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Current Role and Responsibilities
I am Programme Leader for our post-qualification MSc Advanced Counselling Studies. I am also leading the introduction of our Therapeutic Learning Centre, aimed at supporting the needs of the local community and providing opportunities for training and research. I have International links in leading our Directorate's involvement in our Open University Hong Kong franchise. I am Enterprise Champion for our Directorate. I teach on several counselling and psychotherapy courses, leading modules on counselling theory and skills, as well as conducting research. I teach at postgraduate and undergraduate levels as well supervising PhD students.
I currently hold a Vice-Chancellor's Early Career Research Scholarship to conduct a study into client perspectives on what facilitates intra- and inter-personal development in psychotherapeutic relationships for young adult (aged 16-25) survivors of childhood maltreament. I am an investigator in a study into the Impact of MIND's Adult Counselling Service on the Mental Health of their Clients. My PhD research explored the processes involved in provision of therapy by trauma therapists working with adult survivors of childhood maltreatment who were identified as having dissociative experiences. Within this research I developed a model for the Process of Interpersonally Empowering (P.I.E.). This research enabled me to enhance my skills as a researcher and to extend my knowledge and skills in relation to qualitative research, and particularly Strauss & Corbin's grounded theory model.
My academic interests are in counselling and psychotherapy theory and practice, research methods, and education & learning. I continue to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I supervise postgraduate and undergraduate students. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I have been practising as a therapist for over fifteen years and joined the University of Salford's Counselling and Psychotherapy team several years ago whilst studying for my doctorate. I have worked in various statutory, voluntary and private sector settings and this has enabled me to gain experience in a range of different operational models. I have managed Counselling and Stress Management services in the voluntary sector and the NHS, and have experience in establishing, developing and leading teams. I have experience in integrating various theoretical models, for example hypnotherapy into psychotherapeutic practice.
A study into client perspectives on what facilitates intra- and inter-personal development in psychotherapeutic relationships for young adult survivors (aged 16-25) of childhood maltreatment.
Facilitation of discussion regarding training needs for those associated with delivery of Counselling in Primary Care to ensure that practice realizes potential and is supportive of clients.
University of Salford hosted meeting for the NWPPN Counselling Special Interest Group at University of Salford, MediaCityUK, Salford - including interactive live-link video conferencing for practitioners in the field.