Shannon Mesnil
Head of School Community Services
Adelaide, South Australia

With qualifications in Performing Arts, Education, Mental Health, Youth Work and Counselling, Shannon is committed to supporting people to create a safe space to explore who they are and how they want to be in the world.

Through the use of positive psychology, art based therapies, narrative, strengths based and client centred approaches, she is committed to supporting people to recognise, develop and utilise the internal skills and resilience that are an intrinsic part of each and every one of us. She currently holds the role of Head of Community Services School and a senior lecturer across all programs in the school. Shannon also works as a counsellor in private practice, a yoga teacher and a contractor supporting youth and community services agencies to continue best practice and evidence based work through their organisations.

With a deep sense of social justice and fairness she is committed to the development, implementation and evaluation of programmatic and therapeutic solutions to giving people the skills and attitudes needed to live full and happy lives.

As a secondary and tertiary educator for the past ten years, she is passionate about learning through the personal application of ideas and theory and self-reflection and awareness. With a personal commitment to lifelong learning, it is her intention to instill this in her students where possible. As a current Post Graduate Psychology student, she respects the need and benefit of a commitment to ongoing learning, appreciation of new ideas and the rewards that come from education in the field of counselling, psychology and youth work.

Working in the government and non-government sector as both a practitioner and senior manager, has provided a holistic grounding and understanding of the context in which counsellors, therapists and youth workers are expected to work. This experience has been invaluable in preparing students for the world of work in this field.