I. Carter

Irene Carter, Professor
MSW Working Professionals Coordinator

Office: 201-C, 167 Ferry Street
Windsor, ON N9A 0C5
Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 3079
E-mail: icarter@uwindsor.ca

Scholarly Interests/Areas of Expertise

  • Development and study of online courses and programs in social work
  • Development of Field Integration Seminars and Advance Practice Internship Courses
  • Disability and curriculum development in Schools of Social Work
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Support groups and Self-help groups

Educational Background

  • PhD, University of Calgary
  • MSW, Dalhousie University
  • B Ed, Dalhousie University
  • BA, York University

Recent Courses Taught

Graduate

02-47-8570, Field Integration Seminar
02-47-8680, Advanced Practice Internship Seminar  

Biography

IRENE CARTER, Professor, teaches in the MSW Program in the School of Social Work and is the Academic Coordinator for the MSW Working Professionals Program. Irene has been a member of the faculty of the School of Social Work since 2005. Her previous experience includes teaching at Dalhousie University and Mount St. Vincent Universities, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the management of government program development and service delivery for individuals with disabilities. With over 40 publications, Irene’s current scholarship focuses on further collaboration between the School of Social Work and School of Dramatic Art, University of Windsor, further development of online courses and programs in the MSW Working Professionals Program, critical disability studies in Canadian schools of social work curriculum, and continued research regarding intellectual and developmental disabilities, self-help groups, and support groups.

Irene was instrumental in developing the following courses in the School of Social Work:

  • The development of the course, Communication Skills in Social Work Practice (8504) in 2005.
  • The development of the course, Community Approaches, Advocacy, and Empowerment (DISB 4010) in 2008. At the time Irene was the Coordinator of the Disability Studies (Social Work Program) and also helped to develop several other BSW Disability Studies courses.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Social Work, Robin Wright, and a grant from the Open and Online Strategic Development Grant of $10,000.00 (2016-2018), the MSW courses Field Integration Seminar (8570) and Advanced Internship Seminar (8680) were designed for online teaching and course delivery for the MSW (on campus) and MSW for Working Professionals (MSWwp) (off campus) programs.

Professional and Educational Responsibilities

  • Member, MSW Committee
  • Academic Coordinator, MSW Working Professionals Program
    • Student Admissions
    • Hiring and Orientation of Instructors, Curriculum Leads, and File Reviewers
  • Member, MSW WP Academic Committee
  • Member, Appointments Committee, MSW WP Program
  • Bibliographer, School of Social Work
  • Co-Chair, Disability Caucus, Canadian Association of Social Work Education

Awards and Recognition

  • 2010 - Student Counselling Award, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Recent Publications

Carter, I., Hanes, R., & MacDonald, J. (In Press). Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Connecting Anti-oppressive Social Work Practice to a Social Oppression Model of Disability. Fernwood. In Donna Baines, Editor (4th ed.), Doing anti-oppressive practice: Social justice social work. Fernwood Publishing: Nova Scotia.

CarterI., Hanes, R. & MacDonald, J. (2021). Social work in Australia: Moving beyond existing theories and practice. Professional Development. Professional Development: The International Journal of Professional Education, 24(2).

Carter, I., Wright, R., Levitz, N., Hind, C., Bond, C., Boetang, M., & Ambrose-Miller, W. (2021). Equipping students for practice: A systematic review of standardized and simulated learning in social work education. Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, 24(1).

Carter, I., Damianakis, T., Munro, S., Skinner, H., Matin, S., Andrews, T. N. (2020). Exploring online and blended course delivery in social group work. In P. A. Kurzman & M. B. Littlefield (Eds.) Online and distance social work education. Current practice and future trends. Routledge.

Coyle, J., Carter, I., Currie, B. A., & Cragg, S. (2019). Family strengths improve the well-being of family members with developmental disabilities, Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, 22 (1), 17-21.                                       

Carter, I., Damianakis, Munro, S., Skinner, H. Matin, S, & Nash Andrews, T. (2018). Exploring online and blended course delivery in social group work, Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 38(5), 486-503. DOl: 10.1080/08841233.2018.1523824

Hanes, R., Carter, I., & MacDonald, J. (2017). Engaging in anti-oppressive social work practice. In Donna Baines, Editor (3rd), Doing anti-oppressive practice: Social justice social work, 382. Fernwood Publishing: Nova Scotia.

Home, A., Carter, I., and Warren R., (2016) New tools for parenting adopted children with special needs. International Social Service Bulletin, 195(3).

Carter, I. (2016). Empowering strategies for change: Advocacy by and for people with disabilities. In J. Robertson & G. Larsen (250 pp.), Disability and social change.  A progressive Canadian approach. Fernwood Publishing: Nova Scotia.

Coyle, J., & Carter, I. (2016). Costruire la resilienza in famiglie al cui interno vi sono persone con disabilita' intellettive (Building resilience in families who have members with intellectual disabilities), L'integrazione scolastica esociale, 15(1), 30-34.

Home, A., Carter, I., Scarth, S., and Warren, R. (2015). Working together in special needs parenting: An innovative research dissemination project, Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 17(3).

Carter, I. (2015). Chapter 14 Working with individuals with disabilities and their families In John Graham, Alean AlKrenaw, and Nazim Habibov, Diversity and Social Work in Canada, Oxford University Press.

Carter, I., Park, W., & Cragg, S. (2015). Perceptions of Social Support among Canadian-Born and Non-Canadian Born Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities, Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, 18(1), 56-69.

Research/Recent Funded Projects

(2019) Application for and approval of a $10,000.00 Phase 2 Curriculum Development Fund Grant that explores the use of simulated clients in social work education through collaboration with the School of Dramatic Arts, University of Windsor.

(2018) Application for and successful receipt of a $15,000.00 Curriculum Development Fund Grant entitled: Equipping students: A systematic review of standardized, simulated learning in social work education. The research associated with this grant reviewed the use of simulation in assessment and teaching in social work and dramatic arts. The research resulting from this grant was submitted and accepted by the 2018 Canadian Association of Social Work Education Conference Vancouver, BC and the International Social Work Education and Development Online Conference 2021. A paper of this work has been published.

(2016) Application for and successful receipt of $700.00 from the Canadian Association of Social Work Education Disability Committee to complete exploration of a study about social work and disability education nationally and internationally. The paper is (in Press) to be published soon.

(2015) Application for and successful receipt of an Open and Online Strategic Development Grant of $10,000.00 for Implementing Online Teaching and Course Delivery for the MSW (on campus) and MSW for Working Professionals (MSWwp) (off campus) Master of Social Work courses, Field Integration Seminar (8570) and Advanced Internship Seminar (8680). This work was presented at the Canadian Association of Social Work Education in 2016.