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Attention: Counselling professionals who work with clients distressed about climate change

We invite you to participate in this research if you:

  • have worked as a counselling professional (Counsellor, Psychologist, Guidance Counsellor, Psychotherapist) in Australia for at least the last 2 years, and
  • are registered with a peak body (eg. APS, PACFA, ACA, ACAPS), and
  • have counselled at least one client who has been experiencing climate distress (anxiety, grief, anger, sadness or hopelessness about climate change) in that 2 year period.

My name is Nell Azuri, and I am a Masters of Counselling student at the University of the Sunshine Coast, undertaking a qualitative research project titled: Exploring the Experiences of Australian Counselling Professionals Working with Climate Distress. The research is being supervised by Dr. Justine Campbell.

The purpose of this research is to gain insight into how Australian counselling professionals are experiencing the layers of impacts of climate change, both professionally and personally.

Participation

Participation involves a semi-structured interview online (using Zoom) that will take approximately 45-60 minutes of your time.

For more information, or to express your interest, please contact Nell Azuri: n_a056@student.usc.edu.au

Please share this invitation with any colleagues or contacts who may be interested.

Ethics approval number: S211586.




Date: 21 June 2021

Calling for Couples Therapists

“An investigation of the modalities and interventions used by couples’ therapists in Australia: A qualitative study”

Your experience with practicing couples’ therapy is valuable and we want to hear from you. Be a part of this qualitative research

  • Are you an active counsellor, psychotherapist, social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist?
  • Are you based in Australia?
  • Do you have a minimum of 2 years’ experience practicing couples’ therapy?

If you have answered ‘YES’ to all three questions, please email dali.phanouvong@my.nd.edu.au to express your interest. This project will involve a 45-60 minute, one-on-one, online interview via Zoom. Otherwise, feel free to pass on the research participation opportunity to other therapists who may be interested.

This research is being completed by student researcher, Dali Phanouvong, under the supervision of Dr Cathy Bettman for completion of the Master of Counselling postgraduate degree at The University of Notre Dame Australia.

This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Notre Dame Australia (approval # 2021-084S). If you have a concern or complaint regarding the ethical conduct of this research project and would like to speak to an independent person, please contact the Notre Dame University of Australia’s Research Ethics Officer at +61 8 94330942 or research@nd.edu.au




Date: 07 June 2021

WE WANT YOUR HELP!

  • Are you an Australian Counsellor, Psychotherapist or Psychologist with current membership of PACFA, ACA or APS?
  • Do you have 250 hours or 3 years of supervised clinical experience?
  • Did you have to change your counselling appointments from face-to-face counselling to online counselling due to COVID-19?

IF YOU ANSWERED YES, THEN WE NEED YOUR HELP!

As part of the Master of Counselling degree I am undertaking at The University of Notre Dame, Australia, I am undertaking a research project entitled:

An investigation of the effect of online counselling during COVID-19 on the counsellor/client relationship: a qualitative study

If you are interested in finding out more about this study and possibly participating, please email Lucy Macarthur-Onslow 20162196@my.nd.edu.au

My supervisor is Dr Cathy Bettman. Her email is catherine.bettman@nd.edu.au

I would appreciate it if you could pass this along to any other counsellors or psychotherapists who may be interested in participating in the study.

Thank you!

The study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at The University of Notre Dame Australia (approval number 2021-021S) If you have a concern or complaint regarding the ethical conduct of this research project and would like to speak to an independent person, please contact Notre Dame’s Research Ethics Officer at (+61 8) 9433 0943 or research@nd.edu.au.




Date: 19 April 2021

ATTENTION: COUNSELLORS

Research is being conducted exploring how effective online counselling can be from the perspective of counsellors.

Are you a counsellor currently working in the field?

AND

Do you belong to a professional association, such as members from the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation Australia (PACFA) or the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)?

AND

Have you been counselling online since the start or during Covid-19 lockdown?

AND

Do you have at least 2 years of supervised counselling experience?

If you have answered YES to all of these questions, then we want you! We are looking for volunteers to participant in online one-on-one interviews.

The interview will take around 40 minutes of your time.

If you are interested in finding out more about this study and participating, or require further information about this project, please contact; Student Researcher – Kalotina Kathryn Kastanas email address: 32027581@my.nd.edu.au

Or

Chief Supervisor – Dr. Cathy Bettman email address: catherine.bettman@nd.edu.au

This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at The University of Notre Dame Australia (approval number ####).

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Cathy Bettman (Chief Supervisor) and Kalotina Kathryn Kastanas (Student Researcher)




Date: 19 April 2021

Experienced psychotherapists sought for research exploring the self of the therapist

I would like to invite experienced psychotherapists to take part in a research project exploring the self of the therapist. The aim of this phenomenological study is to explore the experiences of psychotherapists noticing aspects of themselves appearing in their therapeutic work. Some therapists might refer to this as a self-reflective moment or some might notice an emotional experience, a feeling, a train of thought or a behaviour that is connected to the you, the therapist, rather than to the client. The participants of this study will be psychotherapists who are rooted in humanistic principles i.e. those who work in a client-centred, experiential, emotion-focused, Gestalt, somatic, humanistic-existential or integrative ways.

My name is Lisa Champion, and I am a PhD student at Metanoia Institute - a specialised psychotherapy research and training institute that is under the umbrella of Middlesex University in London, UK. (Ethics Approval Number: 15193). I am also a psychotherapist in private practice in Sydney, Australia.

I am looking for experienced therapists who meet the following criteria:

  • Have education and training in counselling and psychotherapy at a Bachelor’s, Graduate Diploma or Master’s degree level (this includes being a registered psychologist or social worker)
  • Have clinical member standing (or equivalent) in their professional organisation
  • Have accumulated a minimum of 790 face-to-face counselling or psychotherapy client hours linked to a minimum of 85 supervision hours over a minimum of two years.
  • Hold professional indemnity insurance
  • Maintain high standards of ethical practice
  • Undertake annual requirements for supervision (minimum of 10 hours) and continuing professional development (minimum 20 hours) per calendar year.
  • Identify as working in a modality or modalities that sit under the umbrella of humanistically-oriented psychotherapy

Participants will be asked to take part in one semi-structured interview that will last between 60-90 minutes. The interview will be conducted at a time and place that is convenient to you.

Recruitment Period is from 14 April – 30 June 2021

If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please contact Lisa Champion on lisachampion@champion.net.au




Date: 19 April 2021

Strengthening relationships in a pandemic? A qualitative exploration of what worked.

Seeking individuals to participate in a research project which is entitled:

Strengthening relationships in a pandemic? A qualitative exploration of what worked.

  • Has your relationship improved during COVID-19?
  • Are you aged 25 years and over?
  • Are you currently in a monogamous relationship of more than 2 years standing?
  • Would you be willing to complete an anonymous online questionnaire?
  • Do you have sufficient English to enable you to understand and complete an online questionnaire unassisted?

If you have answered yes to these questions, then I would appreciate you considering taking part in my project which would mean you completing an online questionnaire which will take you about 30 minutes.

The link where you can find more information and connect to the online questionnaire is given below. To do so I am doing this project as part of the Master of Counselling program at The University of Notre Dame Australia.

If you are interested in finding out more about this study and possibly participating, please visit this page https://www.facebook.com/Covidrelationshipresearch.

The study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at The University of Notre Dame Australia (approval number 2021-034S). If you have a concern or complaint regarding the ethical conduct of this research project and would like to speak to an independent person, please contact Notre Dame’s Research Ethics Officer at (+61 8) 9433 0943 or research@nd.edu.au.




Date: 19 April 2021

Seeking counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists to participate in a research project.

Are you a counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist currently working in the field?

Do you have a membership with an appropriate professional body?

Do you have at least two years’ experience working directly with clients?

Would you be willing to participate in a one-on-one interview conducted via Zoom?

The research is titled; “Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy a Procrustean bed approach enforcing therapeutic conformity? A qualitative study.

A participant information statement containing further information and a consent form will be sent to you if you are interested in participating. The interview is expected to take approximately 45 minutes and will be scheduled via Zoom at a time convenient to you.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please email Tristan O’Dowd at tristan.odowd@my.nd.edu.au.

This study has been approved by the research ethics committee of The University of Notre Dame (Ref: 2021-007S).

If you have any further enquiries, please contact Dr Cathy Bettman (Chief Investigator): catherine.bettman@nd.edu.au or Tristan O’Dowd at tristan.odowd@my.nd.edu.au.




Date: 24 March 2021

Experiences of Australian counsellors by investigating how they acquire, perceive, and construct their professional identities.

My name is Reema Mirchandani, and I am a PhD student at James Cook University.

Research Brief:

The aim of this research is to explore the experiences of Australian counsellors by investigating how they acquire, perceive, and construct their professional identities (Ethics Approval No: H8338).

I am looking for participants who currently practice as professional counsellors in Australia and are interested and willing to share their perceptions and experiences of their professional identity. These counsellors should be the members of ACA or PACFA, and/or APACS.

You are eligible to participate if you are:

  • A member of ACA or PACFA and/or APACS;
  • Currently engaged in providing counselling (i.e., individual, couples, groups);
  • With a minimum of two years post qualification experience.

You are not eligible to participate if you are:

  • A graduate with less than two years of experience or a current student of a counselling course;
  • A qualified counsellor currently engaged in predominantly administrative and managerial work;
  • A student Member(s) of ACA or PACFA and/or APACS.

Should you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete an online survey (15-20 Minutes) and participate in an in-depth interview (60-90 Minutes) at a time convenient to you.

For more information or to engage in this research, please contact Reema Mirchandani on reema.mirchandani@my.jcu.edu.au

Alternatively, you may go directly to participate in this study via this link: https://jcuchs.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9XpmKIcoUVKEvoF




Date: 10 March 2021

Defining Service Intensity Survey

We are seeking individuals willing to complete an online survey. This survey is part of a larger project conducted by Kimberly Dossett (PhD Candidate) and Dr. Graham Reid in Western University’s Clinical Psychology Program.

The survey examines the influence of attributes (e.g., service setting, type of provider) on service providers conceptualizations of service intensity in mental health. Service providers will be surveyed across a variety of disciplines (e.g., psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists) in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

The survey is completed online and takes 10-15 minutes. A complete letter of information is provided at the survey link, prior to consent and survey completion. Use the following link to access the survey: Service Intensity Survey




Date: 16 February 2021

Seeking counsellors to participate in a research project

Are you a counsellor who would be willing to share some of your early career experiences to help the next generation of counsellors?

Do you hold a postgraduate qualification in counselling obtained from an Australian institution?

Did you complete this qualification between one and five years ago?

Have you worked as a counsellor for at least one year in Australia?

Would you be willing to participate in a one-on-one interview conducted via Zoom?

The research is titled; “A qualitative investigation into the transition from being a postgraduate counselling student to working as a counsellor.” A participant information statement containing further information and a consent form will be sent to you if you are interested in participating. The interview is expected to take approximately 45 minutes and will be scheduled via Zoom at a time convenient to you.

If you are interested in participating in this study please email Chris Lamb at chris.lamb@my.nd.edu.au.

This study has been approved by the research ethics committee of The University of Notre Dame (Ref: 2020-215S).

If you have any further enquiries, please contact Dr Cathy Bettman (Chief Investigator): catherine.bettman@nd.edu.au or Chris Lamb at chris.lamb@my.nd.edu.au




Date: 5 February 2021

Call for participants: Telehealth Psychotherapy for Anxiety in Persons with Cognitive Impairment (Tele-CBT)

Anxiety represents one of the most common mental health problems in the population, and can be experienced by people of any age. Anxiety influences a person’s overall wellbeing and quality of life.

What are the components of anxiety?

  • Emotional: feeling on edge, irritability, feelings of fear, dread and worry.
  • Behavioural: being easily distracted, avoiding situations, worrisome thoughts, and being easily startled.
  • Cognitive: persistent negative thoughts and intrusive worries, difficulties with concentration, focus and memory.
  • Physical: increased heart rate, sweating, shaking, feeling of nausea and dizziness, muscle tension or pains, and having trouble sleeping.

Anxiety becomes a problem when it starts to significantly impact on a person’s life. For example, when it makes them adjust their routine to avoid certain activities or situations, or when it makes them feel preoccupied and overwhelmed with fear, worries or ruminations, making it difficult to focus on anything else.

Recognising anxiety symptoms is therefore an important step towards learning new techniques to positively cope with experiences of anxiety, worry, and stress.

Research Objectives

Our study aims to test a new psychotherapeutic intervention delivered via video-conferencing to help combat anxiety in people living with cognitive impairment, irrespective of their location. Our 6-week program combines education about anxiety to help people understand their symptoms, and it provides relaxation techniques to help cope with anxiety.

How can I participate?

If you have been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or dementia and if you are currently experiencing any anxiety symptoms similar to what has been described above, we invite you to participate. We will do an initial screen to check your eligibility for our study.

Participation in our study is voluntary, and you may withdraw at any point.

What equipment do I need to participate?

You will need an internet connection and a device to perform video-conferencing. This device can be a computer with a web camera, a tablet, iPad or smart phone.

What help is available if I have never used video-conferencing?

We will provide you with a manual with clear instructions, a video link with step by step instructions, and support over the phone to help you setup your equipment for video-conferencing.

What’s required from participants?

  • Filling out questionnaires before, and after the therapy.
  • Participating in weekly therapy sessions for 6 weeks delivered via video-conferencing.
  • Practise techniques learnt in therapy sessions.
  • Give us feedback on the ease of use of technology as well as the content of the therapeutic sessions.

What’s required from a support person?

We also invite a support person to participate, if you have one. A support person can be your partner, spouse, family member, friend or anyone who identifies as your carer. Support persons are not required to live with you. They can join your therapy session remotely via video-conferencing.

The support person is encouraged to participate in therapy sessions and practise the introduced techniques with you (e.g. deep breathing techniques for relaxation).

Support persons will also be given a questionnaire to complete before and after the intervention.

Your participation and feedback will help us improve this program.

Dementia and Neuro Mental Health Research Unit

The Dementia and Neuro Mental Health Research Unit led by Dr Nadeeka Dissanayaka, is part of The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research. We facilitate a pipeline of clinical research programs to meet the increasing demands of our growing ageing population and age-related progressive brain diseases such as Dementia and Parkinson’s disease. This project is conducted in collaboration with School of Psychology, UQ. Our goal is to accelerate discovery of treatment and improve quality of life for patients, and their families.

Contact

Dr Nadeeka Dissanayaka
BSc (Hons1), PhD
Senior Research Fellow
NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellow
Head, Dementia and Neuro Mental Health Research Unit
The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research Faculty of Medicine

If you are interested in participating, please fill out this online form: https://exp.psy.uq.edu.au/anxiety/

You can also contact us on the following numbers:
T: 07 3346 5036 or 07 3346 5577
E: anxietyresearch@uq.edu.au
W: https://clinical-research.centre.uq.edu.au/psychotherapy-telehealth-video-conferencing-treat-anxiety




Date: 1 February 2021

Call for research participants: How to best help bereaved adolescents – An online Delphi study

Researchers from the University of Melbourne are conducting an online study to determine how to best support bereaved adolescents, based on expert consensus between adolescents with lived experience of bereavement, parents/guardians of adolescents who have experienced bereavement, and clinicians who provide bereavement support to adolescents.

The study is currently seeking counsellors and other clinicians (with at least of 5 years’ experience in providing professional support to bereaved adolescents) to complete a series of online surveys.

Participation involves completing three online surveys by rating what kind of help should be offered to bereaved adolescents, regarding the type, format and timing of the help. Participants are able to complete the online surveys in their own time, and over multiple sittings as desired. It is estimated that this will take around 2-3 hours in total over a period of roughly 2 months. Please find further information about the study in the Plain Language Statement.

Recruitment commenced in late 2020 and will be open for another month (until 1st March, 2021).

If you are interested in participating in this study, please express your interest by emailing Anna Ross at anross@unimelb.edu.au

This study has been approved by the research ethics committee of The University of Melbourne (ID 2057689.1).

If you have any further enquiries, please contact Dr Karl Andriessen (Chief Investigator): karl.andriessen@unimelb.edu.au or Anna Ross (Research Assistant): anross@unimelb.edu.au




Date: 3 February 2021

Call for research participants: Examining attitudes concerning virtual reality use in mental health – An online survey

While virtual reality (VR) is attracting a lot of attention in mental health research, little is known about the perceptions of this technology amongst mental health professionals. This PhD research from RMIT University is examining challenges and opportunities for VR use in psychotherapy and mental health settings. In considering VR as a therapeutic tool, it is important to understand how mental health professionals see this technology in their existing and future practice.

The research is open to all mental health professionals and masters students. No experience or knowledge of VR is needed. Participation involves completing an online survey, which can be accessed on computers, tablets and smart phones. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Recruitment commenced in 2019 and will be open until the end of March, 2021.

If you would like to take part, please visit this link https://rmit.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cu85w545dK7telf

Full details of the research, researcher and RMIT University’s ethics approval are provided on the first page of the survey link. Participation is voluntary.

If you have any questions, please contact the researcher, Marcel Takac marcel.takac@rmit.edu.au.




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