What is the study about?
This research is being conducted as part of the requirements of completing an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy in Turning Point Institute, validated by University College Cork.
The title of this research is:
An exploration of psychotherapists experiences working with clients with a low Socioeconomic Status and the potential impact on the psychotherapeutic journey.
The aim of this research is to explore the experiences amongst psychotherapists who have worked with clients with a low socioeconomic status (SES) and to gain insight into common themes that psychotherapists experience working with these clients in relation to the psychotherapeutic journey. You will be asked to talk to the researcher about this topic and your experience working with clients from different socioeconomic backgrounds and how this may or may not have impacted on the therapeutic journey.
What will you have to do?
If you would like to partake in this research you will be asked to be available for an hour long interview at a time and date which suits you. The interview will involve between 5- 10 open-ended questions and will be audio recorded. This interview will then be transcribed by the researcher and the data collected from 6-8 participants will inform the outcomes of the research.
What are the benefits?
There will be an opportunity to share your experiences working with clients with a low SES with the aim of adding to the understanding of this area within the field of psychotherapy.
What are the risks?
It is not envisaged that there will be any negative consequences for anyone partaking in this research although it is possible that talking about your experiences working with clients may cause some distress. If at any point you do not feel comfortable or do not wish to continue, the interview will immediately be ended.
Participation in this research is voluntary and you may at any time withdraw your consent to participate at any time including up to and after your interview has been conducted.
What happens to the information?
All efforts will be made to ensure that any data collected is kept confidential. You will not be asked for your name at any stage to be recorded either on paper or on tape. The data collected will be kept on encrypted files at all times and any hard copies of data will be kept in a locked cabinet with only the researcher having access to the key. In general, everything which is disclosed to the researcher will be treated confidentially however there are some legal limitations to confidentially which include if any person is at risk of harm or if any child may be or was at risk in any way. The data which is collected from each participant will be transcribed and used to code common themes. Some direct quotations may be used. The information that is gathered in the study will be kept for ten years in accordance with UCC regulations. After this time, it will be destroyed.
Contact name of researcher
The research will be conducted by Ruth Murnane (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and supervised by Dr. Deirdre Cowman.
Thank you for taking the time to read this information sheet. If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact the researcher on the contact details provided above.
NOTE: If participants have concerns about this study and wish to contact an independent person, please contact: The TPI MSc Programme Director, Turning Point Institute, 23 Herbert Street, Dublin 2. Phone: 01- 2801603.