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IMPACT Research Network (IRN)

IMPACT is a research network based at the Metanoia Institute, London. Its purpose is to encourage the generation and exchange of ideas and knowledge between Institute staff and associates beyond the Institute, who are all those engaged in practice-based research in psychological therapies, which is designed to make a difference to praxis. The focus of such research will be primarily qualitative or mixed methods.

The activities of IRN cluster around a broad theme, designed to provide a focus for a wide range of research activity. This theme will be revised, from time to time, to reflect developments in the work undertaken by network members.

The current theme is ‘Therapists’ Use of Self in Clinical Practice and Research’. Work undertaken in furtherance of this theme, is publicized on this dedicated page on the Metanoia Institute website.


IRN members promote research activity related to its current theme in a number of ways, including:

  • Research Projects undertaken by Institute staff and alumni, frequently in collaboration with partners at other universities or research centres in the UK and abroad.


  • Contributions to research-led UK and international conferences.


  • Dissemination of research findings via publication in UK and International peer-review journals, and via the creation of research-focused text books.


  • The appointment of occasional Research Associates and Research Fellows who are charged with undertaking specific research activities in collaboration with Metanoia Institute staff.


  • The establishment of a Colloquium Series to be held quarterly, which will provide an opportunity to invite prominent UK and International researchers to meet with Metanoia Institute staff and alumni.


To view the Current and Planned Projects click here.

To view the Evidence of the Impact of Completed Research and Publishing Projects click here.



Published this year:



Making Research Matter is an original contribution to the growing field of work-based learning, with a focus on research aimed at developing the practice of counselling and psychotherapy addressing the practice-research gap. Stephen Goss, Christine Stevens and their contributors explore the links between research and professional practice and show how this can create an impact that makes a genuine, demonstrable contribution to the development of therapeutic services, good practice and the understanding of psychological and social issues.

The book is divided into to two parts. Part I gives an account of the thinking, ethos and development of work-based learning. It explores the importance of the in-depth rigorous and reflexive inquiry skills needed to sustain research project work. Part II presents nine studies of work-based psychotherapy or counselling research. Each account sets out the focus and motivation of the study and critically discusses how the research was developed, the choice of methods employed and explains the outcomes. A vital part of each account is a review of how the research has been used to make changes and developments in the work setting, and its impact for the researcher personally.

'This book provides a detailed and stimulating account of an innovative attempt to close the gap between research and practice in the field of psychotherapy. Essential reading for anyone who believes that research has a vital part to play in the development of services for clients.' - John McLeod, Emeritus Professor of Counselling, University of Abertay



Short-term Counselling in Higher Education: Context,Theory and Practice

Edited by Dr David Mair, Head of Counselling and Well-being at the University of Birmingham, and member of Metanoia Doctoral Team.

"This is an extremely timely book as it comes out when over 100,000 students are accessing counselling services per year throughout the UK HE sector, with demand both in terms of student numbers and expectations increasing on university counselling services...It is an essential book for anyone who works or is interested in the world of student counselling and student mental health today." – Alan Percy, Head of Counselling University of Oxford

This edited book explores constructive ways of providing very short-term counselling within a Higher Education context. It examines the role of universities, how institutions and wider society impinges on therapeutic work, risk and legal considerations, before looking at current theories of short-term work. Finally the book commends best practice relating to a range of issues with which students commonly present at university counselling services. Using case-studies, and employing up-to-date statistics from the sector, the book gives readers a clear understanding of the nature of the professional challenges, and provides them with creative ways of  addressing these.             

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