'Research matters: evidence for an evolving profession'
Co-hosted by the Society for Psychotherapy Research UK Chapter (SPR)
Holiday Inn, Brighton Seafront - 20 & 21 May 2016
Please use the following links to access a copy of Friday's programme and a list of Friday's poster presentations.
Please use the following links to access a copy of Saturday's programme and a list of Saturday's poster presentations.
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.
Pre-conference workshop, Thursday 19 May 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm
We are delighted to offer a preconference workshop, facilitated by Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling Psychology, Roehampton University and John McLeod, Professor of Counselling, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, with their workshop entitled:
‘Client helpfulness interview (CHI) studies: conducting qualitative research that can make an impact’
Aim/Purpose: The aim of this paper is to provide an accessible and practical introduction to conducting Client Helpfulness Interview (CHI) studies. These are qualitative interview studies that examine what particular groups of clients find helpful and unhelpful in counselling and psychotherapy.
Methodological issues: Methodological and conceptual issues associated with CHI research are explored, and key steps in the design and conduct of a CHI study are discussed. CHI studies are based on the phenomenological principle that clients’ accounts of their experiences are a valid source of data. They consist of conducting in-depth qualitative interviews with clients on what they found helpful and unhelpful in therapy, and analysing the data using a recognised qualitative methodological approach such as thematic analysis.
Results/Findings: Strategies for presenting the results of a CHI study are reviewed, including the use of domains, themes and subthemes, tables and diagrams.
Research Limitations: CHI studies are limited by the self-report nature of the data, the potential unknowability of helpful factors, and the fact that clients can only report on those therapy activities in which they have participated.
Conclusions/Implications: Despite their limitations, CHI studies provide a means by which counselling and psychotherapy researchers at all levels can make a meaningful contribution to the development of knowledge and practice in the counselling and psychotherapy field.
The workshop will run from 6.00 – 7.30pm on Thursday 19 May.
All conference delegates are welcome to attend. Places for the workshop are limited; please indicate your interest on the booking form, although places will be on a first come, first served basis.
Professor Kenneth N. Levy, Pennsylvania State University, USA will give the Saturday keynote presentation at the Research Conference entitled "Recognizing and treating borderline personality disorder: What the research tells us".
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is one of the most difficult and perplexing problems faced by clinicians in practice. Recent research indicates that one in five clients in outpatient samples meets criteria for BPD and BPD is frequently comorbid with other disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, substance use disorders and eating disorders. This comorbidity negatively affects the course and outcome for these other disorders. Compounding the situation, BPD is known to be difficult to treat, with patients displaying high levels of hostility and suicidality, frequently not adhering to treatment recommendations, using services chaotically, and repeatedly dropping out of treatment. Thus, many clinicians are intimidated by the prospect treating BPD patients and are pessimistic about the outcome of treatment. Therapists treating patients with BPD have displayed high levels of burnout and have been known to be prone to enactments and even engagement in iatrogenic behaviors. The high level of comorbidity and high prevalence rates of BPD suggests that it cannot be easily avoided and all clinicians should be prepared to assess, treat, or triage patients with BPD. This presentation will focus on understanding the implications of epidemiological, experimental, meta-analytic, and treatment studies. In recent years there has been a growing empirical literature on the treatment of BPD. Beginning with Linehan’s seminal randomized controlled trial (RCT) of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, there are now a range of treatments –deriving from both the cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic traditions – that have shown efficacy in RCTs and are now available to clinicians. Data and their implications from two recently completed meta-analyses will be presented in order to derive clinically relevant evidence-based principles for recognizing and treating BPD that can be used by all clinicians in outpatient practice.
Dr. Kenneth N. Levy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University, where he directs the Laboratory for the Study of Personality, Psychopathology, and Psychotherapy. Dr. Levy also has a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University. At Cornell he is the Associate Director of Research at the Personality Disorders Institute (PDI). Dr. Levy has authored more than 150 articles and chapters and has published in a number of top tier journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, American Journal of Psychiatry, Development and Psychopathology, the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, PNAS, Neuroimage, and Psychological Science. Dr. Levy’s work has led to his selection as an Early Career Fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association, a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression, and early career awards from the Society for Psychotherapy Research and the American Psychological Association Division of Psychotherapy. He was the inaugural winner of the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders Mid-Career Award. Dr. Levy’s work has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Psychoanalytic Association, and the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression. Dr. Levy is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and serves or has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality Disorders, Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, Psychotherapy Research, Psychotherapy, and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology among others. In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Levy maintains a private practice in State College, PA where he works with individuals with personality disorders in psychodynamically-oriented psychotherapy disorders.
Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling Psychology, University of Roehampton will give the Friday keynote presentation entitled "From local evaluation to national impact: Developing a programme of research on school-based counselling".
Without evidence of effectiveness, counselling and psychotherapy practices are under threat. But what is it that members of the therapy community can do to develop the evidence base for their profession?
This presentation describes the journey taken by Mick and colleagues at BACP and across the UK to develop a programme of research on school-based counselling. This programme began with evaluations studies; and went on to involve a range of in-depth academic and student 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, most recently, has led to the award of a major ESRC grant for a fully-powered trial.
The presentation will 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.
Mick Cooper is a Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton and a chartered counselling psychologist. As a trainee counsellor, Mick’s first placement was at a young people’s counselling centre in Brighton (‘On the Level’); and, since 2003, Mick has been researching the outcome and process of counselling with young people, with colleagues from BACP and across the UK. Mick is also author of ‘Essential Research Findings in Counselling and Psychotherapy’ (Sage, 2008); and has published extensively in the areas of humanistic, existential, relational and pluralistic therapy. Drawing these interests together, Mick’s most recent book is ‘Existential psychotherapy and counselling: Contributions to a pluralistic practice’ (Sage, 2015). Having lived in Glasgow for 11 years, Mick and his family returned to Brighton in 2014.
The deadine for abstracts has now passed for the 2016 conference
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PCCS Books Prize 2016
Deadline for abstract submissions to the 2016 conference is now closed.
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 Annual Research 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 two discounted presenter fees 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.
The entertainment this year during the Friday night network dinner will be by the Bossard Quartet, a string quartet from Hampshire.
The Bossard Quartet
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.