Quick Search:

The role of BACP in maximising the potential of counselling and psychological therapies research in the UK: Benefitting clients, communities, and societies

Barkham, Michael, Charura, Divine ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3509-9392, Cooper, Mick, Gabriel, Carol Lynne ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8144-090X, McLeod, John, Moller, Naomi, Reeves, Andrew and Smith, Kate (2024) The role of BACP in maximising the potential of counselling and psychological therapies research in the UK: Benefitting clients, communities, and societies. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. (In Press)

[img] Text
CPR Paper Revised Version Clean unmasked 070524.pdf - Accepted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

Abstract

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is the largest professional membership body within the field of counselling and psychological therapies in the UK, but there is a mismatch between its membership of >65,000 and its research impact. This article sets out a potential strategic direction as considered by an informal grouping of researchers and teachers in the field. Actionable research plans are outlined at three levels: client-practitioner, local communities, and societies. At the client-practitioner level, data-informed practice can be
readily implemented as a therapeutic aid akin to supervision, providing the potential for integrating research into everyday practice. At the community level, interdisciplinary collaborations together with a focus on equality, diversity, and inclusiveness are paths to building a community of researchers and citizens that includes marginalised populations. The importance of social justice extends into the societal level, connecting with politics at a micro and macro level, and engaging internationally to respond to actual threats (e.g., climate change). Across these three levels, high value is placed on data with its potential for informing and improving practice, but also enhancing the lives of people in communities and societies. Overall, research strategies need to be collaborative (i.e., collegial) and less singular (i.e., individually project based), developing cumulative knowledge around specific topics via a ‘capture and build’ strategy for small projects with strategic oversight by BACP. Clarity of research strategy combined with collaborative and collective action from BACP and leaders in the field can help realise the full potential of BACP’s research capacity.

Item Type: Article
Status: In Press
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF637 Counselling
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/9995

University Staff: Request a correction | RaY Editors: Update this record