Associate Professor Sheridan Linnell

Associate Professor Sheridan Linnell

DAP - Clinical Psychology and Therapy Studies,
Dean's Unit School of Social Sciences & Psychology

Associate Professor of Art Therapy,
Therapy Studies (SSAP)

Associate Professor of Art Therapy,
Therapy Studies (SSAP)

Biography

Sheridan Linnell is Associate Professor of Art Therapy at Western Sydney University. She is interested in collaborative, arts-based and narrative approaches to therapy, teaching and research. Sheridan conducts and supports research-led teaching and practice-based research within a feminist, postructural and new materialist theoretical framework. Passionate about social justice, Sheridan is committed to working with others, including doctoral candidates, to question and reshape professional and therapeutic discourse,  counter marginalisation and  move beyond individualistic accounts of wellbeing. With a background in counselling, narrative therapy and community work practice as well as art psychotherapy,  Sheridan has more than thirty years of  field experience. Prior to teaching at UWS, she specialised in working therapeutically with the effects of violence, abuse and neglect on individuals and families, supervising and training other therapists and formulating new approaches to this area of work. Sheridan's doctoral and postdoctoral work conceptualises how the subjectivity of therapists is formed and performed within contemporary regimes that situate moral responsibility primarily with the individual.   She has adapted narrative therapy and community work interview processes for the purposes of research and has critically evaluated the potential of this approach. Sheridan has further developed this methodology when conducting an arts-informed research project on the effects of risk discourse on the work of counsellors and art therapists; in a collaborative enquiry into  the emerging themes of difference and diversity in arts therapies across the Asia-Pacific region; and currently  within a UWS partnership project with her UWS colleague Debbie Horsfall and  the community health organisation RichmondPRA. Sheridan's book Art therapy and narrative therapy: an account of practitioner research  is an exploration of the theory/practice binary, supported by an autoethnographic account of working as a therapist. She is Co-Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy,  a published poet and participates in collaborative art exhibitions and performances.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Linnell.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • MA University of Western Sydney,Nepean
  • BA University of Sydney

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit School of Social Sciences & Psychology
  • Therapy Studies (SSAP)
  • Therapy Studies (SSAP)

Contact

Email: S.Linnell@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 9441
Mobile:
Location: EH.G.11
Parramatta
Website:

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101304 Art Therapy: Application to Client Groups, 2015
  • 101303 Art Therapy: Histories, Theories, Groups, 2015
  • 102357 Ethics and Diversity in Research and Therapy, 2016
  • 102358 Practising Research and Researching Practice, 2016
  • 101784 Clinical Studies (Art Therapy), 2016

Publications

Books

  • Linnell, S. (2010), 'Art psychotherapy and narrative therapy: An account of practitioner research', : Bentham Science Publishers 9781608051182.

Chapters in Books

  • Linnell, S. (2019), 'Inter-mission : an enactment of how art psychotherapy and narrative therapy shaped teamwork and therapeutic practice in a community-based counselling service for young people in Western Sydney', Art Therapy in Australia: Taking a Postcolonial, Aesthetic Turn, Brill 9789004315181.
  • Paton, J. and Linnell, S. (2019), 'Embodied wisdom in the creative arts therapies : learning from contemporary art', Practice Wisdom: Values and Interpretations, Brill 9789004410480.
  • Bansel, P. and Linnell, S. (2018), ''Terre Cherie-Ed U. K. Shone' : a desiring machine for rappin' and extrapolatin' on the monstrosities of academia', Writing with Deleuze in the Academy: Creating Monsters, Springer 9789811320644.
  • Linnell, S. and Ollerton, J. (2016), 'Changing practice discourse from inside practice : borrowing from the arts', Professional Practice Discourse Marginalia, Sense Publishers 9789463005999.
  • Linnell, S. and Horsfall, D. (2016), 'Disturbing professional practice discourse : re: writing practices', Professional Practice Discourse Marginalia, Sense Publishers 9789463005999.
  • Linnell, S. (2016), 'Sheridan Linnell', Arteterapia Tom 3: Projekty = Art Therapy Volume 3: Projects, Difin 9788379305179.
  • Linnell, S. and Westwood, J. (2013), 'W strone modelu narodowego arteterapii w Australii', Arteterapia: od teorii do terapii: Podrecznik przedmiotu = Art Therapy: from Theory to Therapy: Course Guide, Wydawnictwo Akademii Pedagogiki Specjalnej 9788362828555.
  • Linnell, S. (2007), 'Found wanting and becoming undone: a response to Eva Bendix Petersen's 'Passionately attached: academic subjects of desire'', Judith Butler in Conversation: Analyzing the Texts and Talk of Everyday Life, Routledge 9780415956536.

Journal Articles

  • Thomson, J., Linnell, S., Laws, C. and Davies, B. (2018), 'Entanglements between art-making and storytelling in a collective biography on the death of an intimate other', Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, vol 7, no 3 , pp 4 - 26.
  • Paton, J. and Linnell, S. (2018), ''The art therapist is present' : embedding arts therapy practice and education in the praxis of contemporary art', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy, vol 13, no 1 & 2 , pp 101 - 111.
  • Lever, A., Linnell, S., Morris, L. and Westwood, J. (2017), 'Crossing the field : creating intra-active spaces through a participatory artists' event', Art Therapy Online, vol 8, no 1 .
  • Linnell, S. and Lever, A. (2017), 'The spaces in-between : the emotional geographies of art therapy and place', Art Therapy Online, vol 8, no 1 .
  • Jaaniste, E., Linnell, S., Ollerton, R. and Younan, S. (2015), 'Drama therapy with older people with dementia : does it improve quality of life?', Arts in Psychotherapy, vol 43 , pp 40 - 48.
  • Linnell, S. and Davies, B. (2015), 'Poetry, art and Deleuze', Rhizomes, vol 28 .
  • Horsfall, D., Linnell, S., Latham, R. and Rumbold, J. (2014), 'Palliative care for the planet', Journal of Applied Arts and Health, vol 5, no 2 , pp 281 - 292.
  • Linnell, S. (2012), 'Risk discourse in art therapy : revisiting Neil Springham's Inscape paper on art and risk', International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape, vol 17, no 1 , pp 34 - 39.
  • Zabrodska, K., Linnell, S., Laws, C. and Davies, B. (2011), 'Bullying as intra-active process in neoliberal universities', Qualitative Inquiry, vol 17, no 8 , pp 709 - 719.
  • Westwood, J. and Linnell, S. (2011), 'The emergence of Australian art therapies : colonial legacies and hybrid practices', ATOL- Art Therapy On Line, vol 1, no 3 .
  • Bansel, P., Davies, B., Laws, C. and Linnell, S. (2009), 'Bullies, bullying and power in the contexts of schooling', British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol 30, no 1 , pp 59 - 69.
  • Linnell, S. (2009), 'Becoming 'Otherwise': A story of a collaborative and narrative approach to art therapy with Indigenous kids 'in care'', Australina and New Zealand Journal of Art Therapy (ANZJAT), vol 4, no 1 , pp 15 - 26.
  • Linnell, S., Bansel, P., Ellwood, C. and Gannon, S. (2008), 'Precarious listening', Qualitative Inquiry, vol 14, no 2 , pp 285 - 306.
  • Bansel, P., Davies, B., Gannon, S. and Linnell, S. (2008), 'Technologies of audit at work on the writing subject : a discursive analysis', Studies in Higher Education, vol 33, no 6 , pp 673 - 683.
  • Williams, C. and Linnell, S. (2006), 'When the doctors consulted the narrative therapist: An experiment in questioning dominant stories of PhD pedagogy', International Journal for Critical Psychology, vol 18 , pp 56 - 80.

Conference Papers

  • Linnell, S. (2014), 'Shaking, and making, the ground upon which art therapy stands', International Art Therapy Conference, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Exhibitions

  • 2015, 'The Island Speaks'
  • 2015, 'Palliative Care for the Planet?'
  • 2007, 'Where Knowing & Not Knowing Touch'

Other Publications

  • 2018, 'Recovering Creativity: The Art of Mental Health Recovery [Exhibition Catalogue]', Published Work
  • 2018, 'Recovering Creativity: Understanding the Role of Art in Mental Health Recovery, Through the Voices and Images of People with Lived Experience of a Major Mental Health Problem', Research Report
  • 2007, 'Where Knowing & Not Knowing Touch', Published Work

Art therapy; expressive therapies; narrative therapy, arts-informed research; Risk discourse; subjectivity; feminism; postcolonialism, poststructural theory; writing as enquiry.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Linnell.

Previous Projects

Title: Recovering Creativity: understanding the role of art in mental health recovery, through the voices and images of people with lived experience of a major mental illness
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • RichmondPRA Limited
Western Researchers: Sheridan Linnell and Debbie Horsfall
Years: 2014-08-08 - 2016-02-29
ID: P00022223
Title: An initial study of how counsellors and art psychotherapists working with young people respond to the discourse of risk
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Sheridan Linnell
Years: 2009-09-22 - 2011-02-28
ID: P00017379

Supervision

Associate Professor Linnell is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: To be advised
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Dramatherapy and Its Influence on the Socialisation of Emotionally Disturbed Children
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Dramatherapy and Its Influence on the Socialisation of Emotionally Disturbed Children
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Pulled Through a Hedge Backwards Improving the Quality of Life of People with Dementia Through Drama Therapy
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: An Exploration of the Relationship Between Art Making and Therapeutic Relationship Within a Semi-Structural Approach Art Therapy with Traumatized Children
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: In What Ways Does the Creation of Fictional Narratives Work as Therapeutic Acts for Both the Author and the Reader
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: What Else Works? Education, Therapeutic Programmes and Creative Work in the NSW Prison System
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Mindful Making: A Curriculum of Change
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Australian Art Therapy - An Inquiry into our Professional Identity after Two Decades of Practice and an Exploration into Areas of Future Possibility
Field of Research:

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