'Researching the special relationship'
...all relationships relating to therapy, supervision, training and research.
Co-hosted by the American Counseling Association
16 & 17 May 2014, Marriott Hotel Regents Park, London
The draft programme for Friday 16 May & Saturday 17 May can be viewed by clicking here.
Bookings are now being taken. To download the booking form, please click here.
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 or with a sister organisation like the American Counseling Association (ACA) who act as co-host, enriching 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: Australia, America, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, 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.
Professor Louis Castonguay Ph.D. - Researching relationship and beyond to help us help (and train) others (Friday 16th May)
This presentation will suggest ways by which clinicians can use and conduct research that might improve the effectiveness of psychotherapy without imposing drastic changes to their practice. It will also be proposed that a broad array of evidence based practice, as well as the integration of findings and methods associated with practice-oriented research, may be fruitful to the training and continued development of therapists.
Louis G. Castonguay, Ph.D. completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, a clinical internship at U.C. Berkeley, and a post-doctorate at Stanford University. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Psychology at Penn State University. With more than 150 publications, including five co-edited books, his scholarly work and research focus on different aspects of the process of change and training, especially within the context of psychotherapy integration. He is also involved in the investigation of the efficacy of new integrative treatments for generalized anxiety disorder and depression, and the development of Practice Research Networks aimed at facilitating the collaboration between clinicians and researchers. He has received several awards, including the Early Career Contribution Award from the Society of Psychotherapy Research, and the David Shakow Award from the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA). He has also received recognition from the APA Division of Psychotherapy and the Jack D. Krasner Memorial Award, the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Mentoring, the Distinguished Research Publications Award, and the Distinguished Psychologist Award for his life time contributions to the field of psychotherapy. He also served as President of the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research, as well as the International Society for Psychotherapy Research.
Dr Miranda Wolpert - Outcome measurement and the therapeutic relationship: help or hindrance? (Saturday 17th May)
Counsellors and psychotherapists are increasingly being called upon to use Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) and Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMs) in their routine practice. However, many practitioners report feeling unsure about implementing measures to support their practice, highlighting concerns about how data may be used and the impact on their relationship with their clients. This talk will address such issues by considering the potential advantages and disadvantages of widespread use of PROMs as part of routine care in counselling and mental health support services. Drawing on learning from over a decade of PROMs implementation and training, Miranda will highlight the key challenges and suggest crucial ways forward if PROMs are to support best clinical practice rather than undermine it.
Dr Miranda Wolpert is Director of the Evidence Based Practice Unit and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC), National Informatics Advisor for CYP IAPT, co-lead for the development of Payment By Results in CAMHS, lead for the mental health stream of the Child Health Policy Research Unit and member of the Child Outcomes Forum. Dr Wolpert leads on the development of an outcomes based approach to help ensure that the patient voice is at the heart of clinical practice, and that commissioners and others are supported in meaningful interpretation of data.
PCCS Books Student Research Award 2014
PCCS Books are sponsoring a £500 cash prize for a piece of person centred/humanistic research; undergraduate, 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 undergraduate/postgraduate or PhD/Doctoral students will be considered for the award (including papers, workshops, posters, methodological innovation and symposia formats).
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All presenters must pay for their place at the conference. This fee covers the conference attendance only, it does not include accommodation. 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). This must be paid as soon as you have been invited to present (or before), in order to be part of the programme. Presenters who have not paid their fee prior to the programme going to print will not be included in the programme after the given ‘cut off' date; this will happen automatically.
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, brief communications 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.