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The Research Faculty fosters and promotes research within UKCP in line with our charitable objectives and overall strategy.

We do this through:

  • providing training in research methods to support all parts of UKCP
  • sharing research information that enhances practice to UKCP members
  • providing research information for UKCP policy initiatives
  • facilitating creative and innovative research in psychotherapy.

Why is psychotherapy research relevant?

In the NHS and in private practice, there is a growing demand for evidence-based practice. Practice-oriented research can help to produce the best possible outcomes for our clients.

UKCP’s Practitioner Research Network (PRN)

UKCP’s Practitioner Research Network is a network of therapists and researchers to:

  • enable members to find out more about how research is done and what it can contribute to their therapy practice
  • develop partnership and collaboration opportunities between practitioners and researchers
  • produce practice-based evidence about how therapy works.

Our PRN currently hosts one research project investigating the impact of ‘intersubjective moments’ in therapy processes.

We are also establishing a second project to look at therapy outcomes.

If you have further questions or want to sign up to the group’s mailing list, please email prn@ukcp.org.uk. To join the PRN, please download and complete our information form.

Archive

View the program for the fourth annual research conference 2015.

Presentations from the day

Get involved

If you have a research related query, you can get in touch by emailing info@ukcp.org.uk

Research Faculty Committee members

Portrait of Carol Martin, chair of the Research Faculty

Carol Martin, Chair of the Research Faculty Committee

Carol is a senior lecturer and academic director of the doctoral programme in clinical psychology at the University of Leeds. Previously she worked in the NHS. Her specific research interests are qualitative methods; therapist, staff and client experiences of services and of therapy; and older people.

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Sheila Butler, PRN coordinator

Sheila works as psychotherapist in private practice, as researcher and co-ordinator in the NHS and lectures at the Open University. Her interests include interdisciplinary research; mixed methods; outcomes; child development; and interpersonal relationships and emotions.

Portrait photo of Angela Cotter

Angela Cotter, co-vice chair of the Research Faculty Committee

Angela is a psychotherapist in private practice and a lecturer at Regent’s University. Angela’s specific research interests are: action research; intersubjectivity of therapeutic relationships; and the ‘wounded healer’.

Portrait photo of Tirril Harris

Tirril Harris

Tirril is a psychotherapist in private practice. She also conducts research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, University of London. Her specific research interests include the aetiology of depression and anxiety; stressful experiences; gender; mixed methods; randomised control trials (RCTs); and the PRN.

A photo portrait of Georgia Lepper

Georgia Lepper

Georgia is a clinician/researcher. She is a specialist in conversation analysis (the study of turn-by-turn interaction) which she uses to investigate clinical interaction. She is a supervisory consultant to doctoral students at the University of Exeter.

Portrait photo of Terence Nice

Terence Nice

Terence is a lecturer at the University of Kent and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in the NHS (CAMHS). His specific research interests are: qualitative methods; child, adolescent and adult mental health; self-harm; and the PRN.

Portrait photo of Peter Stratton

Peter Stratton

Peter is Emeritus Professor of Family Therapy. His specific research interests are outcome research in family therapy; psychotherapy provision policy; family causal beliefs and blaming; attitudes to terrorism; and the PRN.

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Gisela Unsworth

Gisela is a psychotherapist in the NHS where she offers psychological support for staff. Her specific research interests are outcome research; routine outcome measurement in the NHS; Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT); and the PRN.