I would like to invite you to take part in this research. I am currently a student at Keele University, studying MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy.

What is the purpose of the study?
The purpose of the study is to explore whether there are areas for learning in person-centred therapy pertaining to a specified subject, which will be explored via a story completion method, for which the procedure will be explained below. The ‘specified subject’ area is not being disclosed at this stage, to avoid influencing your thinking prior to participating in the study. It should be stressed that there are no right or wrong answers within the study, it is not a test.

What will happen to me if I take part?
You will be given the beginning of a fictitious story (a story stem), which you will be asked to complete the story for. The stem you are given will be a few sentences to set the scenario. You will receive instructions alongside this. You will be asked to write either 500 words or for half an hour, whichever you prefer. There are no right and wrong answers.
You will also be given a questionnaire following the story writing exercise, to gain further information about you. This should not take more than half an hour to complete. The information requested on the questionnaire will include your age, gender, race/ethnicity, religion, geographical area (not too specific) and questions relating to the story stem.
The process will be undertaken online, providing you with the flexibility to complete the tasks at a time best suited to you, but within a set time frame to enable all the data to be collected in a timely manner.

Eligible participants must be:

  • Aged 18+
  • Qualified or trainee person-centred therapist. Integrative therapists are welcome but, must include some elements of the person-centred approach.
  • Be willing to complete a story (500 words or 30 minutes), from the fictitious opening provided, and complete a short questionnaire.

If you’re interested, please contact Stephanie Turner: v6n11@students.keele.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 School of Medicine Ethics Committee at Keele University.

Thank you,
Steph.