Researcher biography

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 policy, systems reform, and frontline practice. Joel has expertise 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 family therapist and mental health clinician, Joel has worked in an array of public and not for profit contexts and has operated a private practice (Brisbane Family Therapy Clinic) since 2005. In addition to university teaching in mental health, child protection, and human development, Joel has also been a regular provider of private training and professional supervision to other 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 mental health and human service work, and to social policy formulation and reform of care systems. Joel welcomes inquiries regarding research higher degree supervision.