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Recruitment Advert: How do experienced therapists manage the effects of working with trauma: An explanatory sequential design


Are you a therapist who works with trauma?
Do you have five or more years’ experience of working with trauma?
“Trauma work is defined as direct or active clinical work with clients who have experienced traumatic events (e.g., serious accidents, serious fire or explosion, nonsexual attack, sexual assault, natural disaster, military combat, imprisonment, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and life threatening illness) and have reacted to the incident(s) with intense fear, horror, or helplessness (American Psychiatric Association, 2000)” (Makadia, Sabin-Farrell, & Turpin, 2015, p.3).

I am conducting a study to explore how therapists cope with the effects of working with trauma. Your views and participation would be highly valuable.
The research shall be undertaken as partial fulfilment of my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nottingham.

The study involves a survey identifying your style of coping the effects of working with trauma. The information you share can be completely anonymous. The time taken to complete is dependent on how much information you would like to give.
To be eligible for the study you must:

  • be able to give informed consent
  • be currently working as a qualified therapist accredited by a professional body (i.e. a Psychologist, Psychotherapist, CBT Therapist, etc.).
  • have at least five years’ experience delivering trauma therapy.
  • have delivered trauma therapy within the past year.
  • be aged 18 or above.

Please click the link below to find more information:

If you have any questions, please contact me on the e-mail address

Many Thanks,
Gemma Forshaw


Supervised by Dr. Rachel Sabin-Farrell, Dr. Thomas Schröder, and Dr. Joanna Levene

American Psychiatric Association (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th Edition, Text Revision). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.

Makadia, R., Sabin‐Farrell, R., & Turpin, G. (2017). Indirect exposure to client trauma and the impact on trainee clinical psychologists: Secondary traumatic stress or vicarious traumatization?. Clinical psychology & psychotherapy, 24(5), 1059-1068.

The Psychotherapy Practice Research Network (PPRNet

was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant to conduct a study to improve psychotherapists’ effectiveness in identifying and repairing therapeutic alliance tensions. This is a unique opportunity for psychotherapists across Canada to receive free professional development and to contribute to knowledge about psychotherapy.


To learn more about the study, go to our website: and click on the “Study” tab. Or watch this information video:




Above Water

Dear members of the PAA,


You are invited to participate in a study assessing the game Above Water, developed by Rina R. Wehbe ( and team under the supervision of Dr. Lennart E. Nacke and Dr. Edward Lank at the University of Waterloo. Above Water is designed to help people learn about the stigma associated with clinical anxiety, specifically generalized anxiety and panic disorder.  


As an expert participant in this study, you will be asked to evaluate and provide feedback on Above Water (a card game with digital components), especially with respect to your thoughts on its use and other feedback based on your professional expertise. Participation in this study is voluntary, and we ask you to complete it on your own time. We expect the evaluation of the game to take approximately half an hour to an hour, and a follow up interview to take approximately one hour. Follow up will be conducted either in person, via telephone/Skype, or via email, whichever is preferable to you. You may decline to answer any questions; you may decide to withdraw at any time.


Please see attached Information Letter for more details about the game and the study. If you are interested in participating or would like more information on our project, please contact research assistant Kelly Zhang at



Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Dear Members of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta,


I am contacting you to invite you to participate in a research study on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). You are being invited to participate in this research study because you are affiliated with a professional mental health organization (e.g., WCBCT, CPA, APA, ABCT, CACBT, AACBT, BABCP). In this study, we are reaching out to individuals who have professional training in the provision of mental health services (expertise in OCD is not required to participate).


For this study, we are particularly interested in how mental health professionals approach the treatment of OCD. More specifically, we know that OCD is a heterogeneous disorder and that clients may present with a number of different symptoms (e.g., fears of contamination, fears of harming a loved one). Although exposure with response prevention has been shown to be effective in the treatment of OCD, less is known about how this exposure therapy is applied across different OCD presentations. In the current study, we are interested in examining how mental health professionals apply exposure therapy strategies across different OCD presentations.  


It is our hope that we can use the information gathered from mental health professionals such as yourself to help us develop a better understanding of OCD treatments and how they are currently being implemented.


Please see the Participant Information Sheet below for additional information about the study. If you would like to take part in this research, please click on the following link


We thank you for your time and consideration. Do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.




Dr. Dubravka (Dee) Gavric, C.Psych.

Participant Information Sheet