achievements, Awards and public speaking
She has been a presenter and keynote speaker at numerous conferences both in the UK and abroad. She is widely published, has extensive media experience appearing across various news channels and daytime television, including Sky News, ITV, BBC, BBC Radio and LBC, as well as national press such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Sun and The Mirror. She has presented a TEDx Talk (at Warwick University) to comment on her work with bereaved young people.
2018 included presenting at the international ADEC conference in Pittsburgh USA, a podcast for the number 1 podcast Griefcast with Cariad Lloyd, creative workshops at the Freud Museum with esteemed artists and a symposium with Hope Edelman of Motherless Daughters (USA), in addition to her work at Grief Encounter.
Her innovative theory about the “Upward Spiral of Grief” process is now widely adopted in the bereavement world. She has completed an award-winning Doctorate in Psychotherapy by Professional Studies, researching work with bereaved young people. Shelley graduated cum laude and was awarded the Metanoia Institute of Psychotherapy’s prize for outstanding achievement of bridging research with practice in 2016/7. She was the Founder and Panel member of Childhood Bereavement Network, benefiting from and supporting other bereavement organisations since 2002, and has also helped other services grow and develop such as Slideaway in Kent and Balloons in Devon.
Shelley’s various accolades also include:
- BACP/Wiley Researcher of the year 2016/7
- The Daily Mail Inspirational Woman of the Year Award
- Minerva Outstanding woman of the Year in 2008
- Bank of America Excellence Hero Award in 2007
- Norwood Helping Hand Award in 2006 for recognition of exceptional dedication
- AOL Innovation in the Community Award
- An MBE as a recognition of her 20 years of work helping bereaved children and young people in the UK