For 29 years, the BACP Research Conference has been a place where researchers and practitioners come together to exchange ideas on important research findings, presented in open discussion with constructive critical debate and helpful dialogue. The conference fosters a climate where all are welcome to share learning and network with other delegates.

Over this time the conference has been attended by representatives - both presenters and delegates - from 23 countries, making it a truly international event.

Included in your booking

  • catch up on all the presentations and Q&A sessions included as part of the online programme. View the content an unlimited number of times, 24 hours a day from Thursday 23 May 2024 until 11.30pm on Thursday 22 August 2024.
  • CPD certificate download


Keynote speakers

Dr. Mhairi Thurston, Abertay University - Friday 17 May

Vision for change: Improving client services within the sight loss sector through lived experience, research, dialogue and collaboration.

Dr. Vanessa Pinfold, McPin Foundation - Saturday 18 May

How lived experience expertise can shape mental health research: exploring concepts and practices

Vanessa Pinfold has worked in mental health research for over 25 years, starting as a geographer with a PhD from the University of Nottingham. She has led teams in both university research departments and the voluntary sector particularly researching stigma and discrimination, interventions for psychosis, support for families, recovery and social networks, peer support, public perspectives of inequality and mental health. Vanessa is the co-founder and research director of a UK based mental health research charity - the McPin Foundation that recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. McPin champions the role of experts by experience in mental health research and works collaboratively with others to ensure people with mental health problems can best engage with and influence the generation of evidenced based and evidenced informed practices.  How research is carried out is as important as the knowledge generated in studies, thus McPin are keen to pioneer new research methods and partnerships. More information about the McPin Foundation is available at

Keynote discussion - Friday 17 May

Power to the People: Shaping policy and politics with lived experience

Panellists include Lisa Morrison Coulthard, Niamh Brownlee, Simon Mason, Rameri Moukam & Preet Kaur Gill.

View the full Research conference programme here.


See what our attendees had to say about a previous Research conference below:

This is the top research conference for counselling and psychology in the UK.

The conference provides a high level approach to research and encourages thinking and integral to practice. Prepare to feel inspired.

An inclusive, friendly environment that is welcoming, inspiring and engaging. Event was well organised and the online platform accessible and easy to use.

How to access the on-demand service

After booking, you'll find the on-demand service on our on-demand services page.


We can only take online bookings. Please book your place by clicking on the 'To book a place' pink box at the top of the web page.

If you are a BACP Member:

  • login to your account
  • select the day and your attendance option, you are able to select multiple days at the same time
  • add the conference to cart
  • proceed to payment

If you are not a BACP member you will need to create an account.

This can be done by:

  • clicking on the 'To book a place' pink box at the top of the web page,
  • sign up and create an account
  • add the conference to your cart
  • proceed to payment

Important information

The on-demand service will be human transcribed through a reviewed process to ensure accuracy.