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Research Academy 2022

Research Academy 25th February: Enjoying Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Time and Place

The Research Academy will be held as a virtual, Zoom-based event on Friday 25th   of February 2022 from 09:00 to 17:00, followed by a book launch party in the evening.

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Registration Fees

£10 for Metanoia members for full day, including four seminars of choice

£20 for non-members.

We're now fully booked for the event and are not accepting further registrations.

Registration Contacts

Please email sofie.bager-charleson@metanoia.ac.uk for more programme information.

Therapists are natural investigators, exploring, tracing and considering underlying meanings – it is what we do. Our Enjoying Research conference invites you to consider research as a natural extension of your work – and how it can be both enjoyable and useful.

We will draw on the two books, entitled Enjoying Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy (1 and 2) following research practitioners as they:

•           address a practice-based problem

•           begin to formulate researchable questions

•           consider others’ research in the field

•           consider appropriate methodology for their questions

•           consider participants and ethics

•           gather and analyse their data

•           and reflect on the impact and usefulness of their research.



The seminars range from Art- to RCT based research, with questions surrounding researcher support, diversity in research and innovative methodology.Each seminar speaker will forward pre-reading based on their Enjoying Research book chapter and possibly other texts for you to take part in an activity and discussions.

Please book in time for pre-reading to be forwarded!

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Programme overview for the 25th of February 9.00-17.00

The day starts with a keynote to all participants. You can then select four seminars from the three ‘pathways’ outlined below. 

The Workshop preference form will be available once you have completed your booking/payment.

For All

09:00-9.45   Introduction and Keynote Lecture by Biljana van Rijn

Developing a research voice in psychotherapy – where could it lead and why are we doing it

The keynote by Dr van Rijn expands on the significance of publishing practitioner research in psychotherapy and offers a reflection on the complexities of the peer review process in journals with some suggestions about ways to work with them and overcome the difficulties.

Four Seminars for You

You can pick four seminars from three (interlinked) interest areas, namely

  1.     Researcher Support
  2.     Diversity in Research
  3.     Innovative methodology




Being a researcher 

(Professor Frost) 

Decolonising research 

(Professor Charura) 

Pragmatic mixed methods research 

(Dr McBeath) 

Researchers’ mental health  

(Dr Hazell and Dr Berry) 


(Dr Razzaq) 


Doing surveys creatively 

(Dr McBeath) 




Bumps, bruises and beyond: implementation tales from the student- researcher. 

(Metanoia DPsych candidates from Cohort 21) 

Co-constructive, pluralistic research, 

(Nicola Blunden) 

Reflexive thematic analysis 

(Dr Hayfield 

Research support and supervision 

(Dr Bager-Charleson & Dr McBeath) 



Mixed methods for Explorative Research 

(Dr Cook and Dr Rolland) 

Creative use of RCT  

(Dr Pearce) 

Book launch. This is an opportunity to debrief together and to listen to the authors of some recent publications, including Enjoying Research and other titles such as:  


  •       Black Identities and White Therapies: Race, Respect and Diversity by D. Charura & C. Lagos
  •       Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology: Combining Core Approaches (2nd ed), by N. Frost
  •       Working with Sexual Attraction in Psychotherapy Practice and Supervision: A Humanistic-Relational Approach, by B. van Rijn & J. Greenwood


Please submit your preferences by the 1st February to receive pre-reading. Below is an example (in red) of choices across the themes ‘researcher support’, ‘diversity’ and ‘innovative methodology’. Your own key interests will guide your decisions, and your early booking will help the seminar leader to share pre-readings for you to make the most of the event.  



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