Monday, May 26, 2008

Social Anxiety Research Project – Call for Practitioners and Researchers

An innovative research programme on Person-Centred/Experiential counselling/ psychotherapy for people who suffer from social anxiety difficulties is underway at the Jordanhill campus of the University of Strathclyde. We are currently looking for counsellors, psychotherapists and researchers interested in volunteering to be part of this study over the next year. Participating practitioners would see 1 or 2 clients on a weekly basis for 16 to 20 sessions of therapy in one or both of the two study arms: classical person-centred therapy or process-experiential/emotion-focused therapy. Researchers would be involved in pre-counselling screening interviews, as well as mid and follow-up qualitative interviews.

Research meetings are held every two weeks to discuss the research, to review videos of sessions, and to develop our understanding of how to work effectively with this group of clients. This will be in addition to clinical supervision groups we will offer for actual case work. Training will also be provided in the use of the research tools used in the project, including post-session tracking forms.

Essential Qualities (therapists/counsellors):
• Interest in, or experience of working with Social Anxiety
• Diploma in counselling from a BACP / COSCA accredited course
• Capacity to practice effectively as a person-centred/experiential therapist
• Commitment to participating in research activities
• Availability to work with 1 to 2 clients for up to 20 sessions each
• Able to attend regular research supervision meetings
• Capacity to work as part of a team
• Capacity for self-reflection

Desirable Qualities:
• BACP / COSCA accreditation or equivalent
• Previous experience of conducting research

Clinic Times:

The Research Clinic is open 9am to 8pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 5pm Friday. We currently have time slots available on Tuesdays (am/pm), Wednesdays (am), Thursdays (am/pm) and Fridays (up to 5pm).

If you are interested in being part of this innovative study, please submit a CV (covering academic background, relevant professional experience, relevant professional development training) along with a covering letter (of about 500-1000 words) describing your relevant interests and background. Applicants will also be invited for an interview.

Contact Details:
Professor Robert Elliott
Strathclyde Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Suite D303 David Stow Building
Counselling Unit, University of Strathclyde
76 Southbrae Drive, Glasgow G12 1PP
Phone: 0141 950 3727

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