Research Groups & Events
TA is a theory and practice developed by Eric Berne in the 1950s, employed in psychotherapy and counselling, as well as organisational and educational contexts. Over the years, Transactional Analysis has evolved into different approaches to practice (also known as ‘schools’). At Metanoia Institute we practice a Relational approach to Transactional Analysis developed by Hargaden and Sills (2002) which focuses on both conscious and unconscious relational dynamics within the therapeutic process, whilst appreciating and teaching the whole range of TA approaches to practice. The aim of our research group is to develop research into Transactional Analysis psychotherapy, examining theory, practice and clinical outcomes
#TransactionalAnalysis #Psychotherapy, #RCT, #TASupervision
Research Clinic group (RCG) focuses on developing evidence of effectiveness for Humanistic and Integrative approaches to psychotherapy taught and practiced at Metanoia Institute: Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Person-Centred and Integrative. The majority of the evaluation is based within the outpatient research clinic, Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service (MCPS).
#RoutineOutcomesEvaluation, #NaturalisticStudy, #evaluation, #CommunityClinics
The TRP group focuses on how psychotherapists and counselling psychologists can progress as confident research practitioners. What are the opportunities and obstacles, personally, professionally, and academically for therapists in their transition into research? How can clinical practice and research be linked, and what support may be required for that to happen? These are questions guiding studies research into research supervision, teaching, academic writing and support at work. The TRP aims to enhance research training for counsellors, psychotherapists, and counselling psychologists by providing learning and professional development events, supporting research and best-practice developments, and making policy recommendations to promote effective and sustainable research training for therapists. These goals are valued as means to enhance the capability of therapists to engage with research-led knowledge with benefits both for themselves and, ultimately, for their clients.
The Technology in Therapy Research Group seeks to foster research into, and the development of, technologies of all kinds in facilitating therapeutic provision and/or mental health care.
Psychotherapists and counsellors have traditionally focused on helping individuals with their mental health concerns within the settings of mental health services, such as community clinics, psychiatric wards and hospitals. However, in the last decades, and against the backdrop of humanitarian crisis, virus pandemic, and large treatment gap for psychological distress and mental disorders, professionals and volunteers, such as teachers, community support staff, and youth workers are increasingly expected to work with young people and adults whose mental health is affected by social exclusion or humanitarian crisis.
Multilingual awareness in therapy is a relatively new field of inquiry. The research group MAP approaches multilingual awareness as an undervalued therapeutic intervention with opportunities for self-discovery on a personal, relational as well as socio-cultural level. MAP is an offspring to the Therapists and Research Practitioner (TRP) group research group aimed to progress knowledge and enhance research supported practice for counsellors, psychotherapists, and counselling psychologists. MAP supports effective and sustainable training for multilingual therapeutic practice. It explores four main aspects of multilingual awareness.
Research in the area of religion and spirituality has grown considerably over the last few decades and is becoming an increasingly important area for therapeutic practitioners to pay attention to in their clinical work. It has been well documented that religion and spirituality can be positive indicators of mental health, as well as triggers for mental distress (King 2013; Dein et al. 2013). This research group therefore provides a space to foster and support research in this area, including a forum to share research ideas, methodologies, and papers as well as supporting researchers to develop confidence and competence in this field.