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Dr Ann Carrington is a lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development. In her practice career she worked predominantly in the areas of sexual assault and domestic violence from a critical framework using gender analysis. She developed a conceptual theory and practice model for working with those affected by domestic violence, the ‘vortex of violence’, which expands on the cycle of violence. In therapeutic practice she predominantly worked with expressive therapies, narrative and strength base approaches. She completed her PhD in 2010 which explored the integration of spirituality in social work from paradigm to practice.
Dr Carrington is currently Unit Chair of HSW 434 Administration and Policy Development: The Organisational Context and HSW 707 Addressing Violence and Abuse.
Dr Carrington’s research interests span from paradigm to practice with particular focus on the integration of spiritual paradigms, theories and practices in social work. Areas of interest within this scope include:
- Integration of spirituality in social work theory, practice, ethics and pedagogy;
- Exploration and theory building regarding spiritual and physical ‘ways of knowing’ in the context of the post post-modern world;
- Exploration and theory building regarding spiritual and physical methods, measures and approaches to research;
- Examination of theory and practice addressing power, control and privilege, particularly in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault;
- Investigation into how these different areas of interest intersect.