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Conference Awards


The BACP Outstanding Research†Award 2018

Deadline for submissions is 5pm Friday†26 January 2018

The aim of this award is to:

  • Reward excellence in counselling and psychotherapy research.
  • Enhance awareness of the evidence basis of counselling, psychotherapy and its guiding principles.
  • Improve the overall quality of counselling and psychotherapy research by example.
  • Encourage and inspire future generations of researchers in counselling and psychotherapy.

The BACP Outstanding Research Award is open to anyone who has undertaken recent research to submit for consideration (completed/written up within the last 36 months). The author may have published widely and extensively. If they win the award and they haven't published the winning research anywhere previously, then they would be encouraged to submit their winning research for publication in CPR (the academic research journal of BACP 'Counselling and Psychotherapy Research' Journal). If they have published the winning research elsewhere, they cannot submit it to CPR but they are still eligible to enter it for the award. However, they may choose to take a particular aspect of the research and write a new, original paper on it, for submission to CPR. It is not unusual for people to publish several papers on the same research in different journals, focussing on different aspects of the research, which is perfectly acceptable. CPR insists on papers that have not been submitted elsewhere because of copyright regulations.

The submissions should follow the academic conventions of the Counselling and Psychotherapy Research journal, e.g. referencing style, publishing guidelines for qualitative research, etc.

The deadline for applications is 5pm†Friday 26 January 2018. The winner of the BACP Outstanding Research Award will be presented with a specially designed plaque at the BACP Research Conference in May 2018.

doc file  2018 Outstanding Research Award submission form (0.7Mb)

Find out more about†CPR.

If you have any queries or require any further information, please contact research@bacp.co.uk

CPR New Researcher†Award 2018 sponsored by Wiley - £100 worth of Wiley book tokens for the winning entry


Deadline for submissions is Friday†26 January 2018

Are you currently doing research for your degree? Or have you completed a research project within the last 24 months?

We are looking for submissions that demonstrate the following features in describing an aspect of research in an area of counselling or psychotherapy:

  • Clarity of research aims and research question

  • Use of methods appropriate to the research question and in a way that meets those standards and guidelines adopted by the journal

  • Exploration of the relevant theoretical framework(s)

  • Appropriate conclusions

  • Contribution to knowledge

  • Implications for counselling and psychotherapy practice.

Submissions are invited from current full-time or part-time registered students, or those who have graduated in the last†24 months. Submissions may be co-authored, (e.g. with a research supervisor), but the first author must be a new researcher and must include with their submission a statement that confirms the research to be their own and that the paper primarily represents their own writing.

Submissions should not exceed 7,000 words (excluding references). An abstract of no more than 250 words should accompany your submission. Several keywords that capture the key aspects of your study should be placed below the abstract. It is important that the†instructions for Authors†are followed fully.†

Submissions for the award can also be made by having an article accepted for publication in CPR. The accepted article must be your first published piece of research in any journal (you will be asked to verify this at submission), and all papers will be subject to usual CPR peer review procedures. If you choose to have your successful CPR submission considered, you must contact stella.nichols@bacp.co.uk to confirm you would like your research to be included.

CPCAB Counselling Research Award

CPCAB have once again offered to sponsor the CPCAB Counselling Research Award, the aim of which is to assist with the dissemination of research that has important implication for counselling training or counselling practice.

Through highlighting significant research, documenting it on video and disseminating it for free on-line the CPCAB Award aims to make research accessible and engaging to all counselling trainees and practitioners. All relevant abstracts submitted to the Conference will be taken into consideration (there is no separate application to be considered for this award).

Selection of relevant abstracts will be made by the conference peer review group and the final selection will be made by the CEO of CPCAB.† The award is dependent upon presentation at the BACP Research Conference.

Although there†is no separate application form for this awards, submissions must follow the normal conference guidelines.†††††