Dr Fiona Buchanan
|Position:||Lecturer: Social Work|
|Division/Portfolio:||Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences|
|School/Unit:||School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy|
|Telephone:||+61 8 830 24386|
|Fax:||+61 8 830 24386|
|URL for Business Card:||http://people.unisa.edu.au/Fiona.Buchanan|
I started as a full time lecturer at UniSA in January 2012. Previously I have worked as a social worker in community health and non government agencies in the U.K. and in Australia. Working from an empowerment perspective my experience includes counselling, group work, community development and agency co-ordination. My areas of expertise include the effects of domestic violence on women and children, young people, women's health and the effects of sexual abuse. My Honours thesis is entitled 'Feminist Collective Organisation' and my PhD is on 'The effects of Domestic Violence on the Relationships between Women and their Babies: Beyond attachment theory' My teaching philosophy corresponds with my critical approach to practice and I follow the belief that learning represents: 'Freedom to create and construct, to wonder and to venture, such freedom requires that the individual be active and responsible, not a slave or a well fed cog in the machine' (Pablo Friere 1972)
- My teaching interests include applying critical theory to teaching critical thinking, the incidence and effects of domestic violence on women and children, communication skills, child centred practice, professional practice and social work and the law. I have a particular interest in a societal perspective to domestic violence and the need to address systems issues to promote prevention.
|WELF 1019||Communication Skills in Social Work and Human Services|
|WELF 4030||Child Centred Practice|
|JUST 2005||Human Service Workers and the Law|
Mothers at the Margins, Australian Branch.
Australian Association of Infant Mental Health
PhD, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University.
BSW Honours (First Class), University of South Australia
- domestic violence
- gender issues
- childhood trauma
- innovation in teaching and learning
- knowledge in emotions
- incorporating arts as research methods
Buchanan,F, Power, C and Verity, F., 2013 Domestic violence and the place of fear in mother/baby relationships: “What was I afraid of? Of making it worse”. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Interpersonal Violence 28 (9), 1817-1838 www.sagepublications.com
Buchanan, F., 2013 How and why: Critical thinking matters when teaching diverse student groups. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, Vol 15, No 1,135-147
Buchanan, F., 2013 A critical analysis of the use of attachment theory in cases of domestic violence, Critical Social Work, 14 (2)
Buchanan, F. Wendt, S. & Moulding N., 2013 Understanding maternal protectiveness in the context of domestic violence: the complexity of children’s needs and women’s vulnerability. DVRCV Advocate.Domestic Violence Resource Centre, Victoria. Australia.
Buchanan, F., 2013 Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Relationships between Mothers and Infants. Domestic Violence Report. Civic Research Institute, New York, USA.
Buchanan, F., Power, C and Verity. F., The effects of domestic violence on the formation of relationships between women and their babies: “I was too busy protecting my baby to attach”. Journal of Family Violence, 29 (7).(in press)
Buchanan, F., 2012 The effects of domestic violence on the relationship between women and their babies: Beyond attachment theory Flinders University Thesis on Line
Buchanan, F., 2010. Transcending the divide between two domains: The fields of domestic violence and of attachment theory. .Program abstracts from the 12th World Congress “Infancy in times of transition”, H. E. Fitzgerald, R. McGreal-Miller, & D. K. Fitzgerald (Eds.), supplement to Vol 32(3) Infant Mental Health Journal.
Buchanan, F., 2008. Mother and infant attachment theory and domestic violence: Crossing the divide. Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse. Stakeholder Paper No. 5, 1-16. www.adfvc.unsw.edu.au
2005 Buchanan, F., Domestic violence and young children ‘Every Child’ vol 11 No 1, Early Childhood Australia Inc.
Buchanan. F ,& Pill, D.A., 2003 Young People and Human Rights-Promoting Healthy Relationships, Preventing Domestic Violence wcfv.confex.com
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