Are you a therapist with more than 400hrs practice, who offers person-centred therapy at least as part of what you do?
This extended research project is investigating whether person-centred therapy can be enhanced by incorporating self-directed learning.
Study 1, 2014: How are questions used in person-centred therapy? Are questions a valid way of enabling person-centred therapeutic progress? (Interviews with person-centred therapists) Keele University (Submitted for publishing)
Study 2, 2015: How do person-centred clients change/learn? What do therapists endeavour to achieve? What do their clients want? (Interviews with person-centred therapists) Sheffield Hallam University (Published BACP)
Study 3, 2016: What are person-centred clients aiming for? What exactly is ‘fully-functioning’? (A Delphi study to produce a list of items) Sheffield Hallam University (Submitted for publishing)
Study 4, 2016: Can clients set their own person-centred learning goals in therapy? And does that help the process? (Clinical study with a group of person-centred therapists) Sheffield Hallam University (Submitted for publishing)
Study 5, 2017: Can learning processes be utilised by person-centred therapists? (Case study) Sheffield Hallam University (Submitted for publishing)
Study 6, 2020: What questions could enable a person-centred client to progress their own therapy? (A Delphi study with person-centred therapists) Independent Study
Therapists with more than 400hrs practice, who offer person-centred therapy at least as part of what they do, are needed to participate
Study 7, 2021: Can person-centred therapy clients be enabled to progress their own therapy before, between or after contact with their therapist. (Clinical study with a group of person-centred therapists) Independent Study
In summary, we are researching the amalgamation of Rogers’ ideas on person-centred therapy with his ideas on self-directed learning. We hypothesise that clients may be able to progress their own therapeutic learning before, between or after sessions with their therapist.
We hope to demonstrate that person-centred therapy can be made more efficient or effective by harnessing the client’s ability to self-direct their own learning, thereby saving money for providers such as the NHS or the client themself.