8th Keele Counselling Conference 22nd to 23rd March 2014

Theme: Daring to Make an Impact: Dynamic Qualitative Research (Conference Flyer)

This year the theme ‘dynamic qualitative research ' led to keynote addresses by researchers of international repute, and considered to be very much at the cutting edge of qualitative research. Their specialisms were an intriguing mix of narrative, autoethnographic, phenomenological, performative, discourse and IPA approaches to research. The conference was also host to an energetic mix of research papers and workshops from a mix of disciplines.

Please follow the links below to access copies of some of the keynote papers, presentations and workshops given at the conference this year (PDF format).

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Carla Willig: "What do we mean by 'shared experience' ? Reflections on the relationship between idiography and phenomenology in experiential qualitative research"?

  • Dr Kip Jones: The screening of "Rufus Stone", the award winning research based film.

  • Dr Michael Larkin: 'Thinking about 'impact' in experiential psychology research.' (External link)

  • Professor Michael Murray: "Narrative, Health and Illness"

  • Professor Andrew Sparkes: Autoethnography: Possibilities and perils in the neoliberal era.

Paper and Workshop Presentations:

Saturday 22nd March 2014
  • Jo Alexander: “Witness” to violence? Agency and resistance in children’s accounts of domestic abuse
  • Ros Annett: A mid- stage presentation of research based on an Art Therapy Case Study
  • Turki Aziz Mohammed Al Osaimi Al OtaibiChallenging Existing Views of the Role of School Counsellors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Dr. Jan Bailey: Participatory research and the social engagement of older people living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods
  • Dr. Ruth Basten: Interlinking the circles: using narratives in research as both a storyteller and a story analyst
  • Ann Beynon and David Schaller: Structured Time for Reflection in Education Developing a Narrative based model of Evaluation
  • Angela Blanchard: A Labour of love: the lived experience of a heuristic MSc dissertation
  • Jeanne Broadbent and Dr. Rita Mitz: The space between: exploring the complex relational dynamics existing between participant, researcher and supervisor in a qualitative research study using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
  • Sharon Corbett: Picture this....
  • Jane DarougarCan we make a difference to the educational outcomes of looked-after young people by understanding their experiences of, and possible participation in, exclusion from groups?
  • Lois de Cruz: Reaching for the moon: a reflection on my PhD journey
  • Dr Emee Vida Estacio: Qualitative research and social impact: what can we learn from action research? (External Link)
  • Stephen Paul Ferris: ‘From a cage of fear to a field of freedom and gold’: a heuristic inquiry into the human phenomenon of perfectionism
  • Dr. John Hegarty: “I want a man”: Older people as life-story volunteers with university students
  • Dr. Jane Hunt: Transgender clients’ experiences of counselling: what do counsellors need to know?
  • Dr. Sophia Kariotaki: Under the Shadow of Recession. A narrative exploration of young Greek graduates’ experience of recession
  • Jonathan Lloyd: To explore heuristic methodology as applied to psychotherapy qualitative research
  • Rachel Mallen: Empowering autoethnographic research: breaking through the barriers of bereavement
  • Rebecca Mouyi. MSc: Representing the nation, excluding the immigrants, denying racism: a discursive analysis of Greek citizens’ reactions towards citizenship legislation in Greece
  • Dr Maggie Robson: All over the world? Is children’s play different in different countries?
  • Dr Louise Taylor: Learning in later life: using life biography to investigate the inter-relationship of learning and life course capital
  • Dr. Helle Winther: The language of the body in professional practice: how can elements from movement communication develop embodied leadership competences?
  • Dr. Helle WintherBody Contact and Body Language: Moments of Personal Development and Social and Cultural Learning Processes in Movement Psychology and Education (External link)
Sunday 23rd March 2014
  • Dr. Helena Enright: Theatre of Testimony: turning Qualitative Inquiry Into Theatre
  • Dr. Julie GreenNurse-patient consultations in leg ulcer care – do patients disclose their concerns?
  • Dr Valerie HallUsing peer observations as a platform for developing expert students and enabling student voice
  • Holly Hamer: Service transformation in children’s services: daring to go where no research has gone before
  • Jasmine Hearn: The biopsychosocial experience of chronic pain in spinal cord injured outpatients: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
  • Dr John R Hegarty and Janet Heath: Nature as co-therapist: nature-guided therapy for counsellors and therapists
  • Alison Humphreys: Unleash your creativity: exploring creativity in research and counselling
  • Dr. Stephanie Hutton: IPA and the Internet: the experience of accessing written accounts of recovery remotely
  • Dr David Jackson and Kevin Spruce: Living in the margins, researching the margins: an exploration of the war veteran’s narrative using auto-ethnographical multi-modal representations
  • Sara Llewellyn: Integration with Imagination: an example of mixed method research using IPA presentation
  • Ms. Abigail Methley: Living with multiple sclerosis: experiences of health care and symptom management
  • Rowan Poppy Imolc: ‘Clients’ experiences of relational depth during counselling sessions; and how these experiences have influenced life outside the therapeutic relationship
  • Dr. Jackie Reynolds: And the Doctor said….A creative approach to researching healthcare in North Staffordshire
  • Dr. Laura Stokes: Understanding the dementia diagnosis: the impact on the caregiving experience
  • Quynh Vu: “Forgotten Family”- the neglect of the adult family of alcoholics
  • Sarah Watson: The Dislocated Counsellor Researcher