Research

As well as my own doctoral research, I have supervised and examined doctoral level research.  This is detailed below.  I have also presented at a number of conferences, workshops and congress; details of which can be found below.

Doctoral Research Supervision (Completion)

Successful completion:

Dr Charlotte Deacon (completed in 2017): Male Pornography Use in Heterosexual Relationships: The Female’s Subjective Experience

Dr Mary Moran (Completed in 2017): The Emergence of Shame in Counselling and Clinical Psychology Supervision: A Narrative Analysis

Arti Mehan (Completed in 2018): The experiences of British Indian Women in secret romantic relationships: An Interpretative phenomenological analysis

Doctoral Research Examining

Dr Jasmine  Childs –Fegredo (awarded in 2016): The experiences of receiving adapted Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and mechanisms of change in reducing symptoms: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Dr Victoria Lawson (awarded in 2017): Counselling Psychologists’ use of Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) in clinical practice: A Qualitative enquiry.

Dr Daisy Yates-Walker (awarded in 2017): Stories of Adoptive Fathers.

Monika Copija (will be awarded in 2018): ‘Reflections: An Investigation into Mothers’ Experiences of Having an Adult Offspring with Mild Learning Disabilities’.

 

Literature Review – Abstract:

With the UK government’s emphasis on providing support to families, it is crucial to understand what makes supportive interventions effective in order to inform the development and implementation of support packages. Supportive interventions come in many forms and this review considers evaluations of parenting programmes, family preservation services, respite care, home visitation and early intervention programmes, highlighting their successful components and challenges. This allows for a more in-depth look at what makes the formal help that is offered to families supportive. Although it is acknowledged that families have varying needs, this review highlights some of the core principles of supportive interventions and discusses their importance from a counselling psychology perspective. This review concludes that a number of different components of support can be put together to form an intervention that is built around the needs of the family whilst also highlighting the fact that early intervention plays a significant role in supporting families more effectively. This has implications for the way that formal support is set up and the part that neighbouring agencies and families play in accessing support.

Experiences of Parents who have had their Children Removed: Feeling Judged and Misunderstood – Abstract

The importance of family life and support for families has become widely recognised by society and government. This has led to a vast amount of research into the efficacy of different support packages and services that are available for families requiring support. However, there is little research into the experiences of families that have not been able to access or utilise the right support to stay together, resulting in children being removed from the home. This qualitative study uses interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experiences of parents who have had their children removed from their care in order to gain insight into their perceptions and needs. The analysis of the results led to the emergence of four themes: feeling judged and misunderstood; negative experiences of social services; the impact of a child going into care; and efforts to support families rather than separate them. Implications for future research, therapy and social work are considered.

Understanding the Processes Between Parents and Social Workers: A Counselling Psychology Perspective – Abstract

Supporting families while protecting children can leave social workers having to negotiate complicated relationships with parents alongside the responsibility of making difficult decisions in their work. This study seeks to understand the possible processes and dynamics that are set up between social workers who work with children and families and parents who have expressed dissatisfaction after having had their children removed. Reported experiences of parents who have had their children removed and social workers’ responses to those experiences were given to focus groups of counselling psychologists. The participants discussed their perceptions of the processes between the social workers and the parents. The discussions were recorded, transcribed and analysed using grounded theory. The analysis of the results yielded a counselling psychology local theory which highlighted that the presence of complex psychological processes between a social worker and parents could overshadow the interests of the child. It is suggested that an increased psychological awareness could lead to a better social worker–parent relationship, which ultimately could help refocus the attention back on the child.