I am an MSc Counselling student at The University of Northampton in my final year. I am conducting a qualitative study to explore the impact of working online as a trainee counsellor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to the pandemic, trainee counsellors were not permitted to accumulate their training hours online and were required to work in-person. The change in counselling method will be explored to understand the impact on both individuals and the counselling profession.

Eligible participants must be:

  • Trainee counsellors currently studying on a counselling course in the UK
  • Working in placement and have accumulated some placement hours online during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Adults over the age of 18
  • Fluent in English

I will invite you to take part in an online interview, which will last approximately one hour. The interview will be arranged at a time convenient for you using Collaborate; a secure online platform. Your data will be anonymous.

This will be an opportunity to voice your individual experience and contribute to valuable research. Your participation will help understand the risks, benefits and potential for long-term change in working practices.

If you are interested in taking part in this research, please email me at sarah.annis19@my.northampton.ac.uk I will send you an information sheet and a consent form to fill in. It is important to note that participation is voluntary and you have the right to withdraw from the study.

Ethical approval for this research has been granted from the Psychology Ethics Committee at the University of Northampton.

Research Supervisor: Louise Spiers, louise.spiers@northampton.ac.uk,
Division of Psychology, Faculty of Health, Education, and Society, University of Northampton, Waterside Campus, Learning Hub, room 301, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 5PA.

Thank you for your time,

Sarah.