Built on a reputation for excellence, the BACP research conference brings together researchers, students, trainers, training providers and practitioners who are working on and interested in the latest counselling and psychotherapy research.

This year we're delighted to be in Belfast, with co-hosts Ulster University and Queens University Belfast. The theme 'Shaping counselling practice and policy: the next 25 years' will explore the influence and impact of research on policy and the services being commissioned.

Along with keynote presentations on trauma and outcome measures, there'll be discussion panels about policy, plus papers, workshops and symposia on children, young people and families, university and college counselling, workplace counselling, social media and more.

Keynote speakers

Kim de Jong, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Leiden University.

Ciaran Mulholland, Consultant Psychiatrist with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland.

Conference programme

This two-day conference is structured into strands made up of presentations, papers, symposia and workshops.

Posters will be introduced in one-minute presentations and on display throughout the conference to encourage discussion and questions.

Please see the programme and abstract booklet so that you can plan your conference experience before the day.


Pre-conference workshop Thursday 16 May 6pm - 7.30pm

Publishing your counselling research

Dr Paula Brogan (Accredited Counsellor BACP & Lecturer in Counselling, Ulster University) will talk about undertaking research as a practitioner.

Dr Maggie Long (Registered Counsellor BACP & Lecturer in Counselling, Ulster University) will discuss the process of writing an article.

Dr Anne Moorhead (Senior Lecturer in Health Communication, Ulster University) will consider the importance of submission guidelines.

Dr Noreen Giffney (Accredited Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist NIIHR, IFPP, ICP & Founding Scholar BPC & Lecturer in Counselling, Ulster University will examine the review process after you submit your article.

This will be suitable for counsellors, psychotherapists and trainees interested in becoming involved in conducting research in the field. No previous knowledge of conducting the research is required. Attendees should have an idea for a research project they would like to pursue, which will be discussed at the workshop.

Booking is now open

To book your place for one or both days, complete and return the booking form to:

BACP House, 15 St John's Business Park, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 4HB.

Unfortunately, we're unable to take online bookings for this conference. 

Please download the booking form.


Hilton Belfast4 Lanyon Place, Belfast BT1 3LP

For accommodation bookings please go the Hilton Hotel website

Want to attend online?

Join our online webcast and watch selected presentations from the comfort of your home or office. Find out more about the webcast.