Research to Practice Articles
– Paweena Sukhawathanakul, J. Leadbeater, and Lindsay Vine
This paper exposes the factors affecting the uptake of a new idea/intervention, from theory to practice, with recommendations stemming from interviews with teachers, counsellors, and principals.
Indigenous Women, RCMP and Service Providers Work Together for Justice: A Response-based Safety Collaboration in the Yukon
– Cathy Richardson, University of Victoria
This article provides an overview of the application of response-based practice in the Together for Justice project in Whitehorse and in Watson Lake, Yukon. In this project, Catherine Richardson and Allan Wade facilitated a number of community meetings involving primarily Kaska women, Yukon Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and community service providers with an interest in reducing and eliminating violence against women.
– Glen Schmidt UNBC School of Social Work
Considerable discussion concerning capacity building emerged during a period of time when governments of all political stripes were retreating from responsibility for social welfare provision. In Canada, the federal government’s role in funding the provision of social welfare services has substantially declined and more responsibility has shifted to the provinces.
– Richard Sullivan PhD UBC School of Social Work & Janet Douglas PhD Social Service Worker Department Langara College
Forced-march implementation is unlikely to reach its desired destination. Organizational systems are no more likely than family systems to function well and adaptively in the face of pressure to perform beyond capacity. When pressure is unabated and unrealistic, members of the focal system are less likely to engage with the change beyond superficial compliance and more likely to dissimulate. What we would not willingly do to the families we serve, we must not do to ourselves.
– McCreary Centre Society
The transition to adulthood can be a critical time in the development of positive mental health. This review considers the research evidence for different strategies and community interventions that promote positive mental health among young people during this transition.
– Jackie Stokes, Social Service Worker Program, College of New Caledonia
All of us have had the experience of wondering about, questioning, or being surprised at someone else’s decision-making. Understanding a client’s or family’s situation is complex, in part, because there are various perspectives on the issues, the causes, and the intervention. In team meetings, lively discussion about these various perspectives can lead to a more thorough assessment and understanding of a particular situation which then leads to a better resolution for the client and family. However, in some cases, even with the best intentions, the situation becomes worse, and in some cases, the social work decision-making plays out as a scandal in the local media.
– Richard Sullivan and Grant Charles, UBC School of Social Work
Disproportionality in child welfare is disturbing for many reasons, not least of which is that it reveals major structural fractures in the social contract of our country. When any identifiable group has disproportionate numbers of children coming into state care, the underlying issues that may give rise to problems in family functioning warrant examination. Alas, these underlying problems are not typically addressed in conventional approaches to service on behalf of families at risk of disruption. Indeed it is quite common for interventions to focus on the ‘problem’ family while ignoring significant contributors to the family problems. This paper seeks to identify some of the patterns.
– Glen Schmidt, PhD, RCSW, Associate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, University of Northern British Columbia.
Child welfare is influenced by a number of factors including public policy, the economy, culture, and the prevailing social values. Child welfare practice is also shaped and formed by the geography of the work location. This paper considers ways in which geographic location influences the practice of social work supervision in the field of child welfare.
– Donna McGhie-Richmond, PhD, Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology & Leadership Studies, University of Victoria.
This article is written not so much as a recipe for how to collaborate … rather it is written as a reminder of the meaning, intent, and significance of collaboration in our work with children and youth. We must understand collaboration in order to collaborate. This is a primary step in giving it priority.
Islands of Safety and the Social Geography of Human Dignity – A Child and Mother Safety Planning Initiative for Cases of Paternal Violence in Child Welfare
– Cathy Richardson, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Victoria.
Islands of Safety aims to create safety by orchestrating positive social responses to children and adults who are at risk in their own families. The model includes the creation of concrete, workable safety plans. Where possible, and with a maximum level of choice and autonomy, Indigenous families are invited to discuss their hopes and dreams for their family through a Métis/Cree model of family life by identifying how their family has responded to current and historical violence and oppression.
– Dr. Daniel Salhani, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of British Columbia Okanagan.
This paper is a personal reflection on the integration of child and family services practices in Canada. The paper is also Dr. Salhani’s critique of his own practices in this area. The central thesis is that integration of services must exist at all levels in order to be sustainable, that is, a permanent, flexible, locally governed, effective, efficient and self-renewing feature in Canadian communities.
– Annie Smith, Executive Director, McCreary Centre Society.
This survey is the largest survey of its kind in Canada and provides the most comprehensive picture of the physical and emotional health of BC youth, including risk and protective factors. It offers us key information, not only about the current health picture of BC youth but also about health trends and the effect of programs and policies implemented over the past 15 years.
– Christopher Walmsley, PhD, Associate Professor School of Social Work and Human Services, Thompson Rivers University.
Today, men are present in the lives of child welfare-involved children as the resident or nonresident fathers, step-fathers, the mothers’ partner, the mother’s brother or father, and family friends. Yet the overwhelming focus of child welfare policy, practice, research, and education is mothers. This essay explores why men and fathers are often not involved in child welfare services, describes how to encourage their involvement, and identifies some of the complexities of increased father involvement in child welfare.
– Jennifer White, School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria.
One of the aims of this paper is to show some of this complexity and unsettledness while never losing sight of the practical need to support practitioners to work constructively and ethically to prevent youth suicide and suicidal behaviours; an orientation that has something in common with Patti Lather’s notion of a “double(d) practice” in which we are “doing and troubling” the practice simultaneously (Lather, 2007).
Does the Organization Matter? An Examination of the Link Between Organizational Management Practices and Client Outcomes
– Warren Helfrich.
This paper will review the human services literature regarding the relationship between organizational or management variables and client outcomes as well as point to some promising practices for the management of human services organizations.