Staff profile - Beth Crisp

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Prof Beth Crisp

Position: Professor
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Health & Soc. Dev.
Campus: Geelong Waterfront Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 78430 +61 3 522 78430



  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1985
  • Bachelor of Social Work, La Trobe University, 1990
  • Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University, 1995
  • Bachelor of Theology, Melbourne College of Divinity, 1999

Professional activities

Member, Editorial Board, Australian Social Work

Secretary, Australian Council of Heads of Schools of Social Work


Teaching Interests

Unit Chair HSW705 Challenging Poverty and Social Exclusion

3 Higher Degree Research students

Study abroad for social work students

Conferences and seminars

Crisp, B.R., A social work framework for exploring spirituality across the lifespan in religiously diverse practice contexts. Keynote address to the North American Social Work and Spirituality Conference, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, June 2012.

Crisp, B.R. But what about the others? Invited Paper presented that Trauma & Transformation: The Catholic Church and the Sexual Abuse Crisis, McGill University Centre for Research on Religion, Montreal, October 2011.

Crisp, B.R., What can a dialogue with Christian spirituality offer the human services? Paper presented to Melbourne College of Divinity Centenary Conference, Melbourne, July 2010.

Crisp, B.R., Addressing social exclusion: A priority for Social Work Education? Paper presented at the 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: The Agenda, Hong Kong, June 2010.

Crisp, B.R., Creating dialogue between spirituality and health and social care provision: A challenge worth undertaking? Paper presented at the Sources of Transformation: Revitalising Traditions of Christian Spirituality for Today conference, Twickenham, July 2009.

Crisp, B.R., Belonging and inclusion: Are they the same? Paper presented at Asia Pacific Social Work Conference, Auckland, November 2009.

Crisp, B.R. and Maidment, J., Swapping roles of swapping desks? When experienced practitioners becomes students on placement. Paper presented at the Practical Experiences in Professional Education Conference, Edinburgh, January 2008.


Research interests

Professor Crisp has been actively involved in health and human services research for the last 25 years, initially in program development and evaluation in the areas of substance misuse, HIV/AIDS and health promotion. More recently, her research efforts have been in the area of professional development and the transfer of professional knowledge. From 2004 until 2008 she was involved in the evaluation of the new social work degree in England along with colleagues at the University of Glasgow and Kings College London. An ongoing interest which underpins Beths work is the need to establish measures and methodologies which form appropriate measures of evidence for the evaluation of complex programs in the human services. With other members of the Centre for Health Action on Social Exclusion (CHASE) she has published Theorising Social Exclusion (Routledge, 2009) and Practising Social Inclusion (Routledge, 2013). Her other main interest is in the interface between religion and spirituality and social work practice and has published the books Spirituality and Social Work (Ashgate, 2010) and Social Work and Faith-based Organizations (Routledge, 2014).


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