Dr Carole Elizabeth Adamson



Carole is a past executive member of the Council for Social Work Education Aotearoa New Zealand (CSWEANZ). She was a founding member of the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS) and is a registered social worker. She serves as a university academic on NZQA/SWRB programme approval and recognition panels for social work programmes, and is the NZQA monitor for two social work programmes in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Having practiced as a mental health social worker in New Zealand, Carole is keen to retain professional links with the mental health and related fields. She has served as Chairperson of a drug and alcohol agency and as committee member, consultant, supervisor and trainer to several other NGOs, DHBs and professional groups in various fields of practice, and provides practice supervision in several fields of practice, including domestic violence, mental health, community development and disability.

She has retained an interest in the professional supervision and support of social workers in a variety of fields, and is a periodic reviewer for several journals. She is the co-editor of Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education and is the Australasian board member for Social Work Education, and is a board member of Traumatology. She has been a guest editor for Occupational Medicine (for an edition on PTSD) and Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education (for an edition on social work education and disasters). Her current interests are in resilience, disaster-informed curriculum development and the inclusion of animals in social work and social work education.

Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.co.nz/citations?hl=en&user=zbZU6FcAAAAJ

Research | Current

Carole’s prime areas of interest are in research, stress, trauma and disasters, especially in terms of the impact on the workplace and workforce, and in curriculum development. Her PhD studies considered the impact of critical incidents and traumatic events and the establishment of effective models of staff support within the mental health environment. She is currently engaged in research and curriculum development in the field of disaster-informed curriculum for social work, and in the process of curriculum design in the transition from the delivery of three to four year social work programmes in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Teaching | Current

  • Social work
  • Mental health
  • Stress, trauma and resilience
  • Professional supervision

Postgraduate supervision

Carole has a wide experience of supervision of Masters students in social work and is currently supervising seven doctoral students.


Executive member of the Council for Social Work Education Aotearoa New Zealand (CSWEANZ)

Co-editor of Advances, and executive member of the Australia New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER)

NZQA monitor for social work programmes at Wintec and NMIT

External moderator, Unitec

Areas of expertise

Resilience, trauma, workplace stress, curriculum development, animals in social work

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Ton, K. T., Gaillard, J. C., Adamson, C. E., Akgungor, C., & Ho, H. T. (2019). Expanding the capabilities of people with disabilities in disaster risk reduction. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 1-7. 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.11.002
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: JC Gaillard
  • Adamson, C. (2018). Trauma-informed supervision in the disaster context. The Clinical Supervisor, 37 (1), 221-240. 10.1080/07325223.2018.1426511
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43413
  • Adamson, C., & Darroch, J. (2016). When Ida came to class: The inclusion of animals in the social work curriculum. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 18 (2), 39-51.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34361
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Darroch
  • Darroch, J., & Adamson, C. (2016). Companion animals and disasters: The role of human services organisations. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 28 (4), 100-108. 10.11157/anzswj-vol28iss4id189
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Darroch
  • Beddoe, L., & Adamson, C. (2016). Educating resilient practitioners. In I. Taylor, M. Bogo, M. Lefevre, B. Teater (Eds.) Routledge international handbook of social work education (pp. 343-354). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liz Beddoe
  • Appleton, C., & Adamson, C. (2016). The concept of integrity in relation to failing and marginal students. In A. Bellinger, D. Ford (Eds.) Practice placement in social work: Innovative approaches for effective teaching and learning (pp. 181-202). Bristol, UK: Policy Press. 10.2307/j.ctt1t8922q.17
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30332
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cherie Appleton
  • Adamson, C. (2015). Supervision is not politically innocent. In L. Beddoe, J. Maidment (Eds.) Supervision in social work: Contemporary issues (pp. 10-21). London: Routledge.
  • Adamson, C. (2015). Best practice in responding to critical incidents and potentially traumatic experience within an organisational setting. In M. Pack, J. Cargill (Eds.) Evidence discovery and assessment in social work practice (pp. 302-323). Hershey, Pennsylvania: Information Science Reference. 10.4018/978-1-4666-6563-7.ch015


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 405
New Zealand

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