Professor Butler has worked in various social work capacities (practitioner, researcher, evaluator and academic) in the area of children, youth and families for the past 20 years. At the end of Professor Butler's undergraduate training he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue his Post Graduate education in the United States of America. He has worked in different international settings, namely: South Africa, United States of America, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Upon completing his Ph.D. in South Africa in 2000, he took up the post as Research Fellow for the University of Plymouth Health Action Zone Initiative.
Thereafter Professor Butler was employed as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work at Sheffield Hallam University. One of his tasks was to develop and deliver cross-faulty education around HIV and AIDS for health and social care students. Professor Butler has been published in a wide range of specialisms, ranging from young carers, gay and lesbian youth, HIV and AIDS, secondary education and homophobia, adolescent mental health, workforce development and international social work practise.
He has been invited as an International Socrates scholar to teach at various higher education institutions in Europe (Sweden, Holland, Denmark and Norway).
His teaching interests include: anti-discriminatory practise, integration and social work practise and theory, homosexuality and homophobia, international social policy, changing paradigms of pedagogy, direct practise with individuals, groups, families and communities, amongst others. Professor Butler held tenure as a Principal Lecturer in Social Work and Programme Director for the MA in Social Work degree at Canterbury Christ Church University (UK). Most recently Professor Butler also held tenure as Associate Professor in Social Work in South Africa. Presently Professor Butler resides in the UK.
TRAINING A MODERN WORKFORCE IN A GLOBAL WORLD