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School of Health and Society

Dr Allister Butler

Head of Social Work Department

Biography

Dr Butler has worked in various social work capacities (practitioner, researcher, evaluator and academic) in the area of children, youth and families for the past 20 years. At the end of Dr Butler's undergraduate training he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue his Post Graduate education in the United States of America. He has worked in different international settings, namely: South Africa, United States of America, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Upon completing his Ph.D. in South Africa in 2000, he took up the post as Research Fellow for the University of Plymouth Health Action Zone Initiative. Thereafter Dr Butler was employed as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work at Sheffield Hallam University. One of his tasks was to develop and deliver cross-faulty education around HIV and AIDS for health and social care students. Dr Butler has been published in a wide range of specialisms, ranging from young carers, gay and lesbian youth, HIV and AIDS, secondary education and homophobia, adolescent mental health, workforce development and international social work practice. He has been invited as an International Socrates scholar to teach at various higher education institutions in Europe (Sweden, Holland, Denmark and Norway). His teaching interests include: anti-discriminatory practice, integration and social work practice and theory, homosexuality and homophobia, international social policy, changing paradigms of pedagogy, direct practice with individuals, groups, families and communities, amongst others. Dr Butler has held tenure as a Principal Lecturer in Social Work and Programme Director for the MA in Social Work degree at Canterbury Christ Church University (UK). Dr Butler also held tenure as Associate Professor in Social Work in South Africa. Dr Butler served Head of Department, Family and Community Studies (FHSCE) at Anglia Ruskin University. More recently Dr Butler head tenure as Head of Subject Area (Social Work Youth and Community) at London Metropolitan University. At present Dr Butler is head of Social Work at the University of Salford.

 

Teaching

International Social Work Practice
Skills for Direct Practice
Theories and Intervention
APIR
Group facilitation
Human Sexuality
Adolescent Mental health
Social Work Ethics and Values
Knowledge Values and Skills
Research Methods

Research Interests

LGBT Youth
Homophobia in Secondary Education
Adolescent Identify and Homosexual Development
Young carers and Mental Health
HIV and AIDS International Workforce Development International Social Work Practice

Qualifications and Memberships

BASW (Hons)
MSW
PhD
HCPC
HEA Senior Fellow

Publications

Butler, AH (2014). Journal Review. Virtual Access: The Ugandan ‘anti-gay’ movement, LGBTI blogging and the public sphere. Journal of East African Studies (2014). Butler, AH (2012). Book Review. Emerging South African research on gay and lesbian families. C. Lubbe. (2013/ forthcoming). Jacana Publications. Butler, A.H. (2012). Book Review. Counselling Adolescents: The Proactive Approach for Young People. K. Geldard and D. Geldard. 3rd Edition (2012). Sage Publications Butler, A.H. (2012). Book Review for Times Higher Education. The declining significance of homophobia, by Mark McCormack. July 2012, No. 2,058 pg 52-53. Can be viewed at www.timeshighereducation.co.uk Butler, A.H. (2010). Homosexuality is “Un-African”: A contemporary analysis of Human Rights Consequences of being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender of Intersex in Africa. Political Crossroads. Vol 17, Number 2, 2010, pp 43-63 (21). James Nicholas Publishers. Butler, A.H. (2009). A comprehensive evaluation of the South Coast Recovery Centre Addictions Programme. Ramsgate, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. August 2009. Report can be viewed at www.scrc.co.za Butler, A.H. (2006). A five-year evaluation of the Isle of Wight Young Carers Project. Commissioned evaluation by the IOWYCP and Spurgeons Child Care, South East England Directorate Butler, A.H. and Astbury, G. (2008). The use of defense mechanisms as a precursor to coming out: A South African gay and lesbian youth perspective. Journal of Homosexuality. Vol 55 (1), pp 1 -21. Butler, A.H. and Astbury, G. (2006). Navigating institutional homophobia: a challenge for South African social work with gay and lesbian youth. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services. In press. Moran, A., Nancarrow, S., and Butler, A. (2005). “There’s no place like home.” A pilot study of perspectives of international health and social care professionals working in the UK. Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 2:25. Butler, A.H. and Astbury, G. (2005). South African gay and lesbian youth coming out to their families: analysing various decision-making pathways and outcomes. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work. Vol 20, 22 – 42. Butler, A.H. and Astbury, G. (2005). A five-year evaluation of the Cornwall Young Carers Project. Commissioned report by the Cornwall Rural Community Council. Butler, A.H. and Astbury, G. (2005). South Africa: LGBT issues. In James T. Sears (Ed.), Youth, education, and sexualities: An international encyclopedia. Pp 810 – 814. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group. Butler, A.H. and Astbury, G. (2005). South African LGBT youth. In James T. Sears (Ed.), Youth, education, and sexualities: An international encyclopedia. Pp 814 – 817. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group. Butler, A.H. and Astbury, G. (2005). Over the Rainbow: recommendations for service provision as voiced by post-Apartheid South African gay and lesbian youth. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work. Volume 19, pp. 126-136 Butler, A.H. and Astbury, G. (2004). The Caring Child: an Evaluative case study of the Cornwall Young Carers project. Children and Society. Volume 19 no 5. Butler, A.H., Alpaslan, N, Strumpher, N. & Astbury, G. (2003). Gay and lesbian youth experiences of homophobia in South African secondary education. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Secondary education. 1, no 2: 3-28