Guy Shennan CV


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Education 1983 – BA in Mathematics, Oxford University
1989 – MA in Applied Social Studies (distinction), Sheffield University
2006 – MA in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Birmingham University                   2014 –  MA in Philosophy (distinction), Open University
Professional qualifications 1987 – Certificate of Experience in Social Psychiatry with Adolescents, Macclesfield Young People’s Unit.
1989 – Qualified as a Social Worker (CQSW) and
currently registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
1995 – Accredited Social Work Practice Teacher
1998 – Family Therapy (Intermediate Level)
 Employment 1983-1984 – Community Service Volunteer, Liverpool
1984-1985 – Mental Health Day Centre Worker, Liverpool
1985-1987 – Nursing Assistant/Therapist, Young People’s
Unit, Macclesfield Health Authority
1989-1998 – Social Worker, Derbyshire County Council/
Derby City Council. Statutory work with
children and families, in patch-based team
and in Duty & Assessment Team
1998-2002 – Project coordinator, Early Response Unit,
Leicester Family Service Unit. Solution
focused therapeutic service for families
2002-2003 – Senior Practitioner (P/T), Children’s Team,
Leicester City Council
2003-2004 – Social Worker (P/T), Family Support Team,
Leicestershire County Council
2001-2004 – Independent trainer & solution focused
2004-2010 – Trainer & practitioner, BRIEF
2010 – date – Independent trainer & consultant
 Academic work Temporary Research Assistant – Sheffield University
Honorary Lecturer (Social Work) – Nottingham University
Honorary Lecturer (Social Work) – Nottingham Trent University
Honorary Social Work Tutor – Nottingham Trent University
Lecturer (Child Care Law) – Derby University
Guest Lecturer (Solution-Focused Brief Therapy) – University of East London (Clinical Psychology and Community Psychology courses)                                     Guest Lecturer (Solution-Focused Practice) – Derby University
 Practice Guy has extensive experience of working in residential, day care, community social work and clinical settings.
This experience includes working in the field of mental health and with children and families, including child protection. Guy was the first practitioner in the UK to use the Signs of Safety model of child protection practice.
 Consultation & supervision Guy has supervised and coached many individual practitioners and has consulted to a range of staff groups from the public and voluntary sectors.
 Training Guy has been involved in training professional staff from health, welfare and education, from across the public, voluntary and corporate sectors since 1999. Specialising in solution focused practice, particularly with children and families, Guy has also taught the Signs of Safety approach.
Guy developed and co-led the Diploma in Solution Focused Practice at BRIEF. Guy has been invited to present his work throughout the UK, as well as in Ireland, Holland, Spain, Poland, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Turkey, Palestine, Russia, Latvia and the USA.
 Other relevant experience 1993-1998 School Governor/ Chair of Governors, Ashgate Junior School, Derby
1993-1999 Committee member, Derbyshire Branch, British Association of Social Workers (BASW)
2003-2004 Founded and chaired Leicestershire Branch, BASW.                           2014 – Chair, British Association of Social Workers.
 Membership of professional bodies United Kingdom Association of Solution Focused Practice (founder member)
British Association of Social Workers
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
 Publications Shennan, G. (1998) Are we asking the experts? Practice teachers use of client views in assessing student competence, Social Work Education, 17, 4, 407-417.
Shennan, G. (1999) Systemic practice within child protection investigation, Context, 41, 18-19.
Shennan, G. (2003) Solution-focused practice with families. In O’Connell, B. and Palmer, S. (eds) Handbook of Solution-focused Therapy. London: Sage
Shennan, G. (2003). The Early Response Project: a voluntary sector contribution to CAMHS, Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Primary Care, 1, 46-50.
Shennan, G. (2003). Solution-focused practice and assessment, Journal of Primary Care Mental Health, 7, 78-81.
Shennan, G. (2006) ‘Doing it’ in Child Protection, Solution News, 2,3, 15-19.
Hackett, P. and Shennan, G. (2007) Solution focused practice with children and young people. In Thorana Nelson and Frank Thomas (eds), Handbook of Solution-focused Brief Therapy: Clinical applications. New York, Haworth Press.
Shennan, G. (2008) Solution focused practice in a family support team, Solution Focused Research Review, 1,1, 11-15.
Shennan, G. (2008) Solution Focused Practice in Palestine, Solution News, 3,2, 15-17.
Shennan, G. and Iveson, C. (2008) What difference would that make? Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 19, 97-101.
Shennan, G. (2010) A BRIEF journey: Five years of Diploma at BRIEF, Solution News, 4,4, 10-13.
Shennan, G. and Iveson C. (2011) From solution to description: Practice and research in tandem. In Franklin, C, et al (eds) Solution-focused Brief Therapy: A handbook of evidence-based practice. New York: Oxford University Press.
Shennan, G. (2011) A different type of talking: A solution focused group for parents, Context, 118.
Shennan, G. (2012). Dancing towards solutions. In A. Lewinski, J. Szczepkowski & T.Switek (eds.), Upside down: Solution focused paradigms – revolutions and evolutions. Torun, Poland: Wydawnictwo Edukacyjne AKAPIT, pp103-110.
Shennan, G. (2013) Introduction to “Four Useful Interventions in Brief Family Therapy” by Steve de Shazer and Alex Molnar (1984), InterAction, 5, 2, 54-58
Shennan, G. (2014) What are you hoping for? Welsh Housing Quarterly, 94, 46-47
Shennan, G. and Wells, J. (2014) Solution-Focused Practice and Song—An Overture: The Best Part of Us, International Journal of Solution-Focused Practices, 2, 1, 24-3.
Shennan, G. (2014) Solution-Focused Practice: A Framework for Effective Communication to Facilitate Change. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Shennan, G. (2015 ) The Palestine–UK Social Work Network: taking collective responsibility for social justice and human rights, in Critical and Radical Social Work, 3, 1, 125-129.
Shennan, G. (2016) Extended mind, extended person, extended therapy? InterAction, 8, 1, 7-30.
Shennan, G. (2017). Riad’s ID Card, in M.Doel (ed.) Social Work in 42 Objects (and More). Lichfield: Kirwin Maclean Associates.
Shennan, G. (2017). Solution-focused brief therapy, chapter in The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Sage.                  Shennan, G. and Unwin, P. (2017). Social Workers, Service Users and Austerity – A Common Cause, in Professional Social Work, February, 22-23               Shennan, G. and Unwin, P. (2017). Boot Out Austerity – Reflections and Next Steps, in Professional Social Work, October.
Shennan, G (2018) Foreword in I. Cummins, Poverty, Inequality and Contemporary Social Work. Bristol: Policy Press.
Shennan, G. (forthcoming). Solution-focused practice in social work, chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Social Work Theory.