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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.

Date: 10/10/2018

"The Status of Suicide Assessment and Intervention: Postgraduate Training in Psychology and Counselling Programs in Australia"

Molly McQueen, an Honours student in Psychology at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne is recruiting Postgraduate Course Directors/Coordinators of counselling courses around Australia.

My research is being supervised by Dr. Jessica Mackelprang. The study is titled “The Status of Suicide Assessment and Intervention: Postgraduate Training in Psychology and Counselling Programs in Australia.” This study is investigating current training practices related to suicide assessment and intervention in postgraduate psychology and counselling courses across the country. All training directors/course coordinators of postgraduate courses in psychology and counselling in Australia are being recruited for this study and are invited to participate.

The online survey that will take approximately 10-15 minutes (see link below).
Suicide Assessment & Intervention Training Survey

To thank you for participating in the study, you will have the option to enter a draw to win 1 of 3 copies of “Managing Suicidal Risk,: A Collaborative Approach (2nd ed.)” by Professor David Jobes, a leading expert in suicidology.

If you would like more information or to see the participation information statement prior to participating, please contact Molly at

Thank you for taking time to participate in this research and to share your perspectives on postgraduate training on suicide assessment and intervention.

Date: 20/07/2018

"A Critical Investigation into the effect of using Spiritual and Religious Interventions in Professional Counselling"

Mr Shannon Hood MACA, is gathering primary data focussed on the practice of Registered Australian Counsellors with respect to their use of Spiritual and Religious (S/R) Interventions. This is being undertaken with Ethics Committee Approval as part of his PhD in Counselling with the University of Divinity. ACA members are invited to complete a 20 minute on-line survey describing their practice - specifically with respect to using S/R Interventions. This survey is open to all ACA members of all faith persuasions regardless of whether they use S/R Interventions or not. Please click on for more information.

Date: 09/07/2018

Recruitment and Employment of Recent Nursing and Allied Health Graduates across Tasmania: Opportunities, Barriers and Pathways (HREC Approval Number H0017219).

The Centre for Rural Health at the University of Tasmania is conducting a study investigating the employment of recent health graduates. We would like to invite recent graduates employed as nursing or allied health professionals in Tasmania to complete a short survey and participate in a follow-up interview. The survey and interview will explore your pathway to gaining employment after the completion of your course. If you are interested in participating or would like some further information, please see the information sheet or contact Dr Belinda Jessup at

Date: 06/06/2018

Oliver Brooke, a Master of Counselling student at Murdoch University, is currently recruiting counsellors for a qualitative research project. The study is titled ‘Perspectives of health professionals working with clients experiencing issues related to internet pornography use.’ He is seeking 6 – 10 counsellors who have worked with this presenting issue and wanted to share their perspective.

This proposed study is part of the student researchers Master of Counselling thesis and has approval from the Murdoch University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval 2018/070). The findings may lead to further understanding and alternative ways of conceptualising and addressing internet pornography as a mental health issue in counselling. The research student aims to publish the findings in the journal Counselling Australia.

Interviews will take roughly 1 hour. Oliver will conduct interstate interviews over Skype.

If you are interested in participating or would like to read the research information letter, please contact Oliver at

Date: 19/04/2018

Griffith University School of Human Services and Social Work is currently undertaking a study to validate a competency tool for assessing clinical supervisors titled; ‘A psychometric validation of the Generic Supervision Assessment Tool (GSAT) for assessing competency among clinical supervisors’. They are seeking supervisors and supervisees interested in participating in the research.

The research aims to evaluate a new rating scale, the Generic Supervision Assessment Tool (GSAT), comprising of 32 questions, which could be used for assessing the generic skills and competencies of clinical supervisors. You are invited to participate if you are a supervisor or supervisee currently active in supervision.

The questionnaires should take you approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.


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