Episode 08 – Social Work Research in the Youth & Criminal Justice sector with Professor Brian Stout.

Hello Listeners,

In episode eight of the social work discoveries podcast we hear from Professor Brian Stout, who was happy to share some really important insights and discussion on the role of social work within the youth and criminal justice system around the world, and the intersections with research. He gives some critical perspective on why social workers are needed in this sector of welfare work, and also gives a vision for the ongoing education of social workers in coming years.

We hope you enjoy our chat.


Episode 07 – Understanding social work for the elderly, and researching violence & abuse against older women with Dr Jane Mears.


Hello there!

This is episode 7 of the Social Work Discoveries podcast.

In this episode I talk with Associate Professor from Western Sydney University – Dr Jane Mears – all about the role of social work in the context of aged care and how social workers can better highlight the needs of the elderly in Australian society. We discuss Jane’s social work research with older women who have experienced abuse and violence, and how her research has helped to create awareness of this ‘invisible’ cohort of our community.

I hope you find it helpful.


Episode 06 – Visual communication mediums and Phenomenology in Social Work with Dr Sonia Tascón.


Hi Social Work Discoveries Family,

Here’s my conversation with Dr Sonia Tascón. If you’re interested in finding more about integrating art, film and other visual mediums in your social work practice or research, then this is the podcast for you! We also delve into the interesting philosophy of phenomenology and it’s use in social work research.

And exciting news! Sonia has a new book which investigates all these topics and much, much more, and is soon to be released by Routledge (book publishers). So, if you like what you hear and want to find out more, stay tuned for an update on the book release date.

With love,


Episode 05 (Part 2) – Researching disability, violence, sex and language with Denise Beckwith.


Hello friends,

Here’s the second part of my conversation with Denise Beckwith. We hope you found it interesting and helpful.

Please share with your friends. And always feel free to reach out and say hello on twitter or facebook – @swdiscoveries – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Here’s the ‘Silent Tears’ website – http://silenttears.com.au/



Episode 05 (Part 1) – Researching disability, violence, sex and language with Denise Beckwith.


Happy new year to the Social Work Discoveries community!

I hope the start of 2018 has begun with motivation and intent to continue making the world a better place. And thanks for all you did during 2017.

Our first episode is with disability advocate and PhD candidate Denise Beckwith. This episode you’ll hear about Denise’s experience working and researching within the disability sector, as well as her thoughts on social work, language, violence, sex and disability welfare in Australia.

Here’s a link to the ‘Silent Tears’ website – http://silenttears.com.au/ – so you can find out more about the work that Denise and her colleagues have been working on.

As always, thanks for listening!


Episode 04 (Part 2) – Child and Youth research with Dr Fran Gale & Dr Michel Edenborough.

Hello Social Work Discoveries Podcasters,

This is your link to episode 4 (part 2) of the social work discoveries podcast with Dr Fran Gale and Dr Michel Edenborough. Last episode you heard all about teamwork, the purpose of research methodologies, and researching with children and youth in Western Sydney. This episode we move on to discussing the deep and broad topic of ethics in research and the future of social work research with Michel & Fran.

A big thanks to you all for listening! Find me on twitter using the tag @swdiscoveries if you want to say hello. I hope you are enjoying the discussion as much as I am 🙂


Episode 04 (Part 1) – Child and Youth research with Dr Fran Gale & Dr Michel Edenborough.

Hi Listeners,

This is the first part of my conversation with Dr Fran Gale and Dr Michel Edenborough from Western Sydney University.

Fran and Michel have been working on a fantastic social research project involving ‘digital mapping’ in the Blacktown (Greater Western Sydney) local government area with children and young people.

In this episode you’ll hear about what it’s like working on a social work research team, as well as explore further the term methodology in social research, among other things. Keep an ear out for Fran & Michel’s description of their project – you’ll be able to hear the joy and passion in their voices!

Part 2 of the conversation will be following shortly. I hope you enjoy! Tweet me @swdiscoveries if you have any questions or just want to say hello. Cheers!



Episode 03 (Part 2) – Human Rights & Social Work Research with Professor Linda Briskman.


Hi Podcasters,

This is Episode 3 (Part 2) of my conversation with Professor Linda Briskman.

Here we discuss further the importance of a Human Rights focus for social work research and practice within the context of working with Asylum Seekers & Refugees here in Australia.

In light of the last few weeks of disturbing news coming from the Manus Island detention centre, Linda discusses ‘wicked policies’ and politics, plus the challenges of ‘dual loyalties’ facing the social work profession within this space.

As always – Thanks for listening.


Episode 03 (Part 1) – Human Rights & Social Work Research with Professor Linda Briskman.


Hello Podcast Listeners,

In Episode 3 (Part 1) of the Social Work Discoveries podcast Professor Linda Briskman talks to me about some of her experiences of social work research and being invited by Aboriginal Communities in Australia to help share the stories of our Nation’s first peoples. She highlights why a human rights focus is integral to social work practice and research, and encourages social workers to have a critical review of who we are ‘working for’ and for what purpose are we conducting research.

Keep an ear out for her insights into Narrative and Oral History methodologies, as well as her thoughts on ‘dual loyalties’ and how social work as a profession responds to ethical practice.

Episode 3 (Part 2) continues with a discussion on research and practice with Asylum Seekers & Refugees in Australia.

I hope you find this helpful. Thanks for listening.


Episode 02 (Part 2) – Community Development & Research with Professor Jim Ife.


Hey Friends,

Here’s Part 2 of my conversation with Professor Jim Ife of Western Sydney University.

If you haven’t already… make sure you go and listen to Part 1 of Episode 2 so that you’re up to speed.

Here you will hear Jim paint a picture of how social work research might better serve our communities, our social work practice, and ultimately the world.

Once again, thanks for listening!


References & Recommended Reading:

Crotty, M 1998, The foundations of social research: meaning and perspective in the research process, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards NSW.

Ife, J 2012, Human rights and social work: towards rights-based practice, 3rd edn., Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne VIC.

Ife, J 2016, Community development in an uncertain world: vision, analysis and practice 2nd edn., Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne VIC.

Klein, N 2014, This changes everything: capitalism vs. the climate, Simon & Schuster, New York.

Meadows, D (ed.) & Club of Rome, 1974, The Limits to growth: a report for the Club of Rome’s project on the predicament of mankind, Universe Books, New York.