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Call for research participants

PACFA is supporting three current research studies. eNews readers are encouraged to consider participating.

Research into integrative approaches to counselling
Marc De Bruin in undertaking a Master of Counselling research study on integrative approaches to counselling. The researcher is looking to interview (face-to-face in Sippy Downs, QLD, or via Zoom conference) seven to ten degree-qualified counsellors currently in practice, ideally with more than five years’ experience.  The aim of the study is to qualitatively explore Australian counsellors’ understanding and experience using multiple, integrative approaches to practice, as well as their knowledge and application of the Pluralistic Approach developed by Mick Cooper and John McLeod as an approach to integration. Ethics Approval:University of Sunshine Coast No. S191280.

To participate, contact Marc de Bruin, by 30 June 2019 at marc@simplifyinglife.com.au.  A small gift (up to $10) will be offered as a token of appreciation.

Mindfulness research study
Rebecca McCabe from the Australian College of Applied Psychology is seeking participants for a research study investigating counsellors’ experiences of the use of everyday mindfulness practices for clients who are depressed and anxious. The results of this study may be used to advance the inclusion of mindfulness in counselling practice. You are eligible to participate in this study if you have used mindfulness in your practice for five or more years, work predominantly with depressed and/or anxious clients, and have a well formulated knowledge base for the use of mindfulness for depression and anxiety.  Ethics approval: Australian College of Applied Psychology No. 463141218.

To participate, contact Rebecca McCabe (Associate Researcher) at 235030@my.acap.edu.au.

Creative Arts Therapy Survey
Dr Mark Pearson, Senior Lecturer in Counselling at the University of the Sunshine Coast, is unertaking a study into the developmnet of a new Masters program in Creative Arts Therapies. The survey is aimed at gathering feedback from the Australian counselling community, counsellor employers and educators, and past and present USC students, and anyone interested in creative arts therapies, to develop an evidence base for designing a new suite of ‘nested’ postgraduate programs at USC for qualifications in Creative Arts Therapies.

If you would be willing to help, please find the anonymous Survey Monkey form at this address – copy and paste into your browser:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CreativeArtsTherapySurvey.