'Research matters: evidence for an evolving profession'
Co-hosted by the Society for Psychotherapy Research UK Chapter (SPR)
Brighton, 20 & 21 May 2016 (stc)
Conference announcement and call for papers - deadline Friday 6 November 2015
The conference brings together researchers, students, practitioners, academics and trainers from different backgrounds and traditions for lively exchange and critical debate beyond the confines of theoretical schools, research methodologies or practice settings. The latest research findings are presented in the context of open debate on topical issues around counselling and psychotherapy. Each year, the conference links with an academic co-host, which is the Society for Psychotherapy Research for 2016, who as co-host, enriches the programme and the overall experience for delegates.
The research conference fosters a climate of open inquiry where new researchers and students, as well as practitioners, academics and leaders in the field come together to share their common enthusiasm for learning and their desire to continually improve their practice drawing on the latest research evidence. New research not only adds to the evidence base for the profession, but is also an important tool for policy makers.
There has been a steady increase in the number of international research submissions over the years, with a growing number of international researchers, continents and countries represented at the conference including: America, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Nigeria, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Spain and the United Arab Emirates, making the BACP Annual Research Conference a truly internationally recognised event.
Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling Psychology, University of Roehampton - From local evaluation to national impact: Developing a programme of research on school-based counselling
As we have seen in recent years, without evidence of effectiveness, counselling and psychotherapy practices are under threat. But what is it that therapists--academics, trainees and practitioners--can do to develop the evidence base for their profession?
This presentation describes the journey taken by Mick and colleagues at the BACP and across the UK in which a programme of research was developed on school-based counselling. This programme began with evaluations studies; and went on to involve a range of in-depth research projects: qualitative interview studies, practice-based evaluations, measure development studies, and small scale randomised controlled trials. As the programme evolved, it was recognised as making a significant impact on policy and practice in the UK, and continues to feed into national strategy and policy guidance.
The presentation will go on to discuss what has been learnt from this journey about the ways in which counsellors and psychotherapists can develop ‘research that matters’. This includes developing a focused programme of study, and developing collaborations across sectors.
Submission guidelines & forms
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PCCS Books Prize 2016
PCCS Books are sponsoring a £500 cash prize for a piece of person centred/humanistic research; undergraduate students, postgraduate, and PhD/Doctoral students will be eligible for this award. The winning research, which must be presented at the conference, will be selected at the peer review stage and the award will be made at the conference. Specific application to this prize is not necessary as all person centred/humanistic submissions from undergraduates/postgraduate or PhD/Doctoral students will be considered for the award (including papers, workshops, posters, methodological innovation and symposia formats).
All presenters must pay for their place at the conference. This fee covers the conference attendance only, it does not include accommodation or the Friday evening networking dinner. Accommodation must be booked separately. There is one discounted presenter fee per paper (maximum of one discounted presenter fee per presentation, additional presenters pay normal price).
Submissions which include an element of participatory research during the session, (eg, using conference delegates in your session as part of your research) will not be accepted.
It is anticipated that four to six strands will run simultaneously on each day with papers, workshops and symposia running throughout the day. Posters will be presented separately with a dedicated ‘viewing period'. The final programme is compiled as part of the review and selection process and successful submissions are compiled to form coherent themes.
If you are invited to present your work at the BACP Research Conference, your abstract will appear in the conference abstract booklet and it will also go on to the BACP website, post conference. It is the author / presenter's responsibility to ensure that no copyright laws are breached in terms of intellectual property and authors, and that the work is their own. BACP bears no responsibility for any breach of copyright.
The BACP Research Conference provides a forum for the exchange of research information between members and non members who are both welcome to attend. The conference is open to anybody to present their research if they fulfil the reviewing criteria. This conference is a not for profit event. Views expressed in any presentation are the views of the presenter and / or their organisation and are not necessarily those of BACP. Inclusion in the programme does not imply endorsement of the research or of the presenter's views and BACP take no responsibility in guaranteeing its quality. Any queries in relation to the official approval / appropriateness of any research presented at this conference should be directed to the authors / presenters; BACP bears no responsibility in this regard.