Around one in 10 young people in the UK experience significant emotional or behavioural problems. Schools are a particularly good place to tackle this because they are one of the few places that nearly all young people go to. In fact, evidence suggests that young people are 10 times more likely to attend a school-based intervention than to look for support elsewhere. One such intervention, school-based counselling, can provide young people with a space to talk through their problems, get things off their chest, and work out for themselves what they want to do in a supportive, confidential and understanding relationship. Initial evidence gathered through several small pilot studies indicate that a standardised form of this intervention, school-based humanistic counselling, may lead to improved well-being. A large and scientifically rigorous trial will help to test how effective this intervention is.
The ETHOS trial is registered with the International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number 10460622. Registration details for the study can be found here.
ETHOS aims to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of school-based, humanistic counselling by conducting the first randomised controlled controlled trial of this type of intervention. ETHOS brings together some of the UK's leading academics in counselling and psychotherapy to positively impact the national provision of mental health support for young people. Read more in our press release.
The ETHOS trial is now up and running, but we are very keen to expand our team. This is a rare opportunity to contribute to the development of evidence for humanistic/person-centred counselling for young people and we welcome applicants for a range of roles.
We are currently recruiting assessors to conduct baseline assessments with young people in secondary schools to determine their eligibility in the study, assessment of risk, the participants’ completion of a number of outcome measures, and randomisation to either the counselling intervention or pastoral care as usual. Working hours are part-time and occasional, and usually between one and four days per week, within the first two weeks of a school term (Spring 2017 and Autumn 2017). Flexibility to respond to demand is preferred. Assessors will be paid £25 per scheduled assessment.
We are currently recruiting testers to join our research team to administer quantitative outcome measures to research participants at three testing points throughout the school year. Testers will be allocated work in a range of London secondary schools and will work directly with the young people. Success applicants should have completed, or be currently studying, a postgraduate course in Psychology, Counselling, or a related discipline; have interest/experience of working with children and young people's mental health; knowledge of counselling psychotherapy research; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; able to travel in London to different sites; time flexibility throughout the school year (approx. 3-20 days over a two-year period); and a willingness to learn and engage in training when necessary. Testers will be paid £15 per testing meeting.
Counsellors will work within London secondary schools as part of the ETHOS trial. Successful applicants will be required to work 1 day/week minimum; have a Diploma in Person-Centred, Humanistic or Integrative Counselling; have experience of work with young people; and be familiar with the BACP 11-18 Humanistic Counsellor Competencies framework.
Supervisors will provide supervision to secondary school counsellors. Posts start in January 2017 and are offered for up to two years. The rate of pay is £50 per hour.
The project is being led by Professor Mick Cooper from the University of Roehampton and will also involve researchers from the universities of Sheffield, Manchester, the London School of Economics, University College London, Metanoia Institute, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the National Children’s Bureau. The study will be supported by the Manchester-based UKCRC registered Clinical Trials Unit (MAHSC-CTU).
The young advisers sit on the trial steering committee (TSC) for the trial and have an important role in providing independent advice on the research from the perspective of young people. The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) coordinates the participation of the young people in the steering committee which, Professor Derek Bolton from King’s College London, chairs.
Three of the four members of the Young Persons Advisory Group for ETHOS at their first meeting in May 2016.
The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council grant award for three years from April 2016 to April 2019.