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Sheri M. McConnell, MSW, RSW

Sheri M. McConnell

Field Education Coordinator (MSW & BSW);
Sessional Instructor
TC-145, 75 Tiffany Court
(709) 864-8381 (w)
(709) 864-7351 (f)

Sheri is a field education coordinator in the BSW and MSW programs. As well as coordinating and developing field internships, she facilitates learning for new and experienced field instructors via in-class and on-line sections of the Field Instructors Course. Sheri is also sessional instructor in social work practice courses. Sheri is a member of the Graduate Studies committee, the Marketing committee, the Field committee, and the Social Work Field Instructors Association. An active volunteer in a variety of community-based activities, Sheri coordinates the school’s partnership in the VOCM Cares Coats for Kids project, is a Regional Council member and program/research/evaluation consultant with the Canadian Red Cross, is a volunteer with Camp Eclipse (NL’s first queer youth camp), and is a member of the Queer Consultation Group of the Diversity committee. Always willing to talk about LGBTQ health and social issues, Sheri has presented on a variety of queer topics in numerous forums, including social work courses, personal and professional development workshops, and local, national, and international conferences.

Click here to see Sheri's public lecture Flying in the Face of Moral Outrage: Human Rights & Social Justice for Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Persons

Prior to moving to NL, Sheri lived in Regina, Ottawa, and Saskatoon where she worked primarily with the LGBTQ community, women sexually abused as children, women in conflict with the law, and substance abuse/addictions. Following the completion of her MSW, she worked in St. John’s as a medical social worker and at the School of Social Work with the Hidden Hurt Project, a national research project exploring child abuse prevention and the disclosure of abuse.

Sheri is a PhD candidate in social work (Memorial University), having previously completed an MSW (Memorial University, 2002), a BSW (University of Regina, 1998), a Certificate in Continuing Education: Alcohol & Chemical Dependency Studies (University the of Regina, 1992), and a BA in Sociology (Carleton University, 1989). Her research interests include child abuse, violence and abuse prevention, LGBTQ studies, social work education, field education, and program evaluation. Sheri has presented at a variety of local, national, and international conferences and has authored program and evaluation reports as well as scholarly and other articles.

Selected publications

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.

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.