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Embracing the Art and Science of Psychotherapy – why?

Background. Being positioned between art and science creates both opportunities and challenges; some therapists experience a ‘homelessness’ as researchers - whilst others see possibilities. This conference covers qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method approaches to research - with a shared interest in as deep and broad understandings of mental health, emotional wellbeing, and psychotherapy as possible.

The day starts and ends with reflections around ‘embracing’ or drawing on both qualitative and quantitative research. Dr Felicitas Rost offers a keynote about negotiating art and science, and Dr Alistair McBeath closes the day by championing mixed methods research for deeper understandings. 

By selecting four out of eight seminars, you are encouraged to build you own inspiring research day. All seminars will be recorded, to avoid you missing out.

The seminars cover approaches including phenomenology, art-based, narrative, constructivist grounded theory, psycho-social, case study, outcome and longitudinal research – with mixed methods expanded on in a separate final seminar, but also running as a theme across most seminars. Seminar titles ranges from ‘arts-based decolonising research’, ‘relational research with Free Association Narrative Interview’, ‘grounded theory into presence in therapy’ to ‘creative use of Outcome research’, ‘innovative survey design’, ‘longitudinal studies into loneliness’ and mixed methods into the ‘therapeutic use of avatars’.

All seminars cover practical ‘how to’ aspects and ‘tasters’ of the different approaches, whilst sharing dilemmas and inviting to discussions around significant questions like who defines ‘reality’ and says what things ‘are’?

At the end of the day we will hold a book launch – please join us to round off the day!



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!




External participants £40 – early bird up to 31st Dec. £30.

Students and Metanoia members £10

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