Deirdre is a qualified teacher, art psychotherapist and experienced clinical supervisor. She has thirty-five years experience of working in education. She leads a team of twenty arts therapists working with children, adolescents and families, in educational and other settings: ranging from early intervention to complex cases, collaboratively with social care and health professionals. Her areas of interest include: children’s rights and human rights; creativity and neuroscience; psycho-spiritual and self-care models, and the interface with other arts therapies. Honorary lecturer at Manchester University, where she provides training for doctoral trainees in educational and child psychology, she also lectures and runs workshops on several Masters art therapy courses in the UK. She has presented at national and international conferences. Her Research Masters focused on sustainability of arts therapy interventions in schools through economic crises. Her PhD research is currently focusing on narrative analysis and social constructionist approaches in school-based art therapy.