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Helen Simmons MPhil, PGDipSocServSup, BSW, BA

Senior Professional Clinician

School of Social Work

Tena Koutou Katoa.

In 2002 I was honoured to join the Massey staff in a social work practice teaching capacity following 25 years in social work practice. Since that time I have been enabled to further my contributions in the field via supervision, bi-cultural teaching practice and community development. In 2014 I received the Vice Chancelor's Award for Excellence in teaching. In my wider community life engagements include committee member Manawatu-Whanganui Branch ANZASW, Project Waitangi training, co-ordinating a traditional irish dancing collective and Brazen Hussie singing! Nga mihi nui koutou.


Roles and Responsibilities

BSW Co-ordinator 2008-2010

Professional Program Coordinator 2011-2013

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 063569099 Extension 83512
    Location: 7.25, Social Science tower
    Campus: Manawatu

Qualifications

  • Master of Philosophy - Massey University (2007)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Social Service Supervision - Massey University (2003)
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Massey University (1992)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Massey University (1976)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

bi-cultural practice, supervision, spirituality

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Clinical Social Work Practice (160701): Social Work (160700): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Keywords

social work practice, supervision, bicultural practice

Research Outputs

Journal

Fagan, K., Simmons, H., & Nash, M. (2012). Successful young adults are asked - ‘In your experience, what builds confidence?’. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Review. 24(2), 8-18
[Journal article]Authored by: Simmons, H.
Simmons, H. (2011). Book review: Trust - a true story of women and gangs by Desmond, P. (2009). Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Review. 23(1&2), 82-83
[Journal article]Authored by: Simmons, H.
Simmons, H. (2010). Book review: Hidden in front of us by Simcock, A. and Duncan L., (2010). Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Review. 22(3), 71-71
[Journal article]Authored by: Simmons, H.
Koro, T., Walden, N., Smith, T., Dewar, A., Muller, K., Ndeke, A., . . . Simmons, H. (2010). Nga Haerenga o Le Laumei: Pathways to cultural protection through language preservation. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Review. 22(4), 44-56 Retrieved from http://anzasw.org.nz/about/topics/show/207-aotearoa-nz-social-work-review
[Journal article]Authored by: Simmons, H.
Simmons, H., & Wheeler, C. (2010). Serendipity - surprises in critical reflection on supervision. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Review. 22(2), 53-61
[Journal article]Authored by: Simmons, H.
Wheeler, C., & Simmons, H. (2009). 'Loitering with intent' - a model of practice for working in a New Zealand secondary school. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Review. 21(3), 38-45
[Journal article]Authored by: Simmons, H.
Simmons, H. (2008). Book review: Eloise's excellent experiment by Nikki Evans and Brontë Evans Pollock. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Review. 20(2), 94-95
[Journal article]Authored by: Simmons, H.
Simmons, H., Mafile'o, T., Webster, J., Jakobs, J., & Thomas, C. (2008). He wero: The challenge of putting your body on the line: Teaching and learning in anti-racist practice. Social Work Education. 27(4), 366-379
[Journal article]Authored by: Mafile'o, T., Simmons, H.
Simmons, H. (2006). Book review: Faith evolving: A patchwork journey, Trish McBride. Women's Studies Journal. 20(2: Women and Spirituality) Retrieved from http://www.wsanz.org.nz/journal/back-issues/20-2.htm
[Journal article]Authored by: Simmons, H.

Book

Walsh-Tapiata, W., Simmons, H., Meo-Sewabu, L., & Umugwaneza, A. (2018). Pōwhiri: A safe space of cultural encounter to assist transnational social workers in the profession in Aotearoa New Zealand. In Transnational Social Work: Opportunities and challenges of a global profession.
[Chapter]Authored by: Simmons, H.
Simmons, H., Moroney, H., Mace, J., & Shepherd, K. (2007). Supervision across disciplines: Fact or fantasy?. In D. Wepa (Ed.) Clinical supervision in Aotearoa/New Zealand: A Health Perspective. (pp. 72 - 86). Auckland, New Zealand: Prentice Hall New Zealand
[Chapter]Authored by: Simmons, H.

Thesis

Simmons, H. (2006). Out of the closet: Experiences and expressions of spirituality in supervision. (Master's Thesis, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Simmons, H.

Conference

Simmons, HJ., Walsh-Tapiata, W., Meo-Sewabu, L., & Umuguaneza, A.(2013, November). ‘Cultural Encounter’: A framework of ethical practice for transnational social workers in Aotearoa.. Protecting the Public-Enhancing the profession. Edited proceedings from the Social Workers Registration Board Conference 2013.. (pp. 66 - 78). Retreived from file:///C:/Users/hsimmons/Downloads/SWRB-PPEP-conference-proceedings%20(3).pdf
[Conference]Authored by: Simmons, H.
Simmons, H., Walsh-Tapiata, W., Meo-Sewabu, L., & Umuguaneza, A. (2013, November). ‘Cultural Encounter’: A framework of ethical practice for transnational social workers in Aotearoa. Presented at Protecting the Public-Enhancing the Profession. Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Simmons, H.
Simmons, HJ., & Wheeler, C.(2010, April 30). Serendipity - surprises in critical reflection on supervision. (pp. 12 - 12). , Supervision Conference 2010: Common Threads Different Patterns
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Simmons, H.
Simmons, H., & Wheeler, C. (2010, April). Serendipity - surprises in critical reflection on supervision. Presented at Supervision Conference 2010: Common Threads Different Patterns. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Simmons, H.
Wheeler, C., & Simmons, H. (2009, November). Loitering with Intent- a model of practice in a NZ Secondary School. Presented at 20th Asia Pacific Social Work Conference 2009. Auckland Sky Tower.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Simmons, H.
Simmons, H. (2009, November). commentary on Keynote address “Many Voices and many communities: developing professional practice through student learning”. Presented at Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Work Educators pre –Conference symposium 2009. Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Simmons, H.
Simmons, HJ.(2006, November 24). Out of the closet: Experiences and expressions of spirituality in supervision. (pp. 11 - 11). , Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Simmons, H.
Mace, J., Moroney, H., Shepherd, K., & Simmons, HJ.(2006, November 24). Keeping the fire burning. (pp. 21 - 21). , Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Simmons, H.
Mace, J., Moroney, H., Shepherd, K., & Simmons, H. (2006, November). Keeping the fire burning. Presented at Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers Conference. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Simmons, H.
Simmons, H. (2006, November). Out of the closet: Experiences and expressions of spirituality in supervision. Presented at Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers Conference. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Simmons, H.
Simmons, H., Webster, J., Mafile`o, TA., Thomas, CM., Munford, R., & Jakobs, JV. (2004). He Wero: The challenge of putting your body on the line. (pp. 22 - 23). , Global Social Work Congress 2004: Reclaiming Civil Society United Kingdom
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Munford, R., Simmons, H.
Simmons, H., Webster, J., Thomas, CM., Mafile`o, TA., Munford, R., & Jakobs, JV. (2004, October). He Wero: The challenge of putting your body on the line. Presented at Global Social Work Congress 2004: Reclaiming civil society. Adelaide, SA, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Munford, R., Simmons, H.

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • 2007 - MidCentralHealth
    Professional advisor for Social Work

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

social work practice, fieldwork, bicultural practice, supervision, community development

Courses Coordinated

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