Mr Chris Reynolds

Associate Lecturer (Scholarly Fellow - TSA)

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Bedford Park (359)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Industry experience in the Arts, Education, Community and Human Service Sectors for over 30 years. Areas of employment have included residential care for young people with disabilities, therapeutic programs for adolescents with identified behavioural challenges, community legal education, primary and secondary education and social work.

As a Social Worker, my employment has included specialist practitioner roles in Gambling Help and School Counselling, in coordination and management roles in Loss, Grief and Bereavement Services, Suicide postvention and Family Support Services and as a Community Action Leader within the Playford LGA.

My connection between the practice of Social Work and Social Work Education grew over time as an Agency Field Educator before being employed at Flinders within Social Work Field Education, initially as an External Field Educator and Field Liaison Officer, before being engaged as a casual academic teacher at Flinders. Currently employed as a contract Teaching Specialist.

Currently undertaking a PhD on the formation, evolution and education of Eco-Social Work in Australia through the perspective of ‘Social Ecology’. Through an application of Social Ecology, as described by Murray Bookchin, this study seeks to engage 'Eco'-Social Work and social work institutions in dialogue with Murray Bookchin. A particular focus is the ecological / 'green' beliefs, values and perspectives student social workers bring to their studies and how these concepts are taught within Australia. The working title is Declensions of 'Eco-Social Work: A dialogue with Social Ecology.


Diploma in Acting (Sydney Acting School, 1986)

Teacher's Diploma of Associate (Trinity College London, 1994)

Graduate Diploma in Visual & Performing Arts (Royal Melbourne Insitute of Technology University, 1998)

Master of Education (Arts Administration) (Royal Melbourne Insitute of Technology University, 2001)

Master of Arts (Social Ecology) (University of Western Sydney, 2008)

Graduate Certificate in Loss, Grief & Trauma Counselling (Flinders, 2008)

Master of Social Work (Flinders, 2011)

Diploma in Management (BSB511107) (Leadership Learning Dynamics, 2013)

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education (Flinders, 2017)

Honours, awards and grants

Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence - Master of Arts (Social Ecology) UWS

2020 Special Learning and Teaching Award - College of Education, Psychology and Social Work / Flinders University

Key responsibilities
  •    Create, coordinate and conduct lectures, tutorials, practical classes, demonstrations, workshops and assess students enrolled in Social Work topics of the College.
  •    Contribute to the planning and evaluation of these topics.
  •    Assist in the development of topic and course materials with appropriate guidance from Course Coordinators and/or Senior Academic Staff.
  •    Provide support, academic counselling and professional advice to students concerning their studies, professional development and career opportunities.
  •    Make effective use of innovations and technologies in teaching practice.
  •    Participate in the College’s administrative activities such as membership of committees and working groups and attendance at College meetings.
  •    Maintain professional knowledge relevant to teaching within their discipline through scholarship and professional development.
  •    Engage in activities within a relevant external professional domain such as professional associations, conferences and workshops, and within a wider community context at local, national or international level.
  •    Provide high quality contribution to community service on behalf of the College and University.
  •    Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the position as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.
Teaching interests

Teaching Specialist with a particular focus on interpersonal skills and ethics.

The creation and maintainence of a therapeutic alliance.

The role of pantheoretical approaches to psychotherapy.

The use of deliberate practice in skills development.

Feedback Informed Treatment.

Trauma Informed Practices in teaching and learning.

Social Ecology

Topic coordinator
SOAD8019 Being Trauma Responsive
SOAD8020 Practice with Individuals
SOAD4008 Professional Judgement and Decision Making
SOAD2011 Practicing Social Work