Instructor , Not Currently Teaching
School of Social Work and Human Services
Dr. Sydney Weaver, MSW, PhD has worked with illicit-drug-using mothers and fathers in child welfare and addictions services for many years: in direct service; policy analysis; research and teaching. Her research has focused on critical analysis of health and social services and policy in relation to marginalized peoples using substances, with the aim of improving outcomes for families. She has developed and conducted training for social workers in best practice with substance using parents; has taught at UBC, VCC and NVIT, and currently works directly alongside women struggling with problematic substance use.
Ph.D., University of British Columbia
M.S.W., University of British Columbia
B.S.W, University of British Columbia,
B.G.S., Simon Fraser University
My theoretical approach is critical; anti-oppressive; collaborative and aimed at social justice. I foreground an intersectional, decolonizing structural analysis and prioritize the practical application of this analysis. I view the goals of social work as transformative.
Principal Investigator 2012
ACCELERATE BC FUNDED: MITACS/BCMHARN FUNDING Challenges for drug-using mothers with children in kinship care. Qualitative study aimed at defining experiences of mothers and service providers in relation to access and custody when children are place in kinship care.
Co-Investigator (Doctoral study) 2009-2012
University of British Columbia, School of Social Work Father involvement in maternal harm reduction services. My doctoral research, a qualitative study, pertains to fathers’ experiences of exclusion/inclusion in harm reduction maternity services.
Researcher/Project Coordinator May 2009-2011
Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users and Women’s Health Research Institute Healing Ourselves: Mothers’ Recovery from Grief and Loss. Coordinator of qualitative research project with DTES drug-using mothers, aimed at developing a toolkit for mothers experiencing grief and loss from child apprehension.
Co-Investigator, May-November 2009
ACCELERATE BC FUNDED: MITACS/BCMHARN FUNDING Left out:’ Father exclusion in maternal harm reduction services. Conducted a funded, mixed methods pilot study of my doctoral study.
Weaver, S. (2017) (in press). ‘A secure place in a real community:’ illicit drug users in the small city. In Walmsley, C. & Kading, T. (Eds.) Power and Possibility in the Small City.
Weaver, S. (2013). "Left him in the dust:" Father exclusion from maternal harm reduction services. Retrieved from UBC CIRCLE: https://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0073994
Weaver, S. (2009). How risk assessment compromises child safety. In Perspectives, 31, 9.
Weaver, S. (2009). An enlightened approach with substance-using mothers. Editorial, Perspectives, 31, 9.
Weaver, S. (2007). `Make it more welcome:' Best practice child welfare work with substance-Using mothers (Chapter 6). In S. Boyd & L. Marcellus (Eds.), With Child: Substance Use During Pregnancy: A Woman-Centred Approach. Halifax: Fernwood.
Weaver, S. (2007). Shame reduction: A model for training child welfare workers on best practice with mothers who use substances. In N. Poole & L. Greaves (Eds.), Highs and Lows: Canadian Perspectives on Women and Substance Use. Toronto, ON: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.