Phil is Associate Professor in Social Work within the School of Law and Society at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where he is the Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Human Services and the Diploma of Social and Human Services. He is based at the USC Moreton Bay campus, Petrie.
Phil also coordinates the 'Conversations with Practitioner' events at USC. These 1-hour free events invite experienced practitioners from various practice sub-fields to respond to student questions about the character, emerging opportunities, and challenges regarding practice in that field.
Phil's academic interests centre on human services and social work practice, particularly in respect of vulnerable young people, and social issues typified by complexity. His research and project leadership has been influential in the areas of early intervention into youth homelessness, the use of participatory action research as a tool for creating contextually responsive services and service systems, youth alcohol and other drug practice, public space practice, and support for young people leaving care. He has a particular interest in person-centered context responsive practice, and appreciating the importance of a relational lens for practitioners working with young people.
He has active links with a wide range of service sectors most notably the homelessness and housing, and youth sectors. He is lead author of numerous practice guides for youth drug and alcohol practice and participatory action research in human services.
Phil undertakes practice-orientated research into the prevention of homelessness through various initiatives. Specific projects currently underway include the Sunshine Coast Rough Sleepers Research Initiative, and the prevention of homelessness for young people leaving care through the Churches of Christ Youth Connect program. Whilst at QUT Phil co-led a multi-disciplinary partnership between a university and the Aboriginal community of Cherbourg.
Phil supervises PhD and MSW by Research students undertaking studies into practice to support vulnerable young people experience respectful relationships, and enabling community voice in climate change responses.
- Social Work
- Human Services
Philip's skill set include undertaking studies into practice to support vulnerable young people experience respectful relationships, and enabling community voice in climate change responses.