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Research Approaches


Research Academy

Metanoia Action Research Institute, London 5th – 7th June, 2017

Hands-on seminars for therapists to enhance practice through research




Alternative Day Seminars:

  • Action Research
  • Autoethnography
  • Case Study research
  • Grounded Theory
  • Heuristic Research
  • Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
  • Mixed Method research
  • Narrative Inquiry
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy and Research
  • Thematic Analysis.
  • Quantitative Core Concepts





Our Research Academy is aimed at practitioners and academics in the fields of mental health, emotional wellbeing and psychological therapies. It is suitable for both novice and experienced researchers. It explores creative, relational means of approaching a research 'life cycle' with an emphasis on the following stages:

  • Problems in clinical practice
  • Formulation of research problem
  • Reflexivity
  • Literature review
  • Methodology and method
  • Participants
  • Information gathering, focus group, interview, survey etc.
  • Data analysis
  • Write up/Impact


Time and place:

On Monday 5th June to Wednesday 7th June, 2017 from 09:00 to 17:00 each day.

The workshops will run from our North Common Road campus at:

Metanoia Institute; 13 North Common Road, Ealing, London W5 2QB


Registration Fees:

£180 per day. Reduced rates are available for Metanoia members.

For full details and fees, including early bird bookings and a reduced three(3) day pass, please click here.


Cancellation fees:

Delegates who cancel will be required to pay 50% of the booking fees, if cancelling less than 2 months and 100% when less than one month, before the event.



Daily Programmes:

Each day offers four(4) different choices. The keynotes are aimed at all, and the delegates will break into individual day seminars from 10.30 to 17.00. 

Day 1 - Monday 5th June 2017 Research and Relational Knowing

09:00-10:00   Keynote Lecture with Dr Linda Finlay

‘Embodying research in relational and phenomenological ways’

Then choose ONE(1) Methodology for the rest of the day

Option 1


Linda Finlay

Option 2


Saira Gracie Razzaq

Option 3


Claire Asherson Bartram

Option 4

Thematic Analysis

Nikki Hayfield


Day 2 – Tuesday 6th June 2017 Research and Creativity

09:00-10:00   Keynote Lecture with Professor Kim Etherington

‘Creativity and Research: how do they go together?’

Then choose ONE(1) Methodology for the rest of the day

Option 1

Narrative Inquiry

Kim Etherington

Option 2

Action Research

Angela Cotter

Option 3


Marie Adams

Option 4

Grounded Theory

Georgia Lepper and Tirril Harris


Day 3 – Wednesday 7th June 2017 Research and Evidence

09:00-10:00   Keynote Lecture with Professor John McLeod

Evidence and Research’

Then choose ONE(1) Methodology for the rest of the day

Option 1

Case study Research

John McLeod

Option 2

Quantitative Research

Evi Chryssafidou

Option 3

Mixed Method

Alan Priest

Option 4

Philosophy in Research

Rupert King



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Organising Committee:

Sofie Bager-Charleson, with the Metanoia Research Committee

Biljana Van Rijn, Biljana.Vanrijn@metanoia.ac.uk

Mandy Kersey, Mandy.Kersey@metanoia.ac.uk

Shea Holland, Shea.Holland@metanoia.ac.uk 

Rupert King, Rupert.King@metanoia.ac.uk




Please email Sofie.Bager-Charleson@metanoia.ac.uk and

mandy.kersey@metanoia.ac.uk to apply, or

go to www.metanoia.ac.uk/researchacademy



Sage Writing Competition: 

The Research Academy is supported by Sage and the UKCP section for research.

SAGE will attend the Research Academy on Tuesday the 6th June to discuss book offers, publishing routes and to announce the Research Academy Writing Competition, where novice researchers will be invited to submit a paper titled Research and Practice in Psychotherapy.  The winner will receive a prize of £75 together with detailed feedback, to prepare for successful submission. SAGE is the world’s leading independent publisher for counselling and psychotherapy and have published books over several decades that have helped support training in the psychological therapies, including many bestselling publications from leading figures in the field.  SAGE also publish handbooks, major works, reference texts and journals for academics, students and researchers - and will offer a discount to all Research Academy delegates