Debra is a lecturer in both Community Welfare and Counselling and the Master of Human Services Management. As a welfare professional she has worked in counselling, community development and managerial roles in fields such as probation and parole, child protection, youth justice, overseas aid and the defence force.
As a lecturer and researcher Debra has drawn extensively on her time living and working in a rural village in Botswana, southern Africa. This experience developed her understanding of the cultural contexts of knowledge and to different ways of knowing about the world, and has had a major impact on her approaches to social and community welfare practice, education and research.
Her research uses primarily qualitative methodologies including:
- participatory action research
- creative arts methods
- auto ethnography
- narrative approaches
Doctor of Philosophy Master of Social Work
Bachelor of Social Work (Hons)
Bachelor of Behavioural Science
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education
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