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Donalda Halabuza, BA, BSW, MSW, PhD, RSW


Office: Education Building, Room 449
Phone: (306) 337-2538
Fax: (306) 585-4872

Research interests
include the areas of family and individual resilience in a number of contexts such as family violence, separation and divorce, immigration and with children living in high risk situations. Other equally important interests include research in the area of custody and access and the use of qualitative methods.

Dr. Donalda Halabuza recently was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Work. Prior to this appointment she developed expertise in practice based on over 20 years of direct practice working with high risk children and families in a variety of situations. Donalda continues to be involved in practice as a social worker, counsellor, and mediator. She continues to provide custody and access assessments on families for the Queen’s Bench Court of Saskatchewan. Her practise is based on a family resilience, feminist, and anti-oppressive framework utilizing various methods and counselling approaches. Central to her doctoral research was the concept of resilience and how it can be promoted in direct practice, policy, and in a variety of contexts with various populations. Her doctoral research focused on family resilience during family transitions and is entitled Understanding Family Resilience in Divorce.

Donalda teaches classes in social work ethics, direct social work practice, counselling theories; social work with families; communication skills for social work, women’s issues and social work, and social work and groups. She looks forward to teaching and developing classes in child welfare; social work and the law; anti-oppressive practice; qualitative research; mediation; and other courses in the Masters of Social Work Program. She has taught classes in the Master’s Program entitled Perspectives and Models of Social Work for Direct Practice and Counselling Children and Families. Donalda was the practicum coordinator in the Faculty of Social Work from 1998-2000 and has taught as a sessional in the Faculty of Social Work since 1990. From 2000-2002 and in 2005-2006 she was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work.

Donalda’s research interests parallel her work experience and include the impact of custody and access assessments on families, children and the courts; risk and resilience research with high risk families, women, and children; how resilience informs direct practice; child protection policies and practice; transitions for immigrant and refugee people; and the overlap of social work and the law.  Donalda has presented some of her research findings at the Resolve Conference in November 2009; to Family Justice Services (May 2009); the family court justices at the Queen’s Bench Court in Saskatchewan (January 2010) and will continue to present her findings to other community groups.