I have worked with children, youth and families for over twenty years, during which I held front line and management positions in the children’s mental health, child welfare and youth homelessness sectors in. I joined the School of Child and Youth Care as faculty in 2007 and am currently the director of the school.
My teaching is focused on professional issues in child and youth care, including ethics, boundaries, relationships, exploration of self as well as the status of the profession, unions and professional associations.
My research interests currently relate to intersectoral collaboration and service integration, educational performance of youth in care, residential care, social pedagogy and youth entrepreneurship, as well as social innovation. I also maintain an on-going interest in and research about child and youth care specific approaches to human resource management, professional development and organizational structures.
I am frequently asked to provide training and consulting services to child and youth serving organizations in Canada and around the world. Most recently, I was appointed by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services to serve on an expert panel reviewing all residential services in the province. I am committed to maintaining a global perspective on child and youth care practice, and to this end, I regularly travel and visit service sites related to children and youth facing unique challenges around the world. Most recently, I have explored the situation for children and youth and related service contexts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the United States, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
I am the co-editor of Child & Youth Services, an international journal about issues and themes related to vulnerable children and youth around the world. The journal is owned by Taylor & Francis, one of the largest academic publishers in the world. I am also a regular columnist for the International Child and Youth Care Network. My columns can be accessed on CYC Net at www.cyc-net.org.
Director; Associate Professor