The CPCAB Counselling Research Award is designed to raise awareness of research that has important implications for counselling training or practice. By publishing videos about the award-winning projects on the Counselling Channel, it aims to make research more accessible and engaging.

2018 award

All relevant abstracts submitted to the BACP Annual Research Conference will be considered for this award. There is no separate application form and submissions must follow the normal conference guidelines. 

The conference peer review group will select a shortlist and ask the authors to confirm that they wish to be considered for the award. The winner will be selected by CPCAB.

The winner will be presented with the award at our research conference in May. CPCAB will then arrange production of the video.

2017 award winner

The 2017 award was won by Tracey Fuller, an education teaching fellow and doctoral researcher at the University of Sussex, for 'The Trust is the Work: Exploring how school counsellors maintain alliances with young people when sharing information because of safeguarding concerns. A Phronetic Case Study’.

Tracey's research explores information sharing and safeguarding concerns for school counsellors and was conducted in several school projects run by the charity Place2Be. She says: “It came out of my experience of working as a school counsellor and how stressful those situations can be when you’re trying to keep an alliance going with a young person when you may be having to share information in order to keep them safe.”

Watch Tracey discussing her research.


CPCAB is a UK awarding body managed by professional counsellors, trainers and supervisors. It offers vocational qualifications in over 130 training centres throughout the UK and overseas, registering over 10,000 candidates each year.

You can watch videos of earlier winners on the CPCAB website