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Deb Stanfield

Academic Staff Member


  • Bachelor of Social Work University of Calgary, Canada (1988) 
  • Graduate Diploma Professional Supervision , Wintec (2007) 
  • Post graduate Diploma Social Work, University of Auckland (2013)
  • Certificate Adult Tertiary Education, Wintec (2013)
  • PHD Candidate, University of Auckland 

Industry Experience, Affiliation and Achievements

  • Child protection social worker and supervisor in New Zealand and UK (2001-11)
  • Professional supervision practice since 2007 (see ANZASW supervisors register)
  • Member ANZASW, Registered Social Worker (SWRB) #335 since 2006
  • Freelance magazine journalist (NZ) 1997-2001

Research and Scholarly Activity

  • Stanfield, D. (2015, July). Social work and social media in Aotearoa New Zealand: Forging new boundaries. Paper presented at the Joint Social Work Education Conference, Milton Keynes, UK. ​
  • Stanfield, D. (2015, June 11). The sudden importance of social media to social workers in New Zealand [Blog post]. Retrieved from​
  • Stanfield, D (2015, April 7). Big brains and the modernisation of Child Youth and Family [Blog post]. Retrieved from​​
  • Stanfield, D. (2015). Social media in social work education. [Book Review] [online]. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education. Vol. 17, No. 1. (p 128-129). ​
  • ​​​Stanfield, Deborah and Beddoe, Liz (2014) Social work and the media: A collaborative challenge. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 25 (4). pp. 41-51. ISSN 1178-5527
  • Smith, Kelly and Stanfield, Deborah (2013) Exploring hesitancy in professional decision making around children & young people at risk: Managing apprehension. In: Children in Crisis Conference, 7-9 October 2013, Hamilton, New Zealand. (Unpublished)
  • Stanfield, Deborah (2013) A collaboration between the educators of social workers and journalists: Seeking inspiration in the literature of interprofessional education. In: Collaborating Across Borders IV (CABIV): Interprofessional Collaboration: Transformative Change from the Classroom to Practice, 12-14 June, 2013, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Unpublished)
  • Stanfield, Deborah and Chamberlain, Paula and Curry , Jenny and Giles, Rebecca and Narasimhan, Nirmala and Shaw, Bill (2013) Capturing opportunities in the development of a new 4 year social work degree: Using collaborative practice principles to inspire creativity, uniqueness and professional autonomy in the midst of complex change. In: The Social Workers Registration Board of Aotearoa New Zealand Conference 2013 , 11-12 November 2013, Wellington, New Zealand. (Unpublished)
  • Walker, Richard and Stanfield, Deborah (2012) The difficulty in reporting diversity: Training journalists to see outside the stereotype. In: 24th Annual NZCA (New Zealand Communication Association) Conference: Divergence, 26-27 November, 2012, Hamilton, New Zealand.
  • May, Janet and Stanfield, Deborah (2010) Experienced supervisors reflect on an increasingly legislated supervision practice environment. In: Aotearoa New Zealand Supervision Conference: Common threads, different patterns, 30 April - 1 May, 2010, Auckland, New Zealand.