Researcher biography

Joel is a social worker, systems thinker and family therapist. Joel completed his undergraduate training in Social Work, his Master of Mental Health (Psychotherapy) and his PHD (2010) at the University of Queensland. Joel's Master's dissertation and PhD thesis both explored systemic thinking about complex problems at multiple levels of abstraction. Joel has a deep interest in the trans-disciplinary systems science of cybernetics, as well as in the theory and practice of therapy and first principles of problem formation and problem resolution. As a therapist/clinician, Joel has worked in an array of public and not for profit contexts and has operated a private practice since 2005. In addition to university teaching Joel has also been a regular provider of private training and professional supervision to other human service professionals. Joel's program of research is concerned with systemic thinking and context-sensitive approaches to human service work.