Shawn Patrick

  Associate Professor
  708-534-4053 ext. 4053
  Office Location: G303
  Office Hours:


  College: COE
  Division of Psyc and Counseling

Dr. Shawn Patrick, NCC, LPC, is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Masters in Counseling Program in the Division of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University.  Her expertise is in narrative therapy and couples work; her scholarship focuses on examining conflict, power, and privilege in complex social  systems. With experience in film, photography, and writing, her current projects include examining relationships between creativity, counselor development, and multicultural counseling competence.


Sample of Peer-Reviewed Publications:
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.
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.
Patrick, S. (2019). Mistakes as Pathways to Creativity: Improvisation in counseling. Journal of Creativity in Counseling.  DOI: 10.1080/15401383.2019.1638863
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., & 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.
Sample of Creative Works:
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. (2017). Talk with students about sexual assault. Guest post for Inside Higher Ed, Conditionally Accepted. April 7, 2017. Retrieved from
Beckenbach, J., & Patrick, S. (2015). Project: I AM. Multi-day workshop for counseling students and professionals conducted at Texas State University.