Research Output per year
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.
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.
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)
Master, Roehampton University
1 Sep 2008 → 31 Jul 2011
Bachelor, Middlesex University
1 Sep 2001 → 31 Jul 2004
Advisory board member, Picture the difference performing arts CIC2018 → …
Committee member, Northants Artists in Learning Network2012 → …
Research output: Contribution to Conference › Poster
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 InclusionShepherd, 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 › Magazine
'...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 institutionShepherd, 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 › Chapter
Communication through comedy: A drama and theatre project with young people for whom English is a second languageShepherd, L., 9 Jun 2014, In : Support for Learning. 29, 2, p. 167-176 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to Journal › Article
Me and you, you and me: a performative case study examining dramatherapy practice in a mainstream secondary schoolShepherd, L., 8 Sep 2013
Research output: Non-Textual Output › Performance
Activities per year
Activity: Academic Talks or Presentations › Workshop › Research