Janet Douglas Department Chair

Phone: 604.323.5354
Office: B148h
Email: jdouglas@langara.ca

Janet Douglas was a child protection social worker in BC for over 30 years. She received her BSW and MSW degrees from UBC, and was the first social worker to be awarded a PhD by the UBC School of Social Work. She has research interests in child maltreatment, interagency collaboration, marijuana grow-operations, and social worker safety in the field. She has held various research positions with the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect since 1998. She has also taught as a sessional instructor at UBC and UNBC. Janet is currently a member of the Langara Faculty Association Board, and is a part-time steward for the LFA. 

Michele Martin Instructor

Email: mmartin@langara.ca

Michele has been a Social Worker for 30 years, completing a BSW at the U of Calgary, MSW at UBC, as well as a BA from the U of Alberta, and MA in English from UBC. She has worked primarily as a medical Social Worker in a variety of settings (ER/Trauma units, Leukemia and BMT, paediatrics, psychiatry, residential care, and reproductive health) including the past 15 years as a member of a Palliative Care Consultation Team for Fraser Health. She has also worked extensively as an educator and facilitator with physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and volunteers, covering topics such as end of life care, anticipatory and preparatory grief, advance care planning, and initiating goals of care discussions. She has been a strong advocate for patient autonomy and respect for their health care decision-making, and has participated as an ad hoc member of the Ethics Committee. Michele has a particular interest in transparent, reflective practice, and what it takes for professionals to be and stay present and engaged and communicate effectively in the face of conflict, moral distress, differences, and strong emotions.

Margo Nelson Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5920
Office: B148m
Email: mnelson@langara.ca

Margo Nelson worked in child protection, drug and alcohol treatment, educational research, and children’s psychiatric care in the UK and US prior to immigrating to Canada. She received her MSW degree from Portland State University and her PhD from UBC. Her research and practice interests include child protection, Indigenous child welfare, sexual orientation and gender identity in children and youth, drug and alcohol policy, and the application of human rights perspectives to social work policy and practice. She has also taught as a sessional instructor at UNBC. 

Shelley Rivkin Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5511 ext. 2551
Office: B148i
Email: srivkin@langara.ca

Shelley Rivkin has worked in a variety of social work settings for the past 30 years.  She received her BSW and MSW from UBC.  Between 2001 and 2006, she chaired the Educational Alliance, a consortium involving the schools of social work, the Justice Institute and the Ministry of Children and Family Development, responsible for developing and delivering the province’s post employment child protection training.  She has been involved in research initiatives related to gender based violence, child sexual abuse prevention and youth at risk.  In 2008, she received the MOSAIC Human Rights Award.  She has been a sessional instructor at UBC and Langara for the past five years.

Jeanette Robertson Instructor

Office: B148g
Email: jrobertson@langara.ca

Jeanette Robertson has been an educator in social work for the past 20 year at Thompson Rivers University and Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.  She received her BSW from the University of Calgary, and MSW from the University of Victoria, and a Doctorate in Education from UBC. Her social work practice experience has largely been within the aging, disability and healthcare field and extends to roles of community educator, social work practitioner, program coordinator, Community Living BC Council member, and rehabilitation worker in both the voluntary and governmental sector in British Columbia and Alberta.Her publication and research interests include scholarship devoted to the exploration of disability and society; leadership and knowledge integration within field education (internships, practicum, field placements) related to professional identity formation; and educational leadership within higher education.

Jasmyne Rockwell Coordinator

Phone: 604.323.5511 ext. 2424
Email: jrockwell@langara.ca

Jasmyne completed her BA at SFU before attending Thompson Rivers University for her B.S.W. Through her work at the 411 Seniors Centre Society on the provincial Seniors Advocacy Project, and at VGH on the Acute Care for Elders ward and in Banfield Pavilion Extended Care, Jasmyne discovered a great enjoyment in working with older adults. She has since combined this interest with her passion for qualitative research, particularly that which examines the intersection of the lived experiences of older persons and ageing policies and practices. Her MSW research at UBC focused on the organizational barriers to providing person-centred care in long term care residences, and pointed out the need for residents to be able to give as well as receive as members of a community. Jasmyne’s doctoral research (UBC) compared the relocation narratives of older adults who had recently moved to assisted living with the story of assisted living presented in provincial policies, industry publications, and the birth of the assisted living movement.