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

  • Bamboozled is honest, frank and insightful; its told by an “insider” who has many years of experience in dealing with the anomalies of medicos and the medical system. A useful backstory for anyone who is using the system, or is part of it."
    Paul Bedson, Senior Therapist / Facilitator, The Gawler Cancer Foundation, Australia
  • “I’m putting my hat on as the ‘social work’ rep to an interdisciplinary team that designed and co-taught what was referred to at the time as the ‘interpersonal skills courses’ offered to would be physicians, nurses, pharmacists and social workers. The people who need this book the most are the ones who are the hardest to reach but then I suspect that is the case with a lot of things in this world. I’d see this as having high and immediate appeal to patients who have just received a diagnosis. Above all though, I see it as being of interest to family and friends who are called in as the support team for a bamboozled-vulnerable patient and would-be client. Very elegant conceptualization for the chapters and from-the-heart writing of just the kind Judge Yazzie (he of the Navajo Nation) speaks in.”
    Dr. Gale Burford, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, University of Vermont, Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Restorative Justice, Vermont Law School, Visiting Scholar for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ) School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) Australia National University

KEEPSAKES - Memoir on the ‘Museum of you’ & estate planning (2016)

  • “You have put so much of yourself and your family into this book - it is so nice to read something written with real passion."
    Bob The Memory Man – Sydney Australia

  • “I have just finished reading Keepsakes. Congratulations on an excellent piece of work. A lovely mix of emotion, rigour and common sense. I'm sure that many readers will find it very helpful - I just hope that they read it early rather than after the death of their loved ones.”
    Cultural Property Lawyer – Sydney Australia
  • “Truly an important and timely subject for so many of us in the business of "stuff” - whether in museums, as dealers, or as family members wondering what the heck to do with it all. So many people we know talk about this but then escape back into a kind of denial paralysis - so collections continue to grow, as does the anxiety. Much (stuff) is important to a sense of self and place – other “stuff” not so much. So glad you are creating an impetus to start the dialogue.
    Judith Mason, Cultural Images, Portland Oregon USA

  • “This book is a grounded and practical guide for families wanting to hand on the keepsakes you describe, normally the most fragile elements of their wealth and heritage. I appreciate the rigour of the process you advocate for this work and the contribution cultural sector practice has made to the development of this process. Estate Administration is the work of implementing a person or families estate plan. You have provided in this book a valuable framework for the orderly and constructive pursuit of this work.“
    Michael J Perkins, TEP, Perkins Fahey, Sydney Australia

AGE DOESN’T MATTER: Guidebook for the (55+) Working Journey (2015)

  • It’s not so much about success factors but characteristics mature age workers bring to the job market. They are responsible and reliable. A sense of responsibility differs across age groups. Mature age workers turn up to work. They bring skills and experience where depth and breadth is married together. They bring wisdom and maturity. Maturity is reflected in their commercial thinking and awareness. They have moved beyond office politics. They are more flexible and willing to take on part time work.”
    Recruitment Consultant - Canberra

IN BALANCE: Workbook on Resillience & Wellbeing (2014)

  • "There is a lot to commend in Dr. Sherene Suchy’s workbook In Balance. First, is it’s accessibility; it isn’t shrouded in psychological jargon and philosophical abstraction. Her conversational style of writing and her real stories from real people attract empathy; it touches the heart as well as appealing to the mind. From her vast, hands-on experience, she has developed a great skill in speaking with the idiom of her clients and the reader. Secondly, Dr. Suchy has created a workbook that is simple yet profoundly relevant. Her seven chapters are specific and to the point: there are no wasted words or concepts. Thirdly, in a social world that often over-emphasises materialistic goals, competition and fierce individuality, Dr. Suchy normalises the need for social support and self-care. Certainly her workbook is a guide towards resilience but along the way she helps her clients to develop responsibility, focus and self-kindness.”
    Paul Bedson, Senior Therapist, The Gawler Foundation

  • “Every university student and counsellor as well as those with an interest in lifestyle, health and wellbeing should read this workbook. Dr. Suchy draws on her vast experience in the fields of education, psychology and social work, as well as her rich life experience, to provide the reader with sound and achievable strategies to develop mental, physical, emotional and spiritual balance. The detailed real life examples in the workbook give the reader a rich insight in to the issues faced by students and those who provide support and guidance. Whilst reading the workbook I reflected on my own past and current experiences in the counselling and mental health and wellbeing fields over four decades. I have since used the practical checklists and strategies to develop my own resilience triangle which I intend to use during my own doctoral studies, personal life and ongoing work.”
    Len Kanowski, RN, MSc (Mental Health), Master of International Mental Health

  • "We are all students of life and need gentle reminders such as IN BALANCE."
    Shirley Campbell, DRU Yoga Instructor

  • "It's just beautiful. Relational. Authentic. Warm. Accessible."
    Social Worker and Researcher at ANU

  • “Congratulations on your book IN BALANCE - it is such a practical, intelligent and insightful guide for us all, but especially for students. I can see how you have deftly drawn on and synthesized your many, varied life experiences with your professional experiences, as well as your academic scholarship.”
    Educator, Arts & Cultural Heritage - Sydney

  • "I have just finished reading your latest book, IN BALANCE.  It has been so good for me to read given where I am currently with my health. So many wonderful clear, simple and practical reminders. You say it like it is, albeit with heart. I needed to be reminded of self care and soothing."
    Spiritual Counsellor - Sydney

  • “It is very readable with such practical approaches to problems we see very often.”
    Academic – Australian National University

  • "I just finished reading IN BALANCE and thought… it's so obvious... self care is so important but no one shines a light on it like you have. Why is that? I also thought, IN BALANCE has been written for students, but there is such a need for the service providers working with students to be supported through a focus on self-care. With increasing demands on staff and shrinking resources in the Education sector, self care is set to become a clear priority .”
    Cultural Diversity Coordinator -- Canberra Institute of Technology

LEADING WITH PASSION: Change Management in the 21st Century Museum (2004)

  • Leading with Passion is a wonderfully insightful look at what is required to be the successful leader of an art museum--and by extension, a successful manager in general. Dr. Suchy has collected an enormous amount of complex detail, which she analyzes with elegance and precision. Even if you were never interested in museum management, you will find this an inspiring and informative human document.”
    Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihal -- Author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

  • Dr. Suchy weaves a Renaissance tapestry of flow, social capital, emotional intelligence, and entrepreneurism in helping us see and understand museum leadership. Beyond museum directors and trustees, these insights are applicable to other not-for-profits, service, and public sector organizations, as well as most companies.”
    Richard E. Boyatzis, Professor and Chair of Organizational Behaviour at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.


Coaching and Counselling

  • “Thank you for the most helpful debriefing of my recent traumatic experience (assessing a PhD thesis as an external examiner). I actually feel so much better about the whole thing - recognising the reality of my participation in the process of the examination (which I was aware of, but good to have an informed sounding board). As academics, we are all on our own to defend ourselves, aren't we?”
    External Examiner for PhD Thesis (Australia)

  • “It is a wonderful blend of professional development, personal nurturing, practical tools and theoretically rich material.”
    Director Research & Analysis – Dept of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs (ACT)

  • “The models and concepts provided were very clear and enabled me to work through particular areas. I found this very helpful.”
    Director Indigenous Housing & Infrastructure – Dept of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs.

  • "Immensely helpful in allowing us to recognize and understand our challenges and the power we have to deal with them. The forum had just the right amount of candour, humor and seriousness. Thank you!"
    Director Human Resources - High Desert Museum (USA)

  • "Dr. Suchy provides a framework for change that is not only palatable, but engaging and thought provoking. Her style is direct yet compassionate, logical yet warm and fuzzy."
    Development Officer -- High Desert Museum (USA)

  • "The time you so willingly contributed towards this project (Visitor Experience Survey) made such a huge difference in the outcome and success. The information and ideas gathered will greatly benefit the future planning of the museum."
    Coordinator – The History Museum (USA)

  • “The change management program and particularly the coaching (distance) have been really worthwhile and helpful…the coaching process was an invaluable resource.”
    Accompanying Partner -- AMP (UK)

  • “I feel fortunate that you have been sent into my life -- I had such a precious and happy time with you.”
    Teacher (NSW)



  • “My take-away from the workshop? Being aware of staying in balance…once you are aware of balance and being out of balance, you can move forward!”
    Staff 4 – University of Wollongong

  • “Be brave and gift time to work to improve resilience skills.”
    Staff 1 – University of Wollongong

  • "Useful for focusing, setting intentions, and learning tools to support the process as well as developing a concrete plan when working with life change."
    Counsellor -- Private Practice (USA)

Leading With Passion

  • “It helped me to truly know others by knowing myself.”
    Principal Project Manager -- Premiers Dept. (NSW)

  • "It really made me re-think my values, "passion" and what I'm all about. In fact, I never really thought about my passions before. I have a much stronger understanding of what makes a leader.”
    Business Unit Coordinator – ETSA (SA)

  • "Definitely worthwhile. Increases your awareness of emotional factors that improve leadership."
    Divisional Manager -- The Mortgage Centre Westpac (SA)

  • "I think I do my job better and that I can bring about a general improvement in job performance of my colleagues. Also, the program has established a very important collaborative group."

  • "I have regained my passion and drive. I no longer dread going into work. I have a greater level of intentionality and direction which is benefiting those I work with."

  • "Outstanding, thoughtful, resourceful, and aware of individual needs. Quick on her feet with ideas and information. A safe space was created quickly and we were able to move right into deep work."
    Teacher -- Dept of Education (USA)


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