Position: Lecturer, School of Rural Social Welfare

Location: Mt Helen Campus, H Building, Room H233

Phone: 5327 9629

Fax: 5327 9717

Email: c.sadowski@ballarat.edu.au


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (pending – thesis submitted August 2012), School of Education and Arts, University of Ballarat
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education (2009, University of Ballarat)
  • Masters in Social Science (Policy & Human Services) (2004, RMIT)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) (1999, University of Melbourne)
  • Bachelor of Arts (English Literature/Sociology) (1990, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts, USA)

Teaching

  • WELSI 2103 - Social Policy and Social Change
  • HIHRS 4028 - Advanced Studies in Sociology (Honours subject)

Biography

Christina is a qualified Social Worker with 12 years professional practice experience in a diverse range of social work and welfare positions (with disabled young adults, newly arrived refugees and humanitarian entrants, Indigenous communities, homeless individuals and families, young offenders and victims) in metropolitan Melbourne, regional Victoria, Old Mapoon and Cooktown Shire (Far North Queensland), Northern Territory and Brooklyn, New York. She has 10 years experience in higher education, having taught in community services and welfare programs in the TAFE sector (Swinburne University, University of Ballarat SMB), tutored in the faculty of Social Work at the University of Melbourne, and in her current role as Lecturer in the School of Rural Social Welfare at the University of Ballarat, School of Education and Arts. She has completed a Masters of Social Science at RMIT, a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) at the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Arts at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, USA. Her PhD (pending, thesis submitted August 2012) focused on latency aged (8-12) children’s lived experiences of security and contentment in shared time living arrangements.


Areas of expertise

Children’s experiences of shared time living arrangements; Descriptive phenomenological research methods


Research interests

Children’s experiences of separation; Post-separation support programs for children and parents; The application of descriptive phenomenological research methods; Attachment theory; Cultural and linguistically diverse communities


Supervision

Currently supervising Honours students in the School of Rural Social Welfare (Bachelor of Arts (Honours))


Publications

Non-refereed publications

Sadowski, C. (2009) Shared care, post-separation: Adding children’s voices to the discussion. Nexus: Newsletter of the Australian Sociological Association, 21 (3), 16-17.

Sadowski, C. (2008) What’s the Risk? Supporting young women who are street-based injecting drug users to address risk factors.  Parity (21)6, 18-19.

Sadowski, C. (2004) Making Family Services CALD-Friendly, Ecumenical Migration Centre, Fitzroy, Victoria.

Sadowski, C. (2004) “Housing Issues Facing Newly Arrived Refugee Communities,” Australian Association of Social Workers Victorian Branch Newsletter

Sadowski, C. (1999) “Exploring the Paradox of Competition and Cooperation,” Migration Action, XXI (2), 12 – 15.

Sadowski, C. (1999) “Community Education Program for Arabic Speaking Fathers:  A Case Study of Innovative and Inclusive Practice,” Migration Action, XXI (2), 16-19.

Sadowski, C. (1999) Developing Agency Referral Procedures and Protocols Which Address the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities, Ecumenical Migration Centre, Fitzroy, Victoria.

Sadowski, C. (1999) Doing it Better for the Year 2000:  Innovative Initiatives Addressing Parenting and Family Needs of Newly Arrived Communities, Ecumenical Migration Centre, Fitzroy, Victoria.

Herman, M., Sadowski, C., Sedway, M. (1992) Attacks on the Freedom to Learn, People for the American Way, Washington, DC USA.

Sadowski, C. (1992) “Fighting ‘Evil’ With Beverly’s Army,” Right Wing Watch, November 1992.

Seminar presentations

“Children’s experiences of security and contentment in shared care living arrangements” Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) Conference, 25-27 July 2012, Melbourne, Victoria.

“What children tell us about their experiences of living in shared care, post-separation” Centrelink Social Workers’ Bi-annual Conference, Ballarat, Victoria, August 2011.

“Applying an attachment lens to children’s experiences of shared time living arrangements,” Association of Federal and Conciliation Courts Conference, Chicago, IL USA, June 2012

“Children’s experiences of and development within joint residential custody,” Association of Federal and Conciliation Courts Conference, Orlando, Florida USA, June 2011

“How children fare in shared care: Existing research and new directions in depth enquiry,” 2nd Annual Family Relationships Services Australia National Conference, 24-26 November, 2009, Sydney, New South Wales.

“Bringing Children’s Voices to Discussions about their own “Best Interests” following family separation,” University of Ballarat Annual Research Conference, November 2009, University of Ballarat, Australia.

“Bringing Restorative Justice to Rural Victorian Communities,” Restorative Practices International Conference, October 2007, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

“What’s the Risk?  Understanding Engagement in High Risk Activities by Young Female Street-Based Injecting Drug Users,” Global Social Work Congress, October 2004, Adelaide, South Australia.

“Yarra Family Support Project for Refugees” (poster presentation), Global Social Work Congress, October 2004, Adelaide, South Australia.

“Working Effectively With Newly Arrived Refugee Families,” Australian Association of Social Workers National Conference, 2001.


Associations

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
  • Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)
  • National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU)