Division of Counselling Psychology

Annual Prizes

2017 Annual Prizes

The annual divisional awards for 2017 are now open and you are invited to submit your applications:

  • Research – for a research study that has contributed to practice
  • Practice – for an innovation in development or delivery of a clinical service
  • Trainees – for an excellent piece of coursework
  • Trainee posters and bursaries– plan ahead and submit to the poster competition at our conference, and if you are a trainee scoop up a bursary to attend. Your submissions will be an asset to your CV, to your service or university, and to the profession of Counselling Psychology as a whole.  
  • DCoP Ambassadors at the BPS 2017 Annual Conference – in-training and newly qualified - 3 fully funded places to attend the flagship BPS conference. 

 

Counselling Psychology Prize for Research

The Division of Counselling Psychology encourages its Membership to make a submission for the 2017 Prize for Research. 

A prize of £500 and two runner-up prizes of £250 will be awarded for 5000-word journal articles that demonstrate original research, that are accessibly presented, and that clearly contribute to the professional practice of counselling psychology, other applied psychologies and allied disciplines. 

The Division wishes to encourage research in an area that has clear applicability to clinical practice. This requires the consideration of how client populations might benefit from the outcome of a project, and how service delivery might be enhanced. Researchers should ask themselves whether practitioners are likely to be engaged by the topic of research and whether it will add to the knowledge base underpinning the clinical practice of Counselling Psychology.  A shift in emphasis is sought towards research that is outward facing towards populations and issues of concern rather than facing inwards on the profession itself. 

The draft article needs to be ready for publication in the format for the journal for which it is destined, but does not have to have been submitted or accepted.  If not destined for publication elsewhere, the winning articles can be submitted to Counselling Psychology Review. 

Quality practice-applicable research can be carried out at any phase of a counselling psychologist’s career, and hence submissions are welcome from both trainee and qualified members of the Division of Counselling Psychology.  Applicants must be members of the Division of Counselling Psychology.  (NB: Trainees are welcome to submit articles based on their masters or doctoral research, even if examination/viva has not yet taken place and the research is not yet fully complete or written up, provided there is enough in terms of results to make a coherent and publishable piece).

Recent research indicates that only a small percentage of qualified counselling psychologists in the UK publish research, and that very few deserving counselling psychology masters or doctoral research projects are transformed into journal articles.  The Committee of the Division of Counselling Psychology invites you to join with them in helping to change this.   

The deadline for submissions is Friday 6th May 2017.  If you would like a discussion on this please do not hesitate to contact our Research Lead Hamilton Fairfax on [email protected].  For further information, criteria and submission details, please go to www.bps.org.uk/dcop.  .

 

Submission details: 

All submissions should be sent electronically by email to [email protected]. The email should include ‘Research Prize 2017’ in the subject line.

Please submit two files: a cover sheet with identifying information (name, institutional affiliation,

BPS membership number) and the submission (with no personally identifying information).  

Counselling Psychology Prize for Contribution to Practice 

The Division of Counselling Psychology encourages its Membership to make a submission for the 2017 Prize for Practice. 

 A prize of £500 and two runner-up prizes of £250 will be awarded for a narrative that is refereed which gives an account of an achievement in clinical practice that can be an inspiration to others in their clinical services.  

Applicants are invited to submit a 1000 word narrative on their practice achievement.  This may take various forms: 

  • Have you made an innovative contribution to the development of an effective therapeutic technique or adapted a therapeutic technique to a particular setting or population?  
  • Have you led an initiative which has improved access to services e.g. for a marginalised group?
  • Have you harnessed new technologies to enhance service delivery and improve access to services?
  • Have you been part of a Quality Efficiency and Productivity initiative that has resulted in services being delivered more effectively? 
  • Do you have interesting and more widely useful results from a service audit or evaluation?
  • Have you developed a psychology service that has become a model that others have followed?

 If you have made such a contribution then we would very much like to hear from you and welcome your submission. The Division of Counselling Psychology is committed to promoting Counselling Psychology practice and this prize is a reflection of that commitment.

Your submission should be accompanied by two references which clearly show the applicant’s own role in the initiative. 

 Applicants must be full members of the Division of Counselling Psychology.  Submissions are welcome from applicants at both early career stage and in later career.  Single one-off projects as well as broader initiatives are likely to make for a good quality submission. 

The deadline for submissions is Friday 6th May 2017.  If you would like a discussion on this please do not hesitate to contact our Practice Lead Ruth Cocksedge on [email protected].  For further information, criteria and submission details, please go to www.bps.org.uk/dcop.  Submissions should be made to [email protected]

Submission details: 

All submissions should be sent electronically by email to [email protected]. The email should include ‘Practice Prize 2017’ in the subject line. 

Please submit two files: a cover sheet with identifying information (name, institutional affiliation, BPS membership number) and the submission (with no personally identifying information).  

Counselling Psychology Trainee Prize

A prize of £300 for the winner and £100 for each of two runners up. Closing date: Friday 28th April 2017. Any attempts submitted after this date will not be included.

The prizes will be awarded at the Division of Counselling Psychology Annual conference and up to £200 per person will be reimbursed to the winner and runners up to cover the cost of travel (in accordance with BPS travel expense guidelines). If winners cannot attend, prizes will be sent in the post.

Aims and Purpose of the Trainee Annual Prize

The aim is to promote and encourage excellence in the training and practice of counselling psychology in all its professional arenas. The purpose is to stimulate Trainee Counselling Psychologists to attain excellence in their written work during the course of their training.

 

Submission Details

Submissions must:

* Be a piece of course work which has been assessed as part of the trainee’s counselling psychology training. Trainees are allowed to edit work for submission to the Prize; this can include editing work to the required word length. Submission can be of any piece of course work except for research papers [which trainees are encouraged to submit to the research prize]. This would include potentially case reports, theoretical essays, and literature reviews.

* Demonstrate excellence and originality in an area relevant to Counselling Psychology and other applied psychologies.

* Includes critical evaluation and is written according to APA style at an academic standard equivalent to Level 7.

* Have a word limit of 5,000 words (not including quotes, references and bibliography). 

 

Submissions should be made to [email protected] The email should include ‘Trainee Prize 2017’ in the subject line.

Please submit three files:

  1. a cover sheet with identifying information (name, institutional affiliation, BPS membership number)
  2. A letter from the Course Tutor or Coordinating Supervisor confirming that the work was undertaken as part of the trainees training on an HCPC approved and BPS accredited professional doctorate in counselling psychology or BPS Qualification in Counselling Psychology. For submissions which include extensive case material (such as case studies or process reports) the letter must include confirmation from the course tutor or coordinator of training confirming that they are satisfied that client consent has been obtained and that the degree of anonymisation in the work are appropriate to the case and circumstances, taking account of potential publication of any winning entry.
  3. The piece of course work.

 

Brief feedback will be provided for every submission and winner and runners-up will be encouraged to attend the Division of Counselling Psychology Conference to receive their prize.

The deadline for submissions is the 28th April 2017. If trainees would like a discussion on this please do not hesitate to contact our Training Lead Daisy Best on [email protected]  For further information, criteria and submission details, please go to www.bps.org.uk/dcop.  

Trainee Poster Prize and DCoP Conference Bursaries – Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Division of Counselling Psychology have 40 bursaries available for:

  • Eligible trainees i.e. in-training DCOP members on either an HCPC approved and BPS accredited DPsych training course in counselling psychology, or BPS Qualification in Counselling Psychology. 
  • Newly Qualified counselling psychologists (up to 2 years post qualification)

Trainees will need to submit their posters to apply and newly qualified need to submit either a paper, symposium or workshop to apply. The bursaries will cover the registration fee, one nights B&B and conference dinner on Friday 8th July. Applicants will be expected to fund their own travel.

The poster prize will be judged and awarded at the conference for excellence of presentation; the rationale of the study; the design of the study; and the relationship to practice.  The Division wishes to encourage work in an area that has clear applicability to clinical practice.  This requires the consideration of how client populations might benefit from the outcome of the project and how service delivery might be enhanced.  We want to see posters that will engage conference delegates with the topic and which will add to the knowledge base underpinning the clinical practice of Counselling Psychology.  A shift in emphasis is sought towards presenting work that is outward facing towards populations and issues of concern rather than facing inwards on the profession itself.

Poster submissions are an opportunity to present work in progress (if you do not yet have any research data for your presentation, your submission will still be considered) The conference will include timetabled sessions providing opportunities to discuss work and findings. 

For further information, please go to https://www.bps.org.uk/events/conferences/dcop-annual-conference-2016 where the submission process is explained and the link for online submission of the abstract can be found.  The deadline for submission of papers, workshop and symposia has passed.  The deadline for submission of the poster abstract has passed.

DCoP Ambassadors at the BPS 2016 Annual Conference – in-training and newly qualified

Firstly, some easy questions….

Have you ever considered attending the main BPS Annual Conference but feel unsure about how you can fund it? 

Have you ever thought how useful it could be to network at the Conference, meet other Applied Psychologists, and leaders in their field? 

What might you learn that would be relevant to your research, to your placement practice, what new and currently topical ideas might you get for your own work in the future? 

If the questions above have grabbed your attention, then, this might be the prize for you.  If you are thinking “I couldn’t do that” then this prize still might be for you.  Discuss it with your Clinical Supervisor, Lecturer or Peer as you may surprise yourself!

The Division of Counselling Psychology is offering an opportunity for three In-Training members / newly qualified to be fully funded to attend the British Psychological Society main Annual Conference to be held on the 26th to the 28th April 2016 in Nottingham. This is a great opportunity to raise your profile, share your work with others and promote the profession of Counselling Psychology.  See the range of speakers who have been organized for this conference http://www.bps.org.uk/events/conferences/annual-conference-2016

In return for a fully funded place, you will be asked to act as a Divisional trainee ambassador at the event, helping to staff the stall where Divisional leaflets are distributed and where interested enquirers’ questions are answered. You will be supported by members of the Divisional Committee, and will be required to spend a third of your time at the conference at the stall, leaving the rest of the time to attend the great variety of talks and workshops on offer.

The themes for the conference are:

  • Behaviour Change
  • Culture and Identity
  • Disaster, Trauma and Crisis
  • The Social Brain

The funding will comprise 3 days’ registration, accommodation and travel expenses in accordance with the Society expenses policy.

If you would like to enter for this opportunity please complete a Statement of Interest form – https://response.questback.com/britishpsychologicalsociety/enroqpsawk/

Applicants must be In-Training Members of DCoP or newly qualified members (2 years post qualified). Winners will be chosen by members of the Divisional Committee. You will be informed if you have won before the deadline for registering for the conference at the early-bird rate.

The three winners will receive conference funding, a winner’s certificate, and have their entries published on the Division’s website.

The deadline for submissions is passed.  If you would like a discussion on this please do not hesitate to contact our Communication Lead Sue Whitcombe on [email protected].  Submissions should be made to https://response.questback.com/britishpsychologicalsociety/enroqpsawk/

For further information generally please contact [email protected]

2015 Prize Winners

The 2015 annual prizes were announced during this year's conference at the division's AGM and were as follows:

Research and Trainee prize

This year Angie Cucchi won both the research and trainee prize.

Differences in Mentalising Ability in Individuals presenting with Eating Disorders with and without concurrent Self-Harm: a Comparative Study.
Angie Cucchi

Poster Prizes

1st Prize - An exploration of the experiences of Izzat and domestic abuse held by South Asian women.
Ramanjit Chhina, City University London
 
2nd Prize - Women's experiences of engaging in violence and abuse with male intimate partners
Amy Hammon, University of East London
 
3rd Prize - Exploring secondary trauma in caregivers of young people exposed to trauma and identifying factors that may support resilience to this type of trauma
Chloe Aston, University of Wolverhampton