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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

Award Date: 31 Jul 2011

Bachelor, Middlesex University

1 Sep 200131 Jul 2004

Award Date: 31 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

Exchanging experience: a peer-assisted learning approach to mentoring

Shepherd, L., 18 Jun 2019.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePoster

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 PublicationMagazine

  • '...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/ReportChapter

  • Activities

    '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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