For 27 years, the BACP Research Conference has been a place where researchers and practitioners come together to exchange ideas on important research findings, presented in open discussion with constructive critical debate and helpful dialogue. The conference fosters a climate where all are welcome to share learning and network with other delegates.

Over this time the conference has been attended by representatives - both presenters and delegates - from 23 countries, making it a truly international event.

28th Annual BACP Research Conference:
Striving for equality, diversity and inclusion in research, practice and policy

The hybrid conference, co-hosted by Abertay University, will take place in person in Dundee and online on 19 and 20 May 2022. Recorded presentations will be available to view on-demand until August 2022.

There will be three keynote presentations along with research papers, discussions (in-person only), methods workshops (in-person only), lightning talks, poster presentations and symposia.

How to book 

Thursday 19 May, 1pm to 9pm


  • a discussion panel: Race for the soul of the profession. BACP President David Weaver and others discuss the role of research in recognising and addressing racism and racial trauma
  • four strands of presentation content - research papers, discussion papers, symposia and poster presentations

In person only 

This includes a drinks reception and networking dinner. See the programme and book your place on our day one Research Conference booking page.

Friday 20 May, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Includes keynote speeches (confirmed so far):

  • Professor Heidi Levitt (University of Massachusetts), Healing from sexual minority and intersectional stigma events: what therapists should know
  • Sam Hope and Professor Naomi Moller (The Open University), Working therapeutically with trans (including non-binary) people: what does good look like?
  • Dr Dwight Turner discusses intersections of otherness and privilege in counselling and psychotherapy

In person

Read more about the programme for the day and book your place on our day two Research Conference booking page.


Read more about the programme for the day and book your place on our day two online Research Conference booking page.

All booking options include access to a three month on-demand service, providing you with access to the recordings from the online programme. If you're planning to attend in person on either or both days, you don't need to book the online option too as you’ll receive  access the on-demand service as part of your in person booking.


View the Research conference 2022 programme. Please note, the programme is subject to change.

Further information 

BACP is committed to improving EDI by recognising and addressing barriers to entry into the profession and supporting a skilled, competent and diverse workforce to deliver therapy to people from all sections of UK society. BACP believes in creating a 'counselling profession of the future'. We are working towards embodying the values that underpin equality, diversity, and inclusion to address individual and structural and societal discrimination at all levels. This includes a continuous focus on embedding EDI into training, professional development, research, communications and membership.