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Research Academy 2023

Embracing the Art and Science of Psychotherapy

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Psychotherapy is often described as both an art and a science. This conference invites discussion about therapist-researchers’ ‘epistemological home(s)’. Where do we -as counsellors, psychotherapists and counselling psychologists ‘belong’ in terms of academic disciplines? What do we hold as ‘true’ and how do we generate knowledge about that?

The seminars cover the exciting space between a scientific and a phenomenological and/or socially constructionist-based stance —with a rich variation, both between and within, the different approaches.

Place: Remote, hosted on Zoom video conferencing service.

We are at capacity for this event and are not accepting any more registrations.

If you would like to register for the book launch event (17:30 onwards) please click here

Date and Time

Friday 24th February 09.00 – 18.00



9.00 – 9.45

Keynote (and discussion)

Dr Felicitas Rost – “Negotiating art and science in psychotherapy research”.

9.45 – 10.00



10.00 – 11.30

1. A phenomenological experience of research and research supervision, by Lisa Champion 


5. Reducing Stigma: Using Avatars in Therapy with Autistic People from Black and Ethnic Minority Backgrounds, by Dr Ariana Jordan




12.00 -13.30

2. Taking decolonisation in research further: who says what things ‘are’? by Professor Divine Charura and Professor Rachel Wicaksono

6. Evidence from Longitudinal Study of Ageing: The role of loneliness in the development of depressive symptoms among partnered dementia caregivers, by Dr J. P. Saadi




14.00 – 15.30

3. Drawing on Africological music for theory about ‘presence’ in therapy. A constructivist grounded theory study, by Nicola Blunden.

7. Creative use of Outcome research, by Dr Joel Vos

15.30- 15.45



16.00 -17.30

4. Trying Something Different! Conducting relational research using Free Association Narrative Interviews, by Dr Jasenka Lukac-Greenwood


8. Mixed methods Research. Theories for integration and examples from ‘qualitative surveys’ with story completion questions. by Dr Alistair McBeath

17.30 – 18.00

Final discussions and Book launch!