Carmel Flaskas is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Social Work discipline in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.
My research interests include family therapy theory and practice, clinical issues in social work, and the theory of knowledge. The first focus of my research is the therapeutic relationship in systemic family therapy. This research is conceptual, layering explorations of particular aspects of the therapeutic relationship, including the use of psychoanalytic ideas, therapeutic impasse, the dynamic of hope and hopelessness, empathic imagination, and the processes of reflection. The aim of this research is to broaden and deepen understandings of the therapeutic relationship to inform and build therapists’ reflective capacities in their practice. A second strand of my research focuses on knowledge and practice theories in family therapy, including the nature of knowledge in practice disciplines, the relationship of theory and practice, and the development of knowledge for practice in family therapy.
Summary of my current research areas
Family therapy theory and practice; the therapeutic relationship in family therapy; the contribution of psychoanalytic ideas about thirdness to understandings of reflective processes; knowledge in family therapy.
Postgraduate Research Supervision
Areas of Supervision
Family therapy, clinical and related issues in social work, theory of knowledge
Recent Postgraduate Research Completions
- Paul John Andrews, PhD Social Work, 2010, Gay men talk about the place of extra-relational sex in their committed relationships: orientations for the therapeutic terrain
- Cheryl Vivien Fletcher, PhD Social Work, 2013, The stories of Australian single mothers by choice through donor conception
- Maria Nichterlein, PhD Social Work, 2013, Recasting the theory of systemic family therapy: Reading Bateson through Foucault and Deleuze
- Josie McSkimming, PhD Social Work, 2014, Journeys of faith interrupted; a consideration of the social, political and psychological aspects of the migration of identity within and out of fundamentalist religion focussing on modern systems of power
Current Postgraduate Research Supervision
- Judith Brown, PhD Social Work, Giving voice to silence: A qualitative exploration of the effects of psychological and emotional abuse on family relationships
Awards related to the contribution of Carmel's research
- ANZJFT Award for Distinguished Contributions to Australian Family Therapy, 2005
- Honorary Doctorate, the Tavistock Clinic London in conjunction with the University of East London, for contributions to systemic therapy theory and practice, 2006
- Selected as Foundation Fellow, Australian College of Social Work, 2011