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Date: 1 Aug 2022

Practitioner Perspectives on Gender Diverse Identity

Gender diverse people – those whose gender identity does not align with their biological sex – represent an increasingly visible population within society. In coming to terms with such an identity, these people may face developmental challenges and present for care with highly specific needs that render them unique, as both individuals and as patients. on understanding how medical and allied health practitioners view the development of gender diverse identities and the roles they believe practitioners play in the course of that development.

This study has been granted ethical approval by Griffith University (GU ref no: 2022/215). Griffith University conducts research in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.

How to participate

Counsellors who agree to participate in this research, will be asked to complete an online questionnaire that should take no longer than 30 minutes. Participation is completely voluntary.

To thank you for your time, following completion of the online survey through LimeSurvey you are invited to a webinar about gender diverse identity. https://prodsurvey.rcs.griffith.edu.au/prodls200/index.php/413355?lang=en

This webinar will be based on the results of Molly Speechley's work in this space, and will include details of a contemporary, integrative framework of how these identities develop, and evidence-based recommendations for practice. Recordings of the webinar, and slide packs, will be made available for practitioners who may be unable to attend.

For more information about this study, please contact:

Molly Speechley

Student Investigator

School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University

Email: molly.speechley@griffithuni.edu.au

Further contact details:

Mount Gravatt Campus

Griffith University, Queensland, 4122

Australia

Website: griffith.edu.au




Weight Bias Among Health Care Workers

Ravisha Jayawickrama, PhD student Curtin University, is recruiting health care students from Australian universities to take part in a study. General information about the study can be found below.

The rates of overweight and obesity have been increasing rapidly in Australia, along with the health consequences that are associated with it. If the current rates continue, most future patients of health care professionals will be living with overweight or obesity. As future health care professionals, it is important for health care students to learn about being overweight and obese.

Past research has examined the understanding of obesity of health care professionals however, little research has examined this topic in healthcare students. This study aims to investigate the current understanding and perceptions of overweight and obesity in healthcare students. Findings from this study will help us improve education programs to prepare healthcare students to provide excellent treatments to people living with overweight and obesity in future practice.

Eligibility

Students studying a health care course (undergraduate or postgraduate) at an Australian university are eligible to take part in this study.

Students will need to complete some questionnaires and complete a computerised image-word association task. This will take approximately 20 minutes. Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HRE2021-0740).

Study link: https://curtin.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_78pqtknqxVP76bY

Contact: Ravisha Jayawickrama, PhD student, who is conducting research.




Date: 19 July 2022

Research study to

Investigate practitioner's knowledge and understanding of perinatal mental health conditions

Central Queensland University

The study aims to identify health practitioners’ training and development needs across multi-disciplines when working with new parents, and will contribute more research in this area.

Criteria for participants

Seeking qualified health practitioners who wish to contribute to the field of perinatal mental health research and have time to complete an online survey.

Must be Qualified health practitioners (i.e., General Practitioner, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Midwife, Nurse, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Social Worker, Counsellor, Psychotherapist, or other Medical or Allied Health Practitioner) or final year students who have worked with women in the postpartum period within the past 12 months.

What are participants required to do?

Complete this online survey that takes 20-30 minutes via this link: https://cqu.syd1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0BxVlbmyNFQXPbE

Please also share the link with potential participants who meet the recruitment requirements (criteria above).

Note: Participants will only be asked for an email address if they would like to receive feedback about the results of the study once they are available. Email addresses will be collected and stored separately to survey responses to ensure anonymity and confidentiality.

Contacts

Carrie Williams, Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) student with Central Queensland University, is seeking support for her thesis research study to investigate practitioner's knowledge and understanding of perinatal mental health conditions and their clinical management.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the study, Contact P Carrie Williams carrie.williams@cqumail.com or principal supervisor Dr Melissa Mulcahy m.mulcahy@cqu.edu.au.

This study has been approved by the CQU Human Research Ethics Committee. (CQUniversity Human Research Ethics Committee, approval number 2022-038).




Date: 5 July 2022

Mental Health Practitioner Approaches to and Experience with Client Suicidality

You are invited to participate in a research that aims to gain an understanding of the approaches taken by mental health practitioners when working with clients with suicidality, including suicide ideation, intent, plan, and attempt. It is also the aim of the project to survey the training taken by practitioners specific to suicide assessment, management, intervention, and self-care strategies employed.

Link: https://unisasurveys.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bOZRiaFTUgBMyKG

Eligibility: You are eligible to participate in this research if you are accredited to work in Australia as a counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist.

About: This research is being conducted by Peck Jin Gan (Honours candidate, under the supervision of Dr Nadine Pelling at the University of South Australia).

By participating, you would be contributing to research that highlights practitioners’ activities and involvement with suicidal clients. Specifically, information may help develop guidelines for supporting clients with suicidality, suicide prevention intervention, training for gatekeepers, and support for practitioners, which may in turn benefit clients.

Participation in this research is voluntary and involves completing a questionnaire that should take ten minutes to complete. The questionnaire contains a demographic survey and your experience and approaches to working with clients with suicidality. Consent to participate will be assumed with the completion and return of the questionnaire. Please note that you are free to withdraw from the study at any point while completing the survey, without affecting your position now or in the future. Once you submit your survey, however, the researcher will be unable to remove your response as it will not be possible to identify your individual data. Responses are anonymous.

If you are interested, please complete the survey through this link: https://unisasurveys.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bOZRiaFTUgBMyKG

This research has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of South Australia (Protocol number: 204644)

Contact: Peck Jin Gan (Honours candidate) ganpy004@mymail.unisa.edu.au




June 2022

Mental Health Professionals working with Bondage-Discipline, Dominance-Submission and Sadomasochism (BDSM) community

Xufeng Su (Student Researcher) and his supervisor Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry of The Australian College of Applied Professions (ACAP) are inviting mental health professionals who regularly work with the Bondage-Discipline, Dominance-Submission and Sadomasochism (BDSM) community to share their insights.

The purpose of this study is to generate knowledge application and skills to work with the BDSM community considering the lack of Australian practice guideline in this area.

  • Are a mental health professional, for example psychologist, psychiatrist, counsellor, sexologist, or social worker, working in Australia
  • Regularly working with clients with BDSM identity or interests
  • Do not have any professional or personal relationship with the researcher (Xufeng Su) and his supervisor (Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry)

If you are interested, you would complete a 45 - 60 minute interview with the researcher. We collect no identifying information in the course of the intervew. In recognition of your time, you would receive a $50 gift card.

If you are intereted, please use this link (https://acap.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bkGCLKqtUGcomPA) to finish this 3 minutes expression of interests survey.

This research has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Navitas Professional Institute (Approval Number: 777010322)

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Please contact Xufeng Su (256184@my.acap.edu.au)




Date: 26th April 2022

Mid-career Counselling Professional’s Experience of Wisdom in Practice

Eligibility:Eligibility: You are eligible to participate in this research if:

  • you are accredited to work in Australia as a counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist AND
  • your main role involves counselling or psychotherapy with clients (individual or group, face-to-face or online) AND
  • you have been practicing counselling/ psychotherapy for between 12 and 18 years (excluding breaks in practice)

About: This research is being conducted by Jennifer Coburn (PhD candidate, under the supervision of Dr Sandy Stewart at Monash University). Jennifer is interested in exploring how mid-career counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists view ‘wisdom’ in therapeutic practice.

If you have ever contemplated ‘wisdom’ and how it might manifest in therapy, we’d love to hear from you. If you are not sure that wisdom exists in your work, but are interested in the topic, we’d still be interested in hearing from you!

Your participation would involve a semi-structured interview (one hour), and on a different day, participation in a focus group (60 to 90 minutes). The interview and focus group will be conducted via Zoom.

If you would like further information, you can:

Contact: Ms Jennifer Coburn (PhD candidate) at jennifer.coburn@monash.edu

Link: Obtain the Explanatory Statement at this link: https://monash.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3fwxLBlk6pTWP5k




Date: 06th April 2022

Research Project Request

10811 A Psychological Scale for Emotional Signatures – A Revision

Your invited to take part in our research project where we are revising the Annandale Emotional Signature Scale (AESS). Everyone has an emotional signature, a recognisable way of relating to oneself and with others. Emotional signatures are shaped by the experiences we have – positive experiences as well as the difficult ones of abandonment, neglect, rejection and abuse. Knowing and understanding emotional signatures is good for us as practitioners because it helps us fine-tune the relational and technical aspects of our work.

The aim of this research is to revise the psychological scale for emotional signatures in order to include both positive and negative items of emotional signatures to reflect the full range of interpersonal relating, dealing with feelings, and approaches to interpersonal fairness and justice.

The research will involve a battery of three questionnaires to be administered online. First is the Annandale Emotional Signature Scale (Revised). Then there is a childhood questionnaire, and finally an attachment questionnaire on experiences in close relationships. The 3 questionnaires enable us to construct validity as well as seeing that emotional signatures are distinct from attachment styles.

The research has ethics approval with Macquarie University [23/3/2022: Reference No: 520221081136499]. Please contact Dr Michelle Webster, Michelle@Annandale.net.au or (02) 9552-2977 for further information.

Online link: https://annandale.net.au/research

Name: Dr Michelle Webster

Qualifications: Counselling and Clinical Psychologist
Adjunct Fellow, Macquarie University

Contact Details: Dr Michelle Webster (02) 95522977 Michelle@Annandale.net.au




Date: 1st April 2022

Investigating the practice of counsellors and psychotherapists in Australia.

The aim of this research is to investigate the practice of counselling and psychotherapy in Australia by exploring your experience of the role, your thoughts on professional identity and how you see the future development of the profession.

Participant criteria:

  • A member of ACA or PACFA.
  • Currently engaged in providing counselling or psychotherapy in Australia.
  • A minimum of two years post qualification experience.

Participant involvement:

This research will involve a 45-to-60-minute interview over Zoom or in person at the Notre Dame Broadway campus at a time convenient to you.

Researcher information:

This research is being undertaken by Jessica Jackson, a Master of Counselling student at The University of Notre Dame, under the supervision of Dr Cathy Bettman.

If you would like to participate in this study or require further information, please email Jessica Jackson at jessica.jackson2@my.nd.edu.au

It would be greatly appreciated if you could pass this advertisement on to any counsellors or psychotherapists who may be interested and who meet the participant criteria.

This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at The University of Notre Dame (approval REF: 2022-021S).




Date: 24th March 2022

Exploring humanistic person-centred trained counsellors and psychotherapists

Exploring the professional practice and identity of humanistic person-centred trained counsellors and psychotherapists in Australia

This research study is being undertaken by Amanda Webb, who is completing her Phd at under supervision of Associate Professor Sheridan Linnell and Dr Liz Thyer.

A combination of beginner and more experienced counsellors and psychotherapists, as well as counselling educators, are being sought for this research.

We invite you to participate if you:

  • Are a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist who currently holds, or is eligible for, professional membership with PACFA or ACA;
  • and have undertaken training in a humanistic person-centred approach.
  • Are currently engaged in providing counselling and/or clinical supervision to clients. Have worked as a counsellor in Australia for at least one-year post-graduation. This research will involve your participation in a semi-structured interview conducted online (using Zoom), lasting 60 to 90 minutes. You will be invited to discuss your experiences of “being person-centred” and reflect on how training, work and other contextual factors have shaped your experiences as a counsellor.

The study aims to explore the ongoing relevance of training in humanistic person-centred approaches to counselling, alongside influences of a range of contextual factors, on the professional identity, clinical practice and education of counsellors and psychotherapists in Australia. If you are interested to participate (see document) or would like to find out more, please email Amanda Webb at Amanda.Webb@westernsydney.edu.au Ethics Approval Number: H1465




Date: 13th December 2021

Research: Speaking about the Unspeakable: Therapists’ Experience of Clients Reporting Incestuous Abuse Continuing into Adulthood.

Do you meet the following participation criteria?

  • Worked with a client who has reported experiencing incest that has continued beyond the age of 18
  • You are located in Australia.

A registered psychologist (Master of Clinical Psychology) at Charles Sturt University is undertaking a qualitative research project titled: Speaking about the Unspeakable: Therapists’ Experience of Clients Reporting Incestuous Abuse Continuing into Adulthood.

The study is exploring the experiences of therapists (including psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers, and psychiatrists) who have had a client report that they have experienced incestuous abuse which has continued to the age of 18 years or beyond. Reports to clinicians of incest continuing beyond age 18 appear relatively uncommon and there is little known about this clinical phenomena, although there are periodic media reports of arrests, trials and convictions, which has raised awareness of this type of abuse.

For the purposes of the study, reports from clients do not have to be verified, plausible or believable to the therapist, although potentially they may be.

Ethics approval protocol number: H21392.

Interested? Email katemcmaughpsychology@gmail.com for an information sheet and consent form.




Date: 22nd December 2021

Seeking volunteers for PhD study: Hearing impairment on mental health

This research is "Exploring the perceived impact of hearing impairment on the mental health of adults".

Do you meet the following participation criteria?

  • Over the age of 18 years?
  • Have a hearing impairment or hearing loss but are not profoundly deaf?
  • Interested in the project and prepared to commit to the 45–60-minute interview via Zoom?
  • Prepared to talk about your experience of hearing impairment?
  • Can communicate with the researcher in written and spoken English (not Auslan)? It is possible to have a support person of your choice with you during the Zoom interview.

If you meet the participation criteria and would like to receive some more information about this research study, please contact the researcher Jacinta Marks at jacinta.marks@my.nd.edu.au. The study has been approved by The University of Notre Dame Australia Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number: 2021-138S).

If you have any questions or require any further information about the study, please contact the researcher’s supervisor Dr Cathy Bettman at catherine.bettman@nd.edu.au




Date: November 2021

Recruitment for CSU Study - Healthcare Providers' Knowledge and Experiences of Enriched Environments for Rehabilitation of Acquired Brain Injury (protocol number - H21347).

You are invite to participate in a Charles Sturt University honours student research study that aims to explore healthcare professionals’ knowledge and experiences of enriched environments for individuals after an acquired brain injury.

A focus of this research project is to understand knowledge generation and application to professional practice to inform future research, develop practice and healthcare intervention outcomes.

  • Participants should be qualified allied healthcare professionals, including Counsellors with a minimum of 1-year professional practice.

Accessing and Completing the Survey

Further information about this survey will be delivered to you via the Participant Information Sheet when you access the survey below.

If you consent to participate in this survey, and for the data you provide to be used for research, please complete the questionnaire online, and note:

  • By pressing 'Submit', your questionnaire responses will be returned to the researcher. If you consent to participate, select the 'Yes' button and you will then proceed to the survey questions.
  • You can decide not to consent—choose 'No' and you will be taken out of the survey.
  • Ensure you only submit the survey once
  • Note the answers you give are anonymous and your privacy will be always maintained—your name and any information relating to you will not be collected.
  • If you do not fully complete the questionnaire, only the questions you have completed will be included in the data collected.

Access the survey here: https://www.research.net/r/ABI_rehab. Thank you kindly for your assistance with this research.

Further information or questions: Please email lead researcher hwest03@postoffice.csu.edu.au.




Date: 27 October 2021

Recruitment for Western Sydney University (WSU) study: Mental health clinicians’ beliefs about the cultural responsiveness of Motivational Interviewing with Indigenous clients.

Ethics reference number: H14167

This research aims to explore the value, issues, and effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing as a mental health intervention for use in Indigenous communities. We want to understand more about your attitudes, beliefs, and experiences of delivering Motivational Interviewing with Indigenous people in Australia. Members of the community and members from the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Clinical Academic Group (Maridulu Budyari Gumal, SPHERE) identified the project.

We are looking for participants for this study who are a registered mental health professional (e.g. Nurses, Allied Health Workers and Mental Health Counsellors), are working as a clinician in Australia with training in Motivational Interviewing and are 18 years or older.

Eligible participants can contribute to the study by participating in an online focus group. The focus group should take approximately 1 hour, depending on what the group would like to say. To view the participant information sheet and focus group sign up page, please click this link.

If you have any questions about the research, please email Kyar Wilkey at k.wilkey3@westernsydney.edu.au in the first instance.




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: ciaran.barry@uq.net.au 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

Chief Investigator
Dr Mark Pearson
Email: mpearson@usc.edu.au
Phone: +61 7 5459 4804

Student Investigator
Carolina Bellini
Email: c_p100@student.usc.edu.au
Phone: +61 0 450 622 765

Project Description

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.

Participation

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.

Consent

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 humanethics@usc.edu.au).

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.

Inclusivity:

  • This study welcomes cultural, spiritual, geographical and gender diversity.

Participant support:

  • 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.

Possible benefits:

  • 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 shelso999@gmail.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

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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