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Recruitment Advert: How do experienced therapists manage the effects of working with trauma: An explanatory sequential design


Are you a therapist who works with trauma?
Do you have five or more years’ experience of working with trauma?
“Trauma work is defined as direct or active clinical work with clients who have experienced traumatic events (e.g., serious accidents, serious fire or explosion, nonsexual attack, sexual assault, natural disaster, military combat, imprisonment, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and life threatening illness) and have reacted to the incident(s) with intense fear, horror, or helplessness (American Psychiatric Association, 2000)” (Makadia, Sabin-Farrell, & Turpin, 2015, p.3).

I am conducting a study to explore how therapists cope with the effects of working with trauma. Your views and participation would be highly valuable.
The research shall be undertaken as partial fulfilment of my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nottingham.

The study involves a survey identifying your style of coping the effects of working with trauma. The information you share can be completely anonymous. The time taken to complete is dependent on how much information you would like to give.
To be eligible for the study you must:

  • be able to give informed consent
  • be currently working as a qualified therapist accredited by a professional body (i.e. a Psychologist, Psychotherapist, CBT Therapist, etc.).
  • have at least five years’ experience delivering trauma therapy.
  • have delivered trauma therapy within the past year.
  • be aged 18 or above.

Please click the link below to find more information:

If you have any questions, please contact me on the e-mail address

Many Thanks,
Gemma Forshaw


Supervised by Dr. Rachel Sabin-Farrell, Dr. Thomas Schröder, and Dr. Joanna Levene

American Psychiatric Association (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th Edition, Text Revision). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.

Makadia, R., Sabin‐Farrell, R., & Turpin, G. (2017). Indirect exposure to client trauma and the impact on trainee clinical psychologists: Secondary traumatic stress or vicarious traumatization?. Clinical psychology & psychotherapy, 24(5), 1059-1068.

The Psychotherapy Practice Research Network (PPRNet

was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant to conduct a study to improve psychotherapists’ effectiveness in identifying and repairing therapeutic alliance tensions. This is a unique opportunity for psychotherapists across Canada to receive free professional development and to contribute to knowledge about psychotherapy.


To learn more about the study, go to our website: and click on the “Study” tab. Or watch this information video:



University of Sherbrooke Research Project on Certain Variables of Therapiests' Personality on their Empathic Abilities

Influence of therapist’s personality on empathic abilities during therapeutic alliance rupture.


My name is Marie-Céline Vallerand-Roy. I’m a student in psychology at Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec. As part of my doctoral studies, I invite the psychologists and doctoral students in psychology of Alberta to participate in my research project that aims to study certain variables of therapist’s personality on their empathic abilities. The goal of this research is to verify the existence of ties between the personality of the therapist and their empathic abilities, in the context of a therapeutic alliance rupture.

We are soliciting individuals practicing psychotherapy as part of their profession or their academic training. To participate, you have to be able to identify a difficult therapeutic follow-up in which you have experienced one or several therapeutic alliance ruptures.


Participation in this study involves answering a socio-demographic questionnaire and

other questionnaires that aim to measure therapist’s personality dimensions. You will also be asked to answer questionnaires measuring the attachment of your client and the severity of their pathology. This will take you between 60 and 75 minutes. If you feel the need, you can decide to save your answers and finish the questionnaire later. You only have to press the tab "Save and continue later" located at the bottom of the page. You can then return to your questionnaire by clicking on the unique link that was sent to you by email and that directed you to this page.


Please read the invitation form and information and consent form for more information by clinking on the hyperlink below. You can answer the survey directly via this hyperlink or contact Marie-Céline Vallerand-Roy by email :


Your participation to this study could lead to the improvement of scientific knowledge in the field of clinical psychology. In particular, it could lead to a better understanding of the factors and processes that influence the therapist's empathy. On a professional level, it could allow you to reflect on your professional practice, especially regarding your empathic abilities in a moment of rupture with your client.


Approval of the Research Ethics Board

The Research Ethics Board of the Université de Sherbrooke (CÉR Lettres et sciences

humaines) approved this research and is responsible for the monitoring of the study.

For any question concerning your rights as a research participant taking part in this study, or if you have comments, or wish to file a complaint, you may communicate with the Research Ethics Board at the following phone number 819-821-8000 (or toll free at 1-800-267-8337) extension 62644, or by email at

This study is directed by Marie-Céline Vallerand-Roy, doctoral student in clinical psychology at Université de Sherbrooke, and Olivier Laverdière, professor at the Department of Psychology at Université de Sherbrooke.


Thanks for your interest and your support.



Therapists' Experiences with Empirically-Supported Teatments Study

My name is Erin Neill and I am a doctoral candidate in Iowa State University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies. I'm also a licensed clinical social worker (LICSW licensed in Washington, DC).

I am working on my dissertation study exploring practicing licensed therapists’ experiences with Empirically-Supported Treatments (EST’s). I am asking you to participate in a confidential, online survey regarding how therapists make decisions about, and use, EST’s in individual therapy.

You are being invited to participate in this study if you:

  • Are a licensed therapist
  • Spend at least 50% of your professional time seeing clients for individual therapy

If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to fill out an online survey where you:

  • Answer questions about your use of EST’s in your practice
  • Answer questions about your decisions around using EST’s
  • Complete questionnaires about your own demographic information and your personality, behaviors, and feelings

We will not ask for any identifying information about your clients.

We anticipate that your participation time will range from 15 – 25 minutes.



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If you have any questions about the study, please contact Erin Neill at or 515-346-8323.

To take the survey, please click the link below:


Thank you!


Erin L. Neill, MS, MSW

Doctoral Candidate

Graduate Research Assistant - Weems Lab

President, HDFS Graduate Student Network

Human Development & Family Studies

Iowa State University



Above Water

Dear members of the PAA,


You are invited to participate in a study assessing the game Above Water, developed by Rina R. Wehbe ( and team under the supervision of Dr. Lennart E. Nacke and Dr. Edward Lank at the University of Waterloo. Above Water is designed to help people learn about the stigma associated with clinical anxiety, specifically generalized anxiety and panic disorder.  


As an expert participant in this study, you will be asked to evaluate and provide feedback on Above Water (a card game with digital components), especially with respect to your thoughts on its use and other feedback based on your professional expertise. Participation in this study is voluntary, and we ask you to complete it on your own time. We expect the evaluation of the game to take approximately half an hour to an hour, and a follow up interview to take approximately one hour. Follow up will be conducted either in person, via telephone/Skype, or via email, whichever is preferable to you. You may decline to answer any questions; you may decide to withdraw at any time.


Please see attached Information Letter for more details about the game and the study. If you are interested in participating or would like more information on our project, please contact research assistant Kelly Zhang at



Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Dear Members of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta,


I am contacting you to invite you to participate in a research study on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). You are being invited to participate in this research study because you are affiliated with a professional mental health organization (e.g., WCBCT, CPA, APA, ABCT, CACBT, AACBT, BABCP). In this study, we are reaching out to individuals who have professional training in the provision of mental health services (expertise in OCD is not required to participate).


For this study, we are particularly interested in how mental health professionals approach the treatment of OCD. More specifically, we know that OCD is a heterogeneous disorder and that clients may present with a number of different symptoms (e.g., fears of contamination, fears of harming a loved one). Although exposure with response prevention has been shown to be effective in the treatment of OCD, less is known about how this exposure therapy is applied across different OCD presentations. In the current study, we are interested in examining how mental health professionals apply exposure therapy strategies across different OCD presentations.  


It is our hope that we can use the information gathered from mental health professionals such as yourself to help us develop a better understanding of OCD treatments and how they are currently being implemented.


Please see the Participant Information Sheet below for additional information about the study. If you would like to take part in this research, please click on the following link


We thank you for your time and consideration. Do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.




Dr. Dubravka (Dee) Gavric, C.Psych.

Participant Information Sheet