Researcher biography

Joel is a social worker and individual, couple and family therapist. Joel completed his undergraduate training in Social Work (1998), his Master of Mental Health (Psychotherapy) (2005), and his PHD (2010) at the University of Queensland. Joel's Masters dissertation and PhD thesis both explored systemic thinking about complex problems at multiple levels of abstraction, including the levels of frontline practice in therapy, mental health and other contexts, and policy, and systems reform. Joel has expertise in the theory and practice of therapy, first principles of problem formation and problem resolution, and the trans-disciplinary systems science of cybernetics. Joel has well over twenty years experience as a family therapist and mental health clinician. Joel has worked in an array of public and not for profit contexts and has operated a busy private practice (Brisbane Family Therapy Clinic) since 2004. In addition to university teaching in mental health, Joel has also been a regular provider of private training and professional supervision to other mental health and human service professionals over the past fifteen years. Joel's program of research is concerned with systems thinking and its application to context-sensitive approaches to therapy, mental health and human service work, and to social policy formulation and reform of care systems. Joel welcomes inquiries regarding research higher degree supervision.