Date: 02 September 2021
RECRUITMENT FOR UQ STUDY
Please find here an opportunity to participate in a Master of Counselling student research project investigating 'What factors predict positive vicarious experiences of growth, resilience and sustainability for experienced counsellors working with trauma populations.'
Participants should be counsellors who have been working in a direct client role for at least one year including at least 6-months in trauma work and have held membership with the ACA for at least one year.
Click on the Survey Link to see the Participant Information Sheet. You can give your consent to participate by clicking on the arrow at the bottom of the information sheet - this will take you directly into the survey and when you start the survey you will be assumed to have given your consent to participate in the research. Please see the information sheet for further details about the study and how your data will be used/protected and what to do if you change your mind about participating.
If you have any questions, please email the student researcher, Ciaran Barry: email@example.com in the first instance.
Date: 25 August 2021
Non-verbal Expressive Therapies as an early intervention tool for children on the spectrum
Ethics Approval Number: S211601
Research Team Contact Details
Dr Mark Pearson
Phone: +61 7 5459 4804
Phone: +61 0 450 622 765
The purpose of this research project is to investigate if the use of different modalities of Expressive Therapies could have an effective wellbeing outcome as an early intervention for children on the spectrum.
You have been invited to participate in this research project because you are involved in working with the children on the spectrum for at least two years and part of any of the following professions: Counsellor, Psychologist, Speech Therapists, Educator, Occupational Therapist, Social workers, or Expressive Therapies therapist.
The interest for this research comes from the fact that the use of Expressive Therapies as an early intervention tool for children on the spectrum has not been yet deeply explored in the research field. Professionals that work with children on the spectrum could consider expressive therapies as a tool for early intervention if it can be demonstrated that they could be beneficial.
If you agree to participate in this research project, you will be asked to complete an interview with the student researcher: Carolina Bellini. The interview may be conducted online at a mutually convenient time, and, with your permission, the interview will be audio recorded. The recording will be transcribed into text and identified names will be removed. The text will be analyzed along with the text from other participants. The interview will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour and will ask questions such as: “What is the most challenging and rewarding part of working with such a young population?” and “Can you tell me how they seem to be feeling after expressive therapies techniques were applied?”. Participants should not discuss specific children/cases.
Your participation is voluntary. If you do not wish to take part, you do not have to. Your decision whether to take part or not, or to take part and then withdraw, will not affect your relationship with the researcher or with the University of the Sunshine Coast. If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw from the project at any stage, until your data is included in the findings.
You may stop the interview at any time. Unless you say that you want us to keep them, any recordings will be erased and the information you have provided will not be included in the study results. You may also refuse to answer any questions that you do not wish to answer during the interview.
If you decide you want to take part in the research project, you will be asked to sign the Consent Form. By signing it, you are telling us that you Understand what you have read, and you consent to take part in the research project and have your interview recorded.
You will be given a copy of this Participant Information and Consent Form to keep. Consent is sought for this research project only.
Risks and Benefits
We cannot guarantee that you will receive any benefits from this research; however, you may appreciate that your participation helps to increase knowledge that could be beneficial for the social, emotional and cognitive development for children on the spectrum as an early intervention tool. The research findings also aim to be shared with as many professionals that work with this population group as possible.
We are asking you to share with us some professional and confidential information. If you feel uncomfortable talking about some of the topics, you do not have to answer the questions. You do not have to give us any reason for not responding to the questions during the interview.
Privacy, Confidentiality and Results
Any data collected as a part of this research project will be stored securely as per USC’s Research Data Management Procedures. All comments and responses will be treated confidentially unless required by law. The research team will be able to identify if you choose to participate.
By signing the Consent Form, you consent to the researcher collecting and using information from you for the research project. Any information obtained in connection with this research project that can identify you will be treated in a confidential manner and not included in publication.
Data will only be accessed by research team members and will be stored on password- protected computers. The data will also be stored in secured cloud-based storage for the purpose of backups and transferring between the researcher’s computers.
When disseminating results, your data will be non-identifiable. It is anticipated that the results of this research project will be published and/or presented in a variety of forums.
Data collected throughout the period of interviews with participants will also be treated confidentially. In other words, your real name will not even be identifiable as a reference to your transcript. Your pseudonym will be used even during this process.
Once the project ends, the research article will be submitted for final examination.
If you wish to find out about the results of the research, please let the researcher know and she can send you a summary of the results by email, or you are also more than welcome to receive an electronic copy via email of the entire research article once final submission is successful.
This research project is conducted on a full-time basis and therefore completion is expected for November 2021.
Concerns or Complaints
If you have any concerns or complaints about the way this research project is being conducted you can raise them with the Chief Investigator (listed above). If you prefer an independent person, contact the Chairperson of the USC Human Research Ethics Committee: (c/- Office of Research, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore DC 4558; telephone (07) 5430 2823; email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you for consideration of this study. Please keep this sheet for your information.
RECRUITMENT FOR USC STUDY
Attention: As Counsellors or mental health practitioners you may encounter clients or colleagues who may be interested in this study. My name is Shelley Soes. I am a registered counsellor with ACA and a Masters of Counselling student at the University of Sunshine Coast (USC). This research is being supervised by Dr Trudi Flynn (USC).
An invitation to participate in this worthy endeavour:
- We warmly invite participation in the following study: End-of-life 'storying' of families experiencing a paediatric palliative journey. Can a narrative approach to end-of-life storying for grieving provide therapeutic benefit?
Participants: Recruiting now.
- Will be over 18 and the primary care-giver/parent of a child under 18 who has had a life-limiting diagnosis which will/or has, resulted in a palliative care situation.
- Participants who have lost a child in this situation may wish to share their experiences of life since the child's passing. This may be a "historical' event.
- This diagnosis may have been in-utero resulting in an infant death or miscarriage.
- Participants who have lost a child within the last 3months can not be offered a position at this time.
- This study welcomes cultural, spiritual, geographical and gender diversity.
- Participants will be supported through a conversational style semi-structured interview. This may be conducted face-to-face in their home, in my professional space, or via zoom. Expressive materials may foster communication and emotional support.
- A brief follow-up phone-call or zoom will enable a well-fare check and to receive feedback as to the participants view of the session.
- Referral for further support can be provided via USC and emergency contact detail will be provided.
- There is potential to foster a sense of validation and release through 'storying' within a Narrative Therapy framework.
- Sharing of lived experiences may inform families facing similar pathways.
- Counsellors and mental or medical health professionals may receive insight into the needs of families supporting palliative children.
- Promotion of this area of work may foster advocacy and change to better support families and mental health practitioners.
For more information or to receive a flyer for display:
Shelley Soes 0447140844 email@example.com Ethics Approval: S211600
Please share this information with colleagues or those you feel may find this project interesting or beneficial. Alternatively pass on my contact details so I may discuss the project.
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
My supervisor is Dr Cathy Bettman. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com.
Date: 19 April 2021
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?
Do you belong to a professional association, such as members from the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation Australia (PACFA) or the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)?
Have you been counselling online since the start or during Covid-19 lockdown?
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Supervisor – Dr. Cathy Bettman email address: email@example.com
This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at The University of Notre Dame Australia (approval number ####).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This study has been approved by the research ethics committee of The University of Notre Dame (Ref: 2021-007S).
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This study has been approved by the research ethics committee of The University of Notre Dame (Ref: 2020-215S).
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com
This study has been approved by the research ethics committee of The University of Melbourne (ID 2057689.1).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.