Ms Janine Harrison

Field Education Coordinator

College Services, Education, Psych and Social Work

place Social Sciences South (376)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
Janine Harrison qualified as a social worker in South Africa in 1988. She spent her first year of professional practice in Paediatric Oncology and Haematology at the Johannesburg Hospital. She then worked in the chemical dependency field for 7 years, achieving a senior managerial position in a large organisation. In 1995 she joined the University of the Witwatersrand as a part-time lecturer in the Social Work Department whilst working simultaneously in a specialist childhood sexual abuse service. She later worked as a consultant in organisational change and occupational social work before taking up a full-time lecturing position. She left the University in 2004 to join Monash University (South African campus) as Community Services Manager. There she implemented a macro change perspective including community and organisational development strategies, whilst providing clinical services to staff and students. She migrated to Adelaide with her husband and two daughters in January 2006.
MA (Social Work) - University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 1999 - cum laude

BA (Social Work) Honours - University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 1988 - cum laude

BA (Social Work) - University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 1987
Honours, awards and grants
University awards:
  • Thelma Seawright Memorial prize for most outstanding social work graduate in 1988
  • John Gray Medal for most outstanding BA (SW) Honours thesis
  • Certificate of merit for outstanding work in BA (SW) Honours
  • Top of class and the only student with distinction for BA (SW) Honours
  • Top of class and the only student with distinction for MA (SW)
Research interests
  • Discourses of privilege.
  • Racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, heteronormativity and other forms of prejudice or oppression.
  • Violence against women, especially in relation to its co-incidence with substance abuse.
  • Social work in Africa and South Africa.
  • Field education.
Teaching interests
  • Sociology as foundation for social work
  • Critical social work
  • Colonialism and post-colonialism
  • Social work methods with individuals, families and groups
  • Macro practice and organisational change
  • Social work ethics
  • Interventions with children
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