Faculty of Education and Arts

Lauren Irvin


Master of Social Work (Qualifying) - Federation University Australia

Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare - Monash University


Lauren is a qualified Social Worker, undertaking her PhD candidacy under the Central Highlands Children and Youth Area Partnership - Research Collaboration, with Federation University. Lauren has spent many years in direct practice, driven by a desire to contribute to the development of nurturing communities and innovative, client informed service supports. As part of her Master’s degree, Lauren undertook a research placement at WRISC Family Violence Service. This project sparked Lauren’s passion for research, who now balances her interests by maintaining a small private counselling practice, while completing her PhD.

PhD Topic Summary

The focus of Lauren’s project, is on bringing to light women’s lived experience of their partner’s referral, to a men’s behaviour change program (MBCP). Informal referrals to MBCPs have increased dramatically since the Royal Commission into Family Violence (2016), however literature to date suggests that very little attention has been paid to the impact of referral itself, on family violence survivors. This project encapsulates Lauren’s passion for ensuring everyday processes occur in the safest, most supportive way possible.

Lauren’s project is enabled by a scholarship, jointly funded by Federation University and Child and Family Services; under the Central Highlands Children and Youth Area Partnership - Research Collaboration initiative.

Conference Presentations

Irvin, L. (2017, July). Women’s lived experience of their partner’s referral to a behaviour change program. Poster presented at the Federation University Higher Degree by Research Conference, Ballarat, Australia.

Irvin, L., & Clarke, A. (2013, November). Building connections through alternative programs. Interactive workshop presented at the Family Relationships Services Australia (FRSA) Annual National Conference, Canberra, Australia.


  • Australian Association of Social Workers
  • Golden Key International Honour Society