For 26 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 in both the learning and social experience.

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

In 2020 the conference was held online due to the coronavirus outbreak.

27th Annual BACP Research Conference:
Promoting collaboration in research, policy and practice

Our 2021 Research Conference ‘Promoting collaboration in research, policy and practice’ will take place online on Saturday 15 May 2021 with co-hosts The University of Salford.


Keynote speakers:

  • Professor Michael Barkham (University of Sheffield)
    The results of the PRaCTICED trial and implications for person-centred experiential therapy
  • Professor Mick Cooper (University of Roehampton)
    “What’s a nice existential boy doing running an RCT?” Lessons from the ETHOS trial of school-based humanistic counselling

There will be 23 presentations delivered across three strands and more than 40 additional presentations available on-demand. You can also join presenters for live question and answer sessions in our online chatroom, where you’ll have the opportunity to submit questions about their presentations.

Along with presentations on research collaborations and partnerships, you’ll hear about up to date research on the impact of COVID-19 in the counselling professions, remote working, school-based counselling, resilience and student mental health, among many other topics. You’ll also have access to research forums and a pre-conference workshop on 14 May 2021, along with live workshops and a conference poster exhibition.
An on-demand service will be available so you can catch up on anything you miss during the online event.

We'll publish the full programme here shortly.

To register for the conference please go to Research online booking page.