Casey Ready has been involved in the FIFSW since completing her PhD in 2012 and is an Assistant Professor, Status Only. Her teaching assignments have included Social Policy in the Canadian Context, Social Work Practice in Organizations and Communities, Social Work Practice with Groups, Research for Social Justice, The Context of Mental Health and Health Practice and Foundations of Social Work: Knowledge, Theory and Values that Inform Practice.
Dr. Ready brings a unique approach to FIFSW teaching through a combination of her current academic work and her experience in social work practice gained through holding roles as the Executive Director of three non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and involvement in advocacy, community engagement, research, leadership, management, policy development and program planning, implementation and evaluation.
Most recently, Dr. Ready led an NGO offering social work counselling services, housing help, credit counselling and a community service order program. She has worked with United Ways, Social Planning Councils and municipal and provincial governments in Toronto and other Ontario communities and consulted with a broad range of community organizations.
Dr. Ready’s research interests include gender issues in the social welfare state, violence against women, women and poverty, the relationship of the non-profit sector to the social welfare state, community engagement and social justice. She returned to academia to study the impact of neoliberalism on women, people living in poverty, marginalized populations and the non-profit sector. Her publications include Shelter in a Storm: Revitalizing Feminism in Neoliberal Ontario (UBC Press, 2016).
Mindfulness and the benefits it can offer people, including social workers, who experience stress in a neoliberal society are among Dr. Ready’s passions. She is trained in Integrative Yoga Therapy and pursues this interest actively by practicing and teaching yoga.