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17/11/2017  


 

Call for participants - The childless therapist: Experiences of involuntary childlessness in counselling or psychotherapy practice

Martin Stokley

Have you ever thought about how being childless affects you as a therapist? Maybe you have noticed thoughts about your childlessness on the edge of your awareness as you sit with your clients? Have you been able to talk about being childless in supervision? Perhaps you have some insights into how being childless has impacted your experience of or responses to counselling or psychotherapeutic models?

I am a third year student on the MSc Therapeutic Counselling course at the University of Greenwich who is childless. I have become curious as to how my own childlessness impacts my practice and therefore I am researching how counsellors and psychotherapists experience their own involuntary childlessness in their practice. I am looking for a mixture of male and female counsellors who would be willing to take part in this research.

The general inclusion criteria for the first part of this study are as follows:
• A qualified (but not necessarily accredited) counsellor or psychotherapist who works with adults (18+)
• Never had children of your own and never been a parent (e.g. through adoption, step-children etc.)
• Would have liked to have had children (also known as ‘involuntary childlessness’)

Participants would need to be willing to undertake a short online initial data collection questionnaire before 9th January 2018. I will then select up to six of these participants (ideally three male and three female) and invite them to undertake the second part of the project. If selected for inclusion in the second part of the project I would need up to ninety minutes of your time to interview you. This interview would happen at a time and place that is convenient for you. The interview would be recorded for later qualitative analysis. Participation in the second part of the study is voluntary and you will have a right to decline even if you have participated in the first part of the study.

All information about your participation in the study will be anonymised and your identity will be kept private. This research project has been given ethical approval by the University of Greenwich Psychology and Counselling Departmental Research Ethics Panel and adheres to the BACP guidelines for ethical research.

For the link to the online questionnaire or simply to find out more, please email me on sm029@greenwich.ac.uk. Please circulate this information to counsellors, psychotherapists or any networks where you feel it may be of interest.

Thank you,

Martin Stokley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
 
       
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