Research News

CPR New Researcher Prize sponsored by Taylor & Francis

The Editorial Board of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research (CPR) and the Research Department of BACP encourage you to submit an account of an empirical research project for the 2014 CPR New Researcher Award Prize. The winning entry will receive £250 worth of book tokens plus £250 cash. This prize is sponsored by Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group.

Submissions are invited from current full-time or part-time registered students, or those who have graduated or completed a research project in the last 24 months.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 31 January 2014 and submissions should be sent to

Further information and submission forms can be found at If you have any queries or require any further information, please contact

Children and Young People Practice Research Network

The BACP Practice Research Network, previously specific to school-based counselling and called SCoPReNet, is opening up to be inclusive of all those working with children and young people. The network will be welcoming those who work in voluntary and community services, and health settings, as well as those working in schools and will be known as CYP PRN (Children and Young People Practice Research Network)

CYP PRN aims to bring together practitioners, researchers and trainers to engage in research and evaluation in order to develop the evidence base for school and community based counselling services for children and young people.

Members of the CYP PRN benefit from a quarterly e-bulletin, access to the latest research in the field, and a discussion forum (this is facilitated via BACP Connect and members need to ensure they change/set up their profile settings to receive email alerts). We are also developing a toolkit for the use of routine outcome measures.

Further information about the network, and how to register for free can be found at

Research Network

The BACP Research Network is being developed further to help members network with oneanother more easily. A new communcity has been set up on BACP connect called ‘Research Network’ – to use this facility simply log in to the members area of the BACP website, go to ‘join a community’ on the left hand side, and then click to join the research network community.

If you are not already registered as a member of the research network then visit This online directory of members lists their research interests and contact details and is searchable, either by keyword, category or name and is accessible to network members only.

We will shortly be developing and disseminating regular e-bulletins to registered members of the network, and would be interested to hear from you about what you would find useful.

For any suggestions or comments on the research network email

New Systematic Review published

BACP have just published a new systematic review on ‘Helpful and unhelpful aspects of eating disorders treatment involving psychological therapy’ Authored by Ladislav Timulak, Julia Buckroyd, Jan Klimas, Mary Creaner, David Wellsted, Frances Bunn, Siobhan Bradshaw and George Green.

This meta-analysis sought to review and meta-analyse qualitative studies investigating helpful and unhelpful aspects of eating disorders treatment that involved psychological therapy. In total, 25 papers (24 studies) were systematically reviewed to discover what clients with an eating disorder diagnosis identified as helpful or unhelpful in their treatment. The studies involved 1,058 participants with an age range of 11 to 50, across a number of different counties.

The paper is free to download for members and non members.

Research funding

This year the BACP board of governors have approved funding for three separate grants for projects:

  • in any area relevant to counselling and psychotherapy (deadline 8 November 2013)
  • specific to counselling children and young people (deadline 27 September 2013)
  • specific to counselling for older people (27 September 2013)

Each award is worth £5,000.

For further information on applying for any of these awards visit or contact Dr Jo Pybis: Tel, 07850 203151 or email,

Research surgery

Do you need to talk to someone about a research project or research dilemma in counselling and psychotherapy?

If you are interested in booking a 30-minute session to discuss a research dilemma in counselling and psychotherapy with Andy Hill (Head of Research) and Jo Pybis (Research Facilitator) please contact Stella Nichols in advance of the above dates: email / tel: 01455 883372.

BACP Research Conference: Call for papers

We are now inviting call for papers for the BACP 20th Annual Research Conference ‘Researching the special relationship’ to be co-hosted by the American Counseling Association. The conference will take place on 16 & 17 May 2014. For further information about submitting an abstract, contact Angela Couchman at

For details about the venue or to register interest as a delegate, please contact Katy Hobday at Abstract submission deadline: Friday 9 November 2013.

The BACP Outstanding Research Award 2014: Call for submissions

This award aims to:

  • Reward excellence in counselling and psychotherapy research.
  • Enhance awareness of the evidence basis of counselling, psychotherapy and its guiding principles.
  • Improve the overall quality of counselling and psychotherapy research by example.
  • Encourage and inspire future generations of researchers in counselling and psychotherapy.

The BACP Outstanding Research Award is open to anyone who has undertaken recent research (completed/written up within the last 36 months).

The deadline for applications is 5pm 31 January 2014. The winner of the BACP Outstanding Research Award will be presented with a specially designed plaque at the BACP Research Conference in May 2014.

Further information and submission forms can be found at

If you have any queries or require any further information, please contact

BACP Research department

Visit the BACP’s research department pages for support doing your research, resources on research and details about research networks and sharing your research.