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Funding for five new counselling psychology research projects

04 April 2019

A total of £50,000 has been given to four universities and an NHS Trust for research to help advance the understanding and application of counselling psychology.

Provided by the British Psychological Society’s Division of Counselling Psychology, the grants offer opportunities to highlight and support new research in vital areas.

From a total of 19 research proposals, five were successful. They are:

  • Randomised controlled trial of cognitive behaviour therapy vs. cognitive psychodynamic therapy for depression. (University of the West of England)
  • Client perspectives on preferences in therapy: a consensual qualitative research study. (University of Roehampton)
  • Survivors’ stories: experiences of female perpetrated intimate partner abuse and help-seeking for mid-life and older male survivors. (Teesside University)
  • A qualitative exploration of the psychological experiences of adult female survivors of trafficking who have experienced rape and sexual assault and their understanding of recovery, health and wellbeing. (The Havens, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust London)
  • Randomised controlled trial of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Groups for University Students. (City, University of London) 

Successful applicants will present their findings at the 2020 DCoP annual conference.

Sarb Bajwa, chief executive, of the BPS said:

“It’s extremely encouraging that our Division of Counselling Psychology has awarded grants to such varied topics.

It’s a great way to highlight the great and important work of counselling psychologists and the contribution they make to the discipline.”


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