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Categories of Information

1. Conference and Submission theme(s)

2. Completing the submission form - standard information

3. Types of submissions: Who, how and what? Fees.

4. Submission deadline


1. Conference and submission theme(s)

Metanoia Conference 2024 is a peer-reviewed conference with a mission to link research with practice. The theme is Therapy with a Difference – Creating Research-Inspired and Research-Informed Practice. We welcome submissions addressing how research into counselling, psychotherapy and counselling psychology can, and has, led to a more skilled and knowledgeable practice. We welcome any practice and research-related concern from qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and/or pluralistic research angles and interests.


Research is emphasised in psychotherapy like never before. Therapists are expected to be updated with the latest research and to draw upon an evidence-base so that their practice is informed, relevant and specific to a client’s needs. Yet many therapists experience themselves at the margins of or even outside of the research community.

Research has a multitude of tangible uses in therapy. This is something we wish to present and explore in our 2024 conference.

Metanoia Conference 2024 invites presentations that reflect the diversity of interests in a multidisciplinary profession like psychotherapy. Embracing the value of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches, Metanoia Conference 2024 supports research from sometimes contrasting epistemological positionings.


2.Completing the submission form – standard information

Please send your submission using the Metanoia online submission form.  The form ensures consistency across all submissions to enable the submission panel to assess the quality of the research against the criteria.


We welcome abstract submissions demonstrating rigorous use of any methodology and theoretical orientation, from novice or graduated students, practitioners, and experienced researchers in the field of counselling, psychotherapy, and counselling psychology.

How and what?

We accept submissions for research papers, discussions, poster presentations and symposiums.

Your abstract should be written in an appropriately formal and scholarly tone that conveys the quality and rigour of your project. You may write in first or third person, depending on your methodological approach.



All presenters and delegates (both online and in-person) are required to pay a delegate fee and will be responsible for own travel and accommodation expenses.

Full price £120

Early bird price £100

Metanoia student price £70

External student price £80

Metanoia staff price £80


Submission deadline: Monday the 16th of October 2023

After the submission deadline, abstracts are forwarded for review to the Research Board a panel. We will notify you of the outcome in November 2023.


What to include in your submission form

Please follow the standard information for submission form, which includes:

  •        Your name
  •        Email address for correspondence
  •        Email address for inclusion in the abstract booklet (optional)
  •        Telephone number (for use by our office only)
  •        Affiliation and professional role
  •        Any names of any co-presenters or co-authors
  •        The title of your session
  •        Your main abstract

We will only use your personal information to contact you about your submission. It will not be shared with any parties unless you give consent for us to do so in the submission form.

Your main abstract text will be sent anonymously to the peer reviewers. Please do not include details that might identify you, your co-authors, presenters, panellists or discussants, or your programme of study. 

All submissions should be a maximum of 400 words (excluding title and sub-headings).


3 .Types of submissions

  •        Research paper
  •        Symposiums
  •        Discussion
  •        Posters


i)          Research paper for 30-minute presentations.

Paper presentations allow you to share your research findings and discuss the implications of your work for counselling, psychotherapy, and coaching practice. This suits researchers who wish to present completed research projects over a 30-minute time slot, typically including a 20-minute presentation and a 10-minute question session and discussion.

The abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and need to include:

  •        Aim or purpose - what did the research aim to answer? How did it add to clinical practice?
  •        Method - including methodology and project.
  •        Ethical approval - who gave ethical approval for the research?
  •        Results or findings - what did you find? How did that impact clinical practice?
  •        Conclusions or implications for practice.


 ii)          Symposiums/Panel presentations

Panels should include three to four presentations focused on a common theme.

Each presentation will be a separate research paper, with a separate abstract and title of the paper and each paper will contribute to the overall theme of the panel.

Panels will be 60–90 minutes with time for open discussion. Each panel should have a moderator (normally the organiser of the panel or another relevant person) and a discussant.


iii)          Structured Discussions: 15 minutes presentations with 15 minutes open debate.

The discussion format offers opportunities to present not yet completed research-related work.

Structured discussions provide an opportunity for group discussion among

colleagues on a specific topic in psychotherapy research (e.g., specific methods, theories, new developments in research and practice, disorders, etc.). Sessions should be structured by having each presenter give a brief (5 minutes or less) position statement on the theme to elicit active participation from audience members. These sessions should be structured in a way that encourages discussion.

Please structure your discussion proposal along the following key points:

  •        Context and background for the discussion, together with a summary of key questions/areas for discussion. Please identify relevant questions and ensure that you link this to relevant research literature.
  •        Provide some starting points for delegates to help structure group discussion.
  •        For whom? Who may benefit from attending the session and how might it be of use to the delegates?


iv)          Posters

Poster presentations offer opportunities to display your research to peers and colleagues in a pictorial and eye-catching way. Your poster will be displayed in the conference room for delegates to speak with you about your research.

Posters are appropriate for the full range of research reports, including completed projects, single case studies, pilot studies, and work-in-progress. They provide a good opportunity for detailed discussion with interested colleagues. We will try to group the posters by topic to stimulate discussion and exchange of ideas. Poster dimensions should approximate 24" x 36" (61 cm x 91 cm). Please keep in mind that many attendees will appreciate receiving a handout summarising your research findings. Posters will also be posted online in a virtual poster hall. You will also be given an optional one-minute slot to introduce your research to all the conference delegates. The format is suitable both for completed research and for ongoing research. New poster presenters may find our Poster guidelines (pdf) helpful.


Please structure your proposal along the following key points:

  •        Aim or purpose - what does the research aim to answer? How does it contribute to practice?
  •        Design or methodology - how are you doing the research?
  •        Ethical approval - where did you gain ethical approval for your study?
  •        Findings and outcome - what did you find; and how has it impacted practice?
  •        Research limitations - how reliable and valid are the findings?


4)  Submission deadline: Monday the 16th of October 2023

After the submission deadline, abstracts are forwarded for review to the Research Board a panel. We will notify you of the outcome in November 2023.


Online submission form

Please send your submission using our online submission form, click here to access

For questions regarding the conference contact Shea.Holland@metanoia.ac.uk or