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Lesley Cooper


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Books Commissioned Papers and Reports
Book Chapters Other Creative Works
Monographs Unpublished Papers
Refereed Journal Articles and Papers Teaching Materials
Un-refereed Papers
Conference Papers Published in Proceedings


Cooper, L., Lawson, M. & Orrell, J.  (1997)  Raising Issues about Teaching: Views of Academic Staff at Flinders University  Flinders Institute for the Study of Teaching, Flinders University Press, Adelaide. ISBN 0-7258-0633-8 (201 Pages)

Cooper, L. & Briggs, L. eds (2000) The Human Services Practicum. Allen and Unwin, Sydney



Book Chapters

Morrish, L. (1974), 'Rural poverty in the Fitzroy Basin', in Australian Council of Social Services, Poverty the ACOSS Evidence, Star Press, Sydney.

Barber, J. & Cooper, L.  (1996) 'Current Trends in the Education of Australian Social Workers' in Lesnik, B. (ed) Change in Social Work. Arena, Aldershot.

Cooper, L.  (1998)  A Collaborative and Interactive Pedagogy for Social Development in Fernandez, E. et al (eds)  Women Participating in Global Change.  IASSW and Women's Symposium (Hong Kong) Publications Committee, Sydney. (pages 11-20)

Cooper, L. and Briggs, L. (2000)  'Overview of teaching, learning and assessment in the field' in Cooper, L. & Briggs, L. eds The Human Services Practicum. Allen and Unwin, Sydney

Cooper, L. (2000)  'Teaching and learning in human services' in Cooper, L. & Briggs, L. eds The Human Services Practicum. Allen and Unwin, Sydney

Hopkins, J. and Cooper, L. (2000)  'The competency approach' in Cooper, L. & Briggs, L. eds The Human Services Practicum. Allen and Unwin, Sydney

Briggs, L. and Cooper, L. (2000)  'Overview of responsibilities of fieldwork management' in Cooper, L. & Briggs, L. eds The Human Services Practicum. Allen and Unwin, Sydney

Briggs, L. and Cooper, L.  (2000)  'Overview of practical suggestions' in Cooper, L. & Briggs, L. eds The Human Services Practicum. Allen and Unwin, Sydney

Cooper, L. & Searston, P.  (2002)  'Practice teaching using the case record' in Shardlow, S. and Doel, M. Learning to Practise Social Work: International Approaches.  Jessica Kingsley, London.

Cooper, L.  (2001) 'Supervision in social work: a social justice perspective' in McMahon, M and Patton, W.  Supervision in the Helping Professions: a practical approach.  Pearson Educational Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW.  

Cooper, L. Rigney, D.  (2004)  'Preparing for practice’' in Maidment, J. and Egan, R.  Learning Practice Skills for Social Work and Welfare.  Allen and Unwin, Sydney.

Cooper, L. and Rigney, D. ‘Preparing for practice’ in Maidment, J. and Egan, R.  Learning Practice Skills for Social Work and Welfare.  Allen and Unwin, Sydney (second edition) submitted.



Morrish, L. et al (1975), The Australian Assistance Plan Discussion Paper No. 2, Australian Council of Social Services, Sydney.  ISBN 0 85871 044 7 (pages 1- 14)

Sutherland Shire Community Directory (1975) Cronulla Printing, Cronulla. (pages 107)

Cooper, L. (1988)  'Is prevention a useful concept in the area of child abuse?'  Flinders Studies in Policy and Administration, No. 5, The Social Context of Child Abuse, School of Social Sciences, Adelaide.  ISSN 0818 –299X  (Pages 45-72)

Cooper, L. and Anglem, J.  (2001)  Clinical Supervision in Mental Health.  Australian Community Services Research Centre, Adelaide.  (Pages 96)

Cooper, L. and Morris, M. (2003) Positioning Paper: Sustainable Tenancy for Indigenous Women, AHURI, Melbourne. (pages 53)

Cooper, L. and Morris, M.  (2005) Final Report: Sustainable Tenancy for Indigenous Women, (141 pages)

Cooper, L. (2004) Identifying and resolving dilemmas in working with women with complex needs.  Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services, Sheltered Accommodation Program.$File/wdvs_aug04.pdf

Flatau,P. McGrath, N. Tually, S. Cooper, L. Morris, M. Adam, M. Marinova, D. and Beer, A. (2004)  Indigenous Access to Mainstream Public and Community Housing: Positioning Paper, AHURI.

Cooper, L. and Morris, M. (2005)  Issue 56: How to help individuals and families into stable accommodation and sustainable tenancy. Research and Policy Bulletin. AHURI, Melbourne

Cooper, L. Verity, F. & Masters, M. (2005) Housing People with Complex Needs, SA Government Department of Families and Communities and Southern AHURI, Adelaide.

Flatau, P. Cooper, L. McGrath, N. Morris, M. Adam, M and Beer, A. (2005)  Indigenous Access to Mainstream Housing, Final Report.

Cooper, L. Verity, F. and Bull, M. (2005)  Good Practices and Pitfalls  in Community-Based Capacity Building and Early Intervention Projects: A toolkit.  Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.

Flatau, P. and Cooper, L. (2005) Issue 65: Indigenous access to mainstream public and community housing. Policy and Research Bulletin.  AHURI, Melbourne.

Flatau, P. Martin, R., Zaretsky, K., Haig, Y., Brady, M., Cooper, L., Edwards, D. Goulding, D., (2006).  The effectiveness and cost effectiveness of homelessness prevention and assistance programs .Positoning Paper.  AHURI, Melbourne.


Refereed Journal Articles and Papers

Cooper, L. (1991) 'Adult Discharge Planning and Nursing Home Placement:  A Study of Risk Factors for Quality Assurance', Australian Clinical Review, 11, 95-102.

Cooper, L. (1991)  'Starting in the Middle: Social Work and Quality Assurance', Australian Clinical Review, 11, 82-86.

Cooper, L. (1992)  'Managing to Survive: Competence and Skills in Social Work', Issues in Social Work Education, 12, 2-25.

Cooper, L. (1993)  'Quality Assurance in Australia: Opportunities for Improvement in Social Work Practice', Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 4, 163-174.

Cooper, L. (1993) 'A Word Salad: 'Enterprise Based Competencies in Child Protection' Children Australia, 18, 26-30.

Cooper, L. (1994) 'The Development and Demise of Competency Standards in Australia', Social Work Review, 6, 19-27.

Cooper, L. (1994) 'The "Case" of Field Education: The Need for a Paradigm Shift', Advances in Social Work Education, Heads of Schools of Social Work in Australia & AASWWE, Monash University, Melbourne.

Cooper, L. (1994) 'Improved Assessment Practices in Field Education', in Ife, J. (ed) Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, University of Western Australia, Perth

Cooper, L. (1994) 'Critical Story Telling in Social Work Education', Australian Journal of Adult and Community Education, 34, 131-141.

Cooper, L. (1995) 'Social Justice and Rationing in Field Education' Social Work Education, 14:30-45

Cooper, L. & Foward, A. (1996)  'A Code of Conduct for Students and Field Educators' Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, AASWWE, Melbourne.

Cooper, L. & Crisp, B.  (1998) 'Field Educator Turnover: A Challenge to the Quality of Field Education', Asia Pacific Journal for Social Work 8: 89-105

Crisp, B. & Cooper, L.  (1998) 'Women's Work in a Women's Profession' Women in Welfare Education  3: 3-8

Cooper, L.  (1998)  'I'm Scared I'm a Wimp:  'Supervision a Social Critical Approach'  Practice, 10:27-36

Crisp, B. R. and Cooper, L.  (1998)  'The Content of Supervision Scale: An Instrument to Screen the Suitability of Prospective Supervisors of Social Work Student Practicums' Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 17:201 211

Cooper, L.  (1998)  'Field education: who fails: the student, the supervisor or the university?'  Social Work Review, X (2)13-19.

Cooper, L.  (1999)  'Pedagogical Approaches to Student Supervision in Social Work' in Yarrow, A. and Millwater, J.  Research Monograph: No 3.  Practical Experiences in Professional Education, QUT, Brisbane.

Delfabbro, P.H., Barber, J., and Cooper, L. L (2000)  Placement disruption and dislocation in South Australian substitute care.  Children Australia 25(2) 16-21

Barber, J., Delfabbro, P.H., and Cooper, L. L.  (2000)  Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal 'Children in Out-of-Home Care, Children Australia 25 (3) 5-10

Burford, S. and Cooper, L. (2000)  'Online development using WebCT - A faculty managed process for quality'  Australian Journal of Educational Technology, 16 (3) 201-214.

Cooper, L.  (2000) 'Disturbing our views of the social work placement' Social Work Review, XII 17-22

Cooper, L.  (2001)  'Teaching controversial issues on-line' New Technology in the Human Services 13(3-4):11-21

Barber, J., Delfabbro, P.H., and Cooper, L. L. (2001) The predictors of unsuccessful transition to foster care.  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 42: 785-790

Barber, J., Delfabbro, P.H., and Cooper, L. L. (2001)  A profile of children entering out-of-home care in South Australia: baseline analyses for a 3 year longitudinal study.  Children and Youth Services Review,  23, 865-891

Cooper, L. and Maidment, J.  (2001)  'Thinking about difference in student supervision'  Australian Social Work 54(1):41-52

Cooper, L.  (2002)  'If these values are not understood and accepted: a review of social development curricula' Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work vol 12  41-58

Briggs, L. and Cooper, L.  (2001)  'The Old Man: Exploring complex cases' Social Work Review vol XIII (4) 3-8.

Maidment, J and Cooper, L.  (2002) Acknowledgement of diversity and oppression in social student student supervision.' Social Work Education, vol 21 (4) 399-407.

Barber, J., Delfabbro, P.H., and Cooper, L. L. (2002)  'The role of parental contact in substitute care', Journal of Social Services Research 28(3):19-39

Cooper, L. and Crisp, B. R. (2002) ‘Gender Differences and Learning Outcomes: Does Gender Matter?’ Women in Welfare Education, Volume 5, pages 18-27

Barber, J., Delfabbro, P.H., and Cooper, L. L. (2003)  'Predictors of short term reunification in South Australian Substitute Care'.  Journal of Policy, Practice and Program 5, 201-212

Cooper, L. (2005) ‘Conformance and performance: board directors’ accountability to their not-for-profit organisations’ constituents in the aged care sector – the ACH Group experience’ Third Sector Review, 11 (1) 67-84

Cooper, L (2005) ‘Teaching letters’ Journal of Practice Teaching in Health and Social Work. 6(2) 61-74.

Cooper, L. (2006) ‘Working with women associated with bikie gangs: practice dilemmas’ Australian Social Work 59(3) 301-313.

Cooper, L. and Anaf, J. (2006) ‘Contested concepts in violence with women: ‘intimate’, ‘domestic’ or ‘torture’. Australian Social Work 59(3) 314-327

Cooper, L., Anaf, J., and Bowden, M.  (2006)  ‘Intimate partner violence in deviant settings: complex needs of women survivors’ Australian Family Physician, 35 (8) 791-794

Cooper, L. (2006) ‘Clinical supervision: private arrangement or managed process?’  Social Work Review, XVIII, 21-30.

Cooper, L. in press ‘Teaching reflective practice’ Journal of Practice Teaching in Health and Social Work

Cooper, L. (2007) Backing Australia’s Future: Teaching and Learning in Social Work.  Australian Social Work, 60 (1) 94-106.


Un-refereed Papers

Cooper, L. (1989)  'Award Restructuring: Implications for Social Workers', The South Australian Social Worker, 5, 2-3.

Cooper, L. (1991)  'The Future of Social Work and Social Work Education', AASW Victorian Branch Newsletter, 4, 7-11.

Cooper, L. (1995)  'Should I Protest?'  The New Social Worker, 2:12-13

Cooper, L. and Orrell, J.  (1999)  'The Practicum: the domestic work of the university'.  HERDSA News.  21:6-9


Conference Papers Published in Proceedings

Cooper, L. (1989) 'Quality Care in Community Services' in Future Community, Future Resources, Proceedings, 3rd National Local Government & Community Development Conference, Adelaide. (pages 21-34)

Cooper, L. (1992) 'What About Incompetent Practice?  The Exploration of Incompetent Practice as a Tool for Examining Competency Standards and Assessment of Standards', The Challenge of Competencies in Social Welfare, AASW, Hawker, ACT.  ISBN 0 909255 19 9 (pages 80-94)

Cooper, L. (1993) 'Enterprise Based Competencies in Child Protection; Can they improve the Quality of Child Protection Practice', in Children at Risk: the Politics of Practice, Conference Proceedings, Advisory and Co-ordinating Committee on Child Abuse, Subiaco. (pages 63-74)

Cooper, L.  (1996) 'Students as Collaborative Learners: Partnerships between students in field education', Partnerships that Work: Asia Pacific Regional Social Services Conference 1995.  University of Canterbury, Christchurch.

Cooper, L.  (1996)  'Becoming a learning professional: the university perspective' in Becoming a Learning Professional, Conference Proceedings, 9-10 May 1996, Flinders Institute for the Study of Teaching, Adelaide.  (pages 9-17)

Cooper, L.  (1996) 'Peer Learning in Field Education' in Participating in Change- Social Work Profession in Social Development: Proceedings of the Joint World Congress of the International Federation of Social Workers and the International Association of Schools of Social Work, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.  (pages 131-133)

Cooper, L. Lawson, M. and Orrell, J.  (1998)  'Raising Issues About Teaching: Views of Academic Staff.' Higher Education and Development Society, Annual International Conference, July 1998 Auckland, New Zealand. (8 pages)

Gursansky, D. & Cooper, L.  (1999)  'Thinking Aloud About Student Supervision' Changes, Challenges and Chances: Selected Papers from the 3rd National Cross Faculty Practicum Conference, PEPE, Adelaide 1997.

Orrell, J. Cooper, L. and Jones, R.  (1999)  'Making the Practicum Visible'. Cornerstones: HERDSA 99 Annual Conference.  (13 pages)

Cooper, L.  (2000) 'Organisational Changes and Social Work Supervision: Analysis and Reconstruction': Keynote paper presented to Supervision: From Rhetoric to Reality, Auckland College of Education, July 7 to 8 July 2000.

Flatau, P. McGrath, N. Cooper, L. Edwards, D., Lacroix, C. Adam, M. Marinova, D. Beer, A., Hart, A., Morris, Traee C. and Tually, S. (2005)  ‘Indigenous access to mainstream public and community housing options’

Flatau, P. Cooper, L. Edwards, D. Lacroix, C. McGrath, N. and Marinova, D. (2005) ‘Indigenous housing need and mainstream public housing responses’ in Building For Diversity: National Housing Conference 26-28 October 2005, AHURI and WA Department of Housing and Works, Perth.


Commissioned Papers and Reports

Cooper, L. (1986)  A Study of Health & Welfare Needs in the Southern Region of Adelaide (a report commissioned by the James Brown Memorial Trust Adelaide). (40 pages)

Cooper, L. (1988)  Ministerial Report into Department for Community Welfare Policies and Procedures With Respect to Children of Under-age Parents, Government Department for Community Welfare, Adelaide.  (169 pages)

Cooper, L.  (1988)  Summary of Report on Policies and Procedures with Respect to the Children of Underage Parents, SA Government, Department for Community Welfare. Typescript.  (15 pages)

Burgell, R., Camilleri, P., Cooper, L., Powell, L. & Respini, J. (1990)  Education and Training for Public Welfare Practice, Standing Committee of Social Welfare Administrators & the Australian Association for Social Work and Welfare Education, Adelaide.  (60 Pages)

Cooper, L. (1990)  'Social Work and Quality Assurance:  Opportunity for Change', in Mineall, L. and Martin, D. (eds), Quality Assurance in Social Work, AASW, Adelaide.

Cooper, L. (1990)  'Peer Review and the Development of Criteria for the Assessment of Practice', in Mineall, L. and Martin, D. (eds), Quality Assurance in Social Work, AASW, Adelaide.

Cooper, L. (1992)  'Competency Based Standards in Social Work and Social Welfare', Occasional Paper No. 1, SA Branch, Australian Association of Social Workers.

Cooper, L.  (Chair) (1994) Together with Families:  For Children, The Department for Family & Community Services, Family Services Policy, FACS, Adelaide.

Cooper, L. (1995)  'From Crisis to Opportunity', Keynote Paper presented at workshop on Field education: New Zealand Council for Education and Training in the Social Services, NZCETSS, Wellington, New Zealand.  ISN 0 478 04554 9 (pages 2-22)

Barber, J.G. Cooper, L. and Delfabbro, P. (1999) Progress Report on Alternative Care for Children in South Australia. Flinders University, Adelaide.


Other Creative Works

Cooper, L. (1991)  'A Grand Old Lady', Australian Journal on Ageing, 10, 13-14.

Cooper, L.  (1995)  Book Review on Responding to Children in Children Australia, Vol 20

Cooper, L.  (1996)  Book Review on Social Work in Action in Child and Family Social Work, 1:267-268

Cooper, L.  (1996)  Book Review on Social Work in Action in Australian Social Work, 49:59-60


Unpublished Papers

Cooper, L. (1985)  The Placement of Patients in Nursing Homes, Social Justice, Efficiency and Quality of Care, Uni. of Queensland, Unpublished PhD manuscript.

Cooper, L. (1988)  Models of Social Work Practice, School of Social Sciences, Flinders University, Bedford Park.



Teaching Materials

Cooper, L.  (1996)  The Work Book and Guidelines on Standards and Attainment Levels for Field Education, Flinders University, Adelaide

Cooper, L and Foward, A.  (1998)  A code of conduct for students and supervisors in field education, Flinders University, Adelaide.

Cooper, L. Bourne, E. Borbasi, S. Mitchell, T, Gonda, J. & Emden, C. (2004)  Effective Discharge Planning for Older People: A learning module for nurses and social workers, Imprint Press, Adelaide.