Associate Professor Carmel Flaskas

Adjunct Associate Professor in Social Work
BSW (Hons), MA Hons, HonD
School of Social Sciences

Contact

Room G14, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus

Research

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

Publications

    Books

    • Flaskas CP; Pocock D, (eds.), 2009, Systems and Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Integrations in Family Therapy, Original, Karnac Books, London
    • Flaskas CP; McCarthy; Sheehan, (eds.), 2007, Hope and Despair in Narrative and Family Therapy: Adversity, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Original, Routledge, London
    • Flaskas CP; Mason B; Perlesz A, (eds.), 2005, The Space Between: Experience, Context and Process in the Therapeutic Relationship, Original, Karnac Books, London
    • Flaskas CP, 2002, Family therapy beyond postmodernism: Practice challenges theory, Original, Brunner-Routledge, Hove, East Sussex
    • Flaskas CP, (ed.), 1996, The therapeutic relationship in systemic therapy, Original, Karnac Books, London

    Book Chapters

    • Flaskas CP, 2012, 'A Systemic Practice Influenced by Selected Psychoanalytic Ideas', in Rambo A; West C; Schooley AL; Boyd TV (ed.), Family Therapy Review: Contrasting Contemporary Models, edn. Original, Routledge, New York, pp. 45 - 50
    • Flaskas CP, 2012, 'What would (or can) I know? Reflections on conditions of knowing and understanding in intercultural therapy', in Krause I-B (ed.), Culture and Reflexivity in Systemic Psychotherapy: Mutual Perspectives, edn. 1, Karnac, London, pp. 53 - 70
    • Flaskas CP, 2011, 'The therapeutic relationship and use of self', in Rhodes P; Wallis A (ed.), A Practical Guide to Family Therapy, edn. first, IP Communications, Melbourne, pp. 1 - 15
    • Flaskas CP, 2009, 'Narrative, meaning and the unconscious', in Flaskas C; Pocock D (ed.), Systems and Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Integrations in Family Therapy, edn. Original, Karnac Books, London, pp. 3 - 20
    • Flaskas CP, 2007, 'The balance of hope and hoplessness', in Hope and Despair in Narrative and Family Therapy: Adversity, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, edn. Original, Routledge, London, pp. 24 - 35
    • Flaskas CP, 2005, 'Introduction: Orienting to therapeutic relationships and the space between', in Flaskas C; Mason B; Perlesz A (ed.), The Space Between: Experience, Context and Process in the Therapeutic Relationship, edn. Original, Karnac Books, London, pp. 19 - 28
    • Flaskas CP, 2005, 'Sticky Situations, therapy mess: On impasse and the therapist`s position', in Flaskas C; Mason B; Perlesz A (ed.), The Space Between: Experience, Context and Process in the Therapeutic Relationship, edn. Original, Karnac Books, London, pp. 111 - 126
    • Flaskas CP;Perlesz A, 1996, 'Introduction: the return of the therapeutic relationship in systemic therapy', in The therapeutic relationship in systemic therapy, edn. Original, Karnac Books, London, pp. 1 - 12
    • Flaskas CP, 1996, 'Understanding the therapeutic relationship: using ideas from psychoanalytic therapy in the systemic context', in The therapeutic relationship in systemic therapy, edn. Original, Karnac Books, London, pp. 34 - 52

    Journal articles

    • Flaskas C, 2016, 'Relating therapeutically in family therapy: pragmatics and intangibles', Journal of Family Therapy, vol. 38, pp. 149 - 167, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-6427.12108
    • Flaskas, 2014, 'Teaching and learning theory for family therapy practice: On the art and craft of balancing', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, vol. 34, pp. 283 - 293, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anzf.1030
    • Flaskas CP, 2012, 'The space of reflection: thirdness and triadic relationships in family therapy', Journal of Family Therapy, vol. 34, pp. 138 - 156, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6427.2012.00587.x
    • Flaskas CP, 2011, 'Frameworks for practice in the systemic field: Part2-contemporary frameworks in family therapy', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, vol. 32, pp. 87 - 108, http://dx.doi.org/10.1375/anft.32.2.87
    • Flaskas CP, 2010, 'Frameworks for Practice in the Systemic Field: Part 1', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, vol. 31, pp. 232 - 247
    • Flaskas CP, 2009, 'The Therapist`s Imagination of Self in Relation to Clients: Beginning Ideas on the Flexibility of Empathic Imagination', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, vol. 30, pp. 147 - 159
    • Flaskas CP, 2007, 'Systematic and psychoanalytic ideas: Using knowledges in social work', Journal of Social Work Practice, vol. 21, pp. 131 - 147
    • Flaskas CP, 2007, 'Holding hope and hopelessness: Therapeutic engagements with the balance of hope', Journal of Family Therapy, vol. 29, pp. 186 - 202
    • Flaskas CP, 2005, 'Relating to knowledge: challenges in generating and using theory for practice in family therapy', Journal of Family Therapy, vol. 27, pp. 185 - 201
    • Flaskas CP, 2005, 'Psychoanalytic ideas and systemic family therapy: Revisiting the question `Why bother?`', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, vol. 26, pp. 125 - 134
    • Flaskas CP, 2004, 'Thinking about the therapeutic relationship: Emerging Themes in Family Therapy', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, vol. 25, pp. 13 - 20
    • Flaskas CP, 2002, 'Comment-Border crossing and the integrity of frameworks', Journal of Family Therapy, vol. 24,2, pp. 184 - 190
    • Flaskas CP, 2002, 'Practice experience and theory boundaries', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, vol. 23,4, pp. 184 - 190
    • Flaskas CP, 1999, 'Limits and possibilities of the post modern narrative self', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, vol. 20, pp. 20 - 27
    • Flaskas CP;Cade B, 1998, 'Of apes and infants: The cutting edge of psychoanalytic thought?', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, vol. 19, pp. 75 - 80
    • Flaskas CP, 1995, 'Postmodernism, constructionism and the idea of reality', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, vol. 16, pp. 143 - 146

Teaching

Family therapy and counselling theory and practices, in the Master of Counselling Social Work program.

Honours and prizes

2005 ANZJFT Award for Distinguished Contributions to Australian Family Therapy

2006 Honorary Doctorate, the Tavistock Clinic London in conjunction with the University of East London, for contributions to systemic therapy theory and practice

2008 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence

2008 University Medal, Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence

2011 Selected as Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Social Work

Professional contribution

Foundation Fellow, Australian College of Social Work

Board of Assessors, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy

 

Affiliations and membership

Carmel is part of the Social Work discipline within the School of Social Sciences

Professional memberships
Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
Foundation Fellow and Member of Clinical Division, AASW Australian College of Social Work
Australian Association of Family Therapy
(UK) Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice

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