Carolyn is the Foundation Professor of Social Work and Head of the Discipline of Social Work as well as Professor Emerita at Victoria University, Melbourne. She has been an academic since 1984, and mental health and child protection practitioner before that, in Sydney and London. She has taught and developed undergraduate and postgraduate programs in social work, counselling and psychotherapy, social science, mental health and professional supervision. She is active in Australian, Asia Pacific and International Schools of Social Work Associations and has held executive positions in each of these organisations.
Her research interests include social work philosophy and ethics, work-based learning and professional supervision and theory and practice development in social work. Further areas of research include gender democracy and equal employment opportunity for women in higher education and human services. She has published widely in her areas of research and continues to present her work nationally and internationally.
- Social work philosophy and ethics
- Work-based learning
- Professional supervision and theory and practice development in social work
- Gender democracy and equal employment opportunity for women in higher education and human services.
Carolyn has been an academic since 1986, and mental health and child protection practitioner before that. As an academic she has taught social work theory practice, community work and social policy and research units as well as taught electives - social change and advocacy and mental health. She also teaches in the field education program.
- Social work education and scholarship
- Women and Leadership
Research & Scholarships
- 2000, “Natural childbirth: reality or myth?”, Birth Issues, vol 9, no.1, Mar-Apr, pp12-18.
- 2000, “AASW Code of Ethics: the impact of progressive theory on moral and ethical assumptions”, Advances in Social Work and Education Journal vol.3, no.1, pp. 89-103.
- 2000, “The impact of affirmative action legislation on women working in higher education in Australia: Progress or procrastination?”, Women in Management Review, Manchester, vol 19, issue 8, Sept, pp. 404-411 (with J Mears).
- 2000, “Reflections on Focus Group Research with Women Working with Violence”, Women Against Violence Journal, Issue 9, December, pp.52-60 (with J Mason).
- 2001, “Social mobilisation around the act of childbirth: Subjectivity and politics”, The Annual Review of Health Sciences, 10, pp.69-80.
- 2001, “Stories from homebirth midwives”, Birth Issues, 10, (1), pp.21-28.
- 2001, “Research field practice learning in social work education: Integration of theory and practice through the use of narratives”, Journal of Social Work, 1, (3) pp. 347-361. London.
- 2003, “Culture and Domestic Violence: What is the connection?”, Women against Violence Journal Issue 14, July pp. 42- 53.
- 2003, “Discursive scholarship in anti-racist/cross-cultural social work education”, Advances in Social Work and Welfare Work Education Journal, 5 (1) pp.98-108
- 2004, “Social work and Welfare Practica in the Workplace: Experiences from Academia in Australia, Canada and New Zealand”, International Journal of Practical Experiences in Professional Education, 8 (1) pp. 71-82.
- 2004, “Transforming social work education to respond to the challenges of the new economy”, Advances in Social Work and Welfare Work Education Journal, 6 (1) pp. 77-90.
- 2004, “Social work education, training and standards in the Asia-Pacific region: an exploration of the issues”, International Journal of Social Work Education (Special Issue on Global Qualifying Standards, 23, (5) pp.527-536.
- 2004, “Postmodern Thinking: Where is it taking social work?”, Journal of Social Work, 4 (3) pp. 289-304.
- 2004, “Social Work and Welfare Practica in the Workplace: Experiences from Academia in Australia, Canada New Zealand”, in Millwater, J., Yarrow, A., and Short, J.(Eds.) International Journal of PEPE Practical Experiences in Professional Education, vol. 8 No.1, pp 71-82 (with Bartlett, B. Heycox, K, O’Sullivan J)
- 2005, “Work-based practica: Real Learning or Just Your Usual Job?”, Advances, Journal of the Australian Association of Social Work and Welfare Education, vol. 7, No.1, pp 98-109 (with , Heycox, K., O’Sullivan, J. and Bartlett, B)
- 2006, “It is more complicated than you first think! The challenges of work-based practica”, Advances, Journal of the Australian Association of Social Work and Welfare Education, (with Heycox, K., O’Sullivan, J. and Bartlett, B)
- 2006, “Advancing women and leadership in the post feminist, post EEO era: A discussion of the issues”, in Women in Management Review, vol 21, 7 pp. 598-603
- 2007, “'I Thought they would just let me do my usual job’: Work-based practica in social work and welfare”, Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Review, autumn, vol xxv1x, no 1 pp.25-38.
- 2007, “Workplaces- New sites for postgraduate, practitioner based research”, ADVANCES Journal 9 (1) pp 45-56.
- 2008, “Workplace learning, supervision and pedagogy”, WACE conference proceedings (refereed)
- 2009, “Social work supervision: An exploration of the current challenges in a rapidly changing social, economic and political environment”, Journal of Social Work, 9(3), pp345-358.
- 2009, “Is social work still a distinctive profession? Students, supervisors and educators reflect”, ADVANCES Journal, 11(1), pp. 89-108. (with J. O’sullivan)
- 2010, “Social work, community welfare and the campus engagement agenda”, ADVANCES Journal, 12(1), pp. 121-142 (with R. Egan)
2001, "Birth Stories", Ginninderra Press, ACT. ISBN 0-646-41230-2, pp.198.
2011, "A guide to supervision in social work education", final publication AL&TC grant, Strawberry Hills, NSW. pp.131.
2011, "Social Work Field Education and Supervision- Across the Asia-Pacific ed" Sydney University Press, Sydney (with M. Henrickson).
2013, "Social Work Education: Voices from the Asia Pacific", Sydney University Press, 2nd ed, with M Henrickson & In Young Han (eds).
2014, "Global social work: Crossing borders, blurring boundaries", Sydney University Press, Sydney, (with H. Strauss and B. Littlechild).
2015, “Psychotherapy and Counselling; Reflections on practice”, Oxford University Press, Australia (with H. Strauss and B. Littlechild).
2016, “Critical Supervision for the Human Services: A Social Model to Promote Learning and Value-Based Practice”, Jessica Kingsley Press, UK (with M. Gray and L. Johnson).
- 1986, ‘Feminist Research - An Overview’, Marchant, H, and Wearing, B, (eds), Gender Reclaimed: Women and Social Work, Hale-Iremonger, Sydney. (with B. Smith). ISBN 0-86806 246 2, pp.134-146.
- 1993, ‘Towards a Critical Analysis of Child Welfare Policy’, Mason, J. (ed.), Australian Child Welfare, Hale and Iremonger, Sydney. (with J. Mason). ISBN 0-86806 501 3, pp.25-36.
- 1997, ‘Social Work and ethics: Embracing diversity?’ Pease, B and Fook, J (eds) Transforming Social Work Practice: Postmodern critical perspectives, Allen & Unwin, Sydney. ISBN 1-86448-778 X, pp. 57-69.
- 2003, ‘What am I doing here, really’? Students and teachers reflections on international placements’, Lena Dominelli (ed) Broadening Horizons, Palgrave London
- 2007, ‘Social Work, Collective Action and Social Movements’ in Lena Dominelli (Ed) Revitalising Communities in a Globalising World, Ashgate UK.
- 2009, ‘Social work and the Asia Pacific: from rhetoric to practice’ in C. Noble, M. Henrickson & In Young Han (eds) Social work education: Voices from the Asia Pacific, Vulgar press, Melbourne,
- 2011, ‘Developments in Australian and Aotearoa/New Zealand Social Work’ in Lynne Healy and Rosemary Link (eds) Handbook of International Social Work”, Oxford University Press, NY.
- 2011, ‘Field Education: supervision, curricula and teaching methods’ in C. Noble & M. Henrickson (eds) Social work field education and supervision across the Asia Pacific, USydney Press, NSW. pp. 3-22.
- 2011, ‘Ways of thinking about field education and supervision; building a critical perspective’ in in C. Noble & M. Henrickson (eds) Social work field education and supervision across the Asia Pacific, USydney Press, NSW. pp. 299-320.
- 2012, ‘Post structuralist perspectives’ in S. Becker, A. Bryman and H. Ferguson (eds) Understanding research: Themes, methods and approaches for social policy and social work, 2e, (Sage). pp. 174-175.
- 2014, “Advancing Women in the Post EEO Era. In M. Paludi (ed) Handbook “Women, Work and Family: How Companies thrive with a 21st Century Multicultural Workforce. Praeger Press. UK.
- 2014, ‘Towards identifying a philosophy basis of social work’. In C Noble &M Henrickson (eds) Global social work: Crossing borders; blurring boundaries. University of Sydney Press; NSW. (with M Henrickson)
- 2015, ‘Psychotherapy and counselling: context and content’. In C .Noble & E. Day (eds). Psychotherapy and Counselling; Reflections on practice. Oxford University Press: Australia.(with E. Day).
- 2015, ‘Feminist therapy: Theories and practices’. In C .Noble & E. Day (eds). Psychotherapy and Counselling; Reflections on practice. Oxford University Press: Australia.(with E. Day).
- 2016, ‘Towards a Critical Theory informed social work supervision’. In B .Pease, S. Nipperess & S.Goldingay (eds) Critical Social Work Theories and Practice for a Socially Just World. Allen & Unwin.
- 2002-2005: ARC Linkage Grant: Social Work and the Enterprise University (ARC Linkage grant) ($105,000)
- 2002-2004: The Association of Practical Experiences in Professional Education, Inc (PEPE): Work place Learning in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, PEPE ($2,500)
- 2007-2008: AT&TC – (previous Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Ltd): On-Line Supervision Training- Accessible and Cooperative Learning in Social Work: ($172,079)
- 2011: "Multi-cultural curricula: how can social work meet the challenge?" 21st APASWE Regional conference, Tokyo, Japan.
- 2014: "Gender Equity in Australian Universities: The Many Paradoxes", Oxford University Round Table, Oxford, UK.
- Ro Roberts, DSW (VU), 2007-present: Success of PSP and impact on program delivery and clients in receipt of such services.
- George Giuliani, DSW (VU), 2007-present: Critical analysis of systematic changes to the provision of community-based home care services for disabled service users.
- Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) (Member)
- International Association of School of Social Work (IASSW) co-chair Publications committee
- Australian Council of Heads of Schools of Social Work (ACHSSW) (member)
- Australia & New Zealand Schools of Social Work and Welfare Education & Research (ANZSWWER) (member)
- Asia-Pacific Association of School of Social Work (APASWE) (Member)
- Editor in Chief, IASSW Social Dialogue Magazine