Coinneach trained as a psychotherapist at Dublin Business School with group supervision at the Group Analytical Practice
in Middle Abbey Street. He has specialist training with the Jung Centre of Ireland, NUI Maynooth and the Methodist College,
Born in Dumbarton, Scotland, Coinneach Shanks graduated in Social Science with professional training at the Royal
Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Social Services. He later assumed planning responsibility for the Social Services Programme
Area at the London Borough of Bexley.
Following a decade as head of research at Community Industry, a UK-wide employment scheme for disadvantaged
young people, he developed research and media support services for local community groups and NGOs such as the Playbus
Association, Community Development Foundation and National Children's Homes.
In Ireland he has worked with organisations such as Focus Ireland, Community Addiction Response Unit, the Community
After Schools Project and the Combat Poverty Agency. He played a major role in the EU's work on volunteering
in European neighbourhoods and has worked in a development capacity with health organisations in Central America.
He holds a BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy, Certificate in Counselling Skills (NUI) and a Certificate
in Jungian Studies. Additional qualifications include BA (Hons) Social Science, MA in Deviancy and Social
Policy and the Diploma in Film Studies (Special Merit).
Coinneach is a photographer and collage artist. His popular
photo-illustrated serial, Follow the Wabbit, has received critical attention http://www.followthewabbit.com His forthcoming article for Soundtrack Journal examines historical possibilities for early animation and jazz.