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Darlene Chalmers, BEd, BSW, MSW, PhD, RSW


Darlene


Associate Professor
Associate Dean - Undergraduate

Office: Saskatoon Campus, The Concourse Building, Room 111.10
E-mail: darlene.chalmers@uregina.ca
Phone: (306) 664-7379
Fax: (306) 664-7131


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Darlene's research interests include the human-animal bond/interaction; the inclusion of animal-assisted interventions as an adjunct to therapeutic practice; social work and the environment; and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), specifically transformative learning and the role of animals in the post-secondary classroom.

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  • Role of Service Dogs and Veterans with PTSD and Who Problematically use Substances funded by Health Canada Substance Use and Addiction Program (PI: Dr. Colleen Anne Dell, University of Saskatchewan).

Video: PAWSitive Support Project for Veterans with PTSD (2019)

                                            

  • Deepening connection in pursuit of environmental sustainability: Assessing a promising lever for shifting assumptions of separation funded by SSHRC Insight Development Grant (PI: M. J. Barrett, University of Saskatchewan).

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2020

Publications

Book Chapters

  • Hanrahan, C. & Chalmers, D. (2020). Animal-informed social work: A more-than-critical practice. In C. Brown and J. MacDonald (Eds.). Critical clinical social work: Counterstorying for social justice.  Canadian Scholars' Press. (In Press).
  • Oliver, B. & Chalmers, D. (2020). Reflexive photography: Using transformative pedagogies to develop critical practitioners. In J. Friberg, C. Visconti, & S. Ginsberg (Eds.), Evidence-based education in the classroom: Examples from clinical disciplines. (In Press). Slack Inc.

2019

Publications

  • Dell, C., Chalmers, D., Stobbe, M., Rohr, B., & Husband, A. (2019). Animal assisted therapy in a Canadian Psychiatric prison. International Journal of Prisoner Health, 8, 14-64. https://www.cijs.ca/volume-8
  • Dell, C., Chalmers, D., Cole, D. & Dixon, J. (2019). Accessing relational connections in prison: An evaluation of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program at Stony Mountain Institution. Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research (IJR). Advance online access https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPH-04-2018-0020
  • Chalmers, D. (2019). The importance of including animals in social work practice. Saskatchewan Social Worker, 30(1), 13-14. https://sasw.ca/document/4598/Feb%202019%20final.pdf

Book Chapters

  • Oliver, B., Chalmers, D., & Goitom, M. (2019). Reflexivity in the field: Applying lessons learned from a collaborative scholarship of teaching and learning study exploring the use of reflexive photography in field education. In J. Friberg & K. McKinney (eds) Conducting and Applying the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Beyond the Individual Classroom Level. Indiana University Press.

Select Conference Presentations

  • Chalmers, D. (2019, October). Bonding behind bars. Paper presented at 16th Biennial Custody and Caring International Conference. Saskatoon, SK.
  • Matsuoka, A., Sorenson, J., Ferreira, T., Hanrahan, C., & Chalmers, D.  (2019, June). Engaging in trans-species social justice through rethinking animal-human relations and challenging and transforming anthropocentric action. Presented at the annual CASWE conference, Vancouver, BC. (In absentia).

Select Poster Presentations

  • Chalmers, D. Dell, C., Williamson, L., Rodgers, N., Husband, A., & Carey, B. (2019 November). Researchers training a service dog to learn about veterans’ experiences with problematic opioid use: A patient-oriented research approach. International Issues of Substance: Addiction Matters Conference. Ottawa, ON. (In Absentia).
  • Chalmers, D. & Dell, C. (2019 November). PAWSitive support: The development of a Canadian prison-based canine assisted learning program in response to Canada’s opioid crisis. International Issues of Substance: Addiction Matters Conference. Ottawa, ON. (In Absentia).
  • Dell, C. & Chalmers, D. (2019 November). Animal-assisted therapy in a Canadian Psychiatric Prison: Addressing problematic substance use and mental health. International Issues of Substance: Addiction Matters Conference. Ottawa, ON. (In Absentia).
  • Ebbesen, L., Kent-Wilkinson, A., Dell, C., & Chalmers, D. Hales, N. (2019 October). Unleashing animal-assisted intervention in federal corrections in Canada: A community-academic-corrections success story. The 16th Biennial Custody and Caring International Conference on the Nurse’s Role in the Criminal Justice System. Saskatoon, Sk.

2018

Publications

  • Dell, C., Chalmers, D., Gillett, J., Steeves, M., Rohr, B., Fornssler, B., Husband, A., McKenzie, H., Iwajomo, O., Nickel, C. (2018). “Effects of a therapy dog program on the wellbeing of older veterans living a long term care residence. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin 6(2), 83-102.
  • Dell, C., Petryk, C., Chalmers, D., & Sillers, L. (2018). Integrating therapy dogs into Saskatchewan’s Coordinated Trauma Response. The Humanitarian: Saskatchewan SPCA, p. 3.

Select Conference Presentations

  • Chalmers, D. Hanrahan, C., & Gillett, J. (2018, June). Bridging animals, social work & society: A roundtable on reconciliation. Presented at the annual CASWE conference, Regina, Sk. (Chalmers roundtable chair).
  • Chalmers, D. Hanrahan, C. & Gillett, J. (2018 Jun). Bridging animals, social work, & society: A national think tank crafting new narratives. Presented at the annual CASWE conference, Regina, Sk. (Chalmers think tank co-chair).

Select Poster Presentations

  • Chalmers, D., Dell, D., Lapointe, M., Lohnes, C., & Dell, D. (2018 October). Audeamus service dog program: An evidence-based curriculum supporting the health and wellbeing of veterans. Canadian Institute of Military Veteran Health Research Forum, Regina, SK.

2017

Select Conference Presentations

  • Chalmers, D. & Dell, C.A. (2017, November). 5 days, 4 prisoners & 3 therapy dogs = PAWSitive Support. Workshop presentation at the International Issues of Substance: Addiction Matters Conference. Calgary, AB.
  • Chalmers, D., Brown, T., Corbeil, A., Sowden, J. & Walker, P. (2017, October). Animal assisted therapy in a Canadian Psychiatric Prison. Paper presented at 15th Biennial Custody and Caring International Conference. Saskatoon, SK.

2016

Select Conference Presentations

  • Chalmers, D. (2016, May). Advancing social work and the environment: Educating for a new practice agenda. Paper presented at the annual CASWE conference, Calgary, AB.
  • Dell, C. & Gillett, J. & Chalmers, D. (2016, May) Session title: Animals and society: A focus on the human-animal bond. Canadian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Calgary, AB. (D. Chalmers session discussant).

Select Poster Presentations

  • Dell, C., B. Rohr, & D. Chalmers. (2016, September). Update: Social work practice and human-animal interaction survey: A Canadian prairie provinces study. International One Welfare Conference, Winnipeg, MB.
  • Chalmers, D., Rohr, B., Dell, C., & Dowling, T. (2016, April). Social work practice and human-animal interaction survey: A Canadian prairie provinces study. Poster presented at the One Health Symposium. University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Sk.

2015

Publications

  • Dell, C., Chalmers, D., Gillett, J., Rohr, B., Nickel, C., Campbell, L., et al. (2015). PAWSing student stress: A pilot study of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program on three Canadian campuses". Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy/ Revue canadienne de counseling et de psychothérapie, 49(4), ISSN 1923-6182. Available at: http://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/cjc/index.php/rcc/article/view/2821
  • Chalmers, D. & Dell, C. A. (2015). Applying one health to the study of animal assisted interventions. Ecohealth,  doi: 10.1007/s10393-015-1042-3
  • Adams, C., Boucher, J., Cartier, G., Chalmers, D., et al. (2015). The helping horse: How equine assisted learning contributes to the wellbeing of First Nations youth in treatment for volatile substance misuse. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 1(1), 52-75.  

Select Conference Presentations

  • Chalmers, D. (2015, November 3). Perceived mutuality in horse-human relationships: A place for wellbeing. Veterinary Wellness & Social Work Summit, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
  • Chalmers, D. & Wasson, E. (2015, November). One Health in practice: Holistic approaches for promoting resilience in veterinary practice among veterinarians, veterinary students, and allied professionals. Veterinary Wellness & Social Work Summit, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.

2014

Select Conference Presentations

  • Oliver, B., Chalmers, D., & Goitom, M. (2014, November). Grounded theory and the scholarship of teaching and learning: Methodology that responds to theoretical and practice demands. Paper presented at the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Mount Royal University 5th Annual Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Banff, AB.
  • Dell, C. & Chalmers, D. (2014, October). Treating drug addiction with animal assisted therapy: Contributions of one health. Paper presented at the 7th International Symposium: Safety & Health in Agricultural & Rural Populations: Global Perspectives, Saskatoon, SK.
  • Chalmers, D. & Dell, C. (2014, October) Animal-assisted programs in addictions and mental health: Transformations in research and practice. Paper presented at the Prairie Child Welfare Consortium 2014 Symposium, Saskatoon, SK.
  • Chalmers, D., Dell, C., & Dowling, T. (2014, May). Veterinary social work: A Canadian project in the making. Paper presented at the annual CASWE conference, St. Catherines, ON.
  • Goitom, M., Chalmers, D., & Oliver, B. (2014, May). Developing reflective/reflexive practice in social work field education: Curriculum that addresses and responds to "theoretical" and practice demands. Presented at the second annual Teaching in Focus: Education, Innovation and Transformation conference. York University, Toronto, ON.

Select Poster Presentations

  • Bokitch, A., Chalmers, D., Dell, C., Field, A., & Gillett, J. (2014, March). Treating drug addiction with animal-assisted therapy. Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse Workshop, Ottawa, On.

2013

Select Conference Presentations

  • Dell, C., Sauve, E., Chalmers, D., & Kirlin, N. (2013, November). Pawsitive support: Applying animal assisted therapy in the treatment of addictions. Presented at the Issues of Substance: From Knowledge to Know-how—Learn. Inspire. Change. National Conference (90 minute Open Forum Presentation). Ottawa, ON
  • Chalmers, D., Goitom, M., & Oliver, B. (2013, June). Reflexivity in field teaching and learning: Becoming critical practitioners. Paper presented at the annual CASWE conference, Victoria, BC.
  • Chalmers, D., Adams, C. & Leguillette, R. (2013, March). The human-horse interaction: Perceived mutuality as a core dimension of relationship, fulfillment and well-being. Paper presented at the Living with Animals conference, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky.

2011

Publications

  • Chalmers, D. (2011). Social work and the environment: Understanding people and place. [Review of the book Social work and the environment: Understanding people and place, by M.K. Zapf]. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 31(3), 397-398.
  • Chalmers, D., & Dell, C. (2011). Equine-assisted therapy as an adjunct to treatment for solvent abuse among First Nations youth: A key consideration for building an empirical knowledge base. Native Studies Review, 20(1), 59-87.
  • Dell, C. Chalmers, D., Bresette, N., Swain, S., Rankin, D., & Hopkins, C. (2011). A Healing Space: The experiences of First Nations and Inuit youth with equine assisted learning. Child and Youth Care Forum, 40(2), 319-336.

Select Conference Presentations

  • Chalmers, D. (2011, June). The person-in-environment perspective (PIE): Envisioning a framework for considering wellbeing and the human, animal and ecosystem link. Paper presented at the annual CASWE conference, Fredericton, NB.

2010

Select Conference Presentations

  • Chalmers, D. & Adams, C. (2010, July). Expanding the person-in-environment perspective: Animals and ecosystems as predictors and moderators of health and disease. Paper presented at the International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO). Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Chalmers, D. & Adams, C. (2010, June). Exploring “family” within the human and animal relationship: A role for social work teaching, research and practice. Paper presented at the Annual CASWE Conference, Montreal, PQ.

2008

Publications

  • Dell, C., Chalmers, D., Dell, D., Sauve, E., MacKinnon, T. (2008). Horse as healer: An examination of equine-assisted learning in the healing of First Nations youth from solvent abuse. Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health 6(1), 81-106.
  • Watkinson, A. & Chalmers, D. (2008). Disability, professional unsuitability and the profession of social work: A case study. Social Work Education 27(5), 504-518.

Select Conference Presentations

  • Dell, C. & Chalmers, D. (November 2008). Horse as healer: An examination of equine-assisted learning (EAL) in the healing of First Nations youth from solvent abuse. Paper presented at the CPHR and SPHERU conference New Directions in Population Health Research: Linking Theory, Ethics and Practice. Regina, SK.

Select Poster Presentations

  • Dell, C. & Chalmers, D. (2008, June). Horse as healer: An examination of equine assisted learning (EAL) in the healing of First Nations youth from solvent abuse. Poster presented at the World Psychiatric Association Epidemiology & Public Health Section Meeting. Saskatoon, Sk.

2004

Select Conference Presentations

  • Watkinson, A.M. & Chalmers, D. (2004, May). Disability, professional unsuitability and the profession of Social Work: A case study. Paper presented at the Annual CASSW/CASWE Conference, Winnipeg, MB.