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Lisa Smallwood


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I work for the University of Northampton as a senior lecturer in education, children and young people and special educational needs and inclusion. I am a dramatherapist, theraplay therapist and creative practitioner who has worked across the UK and abroad delivering creative arts projects which offer therapeutic benefits to participants. 

Research Interests

My research interests include the role of the creative arts in the lives of children and young people developmentally, emotionally and socially, inclusion, forensics and art-based practice in education. I have published in the fields of education, forensics and dramatherapy.  I have conducted research in the field of higher education, in particular, peer mentoring practice and collaborative experiential learning practice with community organisations. 

Teaching Interests

I coordinate and teach a number of undergraduate modules including:

  • Promoting emotional well-being (Level 4)
  •  Introduction to Childhood and Youth (Level 4)
  • Children and young people, their rights and the law (Level 4)
  • Young people and society part 1: SEN and inclusion (Level 5)
  • Young people and society part 2: diversity and pluralism (Level 5)
  • Safeguarding (Level 5)
  • Empowering, Creative and Therapeutic Approaches (Level 6)
  • Social Justice (Level 6)
  • Creative Arts Approaches to Inclusion (Level 6)
  • Emacipatory Approaches in children's services (Level 6)
  • Work based learning (Levels 4, 5 and 6)

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Roehampton University

1 Sep 200831 Jul 2011

Bachelor, Middlesex University

1 Sep 200131 Jul 2004

External positions

Advisory board member, Picture the difference performing arts CIC

2018 → …

Committee member, Northants Artists in Learning Network

2012 → …

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Research Output 2013 2019

Exchanging experience: a peer-assisted learning approach to mentoring

Shepherd, L., 18 Jun 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conference typesPosterResearch

Open Access

If you pardon, we will mend: An exploration into students’ engagement in arts-infused practice as preparation for work with children. Case Study from Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Inclusion

Shepherd, L., 30 Jun 2019, Academics as Changemakers: Addressing challenges in HE teaching contexts, 1, 1, p. 29-31 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publication types MagazineResearch

special educational needs
studies (academic)

'...for just a little while today I forgot I was in prison...': Expression on the inside; finding a place of freedom in a young offenders institution

Shepherd, L., 30 Apr 2016, Forensic Arts Therapies: Anthology of practice and research. Rothwell, K. (ed.). London: Free Association Press, p. 307-319 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to Book/Report typesChapterResearch

correctional institution

Communication through comedy: A drama and theatre project with young people for whom English is a second language

Shepherd, L., 9 Jun 2014, In : Support for Learning. 29, 2, p. 167-176 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

secondary school

Activities 2014 2014

'The Hand of Wellbeing'; A creative arts and CBT approach to promoting emotional health

Lisa Smallwood (Speaker), Jenna Goodgame (Speaker)
30 Sep 2014

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsWorkshopResearch

Press / Media

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Lisa Charlotte Shepherd


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