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Dr. Ken Barter, PhD

Ken Barter

School of Social Work
Memorial University
Coughlan College, CL-2029
St. John's, NL
A1C 5S7
Tel: 709-864-2030

Dr. Ken Barter graduated from Sir Wilfred Laurier University in 1992 with a Ph.D. in Philosophy, having completed his M.S.W. in 1977 at the University of Calgary, and a B.A. in Social Work in 1971 at Memorial University.

Currently, Dr. Barter is a Professor for the School of Social Work, here at Memorial University, having expertise in the area of Child Welfare and Community Capacity Building for the health and well-being of children. He is principal investigator for a community capacity building research project for the past 5 years. To find out more about this project, watch the award winning video.

Dr. Barter has teaching experience in both the Undergraduate, Graduate, and PhD programs. He serves on several School committees such as continuing education, graduate studies committee, and also promotion and tenure and search committees.

Dr. Barter is extensively published in terms of peer reviewed Articles and Book Chapters, Journal Articles, and research reports. In addition he has presented papers, workshops and keynote addresses at provincial, national and international conferences.

Dr. Barter has served as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal “Communities, Children and Families Australia” for several years. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association for Social Work Education for six years in the capacity of Treasurer. He served as a Board Member with the Child Welfare League of Canada for six years. He was recently appointed as a reviewer for the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies Journal and he currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Brighter Futures Coalition of St. John’s and District.

For additional information, visit Dr. Barter's home page.

Recent Publications:

Barter, K. (2011). Situation critical: Child protection in Canada – A personal reflection. Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies Journal, Winter 56(1), 11-15.

Barter, K. (2011). Newfoundland and Labrador's attempt to protect children: A critical look. Canada's Children Journal. Child Welfare League of Canada, 18(1), 35-40.

Barter, K. (2009). Reclaiming community: Rethinking practices for the social work generalist in northern communities. In R. Delaney & K. Brownlee (Eds.) Northern & Rural Social Work practice: A Canadian Perspective (pp 209 – 221). Thunder Bay, ON: Centre For Northern Studies, Lakehead University.

Ungar, M., Tutty, L.M., McConnell, S.M., Barter, K., & Fairholm, J. (2009). What Canadian
youth tell us about disclosing abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect, 33(10), 699-708.

Ungar, M., Barter, K., McConnell, S.M., Tutty, L.M. & Fairholm, J. (2009). Patterns of disclosure among youth. Qualitative Social Work, 8(3), 341-356.

Public Presentations:

Enough Is Enough: A Time for Truths about Child Protection: A Response to the Turner Review with Dr. Ken Barter

This presentation brings forward relevant and critical concerns about child protection and social work that are grounded in the literature and research. Given these concerns are not acknowledged in the Turner Report, it is important to bring them forward for clarification and information. The presentation sounds the call for action in bringing about change that will facilitate and support the important role that social workers play as the predominant profession in child protection work. Evidence is provided as to why it is time for this change to take place. The presentation also contextualizes the known realities of child protection work, realities that are often skirted when changes are introduced. Click here to see the presentation.