Aug 01, 2016
Much of Tara’s research explores the changing conditions of social work labour and the implications of these conditions for social workers’ identities, professional status, scope of practice, and potential for justice-focused action. She brings to the School 12 years of direct practice experience in the areas of homelessness, community organizing, asset mapping and locality development in low income communities, child protection service, mobile mental health crisis counseling, sexual assault and domestic violence crisis care, as well as individual and couples’ counseling. Her research focus on social workers as workers contributes in important ways to the faculty group’s research strengths. As well, of course, this area of study deals with questions of leading and leadership in the contemporary context, and Tara's critical understandings of professionalization, work design, and social workers’ resistances to neoliberalism are directly relevant to our new programs.
In other research and teaching, Tara’s project Queer, Queering and Questioning: Digital Narratives for Health Professional Education draws on interviews and focus groups to create a digital curriculum for use in health professional education and professional development training. She’s also engaged in a project that highlights the power of social media sharing as a tool for mobilizing around issues of justice, and disseminating popular knowledge for social workers in the field.