Research is central to the future of the psychotherapy profession and a key strategic objective of the organisation. Our ultimate aim is to raise the profile of psychotherapy.
We are always looking for new ways support our members with research and to connect with non-UKCP academics and practitioners. We are actively seeking to hear more about existing research and to discuss collaborations across all modalities. Our current areas of focus include:
If you would like to get involved or would like to discuss active research projects or proposals, please email the research team.
Research is very important to us at the UKCP to help promote the art and science of psychotherapy. We know that research comes in many forms, from practice-based research to large scale therapy trials, and everything else in between. As an organisation, we want to support members wishing to be more engaged with research and to promote work that is already happening. We also externally commission large scale research projects, to help support our important policy work.
As a relatively small organisation, with a limited research team, we have been working hard to think of the way best way to use our resources to improve research for the organisation and the membership. To help us achieve this, we have put together a board level Research Working Group to look at research strategy and how it can best be achieved.
The group will be focusing on how to better support the membership with research, whilst also address external research strategy.
This will include:
We recently asked some questions about research as part of the membership survey and we’ll be using this information to help guide what we do next. We want to make sure that the work we do stays relevant to members and we’ll be continuing to ask for feedback and insight.
There is a large body of evidence to show that psychotherapy works. Many studies, reviews, analyses, and trials have shown the efficacy of psychotherapy, demonstrating positive, enduring outcomes from both short-term and long-term intervention.