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Professor Hannah Sherbersky

Professor Hannah Sherbersky

Associate Professor/Deputy Director of CEDAR (PGT) and Co-Director of the Systemic Portfolio

 Washington Singer 

 

Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK

 Office hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Overview

Current positions:

  • Deputy Director of Cedar (PGT) and Co-Director of Systemic Portfolio
  • Programme Lead for the Family Intervention for Psychosis Programme
  • Programme Lead for the Systemic Supervision Course
  • Programme Lead for the CAMHS Inpatient training programme
  • Academic Lead for the SFP CYP IAPT programme
  • Co-Lead MSc in Family Therapy
  • Academic Misconduct Officer for Cedar (AMO)
  • Director of Education for Cedar (DoE)
  • Past Series Convenor on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • Past Couple Therapist in the Mood Disorders Service

 

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I am passionately committed to the delivery of excellent therapeutic services to young people, couples and their families. As an accredited Systemic Family Psychotherapist, I have over 25 years’ of experience working within the mental health service; originally as a mental health nurse and then Systemic Family Psychotherapist, Co-Director of the Systemic Portfolio and now Deputey Director of PGT programmes at the University of Exeter. I worked as Lead Family Therapist at an adolescent in-patient unit for nine years, and for the past 10 years worked at the University of Exeter in close collaboration with my Co-Director, to develop what has become the most prolific systemic training provider in the South West, and possibly the UK.

 

Education - Here I hold a number of posts; Programme Lead for the agency based Family Intervention for Psychosis Programme, the AFT accredited Systemic Supervision Course and the South West CAMHS Inpatient Training Programme – all of which I designed and delivered. I was systemic convenor for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology for the past eight years and am Academic Lead for the MSc in Psychological Therapies and the Systemic Family Practice Child IAPT programme. I have successfully lead four courses through the AFT accreditation process and have expertise in delivering specialist evidence based treatments, including whole-team training for specialist eating disorder services. I regularly liaise with Health Education England about service design, delivery and commissioning.

 

Impact - I am a passionate educator, working to extend the broad application of systemic ideas nationally and develop relationships with the international community. I am excited by radical approaches to service delivery and systemic leadership and am currently collaborating with colleagues in the USA, Belgium and Singapore. I am an AFT registered supervisor, regularly present and train nationally, am an Associate Editor for the Journal of Family Therapy and an External Examiner for the University of Leads. I have been Chairperson for the Confederation for Family Therapy Training Institutes for the past five years, and as such have a national profile in the wider family therapy community. Publication areas include the Exeter Model couple therapy for depression, integrative practice, systemic supervision, religion and family therapy, training in psychosis, digital learning and inpatient family therapy. I am interested in the innovative delivery of systemic ideas and most recently featured in The New Psychotherapist, contributed to a BBC 3 documentary about family therapy (2019), an online app about couples therapy (2020) and a UKCP podcast about notions of home (2020).

 

Research - I use an innovative, creative approach and have co-developed and manualised a model of couple therapy in a research-based couple clinic at Exeter University. This intensive clinical training was developed and rolled out nationally. In 2020 I completed a Doctorate in Clinical Practice, exploring and researching service delivery and notions of ‘home’ within an inpatient context, which supported a successful application with HEE to pilot, evaluate and collaborate with international colleagues on a specialist inpatient training in the South West. As Principle Investigator, I am responsible for co-ordinating the project, which draws on the only manualised, empirically supported family therapy model specifically designed to target family processes associated with adolescent suicide and depression, due for completion in 2023.

 

 

 

 

Qualifications

  • Doctorate In Clinical Practice - (Exeter University)
  • Systemic Supervision - AFT Accredited
  • MSc in Psychological Therapies - AFT Accredited (Exeter University)  
  • RMN (Brighton University)

Research group links

Research

Research interests

Exeter Model - Couple Therapy for Depression (CTfD) - I have co-developed and manualised a model of couple therapy in a research-based couple clinic at Exeter University with Professor Janet Reibstein. This intensive clinical training was developed and rolled out nationally.

Notions of Home - Doctoral Research - In 2020 I completed a Doctorate in Clinical Practice, exploring and researching service delivery and notions of ‘home’ within an inpatient context, which supported a successful application with HEE to pilot, evaluate and collaborate with international colleagues on a specialist inpatient training in the South West.

ABC Milieu Research Pilot - International Research Programme - As Principle Investigator, I am responsible for co-ordinating the ABC project, which draws on the only manualised, empirically supported family therapy model specifically designed to target family processes associated with adolescent suicide and depression, due for completion in 2023.

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Burbach F, Sherbersky H, whitlock R, rapsey E, Wright KA, Handley R (In Press). A unique regional Family Interventions training programme. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice Full text.
Parker C, Smithson J, Limond J, Sherbersky H, Butler C (2021). Student and supervisor experiences of the Systemic Practice Scale (SPS): a discourse analysis. Journal of Family Therapy, 43(4), 793-818. Abstract.
Sherbersky H, Ziminski J, Pote H (2021). The journey towards digital systemic competence: Thoughts on training, supervision and competence evaluation. Journal of Family Therapy, 43(2), 351-371. Abstract.
Sherbersky H, Gill M (2020). Creative Action Techniques in Supervision. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 31(3-4), 79-95. Abstract.
Sherbersky H (2018). Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therap
Sherbersky H (2018). Home for Lost Dummies. Psychotherapy Section Review, No 62
Sherbersky H (2016). Family therapy and fundamentalism: One family therapist's exploration of ethics and collaboration with religious fundamentalist families. Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry, 21(3), 381-396. Abstract.  Author URL.
Sherbersky H, Gill M (2013). Rediscovering Spontaneity. Context, 34-38.
Reibstein J, Sherbersky H (2012). Behavioural and empathic elements of systemic couple therapy: the Exeter Model and a case study of depression. Journal of Family Therapy, 34(3), 271-283. Abstract.

Chapters

Sherbersky H (2019). Rivett, Mark. In  (Ed) Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy, 2520-2522.
Sherbersky H (2018). Rivett, Mark. In  (Ed) Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy, 1-3.
Sherbersky H (2015). ‘Integrating creative approaches within family therapy supervision’. In  (Ed) Creative Supervision Across Modalities: Theory and Applications for Therapists, Counsellors and Other Helping Professionals, Edited by AnnaChesner and LiaZografou, London, UK, Jessica Kingsley, 2013, 224 Pp. £19.99 (paperback), ISBN 978‐1‐84905‐316‐7, Jessica Kingsley.

Publications by year


In Press

Burbach F, Sherbersky H, whitlock R, rapsey E, Wright KA, Handley R (In Press). A unique regional Family Interventions training programme. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice Full text.
Waldron S, Johns C (In Press). ‘I Blame my Parents’. BBC 3.  Abstract.  Author URL.

2021

Parker C, Smithson J, Limond J, Sherbersky H, Butler C (2021). Student and supervisor experiences of the Systemic Practice Scale (SPS): a discourse analysis. Journal of Family Therapy, 43(4), 793-818. Abstract.
Sherbersky H, Ziminski J, Pote H (2021). The journey towards digital systemic competence: Thoughts on training, supervision and competence evaluation. Journal of Family Therapy, 43(2), 351-371. Abstract.

2020

Sherbersky H, Gill M (2020). Creative Action Techniques in Supervision. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 31(3-4), 79-95. Abstract.
Sherbersky H (2020). ‘Treating this place like home’: an exploration of the notions of home within an adolescent inpatient unit and subsequent implications for staff training.  Abstract.  Full text.

2019

Sherbersky H (2019). Rivett, Mark. In  (Ed) Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy, 2520-2522.

2018

Sherbersky H (2018). Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therap
Sherbersky H (2018). Home for Lost Dummies. Psychotherapy Section Review, No 62
Sherbersky H (2018). Rivett, Mark. In  (Ed) Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy, 1-3.

2016

Sherbersky H (2016). Family therapy and fundamentalism: One family therapist's exploration of ethics and collaboration with religious fundamentalist families. Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry, 21(3), 381-396. Abstract.  Author URL.

2015

Sherbersky H (2015). ‘Integrating creative approaches within family therapy supervision’. In  (Ed) Creative Supervision Across Modalities: Theory and Applications for Therapists, Counsellors and Other Helping Professionals, Edited by AnnaChesner and LiaZografou, London, UK, Jessica Kingsley, 2013, 224 Pp. £19.99 (paperback), ISBN 978‐1‐84905‐316‐7, Jessica Kingsley.

2013

Sherbersky H, Gill M (2013). Rediscovering Spontaneity. Context, 34-38.

2012

Reibstein J, Sherbersky H (2012). Behavioural and empathic elements of systemic couple therapy: the Exeter Model and a case study of depression. Journal of Family Therapy, 34(3), 271-283. Abstract.

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