Dr Helen Cleak - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Helen Cleak

Adjunct Industry Fellow

Dr Helen Cleak is a social worker with experience in foster care, hospital and trauma services, family mediation and income security. Helen has applied her experience as a social worker into her teaching, research and field education roles at La Trobe University and Queensland University of Technology, including her role as Senior Lecturer and former Director of Field Education at the School of Social Work and Social Policy, La Trobe University.


PhD, Melb; Master of Social Work, Monash; Diploma of Social Studies, Melb.

Teaching areas
  • Counselling
  • Mediation skills
  • Social work
  • Crisis intervention
  • Field Education
Research areas
  • Allied Health
  • Social Work
  • Placements and Professional Supervision
Key Research Publications

Cleak, H & Wilson, J, 2019, Making the most of field placement, 4th edn, Cengage Learning, Australia

Zuchowski, I, Cleak, H, Nickson, A & Spencer, A, 2019, A National Survey of Australian Social Work Field Education Programs: Innovation with Limited Capacity. Australian Social Work. 72:75-90.

Cleak, H Zuchowski I.2019 Empirical Support and Considerations for Social Work Supervision of Students in Alternative Placement Models. Clinical Social Work Journal. 47:32-42

Contact Dr Helen Cleak via email hcleak@usc.edu.au.