Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Heather Boetto

 Heather Boetto

Profile

Heather is a lecturer in Social Work and Human Services at Charles Sturt University.  She began work in the field of disability in the 1990's and later practiced in areas of child welfare, school social work, women's health, and private practice.  Heather grew up in rural New South and has maintained an interest in rural social work practice, as well as other areas within a rural context, particularly ecological practice and gender.

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Teaching

Heather began teaching in the Social Work and Human Services discipline at CSU in 2003, initially as a casual lecturer, and since 2008 as a permanent staff member.  Heather has taught in a broad range of subject areas, including social work theory and practice, social policy, child welfare, communications, introductory social welfare and fields of practice.  Heather has a particular interest in assisting students transition developed knowledge (e.g. values and ethics, theory) into articulated strategies and approaches for practice and provides social work students with supervision when undertaking practicum placements as part of their course work.  Heather is also involved in supporting social work students on international study abroad programs to develop knowledge and understanding about the global context of practice issues.

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Research

Although Heather has an interest in various research areas, her main focus relates to ecological social work.  Heather commenced her PhD in 2013 to explore how ecological approaches can be incorporated into foundations of social work practice, and has published several articles relating to this topic.  Heather's other areas of interest include gender, internationalisation and rural social work.

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Selected publications

  • Moorhead, B., Bell, K., Mutton-Jones, T., Boetto, H., and Bailey, I. (2017). Pedagogies for developing students' professional identity in neo-conservative environments. Australia New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research Symposium 2017. Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Boetto, H., & Bowles, W. (2017). Eco-social transitions: Exploring the wisdom of our elders (pp. 190-205). In A. Matthies & K. Narhi (Eds.), Ecosocial transition of societies: Contribution of social work and social policy. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Appleby, K., Bell, K., & Boetto, H. (2017). Climate change adaptation: community action, disadvantaged groups and practice implications for social work. Australian Social Work, 70(1), 78-91. doi: 10.1080/0312407X.2015.1088558
  • Boetto, H. (2016). A transformative eco-social model: Challenging modernist assumptions in social work, British Journal of Social Work. Advance access published November 5, 2016. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcw149
  • Boetto, H. (2016). Developing ecological social work for micro level practice (pp. 59-77). In J. McKinnon & M. Alston (Eds.), Ecological social work: Towards sustainability. Houndmills, ENG: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bowles, W., Boetto, H., Jones, P., & McKinnon, J. (2016). Is social work really greening? Exploring the place of sustainability and environment in social work codes of ethics. International Social Work. Published online 25 July 2016. DOI: 10.1177/0020872816651695
  • Boetto, H., Inch, J., Lloyd, S., & Barber, N. (2015). Exploring food security in social work field education: Analysis of a food relief program. Advances in social work and welfare education, 17(1), 52-67.
  • Boetto, H., & Bell, K. (2015). Environmental sustainability in social work curricula: A pilot study of online course content. International Social Work, 58(3), 448-462.
  • Bell, K., Moorhead, B. & Boetto, H. (2015). Social work students' reflections on gender, social justice and human rights during a short-term study program to India. International Social Work. Published online 16 February 2015. DOI: 10.1177/0020872814559559
  • Boetto, H., Moorhead, B., & Bell, K. (2014). Broadening the 'environment' in social work: Impacts of a study abroad program. Critical Social Work, 15 (1), Retrieved from http://www1.uwindsor.ca/criticalsocialwork/broadening_environment_SW
  • Boetto, H., McKinnon, J. (2013). Rural women and climate change: A gender inclusive social policy perspective. Australian Social Work, 66 (2), 234-247.
  • Boetto, H., & McKinnon, J. (2013). Gender and climate change in Australia: A review of differences. Critical Social Work. 14 (1), 15-18. Retrieved from http://www1.uwindsor.ca/criticalsocialwork/system/files/Boetto_McKinnon.pdf
  • Moorhead, B., Boetto, H., & Bell, K. (2013). India and us: Student development of professional social work identity through a short-term study abroad program. Social Work Education,33(2), pp. 175-189. 
  • Boetto, H. (2010). Kinship care: A review of issues. Family Matters: Newsletter for the Australian Institute of Family Studies, 85, 60-67.

  • Alston, M., Duncan, G., & Boetto, H., (2004). Empowering young rural women: The provision of a social work service for young women in a disadvantaged high school. Women in Welfare Education, 7, p. 1-63.

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Memberships

  • Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Committee member of Lila Kirilik Social Justice Committee
  • Advisory Group Member for Relationships Australia, Riverina Branch

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