston examines risks in mental health practice
Reading an Ethics of Risk in Social Work; XXXX
Resolving the Moral Dilemmas of Risk in Social Work Practice; 20th Asia Pacifif Social Work Conference
Risk Identities in Mental Health Practice: Practioner and Consumer Perspectives; Beyond the Risk Paradigm: Restoring the Client's Pace in Human Service Intervention
Special Issue: Embodiment and Social Work; Australian Social Work
Submission to the Parliament of Tasmania Select Committee on Child Protection
Suffering Risk in Person-Centred Mental Health Care; ANZSWWER 2017 Symposium
Taking a stand or playing it safe: revisiting the moral conservatism of risk in social work practice; European Journal of Social Work
Teaching to Do or Teaching to Be in Social Work; Social Work: From Scientism to Sophism - the Ethics of Evidence and the Evidence of Ethics
The historical context of the risk paradigm in mental health policy and practice: how did we get here?; Beyond the risk paradigm in mental health policy and practice
The Levendale Film Project
The Moral Discourse of Risk in Social Work; Risky Business
The Operations of Risk: The Meaning, Emotion & Morality of Risk Identities in Social Work Practice
The Risks of Care and Caring about Risk in Mental Health; Critical Ethics of Care in Social Work: Transforming the Politics and Practices of Caring
Towards a critical ethic of care in social work; Critical Ethics of Care in Social Work: Transforming the Politics and Practices of Caring
Tree of Hope - 5 Years On
Tree of Hope: 5 Years on - Exhibition
Trust and the dilemmas of suicide risk assessment in nongovernment mental health services; Australian Social Work
Welfare Dependence or Enforced Deprivation? A Critical Examination of White Neoliberal Welfare and Risk; Australian Social Work
Women's Experiences of the Diagnosis of Post-natal Depression
Working for Change: The Role and Practice of Social Work at the LGH

Research Projects

2009 R1 - 20th Asia Pacific Soical Work Conference 2009; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
2012: Beyond the risk paradigm: restoring the client's place in human service intervention - Italy (3 June to 4 June 2013); University of Tasmania (UTAS)
AHURI Top-Up Scholarship (Proudfoot, F); Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)
An exploration of University academic staffs self-perception about supporting diverse learners; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Baptcare PhD scholarship; Baptist Care (BaptCare)
High quality educational research into the use of e-portfolios (portfolios) to promote curriculum integration and lead evidence of attaining professional standards; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Reducing the impact of intergenerational trauma through collaborative learning. Pilot Study.; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Reducing Vulnerability to Suicide; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Social Inclusion and 'Recovery' from Severe Mental Health Problems: The Consumer Experience; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Clinical Review of Practice
Devonport data gathering on barriers to women reengaging in the workforce and community
Evaluation of Baptcare Family Violence Programs
Needs assessment and feasibility study into the potential for a Veteran Wellbeing Centre or wellbeing services to be located in Tasmania
Sexual violence in southern Tasmania

Research Candidate Supervision

A Relational Encounter- The lived experience of direct social work practice with people of refugee background
Articulation of Practice Framework's
Constructing a Model of Resilience in Relation to Chronic Illness for Social Work Practice
Experiences of Whiteness Amongst Australian University Students- The Development of a Model of the Recognition Space
The Impact of Risk Focussed Child Protection Policy and Practice Upon Children's Wellbeing
Young People and Protective Behaviours in a Digital World