Carole Adamson is a Senior Lecturer in social work in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Massey University in New Zealand. She has had extensive experience as a social worker in a range of contexts in mental health. She researches on trauma and critical incidents in the workplace.
Nicola Attwool in the Department of Community and Family Studies, University of Otago. She has researched and published extensively in the area of attachment theory and its relevance in a number of social work contexts.
Marie Connolly is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre at the Department of Social Work, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. She teaches social work theory and research methodology. Her research interests include sexual offending, reflexive practice, and child and family welfare.
Sharlene Davis is from Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Toa Rangatira, Taranaki and Te Atiawa iwi. Her background is in the health, education and social service sectors, specializing in Maori provider development. With her partner she has recently started her own business, MokoPuna Solutions Limited specializing in workforce development, management and organizational development solutions for Maori and Pacific businesses in the private and not for profit sectors. Her supervision experience spans all three sectors with personnel at varying levels including managers, supervisors, practice/field workers and administration staff in both paid and unpaid professions. She is committed to developing and utilizing cultural models of practice and is currently developing leadership and supervision packages to meet the specific needs of whanau, hapu and tangata whenua in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Sharlene completed her Bachelor of Sociology and Maori in 1995 and is currently studying towards her Masters in Maori Laws and Philosophies at Te Wananga O Raukawa, Otaki.
Nikki Evans lectures in the Department of Social Work at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. She teaches in the areas of group work, mental health, policy, practice and research. She is currently undertaking a doctoral research project into attachment styles and social supports of adolescents who have sexually abused, and is also a Senior Clinical Worker for the STOP adolescent programme in Christchurch, New Zealand.