Missing Father: A Daughter's Search for Love, Self-Acceptance, and a Parent Lost in the World of Mental Illness

At once a powerful story of a daughter's literal and figurative search for her father and an indictment of the mental health system with legacies to this day, Missing Father will touch readers searching to make sense of the complexities of love, family and self-understanding. More

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About Shauna L. Smith

Shauna L. Smith has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over thirty years in Sacramento, Ca. and has managed to stay sane and relatively normal despite her childhood, thanks to the arts, good therapy, her husband, also a Licensed MFT, friends and her two grown daughters and grandchildren.

Missing Father: A Daughter's Search for Love, Self-Acceptance and a Father Lost in the World of Mental Illness was published by Compassion Press, 11/17

Making Peace With Your Adult Children, A Guide to Family Healing was published by Plenum in cloth and in paperback by HarperCollins.

Coffee and Ink, How Writers Group Can Nourish Your Creativity, co-authored with six other writers, published by Quill Drivers Press.

Shauna has had several articles and poems published in various magazines. She's been to too many conferences and workshops on how to write, get published and market your book.

She loves making art in most forms, including clay, monotype, silk painting, watercolor and pastel.Shauna co-founded and coordinates Therapists for Social Responsibility, a group of over 300 therapists in the greater Sacramento area, whose mission is to dialogue and take action on issues where the psychological and political intersect.

Previous Publication Credits

Making Peace With Your Adult Children, A Guide to Family Healing – published in cloth by Plenum and paperback by HarperCollins

Coffee and Ink: How a Writers Group Can Nourish Your Creativity, co-author with six other writers, published by Quill Driver Press

Articles printed in various magazines including More Magazine, AARP, California Society for Clinical Social Work, The Therapist. Speaker and lecturer, keynote speaker at University of Montana, appearance on Good Morning America.

Poetry: Published in various places including SPC Tule Review, Sacramento Voices: Women Working Together for Peace and Social Justice, Sambatyan, and Wood, Water, Air and Fire

Education

Masters in Social Work, 1975

Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, 1965

Current Occupation

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Author, speaker, consultant

Employment History

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice for over 30 years

School Social Worker, Conn.

Elementary School Teacher, NY and CA

Presenter, Speaker, Consultant

Writing Workshops/Conferences

Book breakthrough, Janet Goldstein and Elizabeth Marshall

Writing for Change Conference, San Francisco

Year long intensive, Diana DiPrima,

Memoir Lab Workshop, Marge Piercy, Ira Wood

Deep River, Naomi Lowinsky

Summerwords, various authors

Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down The Bones

Artist-in-residence, Mendocino Art Center

Additional expertise. interests

Co-founder and coordinator of Therapists for Social Responsibility, 2003-present

Artist, various media: sculpture, silk painting, monotypes, water color, oil, pastel, mixed media

Family

Shauna has been married to Ray Bacigalupi, also a family therapist, for over 30 years. She has two daughters and three grandchildren.

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