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Dumbrill Gary, Associate Professor

Biography

Research & Supervisory Interests

I am interested in child welfare and anti-racist/anti-oppressive practice.  Most of my work focuses on the intersection of these areas; on the ways child welfare can be undertaken from an anti-racist/anti-oppressive perspective. This interest emerges from the twelve years I spent working in British and Canadian child protection systems. I use mostly Participatory Action and in-depth qualitative (particularly Grounded Theory) methodologies and I have recently explored photovoice and photojournalistic methods.

Education

2003 - PhD, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Canada

1993 - MSW, School of Social Work, York University, Canada

1984 - CQSW & Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies, Croydon College, England

1983 - BSc (Hons), Polytechnic of the South Bank, Faculty of Social Sciences, London, England

Teaching

Courses Taught

Undergraduate

  • SOC WORK 2A06 Theory, Process and Communication Skills for Social Work
  • SOC WORK 2BB3 Social Work and Social Welfare: Anti-Oppressive Perspectives
  • SOC WORK 4D06 General Social Work II
  • SOC WORK 4Q03 Inquiry into Anti-Oppression: Facilitating the Dialogue
  • SOC WORK 4W03 Child Welfare (practice)

Graduate

  • SOC WORK 700 Social Work Practice: Critical Frameworks
  • SOC WORK 702 Special Topics - Reimagining Child Welfare
  • SOC WORK 711 Children and Families
  • SOC WORK 738 Social Work Research Methods
  • SOC WORK 772 Qualitative Methods for Social Work
  • SOC WORK 773 Doctoral Research Seminar

 

Research

Recent Publications

Books

Lee, B., Sammon, S., Dumbrill, G. C. (eds) (2014) Glossary of terms for anti-oppressive policy and practice: Second edition.  Mississauga: CommonAct Press.

Lee, B., Sammon, S., Dumbrill, G. C. (eds) (2007) Glossary of terms for anti-oppressive policy and practice: Revised edition.  Mississauga: CommonAct Press.

Book Chapters

Greene, S, O’Brien-Teengs, D, Dumbrill, G, Ion, A, Beaver, K, Porter, M, & Desbiens, M. (2016). Lessons learned from Community-Based Research to anti-oppressive HIV training for child welfare workers. In D. Fuchs, D. Badry, H. M. Montgomery & D. Kikulwe (Eds.), Transforming child welfare: Interdisciplinary practices, field education, and research. Regina, Canada: University of Regina Press.

Yee, J. Y., & Dumbrill, G. C. (2016). Whiteout: Still Looking for race in Canadian social work. In J. Graham & J. Al-Krenawi (Eds.), Multicultural social work in Canada, Second Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Dumbrill, G. C., & Lo, W. (2015). There is no anti-oppression without service users' voice. In Jeannine Carriere & Susan Strega (eds). Walking this path together: Anti-oppressive child welfare practice. Second edition. Halifax, Canada: Fernwood Publishing.

Dumbrill, G. C., (2011). Doing anti-oppressive child protection casework. In Donna Bains (ed). Doing anti-oppressive practice: Social justice work. Second Edition. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, p 53-63).

Dumbrill, G. C., & Lo, W. (2009). What parents say: Service users’ theory and anti-oppressive child welfare practice. In Jeannine Carriere & Susan Strega (eds). Walking this path together: Anti-oppressive child welfare practice. (pp. 96-108). Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.

Journal Articles

Gladstone, J., Dumbrill, G., Leslie, B., Koster, A., Young, M., & Ismaila, A. A. (2014). Understanding worker-parent engagement in child protection casework. Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 56-64. 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.06.002.

Gladstone, J., Dumbrill, G., Leslie, B., Koster, A., Young, M., & Ismaila, A. A. (2012). Looking at engagement and outcome from the perspectives of child protection workers and parents. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(1), 112-118.

Dumbrill, G. (2012). Anti-oppressive child welfare: How do we get there from here? The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies Journal, 57(1), 2-8.

Dumbrill, G. C. (2010). Power and child protection: The need for a child protection service users’ union or association. Australian Social Work, 63(2), 194-206.

Dumbrill, G. C. (2009). Your policies our children: Messages from refugee parents to child welfare workers and policy makers. Child Welfare, 88 (3), p. 145-168.

Dumbrill, G. C., & Rice-Green, J. (2008). Indigenous knowledge in the social work academy. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 27(5), p. 489-503.

Dumbrill, G. C., & Rice-Green, J. (2007). Including Indigenous knowledge in Web-based learning. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 25 (1/2), p. 103-116.

Other Publications

Young, M., & Dumbrill, G. (Eds.). (2010). Clinical counselling: A vital part of child welfare services. Toronto: Clinical Counselling Child Welfare Committee. 


Recent Presentations at Meetings

Invited

2014

Dumbrill, G. (2014, March) Racism, what it is, how it happens, who benefits, who loses. Community presentation organized by the Hamilton Center for Civic Inclusion and Good Shepherd, Hamilton, Ontario.

2013

Dumbrill, G. (2013, August). Orientation to teaching: tried hard could do better. Presentation organized by the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning for new faculty. University Club, McMaster.

Wilson, T., Dumbrill, G., Rivard, D., Joliffe, E. (2013, April). Engaging service users, and/or the communities they belong to: Challenges, Opportunities, and Promising Practices. A panel presentation at the Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Symposium, Richmond Hill, Ontario.

2012

Buck, S., Chooi-Harley, J., & Dumbrill, G. (2012, November). Ganikwiyoh (a good mind) in child welfare? A community presentation and debate at Six Nations Polytechnic. Six Nations Reserve, Ontario.

Dumbrill, G. C. (2012, November). Child welfare and anti-oppression. Presentation at a staff retreat for Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County. Guelph, Ontario.

Dumbrill, G. C. (2012, October). Racism: What it is, how it happens, who benefits and who loses. A community presentation hosted by the McMaster Office if Human Rights and Equity Services. McMaster University, Ontario.

Dumbrill, G. C., & Yee, J, Y. (2012, May). Inclusivity. An informal roundtable discussion and lunch with Toronto-area health charities about working with diverse populations and communities. Hosted by the Royal Bank and Alzheimer Society of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario.

Dumbrill, G. C. (2012, April). AOP child welfare practice: How do we get there from here? Keynote address at, Navigating anti-oppressive practice in child welfare symposium. Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies.

Dumbrill, G. C. (2012, March). Understanding ableism and other isms: A general theory of oppression. Student Initiative on Gender and Health and McMaster Interprofessional Student Collaborative. McMaster Univetrsity Health Sciences.

2011

Dumbrill, G. C. (2011, September). “Engaging students.” A presentation to faculty and TAs organized by the McMaster Center for Leadership and Learning. McMaster University, Ontario.

Dumbrill, G. C. (2011, September). My journey through the academy. A presentation to first year first generation student at, a celebration of firsts. McMaster University, Ontario.

Dumbrill, G. C. (2011, May). Technology in teaching: PowerPoint design. A presentation to faculty and TAs organized by the McMaster Center for Leadership and Learning. McMaster University, Ontario.

2010

Dumbrill, G. C. (2010, October). The policy limits to anti-oppressive child protection: The need for a paradigm shift. Presentation at, Anti-oppressive perspective in practice: Experiences of the Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) in Hamilton. McMaster School of Social Work AOE Committee.

Dumbrill, G. C. (2010, March). The promise of inclusion in child welfare: What does this really mean? Plenary panel at Diversity and inclusion on day conference at Hamilton Children’s Aid Society.

Dumbrill, G. C. (2010, April). Invited “discussant” at an international child welfare conference. Failing to protect: Moving beyond gendered responses. University of Victoria, British Columbia.

Peer-Reviewed

2016

Greene, S., O'Brian-Teengs., Ion, A., Dumbrill, G., Beaver, K., Des Biens, M., & Vaccaro, M. (2016, October 21.) Addressing the intersections of racism, impact of colonization and HIV stigma” Re-imagining Child Welfare Systems in Canada: A Symposium. Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada.

Gladstone, J., Damiani-Taraba, G., Dumbrill, G., Koster, A., Leslie, B., and Young, M. (2016, August 31). Client engagement and intervention outcomes: Yes, there is a relationship and here's what it looks like. The 21st ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, Calgary, August 31, 2016.

2014

Greene, S., Dumbrill, G., O-Brien-Teengs, D., Ion, A., Beaver, K., Desbiens, M. (2014). A Community-Based Research Approach to Anti-Oppressive HIV Training for Frontline Child Welfare Workers in Ontario [oral]. Prairie Child Welfare Consortium 7th Biennial Symposium, October 1-3, 2014, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Marquis, B., Vander Kloet, M,. Dumbrill, G., Joshi, A., Lo, W., Rossi, V. (2014, June) Transforming teaching and learning environments to increase inclusion. STLHE 2014: Transforming our teaching and learning experiences. Queens University, Kingston, Canada.

Dumbrill, G. (2014, April). Disadvantaged by social workers: The social construction of "bad parenting" philosophies. Global Social Sciences Conference, hosted by Hong Kong Baptist University, National Taiwan University, China Youth University for Political Sciences. Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong.

Dumbrill, G. (2014, April). The social construction of "bad parenting" ideologies. Paper presented at the Global Social Science Conference, Hong Kong.

2013

Dumbrill, G. (2013, June). Building theory from service users' definitions of good anti-oppressive practice. Canadian Association for Social Work Education Annual Conference. Victoria, Canada.

Dumbrill, G. (2013, April). Learning from service users: What they say, how they say it, and why we all need to listen. Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Symposium. Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

2012

Leslie, B., Gladstone, J, Dumbrill, G., Koster, A., Young, M., & Ismaila, A., A. (2012, September). Effective intervention begins with client engagement. Paper presented at the European Scientific Association on Residential and Foster Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF), Glasgow, Scotland.

Dumbrill, G. C. (2012, May). Left at the border: Service user perspectives in social work. Canadian Association for Social Work Education Annual Conference. Waterloo, Canada.

2011

Gladstone, J., Dumbrill, G., Leslie, B., Koster, A., Young, M., & Ismaili, A. (2011, May). The influence of engaged worker-client relationships on child welfare outcomes. Paper presented at the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER),5th Annual International Conference on Sociology, Athens, Greece.

2010

Dumbrill, G. C. (2010, June). A service users association: The key to anti-oppressive child protection policy and practice. Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies 2010 International Conference on Child Welfare and Child Wellbeing: Putting Children First. Toronto.

Young, M., Gladstone, J., Koster, A., Leslie, B., Dumbrill, G. C., Ismaili, A. (2010, June). Parent–worker engagement: What it is and how to do it.  Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies 2010 International Conference on Child Welfare and Child Wellbeing: Putting Children First. Toronto.