My name is Rebecca Kirkbride and I’m currently completing a PhD by Published Works at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). Part of my PhD includes a study investigating perceptions of professional identity among counsellors working with children and adolescents, and whether this has been influenced by the introduction of the BACP (2014/19) Competence Framework for Therapeutic Work with Young People, and the accompanying text-book, 'Counselling Young People: A Practitioner Manual' (Kirkbride, 2018).

I’ll be conducting semi-structured interviews with eligible participants exploring how they perceive their professional identity as a child and adolescent practitioner and what factors influence this.

If you’re a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist who has been working with child and adolescent clients (4-18 years) for a minimum of three years, and you’ve read the Competence Framework and/or ‘Counselling Young People: A Practitioner Manual’ (Kirkbride, 2018) either during training or as part of CPD activities and would be interested in taking part in an online interview lasting about one hour, please contact me via the email address below. When you get in touch I’ll let you know more about the study and what your role will be as a participant. If you engage with the interview but then you change your mind about participating, you are free to withdraw at any point during the interview, without giving a reason.

This study has received ethical approval from Manchester Metropolitan University – Ref (EthOs) 33841.

Thank you