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Dr Shelly Allen

  • Mary Seacole MS 3.27
  • T: 0161 295 7128
  • E: s.l.allen@salford.ac.uk
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Biography

Employed at the University of Salford since 2002 having previously been a Lecturer-Practitioner. I qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 1994 with an undergraduate degree Birmingham University. My clinical experience includes acute admissions, forensic mental health care and in a A&E Crisis Service. I currently have an Honorary contract as a Therapist in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy based in an eating disorders service.

My Masters degree from Birmingham University & Specialist Practitioner award in Mental Health in 1998 continued my interest in supporting people who self harm and I later attained my PhD focused on this area at Salford University.

Teaching

  • Preparation for Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing Module Leader
  • Substance Misuse & Self-Harm Module Leader
  • Self-Harm Module Team member
  • Personal Tutor BSc (hons) September 2014 & 2015 Intakes
  • Developing the Evidence Base Practice Supervisor
  • Professional doctorate Supervisor
  • ULL Lead

Research Interests

My PhD on narratives of people who self harm, my Post Graduate Diploma-Working Psychodynamically with Adolescents and that I am currently working towards registration as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist with the British Psychoanalytic Council summarises my research interests.

These are supporting people who self harm and psychodynamic perspectives both at an individual and organisational level.

Successful Projects

  • Evaluating the Impact of Cheshire East Emotionally Healthy Schools Pilot Project 2015-current
  • Self-Harm and Suicide Amongst Children & Young People in Knowsley – A workforce development Project 2012-2013

Main research interests

  • Self Harm
  • Psychodynamic approaches
  • Young people’s mental health

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Working towards Registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council
  • Post Graduate Diploma-Working Psychodynamically with Adolescents 2011
  • PhD 2009
  • Teacher – NMC 2009
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education 2004
  • Specialist Practitioner-Mental Health 1998
  • Master of Health Sciences 1997
  • Bachelor of Nursing/Registered Mental Nurse (RMN) 1994
  • Registrant with the NMC from 1994

Publications

Foster, C., Birch, L., Allen, S., & Rayner, G. (2015). Enabling practitioners working with young people who self-harm. The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice. Vol 10. No 4 p268-280

Allen, S. (2007).Self Harm and the Ties that Bind; A critique of common perspectives. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 14 (2) p172-178.

Rayner, G., Allen, S and Johnson, M. (2005). Counter-Transference and Self Injury: A Cognitive Behavioural Cycle. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 50 (1) p12-19.

Allen, S., and Beasley, S. (2001). Suicide and Self-Harm in McClelland, N., Humphreys, M., Conlon, L and Hillis, T. Forensic Nursing and Mental Disorder in Clinical Practice. Butterworth Heinemann.

http://usir.salford.ac.uk/view/authors/9287.html

Postgraduate research

  • Self harm
  • Psychodynamic approaches
  • Young people
  • Mental Health