During her 15 years in direct practice before joining the academy, Jo specialised in relationship counselling and was actively involved in women’s issues, child abuse and domestic violence. She has researched in the area of social work professional practice including child protection decision-making, mentoring, supervision practices, and practitioner learning and development. Jo has also explored social work career choice and decision-making processes. From this collection of work Jo has developed an interest in body-reflexivity.

Jo is a qualified yoga teacher with a diploma from the International Yoga Teachers Association. She has undertaken study tours to the United States and Italy examining trauma and its impact on professional reflection and the use of yoga as an intervention.

Jo works from a qualitative methodological approach including narrative inquiry, organic inquiry, case study, thematic analysis, and the study of social positioning in stories. She is an active member of international discussion groups on the process of narrative inquiry. She has undertaken research with industry particularly on learning and development in child placement with government and on mentoring with a nongovernment peak organisation. Her current interest is researching the contribution yoga can make to practitioner reflection and well-being.

  • RM8101: Research Planning in Tropical Environments and Societies (Level 8; CNS)
  • RM8102: Research Project in Tropical Environments and Societies (Level 8; CNS)
  • WS1006: Self in Professional Helping (Level 1; CNS)
  • WS2008: International Exchange (Level 2; TSV)
  • WS3025: Group Work (Level 3; CNS)
  • WS3515: Social Work and Welfare Practice (Level 3; TSV)
  • WS5025: Group Work (Level 5; CNS)
  • Providing supervision and mentoring to practitioners
  • Facilitating professional development workshops drawing on embodied practices such as yoga and including meditative techniques
  • Facilitating and advising practitioners who run trauma sensitive yoga classes for adults and children impacted by trauma.
  • Research contact for the Social Work Yoga and Mindfulness Practice Group with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Social work professional practice, supervision and worker support
  • Social worker's embodied experiences and the impact they have on practice
  • Yoga/meditation as a tool for development of reflective practice as well as for practitoner self care
  • Narrative methodologies, particularly the self positioning of the narrator in their stories
  • Child protection and the impact of trauma on well-being. I am also interested in how yoga can be used to help mediate trauma.
  • The use of self in professional practice, social work theories and group work
  • Problem based learning and its use in developing reflexive practitioners
  • The use of e-portfolios in field education
  • 2012 to present - Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2007 to 2011 - Lecturer/Field Co-Ordinator, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 1998 to 2007 - Lecturer, Central Queensland University (Rockhampton)
  • 2005 - Senior Project Officer (Secondment), Department of Child Safety (Brisbane)
  • 1996 to 1997 - Health Worker, Women's health (Rockhampton)
  • 1991 to 1996 - Manager, Relationships Australia (Rockhampton)
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Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2017 - Inclusive Practice Award - Awarded in recognition of exceptional support for students with a disability
  • 2015 - Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student learning
  • 2014 - Inclusive Practice Award - Awarded in recognition of exceptional support for students with a disability
  • 2011 - Inclusive Practice Award - Awarded in recognition of exceptional support for students with a disability
  • 2018 - Social Work Mindfulness and Yoga Group (AASW) - Committee member and research leader
  • 1996 - Australian Association of Social Work
  • 1995 - International Yoga Teachers Association

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 20+ research outputs authored by Dr Jo Mensinga from 2007 onwards.

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Mission Australia - Contract Research

Douglas House, Supporting Housing Services, Practice Model Devlopment and Evaluation

Indicative Funding
This research is a preliminary qualitative evaluation of the support program currently in operation at Douglas House Supported Housing Service. This program was introduced over 12 months ago and is yet to undergo formal evaluation. Anecdotal evidence from staff within the program and external services suggests that this program is achieving desired outcomes but no formal evaluation has occurred to this point. Further, anecdotal reflections from staff acknowledge that there may be a gap between the formal proposed delivery model and what is actually occurring in practice. This project proposes to capture the practice model utilised within the program to establish how it is different from the intended trauma based recovery model, and to draw initial conclusions as to why there my be a difference between the formal and informal models.
Ann Carrington and Jo Mensinga (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Homelessness; Housing; Trauma Based Recovery Model; Service Delivery

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  • Yoga as an adjunct treatment for people with complex PTSD displaying psychological and physiological symptoms, negative cognitions, avoidant behaviours, depression and anxiety (Masters , Primary Advisor)

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