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Dr. Sherene Suchy is a Social Worker and independent scholar who uses social action research - the value of lived experience - to research and write from a multidisciplinary perspective. Sherene has built unique bridges between management theory, organisational psychology, social work, healing, and the arts (museum management) that are applicable to nonprofit, public, and private sector organisations.


BAMBOOZLED: Trek Guide for Clients & Experts in Medicine (2018)

Bamboozled evolved as a resource for community nurses to empower their clients to take responsibility for their own well being after a challenging health diagnosis. Bamboozled will be useful for three target audiences. Clients who live with a challenging health diagnosis and their circles of support. Staff working in medical and health service systems. Staff teaching in universities who are training our nurses, doctors, and social workers. A deeply personal account, Sherene reminds us we have unlimited potential to regenerate and heal.  An advocate for lifestyle medicine and circle talk, Sherene shares stories with respect, highlighting the importance of relationship, and taking responsibility.  Keywords: Client Empowerment, Integrative Medicine, Health Advocate, Circle Talk, Social Work


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KEEPSAKES: Memoir on the ‘museum of you’ & estate planning (2016)

A personal guide for families about the “stuff” and “stories” they want to share with the next generation (family or museum). The memoir combines Dr. Sherene Suchy’s experience as a Social Worker and co-executor for a family estate with insights from nearly 100 interviews with families plus specialists in estate and heritage management. In eight chapters, Sherene provides a framework for families to work through the emotional work of estate management using museums as role models for the ‘museum of you’ at home. Along the way, we discover the true meaning of inheritance and how provenance (an heirloom’s life story) can become the ‘first page’ of a much bigger story.
Keywords: Family, Psychology, Estate Planning, Social Work in Museums


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Age Doesn’t Matter: Guidebook for The (55+) Working Journey (2015)

Finally, a guidebook for mature age people travelling on their working journey! The guide features 20 stories shared by travellers age 55+, encouragement from directors of Canberra based recruitment agencies, and tips from managers of intergenerational teams. The guidebook is based on two social action research projects completed by Dr. Sherene Suchy for the Council on the Ageing in the ACT. There are five chapters with ‘signposts’ to guide anyone on their working journey – no matter what age!
Keywords: Work, Career Planning, Mentoring, and Mature Age.


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In Balance: Workbook on Resilience and Wellbeing (2014)

With over 40 university campuses across Australia, there are thousands of students (and staff) who will benefit from the nurturing insights about resilience and wellbeing found in In Balance. This is a unique offering in the genre of resilience references based on Dr. Suchy’s 'immersion' as a student counsellor with universities in Australia. Written in a conversational style, Dr. Suchy shares stories about the stuff of life that pushes students out of balance and introduces the Resilience Triangle she designed to support students on their journey to wellbeing. There are seven short chapters with reflective exercises and ‘real life’ stories that provide hope and inspiration.
Keywords: Resilience. Psychology. Counselling. Mind Body. Social Work.


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Leading with Passion - Change Management in the 21st-Century Museum (2004)

What does it take to lead the 21st-century museum? Balancing a head for business and working from the heart guided by passion! This is the message Sherene Suchy discovered in her work with more than 80 international museum directors whose thoughts and experiences ground this book on change management in 21st-century cultural organisations.


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Museum Philosophy for the 21st Century (2006)

What underlying philosophy and mission should museums pursue? In Museum Philosophy for the 21st Century, twenty-four authors use the lenses of a variety of disciplines to answer this essential question. In Chapter 5, Dr. Sherene Suchy explores Connection, Recollection, and Museum Missions with a personal view on the relationship between families and museums as sites for healing.

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Emotional Intelligence, Passion, and Museum Leadership (2012) Chapter
37 in Reinventing the Museum (Ed) Gail Anderson. AltaMira Press.

Families & Museums: Partnerships for Provenance (2009)
Talk about Town Conference. Institute of Public History Monash University. Melbourne.

Leadership Development Through Creative Cross-Disciplinary Sabbaticals (2008)
International Engendering Leadership conference. University of Western Australia. Perth.

Family Memory Making: Matching Stories to Heirlooms (2004-2014)
Workbook & workshops for families offered through museums and cultural institutions.

Emotional Intelligence, Passion and Museum Leadership (2007)
Chapter 15 in Museum Management and Marketing. (Ed) Richard Sandell & Robert Janes. Taylor & Francis.

Museum Management: Emotional Value and Community Engagement (2006)
International Committee for Museum Management conference. Taiwan. Available through ICOM (Paris) or the Chinese Association of Museums (Taiwan).

Family Memory Making: Oral History, Reminiscence, and Sites for Healing (2006)
International Oral History Association Conference, Sydney.

Cultural Consumers and Emotional Connection: Community Engagement (2005)
Paper presented at Museums Australia National Conference, Sydney.

Who Comes After Me? Succession Planning (2003)
Paper presented at the Museums and Galleries Foundation Conference. Sydney, Australia.

Personal Change & Leadership Development: Process of Learning How to Learn (2002)
ICOM Studies Series, UNESCO, Paris

Coaching Intercultural Competence: The Global Museologist (2002)
International Committee for Training of Personnel Conference. ICOM. New Delhi, India.

Selling Integrity: The Entrepreneurial Museum (2001)
Paper presented at The New Wave: Entrepreneurship and the Arts Symposium. Bowater School of Management and Marketing. Deakin University. Melbourne, Australia.

Questions of Leadership - Planning Ahead (2001)
Volunteers - Professionalising the Muses (2001)

Museum National, Vol. 9, No. 3. Australia.

Developing Leaders for the 21st Century Museum (2000)
ICOM/Canadian Museum Association Leadership Conference. Canada.

Grooming New Millennium Museum Directors (2000)
Museum International (UNESCO, Paris), No. 206, Vol. 52, No. 2, pp. 59-64

Emotional Intelligence, Passion and Museum Leadership (1999)
Museum Management and Curatorship, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 57-71 UK: Elsevier Science Ltd

Professionalizing the Muses (1999)
World Federation of Friends of Museums Conference. Sydney, Australia.


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