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Date: 12 July 2019

Research: Perspectives of Mental Health Professionals on Consumer Representatives

Researcher: Ms Jody McPhee, Australian National University

General Outline of the Project:

  • Description and Methodology: research into the perspectives of mental health professionals on consumer representatives. Through interviews with mental health professionals, this research seeks to identify motivations for mental health professionals to be allies to consumer representatives.
  • Participants: Interviewing 18 multidisciplinary mental health professionals, across Australia, who have varying experiences working with consumer representatives.
  • Use of Data and Feedback: The data will be analysed and written up for an Honours thesis. It will then be submitted in a peer-reviewed journal and possibly used for conference presentations. A summary of the research will be made available to participants via email at their request.

Please click Information Sheet to find out more information about this research.

If you are interested in participating in the research, please contact Jodi on:

Date: 26 June 2019

University of Sydney – Stakeholder Survey on the Guidelines for the treatment of Alcohol Problems

The University of Sydney is seeking your input about next edition of the Guidelines for the treatment of Alcohol Problems. By taking part in this 5-7-minute survey you will have a chance to win one of three $100 Coles Group & Myer Gift Cards! The survey is open to all health professionals, even those outside the drug and alcohol sector. The survey will ask you about your current work position, your experience with addressing alcohol-related problems, preferences for accessing information, how we can best present the updated guidelines so that they are useful, and what additional training or resources should be made available.

Any information that we collect will not identify you. For more information and to take part in the survey, visit:

Survey closes 31 October 2019. If you would like more information on this survey or about the Guidelines for the treatment of Alcohol Problems, contact Benjamin Riordan by email at or call 02 9515 6318.

Date: 11 June 2019

“Therapists’ Perceptions of Client Outcomes and Therapeutic Alliance in Online Counselling”

Ethics Approval Number: S/19/1301

The purpose of this project is to evaluate common themes in practitioner experiences relevant to the formation and maintenance of a therapeutic alliance and monitoring of client outcomes online. The primary outcome is to provide recommendations for online clinical practice including strengths, weaknesses and areas in which individual therapists, registering bodies, or policymakers can improve, based upon the experiences of a collective phenomenon.

If you hold a current registration with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) or Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), and currently practice counselling in a non-face-to-face online environment, you are invited to participate in this project.

Participants will involve taking part in an interview with the student researcher. This will take approximately 45 minutes of your time.

The interview will ask questions such as:

  • How do you monitor client-outcomes in your online practice?
  • What challenges do you face in monitoring outcomes with clients online?
  • Are there any differences in how you form a therapeutic alliance with your clients online, as opposed to in-person?

The interview will take place at an agreed location, date at time suitable to you. If you are located outside of the Sunshine Coast, video conferencing can be arranged.

The interview will be audio recorded.

Your participation in this project is completely voluntary. If you do not wish to take part, you are not required to. If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw at any point. If you do wish to withdraw from this project, please contact the Research Team (contact details at the top of this form).

Your decision to participate (or not), will in no way impact your current or future relationship with the University of the Sunshine Coast.

When participating it is requested that no confidential information about clients or specific cases be disclosed. For further information click here: Information Sheet

Date: 18/03/2019

Counsellors’ experience with the Pluralistic Approach to counselling in Australia.

The aim of this study is to qualitatively explore Australian counsellors' understanding, experience and insight when it comes using eclectic and integrative approaches to practice, as well as their knowledge and understanding of the pluralistic approach developed by Mick Cooper and John McLeod as an additional way of integration. The project also aims to potentially make recommendations for counsellor education and research, which could lead to further development and application of the pluralistic approach to counselling in Australia. It is proposed to collect data via approximately 60 minute-long semi-structured interviews. I am looking to interview (face-to-face in Sippy Downs, QLD or via Zoom conference) 7-10 degree qualified counsellors currently in practice, with - ideally - more than 5 years experience. If you are available, or know someone, please contact me, Marc de Bruin, by 30 June 2019. A small gift (up to $10 per participant) will be offered as a token of appreciation for cooperating with the researcher.

For further information see here.

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