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Call for participants – trainee and qualified practitioners

Sophie Landmann is undertaking a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Wolverhampton. She would like to invite trainee as well as qualified practitioners to participate in her online study:

Do British therapists work differently than German therapists? – A comparison between British and German therapists towards initial client contact and employed therapeutic proceedings

Have you ever wondered how UK practice compares to that of other countries? This is the first study to look at the differences and similarities of therapist perceptions and actions when engaging with clients. It will compare the practice of British and German practitioners.

This is an online study consisting of vignettes with open and closed questions and a reaction task. It will take approx. 40 min to complete (breaks may be taken). The data is collected anonymously and stored securely.

You are eligible to participate, if:

– You are a Counselling/Clinical Psychologist (in training) OR a Counsellor (in training)

– You are British (raised in the UK)

– You did/are doing your training in the UK

This research has been approved under the procedures of the University of Wolverhampton Ethics Committee and is being supervised by Dr Josephine Chen-Wilson and Dr Maria Bisconti.

Your participation will be greatly appreciated. If you would like to participate, please follow this link: https://wolverhamptonpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bIzBzjvavjbJh77.

For questions please contact the researcher, Sophie Landmann: s.t.landmann@wlv.ac.uk.

 

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Call for participants – qualified practitioners

Jivone Poonia is undertaking a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Wolverhampton. She would like to invite qualified practitioners who have a background in attachment theory and addictive/compulsive behaviours. Here is her recruitment advert:

How significant is attachment history in the development of compulsive patterns of behaviour?

Treatments for compulsive behaviours are becoming more numerous, this research will provide insight about whether and if so why attachment history may influence or predispose to compulsive behaviours. The study will contribute to the understanding of compulsive behaviours that may lead to future substance and behavioural addictions. It hopes to support counselling psychologists and other practitioners to provide attachment informed treatment interventions.

This study intends to develop new items to form a generic scale to appraise the relationship between attachment and compulsive behaviours.

The exploratory study will employ a two-stage mixed methodology design. Participation will involve:

Phase one: a qualitative-semi structured interview (lasting approximately 45 minutes)
Phase two: practitioners volunteering from phase one will be asked to rate items for content validity.

This research aims to recruit 8-15 qualified practitioners.

This research has been approved under the procedures of the University of Wolverhampton Ethics Committee and is being supervised by Dr Robin Gutteridge and Dr Danny Hinton.

Your participation will be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in participating please contact the researcher, Jivone Poonia: j.poonia@wlv.ac.uk


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Call for participants – qualified counselling psychologists

Anastasios Argyropoulos is undertaking a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton. He would like to invite qualified counselling psychologists to help with this research:

How do counselling psychologists construct, negotiate, and position their subjectivity in the way they engage with research?

This research is interested to elucidate factors that might be shaping the research landscape in the field of counselling psychology in our times.

The study seeks to:

  • To critically unpack and examine how certain discourses produce counselling psychology’s research positions
  • To explore how CoP’s situate their knowledges and construct their subjectivities via research engagement.
  • To identify possible links between research findings on research engagement and the dominant discourses in counselling psychology.
  • To use the research findings and allow interpretations that may be of value in understanding what facilitates, prohibits or shapes counselling psychologists’ style of research engagement, access to research and motivation for research.
  • Contribute to understanding of how political, economic and socio-cultural trends and attitudes may inform pedagogical principles and practices underlying research engagement.

This research aims to recruit 8-10 qualified counselling psychologists trained in at least two therapeutic modalities, and who have engaged with at least at doctoral-level research.

Participation in this research will involve the completion of a short demographic questionnaire and a semi-structured interview lasting approximately 60 minutes.

This research has been approved under the procedures of the University of Roehampton’s Ethics Committee and is being supervised by Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis and Dr Jane Hunt.

Your participation will be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in participating please contact the researcher, Anastasios Argyropoulos: argyropa1@roehampton.ac.uk


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Call for participants – research on experiences of suicidal ideation

Adila Mahmood is undertaking her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of East London. She would like to invite individuals who have had experiences of suicidal ideation and not acted on these to share their first hand experiences.

My name is Adila Mahmood and I am conducting research on experiences of suicidal ideation. I’m interested to hear from individuals about their experiences of having suicidal thoughts, and not acting on these. I believe this is a vital piece of research which will enable us to gain insight and understanding of suicidal ideation. In future, this can allow us to tailor and improve interventions and support that is offered to these individuals.

I would like to hear from you if you:

  • Are over 18
  • Have experienced suicidal thoughts and not acted on these/attempted suicide
  • Have recovered from having suicidal thoughts for at least 2 years
  • Have had any form of therapy in the past to address your concerns

The research involves taking part in a face-to-face or Skype interview. All interviews will be completely confidential and all identifiable information will be altered to protect your identity.

My research has been approved by the university’s ethics committee, which can accessed through contacting my Director of Studies, Dr. Yannis Fronimos, i.fronimos@uel.ac.uk.

Please contact me on u1521052@uel.ac.uk if you would like to participate, or have any questions about the research.

Your participation will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!


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Call for participants – women who experience OCD

Elicia Boulton is undertaking a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at University of the West of England (UWE). She would like to invite women with experiences of OCD to help her with her research. Here is her recruitment advert:

My name is Elicia Boulton and I am undertaking research into the experience of sex in women who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I am interested in listening to women’s voices and understanding their experiences of sexuality and sexual practices when they have been diagnosed with and/or undergone therapy for OCD. This research is supervised by Victoria Clarke (Victoria.Clarke@uwe.ac.uk).

This research is open to:
• Women aged 18 or older
• Have a formal diagnosis of OCD and/or have received treatment for this condition (including women who have recovered and are willing to write about their past experiences).

The research is open to all women so please feel free to share the details of the research widely, as I am aiming to gather the views of up to one hundred women with OCD. I hope to hear from women with a wide range of sexual experiences and identities (including women who identify their sexuality as heterosexual/straight, lesbian, bisexual, queer, and trans and cisgender women).

The study involves completing an online open-ended survey – you’ll be asked to provide some basic information about yourself (nothing that will identify you), and then answer a series of open questions about your experiences of sexuality and OCD; you respond in your own words (this is not a click box style survey). The survey will take around 20-30 minutes to complete depending on how detailed your answers are.

Please use the following link to access the survey if it is something you are interested in or would like to share, and many thanks in advance for taking the time to read this:
https://uwe.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7Ptf1L1YvxWhivj

The survey link can also be found on the following Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/theexperienceofsexinwomenwhohaveOCD/?ref=bookmarks

My research was granted ethical approval by the UWE Faculty of Health and Applied Science Research Ethics Committee. The ethics committee can be contacted through Leigh Taylor (Leigh.Taylor@uwe.ac.uk or Tel: +44 (0)117 32 81170), and the reference number is: HAS.16.08.006.

If you would like any further information please contact me at: elicia2.boulton@live.uwe.ac.uk


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Call for participants – women who have experienced sexual assault

Anna Flo Arcas is undertaking a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at City University. She would like to invite women with experiences of sexual assault and/or rape to help with her research. Here is her recruitment advert:

Life after sexual assault: Exploring women’s experiences of inner resources

Hello!   My name is Anna Flo Arcas, and I am looking for participants to take part in a study exploring women’s experiences of inner resources after sexual assault. I am interested in women’s expert, individual, and unique experiences!

If…
– You are a woman aged 18 years old or older
– You have experienced Sexual Assault* and discussed this experience in therapy
– And you are currently in therapy

I would really like to hear from you!

* “Any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts or traffic, or otherwise directed, against a person’s sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting, including but not limited to home and work “(WHO, 2002)

You would be asked to take part in a short telephone interview and attend a face-to-face interview that will last approximately an hour.
You will be reimbursed for travel costs to and from the interview; receive a £20 voucher in appreciation for your time; able to share your experience with others through the study; and able to participate in the discussion of the results of the study.

Participation is voluntary and confidential

This study has been approved by the Health Research Authority IRAS Project ID 212511; and City University London Psychology Department Research Ethics Committee PSYCH (P/F) 14/15 202.  If you would like to complain about any aspect of the study, please contact the Secretary to the University’s Senate Research Ethics Committee on 020 7040 3040 or via email: Anna.Ramberg.1@city.ac.uk

For more information about this study or to take part, please contact:
Anna:      T: 07505 942 738    or   E: Anna.Flo-Arcas.1@city.ac.uk

Or see Poster and further information here: https://en-gb.facebook.com/Life-after-sexual-assault-Exploring-womens-experiences-of-inner-resources-1757308507831844/

Please, share the above with anyone who might be interested. Thank you very much in advance!
Anna


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The challenges of training in research and practice?

The challenges of training in research and practice? A cup of coffee with Nick Midgley

Isabel: I was recently asked to deliver a talk about the challenges of training people to be both practitioners and researchers in counselling psychology, which I found an interesting question… So I thought I would ask about your experience of that, coming from a different but perhaps quite similar field, which is child psychotherapy. Would you be able first of all to say a little bit about the field of child psychotherapy, and perhaps from your perspective what some of the similarities might be to a training like counselling psychology? Continue reading