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CREST is committed to investigating and facilitating social and psychological transformation. What better place to start than the youngest members of our society. It is estimated that around 1 in 10 young people in the UK experience significant psychological distress. Members of CREST are involved in several areas of research that aim to help young people to achieve greater wellbeing (see Current research projects, below):; and are co-authors on a major new text on the process and outcomes of counselling with children and young people (see Key publications).

  • Humanistic counselling in schools: The ETHOS trial
  • Young people’s views on resilience
  • Understanding young peoples’ experiences of hearing voices
  • Youth counselling in the voluntary and community sector
  • Working with goals in young people’s counselling
  • Outcome monitoring in counselling with children and young people
  • Development and testing of the YP-CORE measure of psychological distress
  • Pluralistic counselling for young people

CREST research activity is motivated by a desire to find out more about the best ways of helping young people who are having problems to grow into confident and fulfilled adults. Partly, this is about findings out what adults – therapists and others – need to provide. But this is also about discovering what young people are already doing for themselves, and building on these resources. When it comes to what is effective, we also want to find out how and why certain therapies, or self-help process are helping, and how these might be improved. As a team, we use a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to answer these questions. Through this research and evaluation, members of CREST have had a significant impact on UK policy and practice regarding mental health interventions for young people.

Key publications:

  • Cooper, M. (2013). School-based counselling in UK secondary schools: A review and critical evaluation. Lutterworth: BACP/Counselling MindEd.
  • Cooper, M., Stewart, D., Sparks, J. A., & Bunting, L. (2013). School-based counseling using systematic feedback : a cohort study evaluating outcomes and predictors of change. Psychotherapy Research, 23(4), 474-488. 
  • Hayes, J. (2017). What leads to change? I. Common factors in child therapy. In N. Midgley, J. Hayes & M. Cooper (Eds.), Essential research findings in child and adolescent counselling and psychotherapy  (pp. 119-147). London: Sage.
  • Hayes, J., & Brunst, C. (2017). What leads to change? II. Therapeutic techniques and practices with children and young people. In N. Midgley, J. Hayes & M. Cooper (Eds.), Essential research findings in child and adolescent counselling and psychotherapy (pp. 148-173). London: Sage.
  • McArthur, K., Cooper, M., & Berdondini, L. (2013). School-based humanistic counseling for psychological distress in young people: Pilot randomized controlled trial. Psychotherapy Research, 23(3), 355-365. 
  • Midgley, N., Hayes, J., & Cooper, M. (2017). Essential research findings in child and adolescent counselling and psychotherapy. London: Sage.
  • Pearce, P., Sewell, R., Cooper, M., Osman, S., Fugard, A. J. B., & Pybis, J. (2017). Effectiveness of school-based humanistic counselling for psychological distress in young people: Pilot randomized controlled trial with follow-up in an ethnically diverse sample. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 90(2), 138-155. doi: 10.1111/papt.12102
  • Twigg, E., Cooper, M., Evans, C., Freire, E., Mellor-Clark, J., McInnes, B., & Barkham, M. (2016). Acceptability, reliability, referential distributions and sensitivity to change in the Young Person's Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation (YP-CORE) outcome measure: replication and refinement. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 21(2), 115-123. doi: 10.1111/camh.12128

 

 

Presentations:

2016 (Jan) - Counselling in UK Secondary Schools: What we know, what we’re doing, what we need to find out. Mick Cooper, Inaugural lecture, University of Roehampton. [Downloadable PDF]

https://vimeo.com/154176303

Essential research findings in child and adolescent therapy; What leads to Change?’ Workshop given at the BACP research conference 2017, Chester.

Current research projects:

  1. Humanistic counselling in schools
  2. Humanistic Guided Self-Help (HuGS)
  3. ProReal
  4. Young people’s views on resilience
  5. Understanding young peoples’ experiences of hearing voices

Future research projects:

  1. Conversation analysis of therapeutic work with young people