University of Calgary

Sally St. George

  • Professor
  • Graduate Student Affairs
  • Curriculum/Program Design & Evaluation
  • Family Issues & Family Violence
  • Research Methods

Research Interests

Currently Teaching

Profile

Sally is a Professor in Faculty of Social Work and she serves as the Graduate Program Director and Director of the MSW Clinical Specialization. She is also a Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre. Her areas of specialty include teaching and developing family therapy clinical practices and supervision, teaching and supervising those conducting qualitative research, and helping teachers of higher education succeed in the classroom.  

Research and Scholarly Activity

My primary research activity is in the area of “Research As Daily Practice” in which I have been conducting research that joins family therapy practices and the social discourses of daily living. I have also been teaching other practitioners ways in which they can conduct research on their own practices for improving their services to their clients. 

Current Research

My current research involves (a) study on the ways in which we can more explicitly and effectively talk about social justice issues with families in therapy, (b) ways in which we can teach our students to explicitly and effectively talk about social justice issues in their social work practices, and (c) identifying and describing what constitutes transforming therapeutic practices in the context of family therapy, particularly for new therapists. 

Education

PhD in Human Development and Family Studies with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Iowa State University.

Professional and Community Associations

In addition to being an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, Sally is a Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre. She conducts workshops on family therapy and qualitative inquiry. Sally serves on the Boards of Directors for the Taos Institute, an organization dedicated to developing social constructionist practices world-wide, and the Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work, which involves co-developing transformative practices in social work education.  For the last 20 years, Sally has worked on The Qualitative Report and is currently Senior Editor for this open-access online interdisciplinary journal which is committed to creating a learning community of writers and reviewers to present solid, interesting, and novel works of qualitative inquiry.

In 2017, Sally was also been invited to be part of the Teaching academy through The Taylor Learning Institute on campus.

Awards

In 2017, I was awarded the University of Calgary Teaching Award for Full-Time Academic Staff (Professor) and in 2016, I was awarded the Faculty of Social Work Graduate Teaching Excellence Award. In 2013, The Anselm Strauss Award Committee of the National Council on Family Relations awarded honorable mention to an article I co-wrote entitled, “Clients’ Relational Conceptions of Conjoint Couple and Family Therapy Quality: A Grounded Formal Theory,” which was published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy in 2012.

Publications from 2008-Present

Books

St. George, S., & Wulff, D. (Eds.). (2016). Family therapy as socially transformative practice: Practical strategies (AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy). New York, NY: Springer International.

Tomm, K., St. George, S., Wulff, D., & Strong, T. (Eds.). (2014). Patterns in interpersonal interactions: Inviting relational understandings for therapeutic change. New York, NY: Routledge.

 Book Chapters

Wulff, D., & St. George, S. (2018). “Social justice” as relational talk. In C. Audet & D. Paré (Eds.), Social justice and counseling: Discourse in practice (pp. 111-123). New York, NY: Routledge.

St. George, S., & Wulff, D. (2017). Reflecting team in couple and family therapy. In J. L. Lebow et al. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of couple and family therapy (Electronic). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_324-1

St. George, S., & Wulff, D. (2017). Research As Daily Practice. In J. L. Lebow et al. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of couple and family therapy (Electronic). Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_890-1

St. George, S., & Wulff, D. (2016). Family Therapy + Social Justice + Daily Practices = Transforming Therapy. In S. St. George & D. Wulff (Eds.), Family therapy as socially transformative practice: Practical strategies (AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy) (pp. 1-7). New York, NY: Springer International.

St. George, S., & Wulff, D. (2016). Community-minded family therapy. In S. St. George & D. Wulff (Eds.), Family therapy as socially transformative practice: Practical strategies (AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy) (pp. 9-24). New York, NY: Springer International.

Wulff, D., & St. George, S. (2016). Researcher as practitioner: Practitioner as researcher. In S. St. George & D. Wulff (Eds.), Family therapy as socially transformative practice: Practical strategies (AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy) (pp. 25-40). New York, NY: Springer International.

St. George, S., Wulff, D., Chenail, R., Snyder, L. J., Ashbourne, L. M., Gosnell, F., & McIntosh, S. (2016). Family therapy stories: Stretching customary family therapy practices. In S. St. George & D. Wulff (Eds.), Family therapy as socially transformative practice: Practical strategies (AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy) (pp. 85-98). New York, NY: Springer International.

Wulff, D., & St. George, S. (in press). Research as daily practice. In G. Simon & A. Chard (Eds.), A handbook of systemic inquiry.

St. George, S., Wulff, D., & Strong, T. (2014). Researching interpersonal patterns. In K. Tomm, S. St. George, D. Wulff, & T. Strong (Eds.), Patterns in interpersonal interactions: Inviting relational understandings for therapeutic change (pp. 210-228). New York, NY: Routledge.

St. George, S., & Wulff, D. (2014). Braiding socio-cultural interpersonal patterns into therapy. In K. Tomm, S. St. George, D. Wulff, & T. Strong (Eds.), Patterns in interpersonal interactions: Inviting relational understandings for therapeutic change (pp. 124-142). New York, NY: Routledge.

Chenail, R. J., St. George, S., Wulff, D., & Cooper, R. (2012). Action research: The methodologies. In P. L. Munhall (Ed.), Nursing research: A qualitative perspective (5th ed., pp. 455-470). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Wulff, D., & St. George, S. (2011). Family therapy with a larger aim. In S. Witkin (Ed.), Social construction and social work practice: Interpretations and innovations (pp. 211-239). New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

 

Refereed Journal Articles

St. George, S., Wulff, D., & Tomm, K. (2015). Research as daily practice: Introduction to the special section. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 34(2), 1-2.

St. George, S., Wulff, D., & Tomm, K. (2015). Research as daily practice. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 34(2), 3-14.

St. George, S., Wulff, D., & Tomm, K. (2015). Talking societal discourse into family therapy: A situational analysis of the relationships between societal expectations and parent-child conflict. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 34(2), 15-30.

Wulff, D., St. George, S., & Tomm, K. (2015). Societal discourses that help in family therapy: A modified situational analysis of the relationships between societal expectation and healing patterns in parent-child conflict. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 34(2), 31-44.

Wulff, D., St. George, S., Tomm, K.. Doyle, E., & Sesma, M. (2015). Unpacking the PIPs to HIPs curiosity: A narrative study. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 34(2), 45-58.

Strong, T., St. George, S., Wulff, D., Mudry, T., & Sametband, I. (2015). Differences over dollars and sense: Discourses involving money in family therapy. Human Systems: The Journal of Therapy, Consultation & Training, 26(1), 66-85.

Mudry, T., Sametband, I., Strong, T., Wulff, D., Michel, J., & St. George, S. (2014). “Where I’m coming from”: A discourse analysis of financial advice media. Journal of Financial Therapy, 5(1), 55-79.

Besthorn, F., St. George, S., & Wulff, D. (2014). A postmodern critique of the social discourses surrounding the treatment of family violence: Suggestions for social work. Journal of Progressive Human Services.

Strong, T., Wulff, D., St. George, S., Mudry, T., & Sametband, I. (in press). Differences over dollars and sense: Discourses involving money in family therapy. Human Systems.

Mudry, T., Sametband, I., Strong, T., Wulff, D., Michel, J., & St. George, S. (2014). “Where I’m coming from”: A discourse analysis of financial advice media. Journal of Financial Therapy, 5(1), 55-79.

Chenail, R. J., St. George, S., Wulff, D., Duffy, M., Wilson Scott, K., & Tomm, K. (2012). Clients’ relational conceptions of conjoint couple and family therapy quality: A grounded formal theory. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy [Special Issue], 38(1), 241-264.

Wulff, D., St. George, S., & Besthorn, F. (2011). Revisiting confidentiality: Observations from family therapy practice. Journal of Family Therapy, 33, 199-214. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6427.2010.00514.x

Besthorn, F., Wulff, D., & St. George, S. (2010).  Eco-spiritual helping and postmodern therapy: A deeper ecological framework. Ecopsychology, 2(1), 23-32.

Wulff, D., St. George, S., Faul, A. C., Frey, A., & Frey, S. (2010). Drama in the academy: Bringing racism to light. Qualitative Social Work, 9, 111-127.

St. George, S. (2009). Evolution of family therapy in the United States and Canada. Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Health, 4(1), 64-77.

London, S., St. George, S., & Wulff, D. (2009). Guides for collaborating. International Journal of Collaborative Practices, 1(1), 1-8. Retrieved August 13, 2009, from http://ijcp.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/london-english.pdf

 

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