Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences


A list of current and archived research projects undertaken by staff under this theme.

'Developing Doctoral Students as (Collaborative) Writers'

September 2014-January 2016.

This project is funded through the University of Edinburgh’s Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme and has involved Jonathan Wyatt and Dagmar Alexander in running workshops and seminars that provide opportunities to take part in collaborative writing activities, including a day-and-a-half in June 2015 with collaborative writing scholar, Susanne Gannon.

There are two papers in process, both of which in the first instance are due to be presented by project participants at the 2016 International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.

Collaborative writing as a method of inquiry

Jonathan Wyatt continues to work with Ken Gale on this developing methodology, including most recently a keynote address at the 2015 Summer Institute in Qualitative Research in Manchester, UK. They are working with Susanne Gannon and Bronwyn Davies on a chapter on collaborative inquiry for the 5th Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research.

Special section on ‘Using personal experience in counselling and psychotherapy research’

This special section, co-edited by Jonathan Wyatt and Jeannie Wright, of the journal Counselling and Psychotherapy Research invites the counselling and psychotherapy community to join in the vital work of bringing personal, embodied, experience-near inquiry more visibly and audibly into our research conversations. Contributions - original inquiries using such methodologies and/or papers presenting a clear example of methodological innovation within this field - will draw from a wide range of disciplinary influences and will take a range of forms, including arts-based, narrative and collaborative methodologies. The special section will be published in 2017