Michele Fairbairn

I hold a BSW (1996) from the Inner-City Social Work Program at the University of Manitoba, and a MSW (2008) from the University of Manitoba. Since 2008 I have taught social work courses in child welfare practice and policy, interdisciplinary practice, and anti-oppressive theory and practice at the University of Victoria. I have also practiced as a social worker in a variety of child welfare, medical and mental health settings, most recently within an interdisciplinary child and youth tertiary mental health program. I have additionally served as a practicum supervisor for BSW, MSW and psychology students, and as a member on a variety of community boards and grass root social activist collectives.

My research interests have included critical and poststructuralist informed narrative accounts of child welfare social workers' practice and identities; feminist methods; and anti-oppression in critical practice, policy and pedagogy. My intended PhD research will focus on how competency discourses are interfacing with tertiary child and youth mental health. I plan to utilize a discourse analysis to examine the policies and related infrastructure of representative practice sites and narrative accounts of the practice and identities of social workers working within them. I hope to develop an understanding of social justice definitions and possibilities for policy and practice with children and youth who are identified as having mental health disabilities.


School of Social Work

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