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Tracey Fuller wins prestigious national Counselling Research Award

Tracey Fuller

Education Teaching Fellow and doctoral researcher, Tracey Fuller, is the winner of a new and prestigious national counselling research award.

Created to aid the dissemination of research with important implications for counselling training or counselling practice, the award aims to highlight significant research, documenting it on video, and disseminating it online, thereby making the research accessible and engaging to all counselling trainees and practitioners.

The CPCAB (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) Counselling Research Award is made in association with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and takes the form of a video documenting the research. All research submitted to the BACP annual conference is eligible for consideration for the award and each research project is judged on the importance of its findings for counselling training and/or counselling practice.

Tracey’s research project, entitled The Trust is the work: Exploring how school counsellors maintain alliances with young people when sharing information because of safeguarding concerns. A Phronetic case study, is funded by the ESRC and explores multiple viewpoints on school counsellor information sharing because of safeguarding concerns.

Tracey, who convenes Childhood and Youth BA modules for the School of Education and Social Work at Sussex, is a UKCP-registered child and adolescent psychotherapeutic counsellor. She taught on the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling MEd programme at the University of Cambridge and has contributed chapters to recent published works on school counselling and working therapeutically with young people in care, as well writing modules for the IAPT Healthy Young Minds e-learning programme.

Tracey has many years of experience of working therapeutically with children; including working with the NSPCC and working as a school counsellor. It was during this work that she developed an interest into researching trust in alliances with young people during school safeguarding information sharing.

Of her award, Tracey said:

“I am so delighted that my research has received this recognition. I believe that maintaining trust and professional alliances with young people through safeguarding processes is such a crucial and under-researched area. The opportunity to have a national platform - and funding - for a film to disseminate these important findings is a dream.”

Tracey’s doctoral supervisor, Professor Janet Boddy, added:

“Tracey's award is thoroughly well-deserved. Using a theoretically and methodologically innovative approach, she has gained important new insights into a complex and ethically sensitive practice issue - trust and confidentiality in school counselling - with the potential to improve practice in ways that will benefit children's lives at the most difficult times. Both Michelle Lefevre and I, as her doctoral supervisors, are delighted with her success.”

Tracey’s award will be presented at the BACP Research Conference 2017 in Chester (19-20 May).

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By: Heather Stanley
Last updated: Thursday, 20 April 2017