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Chicago | Program Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Department of Counseling and Integrated Programs

Shawn Patrick, Ed.D.



  • Ed.D, Counselor Education, Northern Illinois University
  • M.A., Counseling, University of South Dakota
  • B.A., Psychology/Philosophy, Saint Louis University
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
  • Association for Creativity in Counseling
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Patrick, S. (2019). Mistakes as Pathways to Creativity: Improvisation in counseling. Journal of Creativity in Counseling.  DOI: 10.1080/15401383.2019.1638863
  • Patrick, S. J. (2018). Narrative approaches. In S. Degges-White and N. Davis (Eds.) Integrating the Expressive Arts into Counseling Practice: Theory-Based Interventions, 2nd Ed. (pp. 189-190).  New York, NY: Springer.
  • Aponte, D., & Patrick, S. (2017). Narrative approaches to counseling survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Wisdom in Education Journal, 7(2), Article 2. Retrieved from
  • Beckenbach, J., Patrick, S., Sells, J., & Terrazas, L. (2014).  The statement of us: A narrative-based practice for enhancing couples’ preferred identity.  Journal of Systemic Therapies, 33(2), 50-61.
  • Beckenbach, J., Patrick, S., Carlino, G., Carlino, S., Gross, K., Einig, K., & Pyle, E. (2014). The Couples Enhancement Workshop: A brief approach for group work with couples. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 39(2), 164-182.
  • Patrick, S., & Beckenbach, J. (2014). Parrhesia. Feature-length documentary film produced with support from Texas State University Instructional Technologies Department. Distributed by Alexander Street Press.
  • Patrick, S., & Connolly, C.M., (2013).  The privilege project: A narrative approach for teaching social justice and multicultural awareness.  Journal of Systemic Therapies, 32(1), 70-86.
  • Patrick, S., & Connolly, C. M. (2011).  The token activity. In M. Pope, J. Pangelinan, & A. Coker (Eds.), Experiential Activities for Teaching Multicultural Counseling Classes and Infusing Cultural Diversity into Core Classes. (pp. 169-173).  Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Patrick, S., & Beckenbach, J. (2020). Kung fu counseling: Experiential activities to promote counselors’ awareness and confidence. Education session, Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC) annual conference, online.
  • Beckenbach, J., & Patrick, S. (2020). Project I Am: Reclaiming identity from the effects of traumatic oppression. Education session, Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC) annual conference, online.
  • Patrick, S. (2019). Panelist for ACES Inform plenary session: Supporting Doctoral Students from Marginalized Populations as Researchers: Disseminating Power in Counseling Research. Moderated by: Singh, A. Fellow panelists: Butler, S.,Trepal, H., Lusk, S., & West-Olatunji, C.
  • Patrick, S., & Beckenbach, J. (2019). Good writing: A work in progress. 50-minute education session, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) national conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Santhouse, J., & Patrick. S. (2019). The art of insider witnessing. 90-min education session, IAMFC Scotland Summer Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Beckenbach, J., & Patrick, S. (2019). Relational conflict and restoration model. 70-minute education session, IAMFC Oxford Summer Institute, Oxford, England.
  • Patrick, S., Beckenbach, J., Elliot, A.,  & Lamb, B. (2019). Polarizing political discourse: Inviting empathy into difficult conversations. 90-minute education session, American Counseling Association (ACA) National conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Patrick, S., Elliot, A., Beckenbach, J., Lamb, B. (2017). Hosting gracious conversations: facilitating political and cultural dialogues in the classroom. 50-min education session, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Patrick, S. (2017). Talking about trauma: Stuff happens. 60-minute presentation at the IAMFC Scotland Summer Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Patrick, S., Beckenbach, J., Sells, J., Hagedorn, B., Smith, L., Okech, J., Goodrich, K., & Sosa, G. (2017). The Intersections of Religion and Sexual Identity: A Conversation on Ethics. 6-hour Pre-Conference Learning Institute, American Counseling Association conference, San Francisco, CA.
Select Awards

Select Awards

  • Mary Smith Arnold Anti Oppression award, Counselors for Social Justice 2015
  • O’Hana award, Counselors for Social Justice 2014

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