Sally Nash - Learning & Research

Helping you ma​ke a bigger difference in your world

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My passion is seeing people fulfil their potential, enhancing their wellbeing and resourcefulness. I believe in helping people make a bigger difference in their world as they become more authentically who they are.

I enjoy working 1-to-1 with people whether in mentoring, coaching, spiritual accompanying, developing writing skills or academic support and supervision (up to PhD level). With organizations my desire is to see them become places where their staff flourish more fully as they become more aware as to what barriers may be that prevent this.

I am an experienced and creative educator, trainer, researcher, mentor, coach, author, editor and practical theologian and draw on all these experiences and skills in my freelance work. I have worked in higher education, with third sector and faith organisations and with the NHS.

I am customer focused working hard to provide a bespoke product for the particular context. I am skilled at raising awareness of issues and helping people see how to apply their new knowledge or skills into their situation. 

I have particular expertise in practical theology, shame, Christian youth work and youth ministry, reflective practice and theological reflection, supporting learning in the workplace, collaborative ministry, spirituality, spiritual care and chaplaincy with children and young people, and qualitative research.

I have qualifications in teaching in schools and higher education and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy as well as having a Masters degree in education. I am a practical theologian with two doctorates in practical theology, one youth work focused, the other on shame in the church. I am an Anglican self-supporting priest licensed to an outer estate church in Birmingham. I am a qualified Myers Briggs practitioner.

Outside of work I am passionate about sport particularly supporting Spurs, play golf, am a companion of the Northumbria Community, trustee of two charities, enjoy good coffee, dark chocolate and sourdough bread.

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Bespoke Training

(for individuals, small or large groups) which draws on my research, professional and academic writing in a range of topics including:

  • Shame and honour in an institutional context
  • Six-fold typology of shame and its application for individuals or in the workplace
  • Reflective practice tools for effectiveness and self-awareness
  • Regenerative practice – exploring ways to enhance wellbeing at work for individuals or organizations
  • Issues around vulnerability
  • Spiritual practices for personal development and reflection
  • Becoming unstuck – creative spiritual and reflective practices to help you move on
  • Spiritual care with children and young people – creative ideas and good practice principles
  • Myers Briggs MBTI introductory sessions and 1-1 discussions


I consult in these main areas: shame in the workplace, enhancing wellbeing in the workplace through regenerative practice, youth ministry and ministry more generally, higher education and learning, work with children and young people, and chaplaincy with children and young people. Happy to discuss anything from an initial half-day to a regular contract such as my role with the Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care.


I support people who want to develop their self-awareness, build a more sustainable work life balance, develop their writing, explore a broader range of spiritual practices, develop as a reflective practitioner, want non-managerial supervision and support.

Quiet days, retreats,
spiritual accompaniment

I facilitate individuals and small groups and offer both Christian and spiritual rather than religious options.

Small scale qualitative
or mixed methods research projects

I help people who want to discover more about a particular area by working with them to design and deliver a research project and writing a report from the research and this can include training others to be involved in research. 

What is Accordion

  • University of Birmingham, 2016
  • Thesis: Landscapes of shame in the church:  a typology to inform praxis
  • MA in Education (distinction), Oxford Brookes University, 2010 
  • Dissertation:  Regenerative Practice, including both HE teaching qualification and research supervision module
  • Doctorate in Ministry and Theology, University of Sheffield, 2003. Thesis title:  Supporting Urban Youth Workers
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (JNC equivalent), Sussex University, 1979
  • BA Social Administration (2.1), Sussex University, 1978

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2020
  • Church of England ministerial training completed 2012, ordained priest 2013
  • Qualified Myers Briggs Type Indicator Practitioner

Publications: Books - Chapters - Booklets
  • Shame and the church: exploring and transforming practice  London:  SCM, 2020
  • Rethinking children’s work in churches, edited with Carolyn Edwards and Sian Hancock London: Jessica Kingsley 2019
  • Paediatric Chaplaincy Principles, Practices and Skills edited with P Nash and M Bartel. London:  Jessica Kingsley, 2018
  • The Vulnerable Youth Worker Cambridge:  Grove Youth Series, 2018
  • That’s great! You can tell us how you are feeling Chapter in Case Studies in Spiritual Care: Healthcare Chaplaincy Assessments Interventions and Outcomes with Liz Bryson and Paul Nash, 2018
  • Spiritual Care for Sick Children and Young People (with Paul Nash and Kathryn Darby) Jessica Kingsley, 2015
  • Christian Youth Work in Theory and Practice (edited with Jo Whitehead) SCM 2014
  • Facilitation Skills for Ministry (with Jo Whitehead and Simon Sutcliffe) SPCK, 2013
  • Youth Ministry: A Multifaceted Approach    SPCK, 2011
  • Sacralized Youth Work Grove Youth Series, 2011
  • The Faith of Generation Y (with Sylvia Collins-Mayo and Bob Mayo). Church House Publishing, 2010
  • Well-being and Spirituality (with Nigel Pimlott) Grove Youth Series, 2010
  • Tools for Reflective Ministry (with Paul Nash). SPCK 2009
  • Youth Work, Informal Education, and Spirituality. Chapter in International Handbook of Education for Spirituality, Care and Wellbeing Dordrecht: Springer, 2009
  • Skills for Collaborative Ministry (with Jo Pimlott and Paul Nash). SPCK, 2008
  • A Theology for Urban Youth Work YTC Press, 2008
  • Sustaining Your Spirituality Grove Youth Series, 2006.
  • Supervising Youth Workers (with Malcolm Herbert). Grove Pastoral Series, 2006
Publications: Academic Journal Articles
  • Chaplaincy as a reframing and expansion of youth ministry – initiating and developing an occupational standards ecumenical project in the UK for chaplaincy with children, young people and young adults (with Paul Nash and Nigel Roberts. Journal of Youth and Theology, 2020
  • Adapting the Advocate Health Care Taxonomy of Chaplaincy for a Pediatric Hospital Context: A Pilot Study (with P Nash, E Roberts, K Darby and A Parwaz) . Journal of health care chaplaincy, 2019
  • Auditing a Paediatric Chaplaincy Provision: Reflections On the Use of a Taxonomy. with P Nash, E Roberts, K Darby and A Parwaz) Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 2018
  • On Researching Shame in the Church. Practical Theology, 2017
  • Shame in Pastoral Practice: Reflections in the light of field research, Bonhoeffer and Godly Play. Practical Theology, 2016
  • Message in a bottle: a comparative study of spiritual needs of children and young people in and out of hospital.International Journal of Children’s Spirituality
  • Reflections on Using Metaphors in Exploring Spiritual and Religious Needs with Young People with Cancer and their Families (with Paul Nash) Journal for the Study of Spirituality
  • Parents’ Spiritual and Religious Needs in Young Oncology (with Kathryn Darby and Paul Nash) Cancer Nursing Practice
  • Spiritual and Religious Needs of Young People with Cancer (with Kathryn Darby and Paul Nash) Cancer Nursing Practice
    Edited (with Nick Shepherd) special edition of Journal of Adult Theological Education with a children’s and youth ministry focus, 2014
  • Solid Steps on Shifting Sand:  Theological Education for Work with Children, Young People and Young Adults (with Nick Shepherd)  Journal of Adult Theological Education, 2014
  • The Spiritual Care of Sick Children: Reflections from a Participation Project (with Paul Nash and Kathryn Darby).  International Journal of Children’s Spirituality
  • Lessons on love and family from Mill Grove for an ordinand and theological educator. Journal of Adult Theological Education, 2012. 
  • Regenerative Practice. Reflective Practice, June 2011
  • Sacralized Youth Work. Journal of Youth and Theology, November 2009
  • Raising Christian Consciousness: Creating Place (with Bob Mayo and Sylvie Collins Mayo) Journal of Youth and Theology
  • Understanding Youth Ministry: Psychological Type Preferences of Youth Ministers (with Leslie Francis, Paul Nash and Charlotte Craig) Journal of Youth Ministry Vol 5(2) 2007
  • The Ignatian Examen as a Tool for Developing Type (with Paul Nash) Type Face), 2005
  • A Martyr to the Cause: Learning from Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Journal of Youth and Theology, 2004
Book Reviews

I have reviewed books for a range of peer reviewed journals including International Journal of Practical Theology, Modern Believing, Christian Education, Journal of Youth and Theology as well as been a peer reviewer for a range of articles in practical theology, chaplaincy, spiritual care and youth ministry, Publons has a list of the most recent.