Grant Charles, Ph.D

Associate Professor
The University of British Columbia
Rm 337 - 2080 West Mall
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z2
Tel: 604-822-3804
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Grant Charles Ph.D., is the Associate Principal (Research) of the College of Health Disciplines and Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Western Ontario and his graduate education at the University of Calgary. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Victoria. He is also a graduate of Fanshawe College.

Prior to coming to the University of British Columbia, Dr. Charles worked in a variety of mental health, special education and child welfare settings. He has been the director of a number of specialized community and residential treatment programs working with such diverse client groups as adolescent sexual offenders, Aboriginal adolescent solvent abusers and other hard to serve young people and their families. He has served as a clinical consultant /grant reviewer for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. He has also served as an adviser to Health Canada on projects related to child abuse and neglect and solvent abuse.

Dr. Charles is a founding board member of the Canadian Outcome Research Institute where he also serves as chair of the outcomes research group. He is co-chair of the Interprofessional Network of British Columbia (in-BC). He is a principal investigator for the BC Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Patient-Centred Practice Project (IECPCP). He is the principal investigator on a SSHRC grant examining young carers in British Columbia and is a co-investigator on a number of grants examining issues related to psychosocial oncology, intellectual disabilities, family interventions and at risk youth.

Dr. Charles has chaired a number of national and regional conferences. He was co-chair of the international conference: Practice Makes Perfect: Education of Health Professionals in Community, Clinical and Simulated Settings which was held in Vancouver in November 2007. He has presented at numerous regional, national and international conferences. He was recently an invited presenter at an international consultation in Washington DC on solvent abuse organized by the National Institute of Health. He has published on a diverse range of topics including interprofessional education and practice, youth suicide, adolescent sexual offenders, sexuality, self-mutilation, solvent abuse, family work, staff supervision, administration, and international education. He is a member of the editorial boards for, Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal, the Journal of Relational Child and Youth Care Practice and the Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies and is a reviewer for the Canadian Social Work Review. He was a regular columnist for the e-journal CYC-Net for a number of years.



Charles, G., Birring, V. & Lake, S. (submitted) The experiences of social work students in an interprofessional rural field education program. Journal of Teaching in Social Work.

Alexander, C. & Charles, G. (revisions submitted). "Reciprocity in social work relationships". Journal of Social Work.

Charles, G., Bainbridge, L., Copeman-Stewart, K., & Kassam, R. (accepted) The Impact of an Interprofessional Rural Healthcare Practice Education Experience on Students and Communities. Journal of Allied Health.

Charles, G. & White, J. (accepted). From evidenced based practice to theory based practice: Getting there from here. Canadian Social Work Review.

Charles, G. & Matheson, J. (in press) Self-mutilative behaviour among young people in residential care. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth.

Salhani, D. & Charles, G. (in press). The dynamics of an interprofessional team: The interplay of child and youth care with other professions within a residential treatment milieu. Relational Child and Youth Care Practice.

Ponzetti, J., Charles, G., Marshall, S. & Hare, J. (in press) Home-based early intervention programs in North America. Irish Journal of Applied Social Sciences

Garfat, T. & Charles, G. How am I who I am? Self in child and youth care. (2007). Relational Child and Youth Care Practice.

Charles, G., L. Bainbridge, K. Copeman-Stewart, S. Tiffin & Kassam, R. (2006). The Interprofessional Rural Program of British Columbia (IRPbc). Journal of Interprofessional Care. 20(1), 40 - 50.

Charles, G. and P. Gabor. (2006). An historical perspective on residential services for troubled and troubling youth in Canada revisited. Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 19(4), 17 - 26.

Marshall, S., Charles, G., Hare, J & Ponzetti, J. (2005). Sheway’s services for substance using pregnant and parenting women: Evaluating the outcomes. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 24(1), 19 - 34.

Charles, G. & Charles, H. (2003). Guidelines in child and youth care family work: A case study. Child and Youth Services, 25(1/2), 95-115.

Charles, G., Ernst, K. & Ponzetti, J. (2003). Ethics and outcome measures. Canada’s Children, Canada’s Future: The Journal of the Child Welfare League of Canada, 10 (2), 5-11.

McElwee, N.C., Duggan-Jackson, A. & Charles, G. (2003). The gauntlet of unity and diversity: Irish Travelers. Irish Journal of Applied Social Sciences, 4(1), 103-118.

Charles, G. & Gilbert, S. (2003). Youth care in rural settings, Journal of Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 16(2), 61-67.

Donne, T., Hammond, W. & Charles, G. (2003). Identifying strengths in adolescents: The Resiliency Canada Strength Inventory. Journal of Teaching and Learning, 1(2), 23-28.

Coleman, H., & Charles, G. (2001). Inhalant abuse among Aboriginal youth across Canada: Profiles and predictors of relapse, Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 10(1), 1-20.

Gilberg, S. & Charles, G. (2001). Child and youth care practice: The foundation for great supervision. Journal of Child and Youth Care, 15(2), 23-31.

Coleman, H., & Charles, G. (2000). A matter of condom sense: Adolescent sexuality, Journal of Child and Youth Care, 14(4), 17-28.

Charles, G., & Luca, T. (1999). The residential treatment of aboriginal adolescent solvent abusers, Journal of Child and Youth Care, 13(1), 57-68.

Charles, G., & Coleman, H. (1999). Voices of the people: Solvent abuse in aboriginal communities. Journal of Child and Youth Care, 13(1), 1-55.

Charles, G., & McDonald, M. (1996). Preventing child sexual abuse: The treatment of adolescent sexual offenders, Journal of Child and Youth Care, 11(1), 15-25.

Malanych, S., Matheson, J. & Charles, G. (1994). Growing up in supervision, Journal of Child and Youth Care, 9(3), 43-51.

Charles, G. (1994). Explorations: Conducting research on the extremes, Journal of Child and Youth Care, 9(1), 53-58.

Charles, G., Coleman, H. & Matheson, J. (1993). Staff reactions to young people who have been sexually abused. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 11(2), 9-21.

Charles, G., Gabor, P. & Matheson, J. (1992). An analysis of contributory factors in the effective supervision of beginning child and youth care workers, The Clinical Supervisor, 10(1), 21-33.

Charles, G. (1991). Suicide intervention and prevention among northern native youth, Journal of Child and Youth Care, 6 (1), 15-21.

Charles, G. & Matheson, J. (1991). Suicide prevention and intervention with young people in foster care in Canada, Child Welfare, Vol. LXX (2), 185-191.

Thumlert, I. & Charles, G. (1990). The concept of the global classroom in child and youth care training: An experiment in international education by a Canadian community college, Child and Youth Care Quarterly, 19(3), 15-21.

Charles, G. & Matheson, J. (1990). Children in foster care: Issues of separation and attachment, Community Alternatives: International Journal of Family Care, 2 (2), 47-56.

Charles, G. & Thumlert, I. (1990). Queensland child care systems: Reflections by Canadian international work experience students, Youth Studies (Australia), 9 (2), 21-28.

Coleman, H. & Charles G. (1990) Family violence, Canadian Journal of Home Economics. 40 (4), 174-178.

Coleman, H. & Charles, G. (1990). Child sexual abuse: A current perspective, Canadian Journal of Home Economics, 40 (3), 118-121.

Charles, G. & Coleman, H. (1990). Child and youth suicide, Canadian Journal of Home Economics, 40 (2), 72-75.

Charles, G. & Matheson, J. (1988). Suicide prevention and intervention in child care programs, Journal of Child Care, 3 (6), 39-50.

Gabor, P., Charles, G. & Davis, D. (1988). Consultation in child care settings, Journal of Child and Youth Care Administration, 1 (1), 38-42.

Perry, P., Charles, G. and Matheson, J. (1986). Separation and attachment: A shift in perspective, Journal of Child Care, 2 (6), 9-25.

Book Chapters

Charles, G. (submitted) Social engagement through the social work student placement:

    The case for the development of blended interprofessional service learning and field education experiences (Sufficiency Economy, Participatory Development, and Universities edited by T. Siriphant & P. Boothroyd)

Charles, G. & Garfat, T. (submitted). The practice of child and youth care in North America (Social Care edited by P. Share & K. Laror).

Charles, G. & Alexander, C. (2007). Gaps in services, research and policy. Youth Substance Abuse in Canada. Ottawa: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.

Charles, G., McElwee, N. & McKenna-McElwee, S. (2005). Working in social care settings with childhood and adolescent victims of violence. Social Care in Ireland: An Introduction, (Eds.) S. Share & N. McElwee Dublin: Gill and McMillan.

Charles, G., Garfat, T, & McElwee, N. (2005). Child and youth care practice in North America. Social Care in Ireland: An Introduction, (Eds.) S. Share & N. McElwee. Dublin: Gill and McMillan.

Garfat, T., McElwee, N., & Charles, G. (2005). Self in social care. Social Care in Ireland: An Introduction, (Eds.) S. Share & N. McElwee. Dublin: Gill and McMillan.

Charles, G. (1995). Dealing with allegations of childhood ritual abuse, in T. Nay (Ed.) True and False Allegations in Child Sexual Abuse: Assessment and Case Management. New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Gabor, P. & Charles, G. (1994). The evaluation of specialist foster care: Current approaches and future directions. In B. McKenzie (Ed.), Current Perspectives on Foster Family Care for Children and Youth. Toronto: Wall & Emerson.

Charles, G. & Gabor, P. (1991). An historical perspective of residential services for troubled and troubling young people in Canada, in G. Charles and S. McIntyre (Eds.), The Best in Care: Recommendations for the Future of Residential Services for Troubled Young People in Canada. Ottawa: Canadian Child Welfare Association.


Charles, G. & Gabor, P. (Eds.) (1988). Issues in Child and Youth Care Practice in Alberta. Lethbridge: Lethbridge Community College.

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