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EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

 

Dr. Dixon Sookraj is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

BSc. (Psychology/Statistics)

Post-degree Diploma (Criminology)

MSSW. (Social Work)

PhD. Social Work, Ohio State University)

 

POSITIONS HELD

  • Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE-ACFTS), President
  • International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW-AIETS), Board member, Chair of Research Committee
  • University of British Columbia- Okanagan, Senate Admissions, Awards and Appeals Committee, Committee Member
  • University of British Columbia- Okanagan, School of Social Work Admissions and Awards Committee, Committee Chair

 

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

 

Social Work Theory and Practice, Organizational Practice, Community Practice, Child and Family Welfare Policy, Research and International Social Work.

  • Participatory research to promote health and wellbeing
  • Policies and processes of social service delivery systems in responding to the needs and aspirations of marginalized groups, including Indigenous Peoples.

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Sookraj, D., Meterri, A., & Heinonen, T. (2016). The IASSW statement on social work research. Social Dialogue, 13 (4), pp. 35-38.

Sookraj, D. Wilkins, W., Carpenter, M., Talon, P., Cassie, M., Anastas, J, & Dominelli, L. (2014). Global agenda for social work and social development: North American Region. International Social Work, 57(4) (Suppl.), 45-49.

Sookraj, D., Hutchinson, P., Evans, M., Murphy, M. A. (2012). Aboriginal organizational response to the need for culturally appropriate services in Canadian Cities. Journal of Social Work, 12(2), pp. 136-257

Aguiar, L. M., McKinnon, A., & Sookraj, D. (2010/2011). Repertoires of Racism: Reactions to Jamaicans in the Okanagan   Valley. BC Studies, (168), 65-79.

Klein, S., Pulkingham, J., With S. Parusel, K. Plancke, J. Smith, D. Sookraj, T. Vu, B. Wallace & J. Worton. (2008). Living on welfare in British Columbia: Experiences of longer term “expected to work” recipients. Vancouver, BC: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

OTHER RECENT REPORTS

1. Sookraj, D. (2016). Regional research activities: North American and Caribbean Association of Schools of Social Work, Social Dialogue, 13 (4), pp. 42- 43.

2. De Chenu, L., & Littlechild, B. (2016). Social Work and global resources, Social Dialogue, 13 (4), pp. 38- 41. Contributed section: Challenges and opportunities to conducting social   work research in the North American and Caribbean Region. (pp. 39-40).

3. IASSW/IFSW. (2014). Global Definition of Social Work .(Global Definition Committee, Member

4. IASSW/IFSW/ICSW. (2012). Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development: Commitments to Action (Global Agenda Committee, Member)

Sookraj, D. Wilkins, W., Carpenter, M., Talon, P., Cassie, M., Anastas, J, & Dominelli, L. (2014). Global agenda for social work and social development: North American Region. International Social Work, 57(4) (Suppl.), 45-49.

International Association of Schools of Social Work & International Federation of Social Workers (2014). New global definition of Social Work (Contributor). Retrieved from http://www.iassw-aiets.org/uploads/file/20140303_IASSW%20Website-SW%20DEFINITION%20approved%20IASSW%20Board%2021%20Jan%202014.pdf

Sookraj, D., Hutchinson, P., Evans, M., Murphy, M. A. (2012). Aboriginal organizational response to the need for culturally appropriate services in Canadian Cities. Journal of Social Work, 12(2), pp. 136-257

Kurtz, D.L., Nyberg, J., Van Den Tillaart, S., Mills, B., & Okanagan Urban Aboriginal Health Research Collective. (2008). Silencing of voice: An act of structural violence. Urban Aboriginal women speak out about their experiences with health care. Journal of Aboriginal Health (4)1, 53-63.

Evans, M., Hole, R., Berg, L., Hutchinson, P., Sookraj, D., & the Okanagan Urban Aboriginal Research Health Collective (2008). Common Insights, Differing Methodologies: Towards a Fusion of Indigenous Methodologies, Participatory Action Research, and White Studies in an Urban Aboriginal Research Agenda” Qualitative Inquiry, 15(5), 890-910.

Berg, L., Evans, M., Fuller, D. and the Okanagan Urban Aboriginal Health Research Collective (2007). “Ethics, Hegemonic Whiteness, and the Contested Imagination of ‘Aboriginal Community’ in Social Science Research in Canada” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies at http:/www.acme-journal.org, 6(3): 395-410.

Kurtz, Donna, Jessie Nyberg, Susan Van Den Tillart, Buffy Mills, and the Okanagan Urban Aboriginal Health Research Collective (2007). Silencing of Voice: An Act of Violence. Urban Aboriginal Women Speak Out About Their Experiences with Health Care. Journal of Aboriginal Health 4(1): 53-63.

Murphy, M.A., Battison, J., & Sookraj, D. (2002). How could personal faith influence our practice? Our clients have the right to their own beliefs and spiritual paths. Perspectives, (Fall 2002, p. 24).

Sookraj, D. (2005). Economic, institutional, political and social factors related to service delivery to under served clients by non-profit outpatient abuse treatment agencies. Dissertation Abstracts International. (Summer 1995).

 

PANEL PRESENTATIONS

    1. Congress of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences. (June, 2016). Role of Humanities and Social Sciences Disciplines in Reconciliation. Panelists discussed the responses of their respective disciplines to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. (Calgary, Alberta). Panel member.
    2. Conference of the Association of Social Work Boards (March, 2016). Moving Forward:  Social Work in the Age of Mobility. Panelists representing national associations of educators, practitioners and regulators across Canada and the US discussed issues and challenges posed by mobility of Professional practice. (Jersey City, New Jersey). Panel member.
    3. Annual Program meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. (Oct 2015). Issues in aging and international practicums across the North American and Caribbean Region. Panel members included colleagues from the US and Caribbean (Denver, Colorado). Panel member.
    4.  Annual Program meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. (Oct 2014). Challenges in implementing the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development in the North American and Caribbean Region. The panel included representatives from IASSW, CSWE and NACASSW. (Tampa, Florida). Panel member.
    5. Annual Program meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. (Oct 2013). International and Regional Social Work Organizations Promoting the Global Agenda. (Dallas, Texas). Panel member, with Mark Rodgers (President of North American and Caribbean Association of Schools of Social Work), Vimla Nadkarni (President of International Association of Schools of Social Work) and Lernie Rock, L. (President of Caribbean Association of Schools of Social Work).
       

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Sookraj, D., Murphy, M.A. & Wariach, C. (2015). Inventory of International Involvements of Canadian Social Work Scholars: Teaching, Research and Practice Education. This national survey was conducted in Fall, 2014. Preliminary findings were presented at IASSW International Conference (Vancouver, Jan 2015).

Sookraj, D. &, Murphy, M. A. (2014). Implementing the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development: Use of internet to facilitate information sharing, networking and collaboration. Paper presented at the Joint Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Melbourne, Australia (July 2014).

Sookraj, D. (2013). Promoting Indigenous Child and Family Welfare in the Caribbean: Are Canadian Approaches Relevant? Paper presented at the 11th Biennial Conference of Caribbean and International Social Work Educators, Curacao, Caribbean (July 8-12).

Sookraj, D., & Chau, S. (2012). Cultural appropriateness of child welfare services to urban Aboriginals: Collaborative action research. Paper presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Waterloo, Ontario (May 29-31).

Aguiar, L. M., McKinnon, A., & Sookraj, D. (2010). Visitabilization, Whiteness and Valley Aesthetics in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. Paper presented to the panel on “How Green is your Valley”, 8th Annual Hawaii Conference on Arts and Humanities, Waikiki, Hawaii (January 13-16).

 

WORKSHOPS

Sookraj, D., Heinonen, T., & Meterri, A. (2016). Innovations in Social Work Research Approaches and Methods: Applications to Education and Practice. Workshop presented at the Social Work, Education and Social Development Conference in Seoul, Korea (June 2016).

Sookraj, D. & the International Affairs Committee of IASSW (June 2013). Special session to obtain feedback on the proposed changes to the Global Definition of Social Work and implementation of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development Commitment to Action. (Congress 2013, Victoria, BC, Canada).