Counselling, Human Services and Social Work

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Child and Adolescent abuse of animals


Supervisor

Dr. Carole Adamson
09 6238899 ext 48561

Discipline

Counselling, Human Services and Social Work

Project code: EDU001

This project is the initial stage of research in regard to the relationship between animal abuse, child abuse and family violence. It will align itself with the scope of the newly developed Targeted Interventions project within the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The first goal is the completion of a literature review from national and international sources in regard to child and adolescent abuse of animals. The second goal will be to gather information in regard to current Oranga Tamariki protocols, interventions and training related to child and adolescent cruelty to animals.

Social work knowledge base preferred.

Transnational social work: Engaging the profession in the transnational professional space


Supervisor

Allen Bartley

Discipline

Counselling, Human Services and Social Work

Project code: EDU003

This is an opportunity for a scholar to engage in the analysis of a diverse range of qualitative data, from a national study to engage the whole of the social work profession regarding the integration of overseas-qualified professionals into local practice settings. Working with the research team that has gathered data from focus groups and ‘knowledge fora’ the summer scholar will help to identify key themes from the data and develop these (with wider relevant literature) into a research report. The scholar must have knowledge of (or be willing to learn) Nvivo data analysis software.

Everyday heroes: Examining the role of trauma in the stories, journeys, and development of heroic individuals


Supervisor

Peter Bray, Programme Leader for Counselling
Tel.: +64 9 623 8899 x 48746

Discipline

Counselling, Human Services and Social Work

Project code: EDU005

Informed by humanistic counselling theory and Campbell’s (1972) mono-myth the hero’s journey, this research draws upon developing trends in trauma work, positive psychology and post-traumatic growth. Challenged by difficult life circumstances, trauma survivors often engage in processes of meaning-making that enable them to positively reposition themselves in their life narrative, and embark upon new, conceivably, heroic journeys. A priority for this project is a review of the relevant literature, beginning with the field of Heroism Science. The summer scholar will collect, analyse and review the literature in a paper that will positively contribute to the ongoing development of the project.

Fostering equanimity in trainee social workers through reflective supervision


Supervisor

Shirley-Ann Chinnery (exten 48560)
Cherie Appleton

Discipline

Counselling, Human Services and Social Work

Project code: EDU008

The project explores whether supervisory use of mindful awareness would inculcate greater levels of equanimity in social work trainees.

Professional literature shows that student social workers often experience high levels of emotional distress on initial exposure to the field. Emotional reactivity is markedly reduced by mindfulness however little is known about the use supervisors make of this process to help students develop effective practice habits. The summer scholar will:

  1. Conduct a systematic literature review accessing up-to-date information on the use of mindfulness in social work supervision
  2. Locate the most effective instruments for assessing the key constructs
  3. Develop a draft Ethics application for the proposed project

Early help for families in difficult circumstances


Supervisor

Irene de Haan

Discipline

Counselling, Human Services and Social Work

Project code: EDU009

A review of the international literature on strategies for ensuring that families in difficult circumstances get the help they need early enough to avert a common phenomenon where adversity accumulates and becomes overwhelming.

The heart of the project is exploring how families successfully connect with preventive family support work. The literature review will form the foundation for continuing work on this topic. The student must be capable of locating, summarising and synthesising literature on family resilience; stress; prevention of child maltreatment; and engaging families deemed ‘hard-to-reach’. Clear writing style is essential.

Factors Supporting Academic Achievement for Sexuality and Gender Diverse Secondary School Students


Supervisors

Dr John Fenaughty
Associate Professor Simon Denny (Advisor)
Dr Mathijs Lucassen (Advisor).

Discipline

Counselling, Human Services and Social Work

Project code: EDU010

Sexuality and gender diverse (SGD) young people experience increased stigma, bullying, alcohol use, and mental health issues. These factors affect academic achievement and future life outcomes. However, little is known about what might mediate these effects and support SGD young people to succeed academically. Using Youth2000 data (n=25,000 approx.) this research, written as an article, will explore which factors may be most critical in fostering SGD young people’s achievement, resiliency, and thriving.

Skills required

  • Statistics (ideally regressions)
  • Literature searching/reviewing
  • Writing

 

State of Care Reports Content analysis


Supervisors

Ian Hyslop (0221046929)
Liz Beddoe

Discipline

Counselling, Human Services and Social Work

Project code: EDU013

The Commissioner for Children’s Office has produced lengthy and detailed reports in relation to processes surrounding children and young people in state care over that last 4–5 years. A close content analysis of these reports would help to provide a basis for identifying patterns and connections in terms of tentatively identifying practice shortfalls / highlighting service gaps service gaps and developmental / resourcing priorities.

This work could also provide a platform for informed critique of current policy development in this area. It is estimated that we could provide an able student with upwards of 100 hours of work and possibly more depending on progress and possible expansion of the project.

Leadership: Values and actions for workplace wellbeing


Supervisor

Mike Webster
ext 48528
027 813 7954

Discipline

Counselling, Human Services and Social Work

Project code: EDU024

The project aims to create a model of leadership for workplace wellbeing in diverse contexts, including multidisciplinary and multicultural organisations. It draws on the supervisor’s social work leadership model developed in his PhD, and the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Healthy Workplaces Model (figure 1) providing a  framework for the application of the leadership model. The “core principles” of leadership, engagement, ethics, values, and worker involvement at the heart of the WHO model reflect the findings of the thesis. The summer scholar’s contribution to the project will be to complete a literature review to inform publications, workshops and a planned book.