Dr. Grant Charles is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Affiliated Associate Professor with the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the British Columbia Children’s Hospital. He also holds adjunct appointments with the Department of Community Health Sciences in the College of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba and the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. He also serves as an advisor to the Office of the BC Representative for Children and Youth.

Prior to coming to the University of British Columbia, he worked in a variety of child and youth mental health, special education and child welfare settings. He was the treatment director for a number of years of a number of specialized community and residential treatment programs working with young people and families. He currently sits on the editorial boards for Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal, the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies and the Journal of Advances in Mental Health. He also sits on the advisory committee for the Youth Homelessness Initiative of the Vancouver Foundation.

Grant’s research falls into two board categories of vulnerable children and youth and system change. He is currently involved in projects with young carers, children of parents with mental illness, families where there is a parental mental illness, youth homelessness, child sexual abuse images on-line, youth in care and peer to peer abuse in residential schools. He is also working with projects related to interprofessional education and practice, the ethics of international service learning, social accountability, psychosocial oncology, moral distress, shared research agendas and practice education.

 

Publications (2010-2015)

Journals

Reupert, A., Drost, L., Marston, N., Stavnes, K., van Loon, L., Charles, G., Mosek, & Solantaus, T. (accepted). Developing a shared research agenda for working with families where a parent has a mental illness. Journal of Child and Youth Services.

Oliver, C. & Charles, G. (in press). Enacting firm, fair and friendly practice: A model for strengths-based child protection relationships? British Journal of Social Work.

Oliver, C. & Charles, G. (in press). Which strengths-based practice? Reconciling strengths base practice  and mandated authority in child protection work. Social Work.

Charles, G., Alexander, C. & Oliver, C. (2015). Overcoming isolation: Making the case for the development of blended service learning and social work interprofessional field education experiences to improve university-community engagement. Currents: Scholarship in the Human Services, 13(1), 1-17.

Waugh, E., Szafran, O., Duerksen, K. Torti, J., Charles, G., & Shankar, J. (2015). Is there a care gap for young carers in Canada? Edmonton community agencies’ perspectives. Canadian Journal of Family and Youth, 7(1), 1-26.

Charles, G. & Alexander, C. (2014). Beyond attachment: Mattering and the development of meaningful moments. Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 27(3), 26-30.

Charles, G. & Alexander, C. (2014). An introduction to interprofessional practice in social and health care settings. Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 27(3), 51-55.

Charles, G. & Degagne, M. (2013). Student to student abuse in the Indian residential schools in Canada. Journal of Child and Youth Services,34(4),343-359.

Mcleod, D., Dumont, S., Curran, J., White. M. & Charles. G., (2013). The Interprofessional Psychosocial Oncology Distance Education (IPODE) Project. Journal of Interprofessional Care (posted on-line December 2013), 1-6.

Callon, C., Charles, G., Alexander, R., Small, W. & Kerr, T. (2013). ‘On the same level’: Facilitators’ experiences running a drug-user led safer injecting education campaign. Harm Reduction Journal, 10(4), 4-18.

Clark, N., Reid, M., Drolet, J., Peirce, J., Samuel, M., Charles, G., Vedan, R., Mathews, N., Walton, P. Boddu, J-P. & Arnouse, M. (2012). Imaging indigenous social work field education as ethical space: “Melq’ilwiye”-Coming together globally for culturally safe practices. Native Social Work Journal, 8, 105-127.

Harstone, A. & Charles, G. (2012). Children of parents with mental illness: Young caring, coping and transitioning into adulthood. Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 25(2), 14-26.

Yasmin, R., Charles, G. & Marshall, S. (2012). An analysis of responsibility, attachment security, and relationship efficacy among young carers. Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 25(2), 48-56.

Gilbert, L. & Charles, G. (2012). The experiences of orphaned children heading their households in Uganda who have taken on young carer responsibilities. Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 25(2), 27-35.

Charles, G. (2011). Bringing young carers out of the shadows: A strength based approach. Reclaiming Children and Youth, 20(3), 26-30.

Charles, G., Birring, V. & Lake, S. (2011). What’s in it for us? Making the case for interprofessional field education experiences in social work. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 31(5), 579-593.

Stainton, T., Brown, J., Crawford, C., Hole, R. & Charles, G. (2011). Comparison of community residential supports on measures of Information & Planning; Access & Delivery of Supports; Choice & Control; Satisfaction; and, Overall Perception of Outcomes, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 55(8), 732-745.

Dharamsi, S. & Charles, G. (2011). Ethnography: From traditional to criticalist conceptions of a qualitative research method for studying culture in family medicine. Canadian Family Physician, 67, 378-379.

Charles, G., Stainton, T. & Marshall, S. (2011). Young carers in immigrant families: An ignored population. Canadian Social Work, 12(1), 83-92.

Charles, G. & Garfat, T. (2010). Beyond residential and community based services: A conceptual model for an integrated youth and family service delivery system in Canada, Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 23(4), 46-52.

Charles, G., Marshall, S. & Stainton, T. (2010). Demographics, profiles and initial results from the British Columbia Young Carers Study, Relational Child and Youth Care Practice,23(4), 64-67.

Marshall, S., Charles, G., Kendrick, K. & Pakainskiene, V. (2010). Comparing differential responses within child protection services. Child Welfare. 89(3), 57-77.

Charles, G. (2010). Adolescent sex offenders: Moving from a punitive to a growth promoting program model. Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 23(1), 16-24.

Charles, G., Bainbridge, L., & Gilbert, J. (2010). The University of British Columbia Model of Interprofessional Education, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 24(1), 8-18.

 

Reports

Haywood-Farmer, M., Tremblay, S., Phaneuf, G. & Charles, G. (2015). Casework overload: A review and analysis of child protection human resource capacity in the Northwest Territories. Ottawa: Child Welfare League of Canada.

Charles, G., Charlesworth, J. & Kober, B. (2013). A shared research agenda for British Columbia: Final report of the MCFD Shared Research Initiative. Victoria: Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Charles, G. (2012). Concept paper: Policy and funding criteria for young carers. Ottawa: Human Resources and Social Development Canada.

Charles, G., Dagnino, M., Gemmel, L. & Mayer, A. (2012). Final report of the Taking Stock project: Taking Stock: Supporting Canadian Child and Youth Agencies in Economic Crisis. Ottawa: National Alliance of Children and Youth.

Thoreau, K., Charles, G., Fedoroff, P. & Marshall, M.D. (2012). Final report: Review of the youth sexual offence treatment program. Burnaby: Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services.

Kober, B., Charles, G., Griffin, S., Charlesworth, J., Stevenson, D. & Berland, J. (2012). Developing a shared research agenda to support children, youth and families in British Columbia: A summary of the forum at Vancouver Island University. Victoria: Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Kober, B., Charles, G., Griffin, S., Charlesworth, J., Stevenson, D. & Berland, J. (2012). Developing a shared research agenda to support children, youth and families in British Columbia: A summary of the forum at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver). Victoria: Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Kober, B., Charles, G., Griffin, S., Charlesworth, J., Stevenson, D. & Berland, J. (2012). Developing a shared research agenda to support children, youth and families in British Columbia: A summary of the forum at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan). Victoria: Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Kober, B., Charles, G., Griffin, S., Charlesworth, J., Stevenson, D. & Berland, J. (2012). Developing a shared research agenda to support children, youth and families in British Columbia: A summary of the forum at University of the Fraser Valley. Victoria: Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Kober, B., Charles, G., Griffin, S., Charlesworth, J., Stevenson, D. & Berland, J. (2012). Developing a shared research agenda to support children, youth and families in British Columbia: A summary of the forum at Thompson Rivers University. Victoria: Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Kober, B., Charles, G., Griffin, S., Charlesworth, J., Stevenson, D. & Berland, J. (2012). Developing a shared research agenda to support children, youth and families in British Columbia: A summary of the forum at University of Northern British Columbia. Victoria: Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Kober, B., Charles, G., Griffin, S., Charlesworth, J., Stevenson, D. & Berland, J. (2012). Developing a shared research agenda to support children, youth and families in British Columbia: A summary of the forum at Douglas College. Victoria: Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Kober, B., Charles, G., Griffin, S., Charlesworth, J., Stevenson, D. & Berland, J. (2012). Developing a shared research agenda to support children, youth and families in British Columbia: A summary of the forum at the University of Victoria. Victoria: Ministry of Children and Family Development.

 

Proceedings Manual

Charles, G. Anderson, K. & Lees, R. (2012) Proceedings of the Child and Youth Mental Health Matters International Conference. Vancouver: IPEC

 

Books

Garfat, T. & Charles, G. (2013). A Guide to Developing Effective Child and Youth Care Practice with Families (2nd Edition), Cape Town: Pretext Publications.

Garfat, T. & Charles, G. (2013). Leitfaden zur Entwicklung erfolgreicher Kinder- und Jugendhilfe in Familien. Vienna: Therapeutische Genmeinschaften.

Garfat, T. & Charles, G. (2011). A Guide to Developing Effective Child and Youth Care Practice with Families, Cape Town: Pretext Publications

 

Monographs

Oliver, C. & Charles, G. (2014). Strengths-based practice in child protection. Victoria: Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Charles, G., & Oliver, C., (2012). Transitioning young people out of care in Canadian jurisdictions: A review of the issues and supports. Ottawa: Child Welfare League of Canada.

Charles, G., Stainton, T. & Marshall, S. (2012). Young carers in Canada: The hidden costs and benefits of young caregiving. Ottawa: Vanier Institute of the Family.

Sullivan, R. & Charles, G. (2010). Disproportionate representation and First Nations child welfare in Canada. Victoria: Federation of Community Social Services of British Columbia.

 

Chapters

Marshall, S.K., Nelson, M., Goessling, K., Chipman, J., & Charles, G. (2014). Counseling Adolescents from an Action Theory Perspective In R.A. Young, J. Domene, & L. Valach (Eds.), Counseling and action: Toward life-enhancing work, relationships and identity.(pp. 197-210).NewYork: Springer Publishing.

Charles, G. & Garfat, T. (2014). Exploring self to be with other: Relationship in action. In L. Fulcher

Charles, G. & Garfat, T. (2013). Child and youth care practice in North America. In P. Share & K. Laror (Eds.), Applied Social Care: An Introduction for Students in Ireland (3rd edition) (pp. 35-45). Dublin: Gill & Macmillan.

Charles, G. (2011). Reflective response: Interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration: Essential for the doctoral advanced practice nurse in M. Dreher & M.E. Smith Glasgow. (Eds.) Role Development for Doctoral Advanced Nursing Practice (pp.351-356). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Charles, G., Dharamsi, S. & Alexander, C. (2011). Interprofessional field education: Reciprocal learning for collaborative practice in J. Doulet, N. Clark, & H. Allen (Eds.),Shifting Sites of Practice: Field Experience in Canada (pp. 253-263),. Toronto: Pearson Press.

Charles, G. & Dharamsi, S. (2010). Service learning, interprofessional education and the social work placement: The case for combining the best of all worlds. In E. Ralph, K. Walker & R. Wimmer. (Eds.), The Practicum in Professional Education: Canadian Perspectives (pp.69-88).Calgary: Detselig Press.