Tomofumi Oka, PhD, Professor

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Department of Social Services, Sophia University

Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-8554, Japan

 

Email: t-oka@sophia.ac.jp

+81-3-3238-3849 (Office)

 

Japanese Website

 

Tomofumi Oka was Chairperson of Masterfs/Doctoral Program in Social Services in April 2012 – March 2015, and is Chairperson of Department of Social Services from April 2015, Sophia University, Tokyo.

 

He obtained his M.A. (social work) at Osaka City University, and Ph.D. (social work) at Cardiff University (UK).

 

 

Peer reviewed journal articles

 

Richard Chenhall and Tomofumi Oka (2016). eThe Way of Abstinencef: Stigma and Spirituality in Danshukai, a Japanese Self-help Organisation for Alcoholics, Japanese Studies.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10371397.2016.1171117

 

Self-Help Groups in Japan: Historical Development and Current Issues. (Tomofumi Oka, 2013) International Journal of Self-Help and Self Care, 7(2), 217-232. DOI: 10.2190/SH.7.2.g

 

Research on Self-Help Organizations in Japan: Working with a Sense of Duty (gGirih). (Tomofumi Oka, & Richard Dean Chenhall, 2011) International Journal of Self-Help and Self-Care 5(4), 371-392. DOI: 10.2190/SH.5.4.h

 

An Initial View of Self-Help Groups for Japanese Alcoholics: Danshukai in its Historical, Social, and Cultural Contexts. (Richard D. Chenhall, & Tomofumi Oka, 2009). International Journal of Self Help and Self Care, 5(2), 111-152. DOI: 10.2190/SH.5.2.b

 

Self-Help Groups in Japan: Trends and Traditions. (Tomofumi Oka, 1994). Prevention in Human Services 11(1), 69-95. DOI: 10.1080/10852359409511197

 

 

Book chapters

 

Chapter 19: Self-help and mutual aid group volunteering (Carol Munn-Giddings, Tomofumi Oka, Thomasina Borkman, Jürgen Matzat, Rolando Montaño, and Grace L. Chikoto, 2016, confirmed). In Palgrave Research Handbook of Volunteering And Nonprofit Associations.

 

Self-help groups for alcoholics in Japan: Models of grecoveryh. (Richard Chenhall & Tomofumi Oka, 2014) Jeremy Breden, Stacey Steele, & Carolyn S. Stevens (Eds.), Internationalising Japan: Discourse and practice (pp. 125-141). New York: Routledge.

 

gGrief is Loveh: Understanding grief through self-help groups organised by the family survivors of suicide (Tomofumi Oka, 2013). In A. A. Drautzburg & J. Oldfield (Eds.), Making sense of suffering: A collective attempt (pp. 75-86). Freeland, Oxfordshire, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

 

Qualitative Research in Social Work (Tomofumi Oka, & Ian Shaw, 2003), in N. Hisada (Eds.), Shakai Fukushi no Kenkû Nyûmon [Introduction to Social Work Research]. (pp. 115-147) Tokyo: Chûô Hôki. (Original in Japanese).

 

Japan. (Tomiko Hayashi, & Tomofumi Oka, 1996). In J. Steyaet, D. Colombi, & J. Rafferty (Eds.). Human Services and Information Technology: An International Perspective (pp.163-172). Hants, England: Arena, Ashgate.

 

Self-Help Groups in Japan: Trends and Traditions. (Tomofumi Oka, 1994). In F. Lavoie, T. Borkman, and B. Gidron (Eds.). Self-Help and Mutual Aid Groups: International and Multicultural Perspectives (pp.69-95). New York: The Haworth Press.

 

Selbsthilfe in Japan (Tomofumi Oka, 1993). In K.Balke & C Reis (Hrsg.) Selbsthilfegruppen-Unterstützung in Europa (pp.101-113). Frankfurt am Main: Eigenverlag des Deutschen Vereins für öffentliche und private Fürsorge.

 

Peer Group Supervision in Social Work Education. (Tomofumi Oka, 1991). In Asian-Pacific Region Social Work Education Association & Sociology Department of Peking University of China (Eds.). Status-quo, Challenge and Prospect: Collected Works of the Seminar of the Asian-Pacific Region Social Work Education. (pp.445-451). Beijing: Peking University Press.

 

 

Other publications

 

Danshu-dojo: A qualitative examination of a Japanese therapeutic community for alcoholics (Richard Chenhall, & Tomofumi Oka, 2014). Alcohol and Alcoholism, 49(suppl 1), i41. DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agu053.17

 

Danshu-no-michi, gThe Way of Abstinenceh: Japanese cultural-spiritual model of alcohol abstinence developed by alcoholics' self-help groups. (Tomofumi Oka, 2013). Sophia University Studies in Social Services, 37, 5-30.

 

Self-Help Groups, Self-Help Supporters, and Social Work: A Theoretical Discussion with Some Case Illustrations of Family Survivors of Suicide in Japan (Tomofumi Oka, & Thomasina Borkman, 2011), Studies on Social Work 37(3), 168-183.

 

Self-help groups for family survivors of suicide in Japan: For empowerment, not grief care. (Tomofumi Oka, Sachiko Tanaka, Hidehiko Ake, & Shōko Kuwabara, 2011). Proceedings of the 21st Asia-Pacific Social Work Conference, Tokyo, July 15-18, pp. 526-533.

 

The gNew Lifeh model of a Japanese self-help group for alcoholics. (Tomofumi Oka, 2011). Sophia University Studies in Social Services, 35, 16-35.

 

Qualitative Social Work Research in the Asia-Pacific Region. (Robyn Munford, Tomofumi Oka, & Murli Desai, 2009). Qualitative Social Work, 8(4), 419-425.

 

Different things under the same name? A research dialogue on self-help organisations between a Japanese social worker and an Australian anthropologist. (Tomofumi Oka & Richard Chenhall, 2007). Sophia University Studies in Social Services, 31, 39-64.

 

Self-Help Groups for Parents of Children with Intractable Diseases: A Qualitative Study of Their Organisational Problems. PhD Dissertation. Cardiff University School of Social Sciences (University of Wales, Cardiff). 2003. Published by Dissertation.com

 

A Research Report on Problems Confronting Leaders and Members of Parent Groups (Tomofumi Oka, ed, 2000). Tokyo: The Research Team of Oya-no-Kai Renrakukai.

 

The History, Concepts and Theories of Self-Help Groups: From an International Perspective (Tomofumi Oka, & Thomasina Borkman, 2000). The Japanese Journal of Occupational Therapy 34 (7), 718-722.

 

A Research Report on Groups for Parents of Children with Rare and Serious Diseases: Their Organisational Problems and the Solutions Available to Them. (Tomofumi Oka, ed, 1998). Tokyo: The Research Team of Oya-no-Kai Renrakukai.

 

Self-Help Groups in Hong Kong: An Email Interview with Cecilia Chan (Tomofumi Oka, December 1998) (original in Japanese). Normalization: the Welfare of People with Disabilities 18 (12), 51-55.

 

Self-Help Groups in Germany: An Email Interview with Jürgen Matzat (Tomofumi Oka, November 1998) (original in Japanese). Normalization: the Welfare of People with Disabilities 18 (11), 52-56.

 

Self-Help Groups in the U.S.A.: An Email Interview with Ed Madara (Tomofumi Oka, October 1998)(original in Japanese). Normalization: the Welfare of People with Disabilities 18 (10), 46-50.

 

Self-Help Groups in Japan: Trends and Traditions. (Tomofumi Oka, 1997, original in 1994). Japanese Journal of Social Services, 1, 121-139.

 

 

International conference/Book advisory board

 

The 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health (2016, Singapore), International Advisory Group

 

The SAGE Handbook of Social Work Research (2014), Advisory Board

 

2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development (2010, Hong Kong), International Programme Committee

 

The 5th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health (2006, Hong Kong), International Programme Advisory Committee

 

 

International conference presentations

 

[Invited Plenary Speech] Equal Partnership, Indigenous Wisdom, and Readiness to Respond: Working with Self-Help Groups (Tomofumi Oka, 2016, confirmed). Presentation confirmed at 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, June 19-23, Singapore.

 

An Application of Indigenous Japanese Knowledge to Family Survivors of Suicide: An Intervention Informed by the Global Definition of Social Work (Tomofumi Oka, 2016, confirmed). Presentation confirmed at 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, June 19-23, Singapore.

 

Making Peace with Grief through Indigenous Wisdom: A Case Study of Japanese Family Survivors of Suicide (Tomofumi Oka, 2016). Paper presented at 12th Global Conference: Care, Loss and the End of Life, March 11-13, Budapest, Hungary.

 

Idiosyncratic versus mutually shared experiential knowledge: The rise of the tōjisha (self-helper) in Japan (Tomofumi Oka, 2015). Poster presented at 15th SCRA (Society for Community Research and Action) Biennial Conference, June 25-28, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Massachusetts.

 

Survivor Spirituality and Popular-Therapeutic Spirituality: A Comparison of Two Types of Spirituality Common among Japanese Family Survivors of Suicide (Tomofumi Oka, 2015). Paper presented at 5th Global Conference: Spirituality in the 21st Century, March 18-20, Lisbon, Portugal.

 

What are the relationships between self-help/mutual aid groups and professionals? Case studies from five countries (Tomofumi Oka, Carol Munn-Giddings, Thomasina Borkman, Jürgen Matzat, & Rolando Montaño Fraire, 2014). Paper presented at 11th ISTR (International Society for Third-Sector Research) International Conference, July 22-25, Münster, Germany.

 

Decreasing Membership of Japanese Self-Help Organisation: A Case Study Of Alcoholism And Anxiety Disorders (Neurasthenia) (Masato Miyoshi, Tomofumi Oka, & Richard Chenhall, 2014). Poster presented at 11th ISTR (International Society for Third-Sector Research) International Conference, July 22-25, Münster, Germany.

 

gGrief Is Loveh: Criticism of Professional Grief Care By Self-Help Groups for Family Survivors of Suicide in Japan (Tomofumi Oka, 2014). Paper presented at 10th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society, June 11-14, Hong Kong.

 

Spirituality of Japanese Alcoholics' Self-Help Groups: Zen Buddhism and Life-Long Discipline for Abstinence. (Tomofumi Oka, & Richard Chenhall, 2014). Paper presented at 4th Global Conference on Spirituality in the 21st Century: Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy, March 18-20, Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Danshu-dō [The Way of Abstinence]: Reincorporating spirituality into a Japanese self-help organization for alcoholics. (Tomofumi Oka, & Richard Chenhall, 2013). Poster presented at 14th SCRA (Society for Community Research and Action) Biennial Conference, June 26-29, University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

 

 gGrief is loveh: Understanding grief through self-help groups organised by the family survivors of suicide. (Tomofumi Oka, 2011) Paper presented at the 2nd Global Conference: Making Sense of Suffering, November 9-11, Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Self-help groups for family survivors of suicide in Japan: For empowerment, not grief care. (Tomofumi Oka, Sachiko Tanaka, Hidehiko Ake, & Shōko Kuwabara, 2011). Poster presented at 21st Asia-Pacific Social Work Conference, Tokyo, July 15-18, Waseda University, Tokyo.

 

gNew Lifeh: Study of a Japanese self-help group for alcoholics. (Tomofumi Oka, & Richard Chenhall, 2011). Poster presented at 13th SCRA (Society for Community Research and Action) Biennial Conference, June 16-19, Chicago.

 

Action research for developing a worldview of self-help groups of the family survivors of suicide in Japan (Tomofumi Oka, 2011). Poster session presented at the first European Conference for Social Work Research, St Catherine's College, Oxford, England on March 23-25.

 

An ethnographic study on the anti-professionalism of self-help groups for family survivors of suicide in Japan (Tomofumi Oka, 2010). Poster presented at Ninth International Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey on July 7-10.

 

Do members of self-help groups in Japan consider the medicalisation of their problems and conditions to have liberated them or pathologized them? Three case studies (Tomofumi Oka, & Mikihiro Hayashi, 2010). Paper presented at 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: The Agenda at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, on June 10-14. 

 

Three developmental models of self-help groups for alcoholics: The Western grecoveryh, the Japanese gripeningh model, and the Aboriginal "decolonizing" models. (Tomofumi Oka, & Richard D. Chenhall, 2010). Paper presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, on February 17-20, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

 

[Invited Plenary Speech] The power and potentiality of peer-led self-help groups in comparison with professional-led support groups: Self-help experiences in Japan (Tomofumi Oka, 2010). Presented at The International Conference on Promoting Chronic Care: Towards A Community-based Chronic Care Model for Asia at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, on January 8-10.

 

 [Roundtable] Challenges of Conducting Cross-Cultural Research With Mutual Help Groups. (Tomofumi Oka, Thomasina Borkman, & Richard Chenhall, 2007). Presented at Society for Community Research & Action 11th Biennial Conference, The Hilton Pasadena Hotel, Pasadena, California, USA, on June 7-10.

 

Leader's Narratives of Organizational Issues in US and Japanese Self-Help Groups (Tomofumi Oka with Thomasina Borkman, 2006). Paper presented at the 5th International Conference of Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China, on December 10-16.

 

Principles of Family Support Services of Medical Self-Help Groups (Tomofumi Oka, 2005). Poster session presented at Society for Community Research & Action 10th Biennial Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA, on June 9-12.

 

Participatory Action Research with Self-Help Groups in the US and Japan (Thomasina Borkman and Tomofumi Oka, 2005). Paper presented at Society for Community Research & Action 10th Biennial Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA, on June 9-12.

 

The Free-Rider Problem in Self-Help Groups for Parents of Children with Rare Diseases: How "Selfishness" is dealt with in Mutual Help Organizations in the Japanese Cultural Context (Tomofumi Oka, 2003). Paper presented at the 32nd Annual ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) Conference, in Denver, Colorado, USA, on November 20-22.

 

The island-within-a-lake model of self-help groups: The paradox of personal fellowship and organizational membership (Tomofumi Oka, 2002). Paper presented at the 31st Annual ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) Conference, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on November 13-16.

 

The Free-Rider Problem and Organizational Messes in Self-Help Groups: Justification, Accusation and Exposure Stories (Tomofumi Oka, 2000). Paper presented at the 29th Annual ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) Conference, in New Orleans, USA, on November 16-18.

 

Member Checking of Results of Focus Group Interviews (Tomofumi Oka, 1999). Paper presented at the International Human Science Research Conference in Sheffield, UK on July 26-29.

 

Using Focus Groups to Identify the Management Problems of Self-Help Groups and Their Solutions (Tomofumi Oka, 1999). Paper presented at Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference in Edmonton, Canada on February 18-20.

 

Parentsf Groups for Children with Rare and Serious Diseases: A Combined Use of Focus Group Interviews and Participatory Action Research (Tomofumi Oka, 1998). Paper presented at 4th Qualitative Health Research Conference in Vancouver, Canada on February 19-21.

 

Self-Help Groups of Japanese Alcoholics: Their Movements and Cultural Influences (Tomofumi Oka, 1994). Paper presented at the International Conference on Addiction and Mutual Help Movements in a Comparative Perspective in Toronto on September 12-16.

 

The Concept of Self-Help Groups in Mental Health: Sharing, Independence, and Emancipation (Tomofumi Oka, 1993). Paper presented at 1993 World Congress: World Federation for Mental Health in Chiba, Japan on August 26, 1993.

 

Self-Help in Japan. (Tomofumi Oka, 1991). Paper presented at International Expert Meeting gSupport for Self-Help Groups in Europe,h Frankfurt am Main, September 02-05.