Ms Lou Johnston

Casual Academic

Newcastle Law School (Social Work)

Career Summary

Biography

Lou is a casual lecturer and PhD student at UoN. In private practice she provides individual and group professional supervision and is a practice development consultant for human services. Lou has taught at the university since 2001 (casual, part-time and full-time at different periods). Her teaching experience covers social policy, organisational practice, community development, group program development, research and schools and communities. Her PhD study is on supervising supervisors and developing supervision practice. Her qualitative research experience includes projects looking at perspectives of parents and carers of children with a disability about the NDIS, experiences of parents whose children were removed and placed in out of home care, engagement of people with disabilities in local communities, and graduate work readiness.

Research projects
2012-present: PhD Candidature, Social Work: Supervising supervisors: Developing professional supervision practice.

2016-present: Follow-up study: What does person centred care mean for early intervention services? Parent and carer perspectives.

2016-present: Transitioning to community living: People living with a disability (study with adults living with a disability and their move from large residential centres to community living)

2015-present: Parents’ perspectives on support and legal services after having a child removed and placed in out of home care.

2012-2013: What does person centred care mean for early intervention services? Parent and carer perspectives (focused on national disability reforms and their impact on families with children 0-6 years with a disability).

2011-2012: Renewing social work curriculum about non-heterosexualities to support student experience and increase professional development, UoN Teaching and Learning Project Grant ($10,000).

2011: Indicators of work readiness in social work students, UoN External Relations Project Grant ($7,000).

2010: Cultural connections in learning for Indigenous Social Work students, UoN Equity Initiative Grant ($6,500)


Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Science, Mitchell College of Advanced Education
  • Bachelor of Social Work, University of Sydney

Keywords

  • Experience based learning
  • Field Education Preparation
  • Groupwork
  • Indicators of work readiness in social work graduates
  • Organisations
  • Professional supervision
  • Schools and communities
  • Social policy
  • Social work
  • Student preparation for practice
  • Work Integrated Learning

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
Newcastle Law School
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/10/2013 - 31/12/2016 Secretary, Firstchance Inc. Board Firstchance Inc.
Australia
1/01/2000 - 31/12/2016 Member - Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2001 - 31/01/2017 Consultant

Private practice providing professional practice supervision for individuals and groups, as well as project work focused predominantly on organisational practice, such as team development, practice improvement, organisational culture, and program development. This includes development and facilitation of practice and skills workshops.

Self-employed
Australia

Awards

Recognition

Year Award
2013 Work Integrated Learning Staff of the Year Award 2013
University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
2012 Work Integrated Learning Staff of the Year Award 2012
University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Johnston L, Noble C, Gray M, Critical Supervision for the Human Services A Social Model to Promote Learning and Value-Based Practice, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 288 (2016)
Co-authors Mel Gray

Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Howard A, Johnston L, Agllias K, 'Ready or not: Workplace perspectives on work readiness indicators in social work graduates', Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 17 7-22 (2015) [C1]
Co-authors Kylie Agllias, Amanda Howard
2015 Howard A, Blakemore T, Johnston L, Taylor D, Dibley R, '¿I¿m not really sure but I hope it¿s better¿: early thoughts of parents and carers in a regional trial site for the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme', Disability and Society, 30 1365-1381 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Taylor & Francis.The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is one of the most significant initiatives in Australian social policy history. Its complexity has been co... [more]

© 2015 Taylor & Francis.The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is one of the most significant initiatives in Australian social policy history. Its complexity has been compounded by a fast-paced introduction and ongoing refinement throughout the initial trial phase. Parents and carers of very young disabled children face particular challenges accessing and navigating NDIS systems. This article presents findings from a mixed-method pilot study examining the perspectives of parents and carers of disabled children in one NDIS trial site ¿ the Hunter Region of New South Wales. The research highlights a number of policy assumptions potentially impacting on NDIS take up for young disabled children and their families in regional contexts. Based on research findings a number of policy suggestions and improvements for disabled children and their families entering the NDIS and other individualised funding schemes are outlined.

DOI 10.1080/09687599.2015.1093462
Co-authors Amanda Howard, Tamara Blakemore
2013 Johnston L, 'Best practice in professional supervision: A guide for the helping professions', ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK AND DEVELOPMENT, 23 151-152 (2013) [C3]
DOI 10.1080/02185385.2012.759318
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Ms Lou Johnston

Positions

Casual Academic
Social Work
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Casual Research Assistant
Social Work
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Social Work

Contact Details

Email lou.johnston@newcastle.edu.au

Office

Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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