Research Methods & Dissertation

Course Overview 


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Booking Deadline 30th November 2017

This course fulfills the training requirement in research methods and practice for UKCP Registration. It can be used towards UKCP Registration with BeeLeaf when completed as part of the BeeLeaf Advanced Diploma.

This is an interactive and participative training that aims to provide psychotherapy practitioners and practising psychotherapy students with an understanding of the core knowledge and skills often utilised in psychotherapy research. Particular focus will be given to academically rigorous models of case study as a scientific method of research and students will be guided to produce an extended case study dissertation and academic poster for presentation at the end of this course.


Course Aims 

On successful completion of the course you will have:
• Gained understanding and skill in appraising relevant research papers
• Acquired an understanding of the range of research methods and current issues in psychotherapy research, including:
          - Evidence-based therapy and the medical model
          - IAPT and the CBT debate
          - NICE and the role of case studies
          - Common factors and the Dodo bird verdict
          - Pluralism and feedback-informed therapy
          - Research in everyday practice
• Prepared and presented an academic poster
• Dealt with obstacles and difficulties during the research process
• Written up an extended case study in the form of an 18,000-word dissertation
• Presented the dissertation to peers
• Engaged in peer review

Course Content 

2-Day Face-to-Face Training
Over one weekend we will consider research as epistemology and examine what persuades us to accept something as fact. You will look at research papers as a form of structured argument and explore case studies as the basic unit of research in psychotherapy.
You will learn about the basic elements of a case study including methods, measures and methodologies. You will be provided with details of the key requirements for your dissertation submission, and a practical introduction to tools and techniques which can help you with your research project.

Synchronous Online Learning
Over the first 6 months of the course students will participate in online learning and peer supervision activities using web conferencing software. You will be expected to spend approximately 2 hours on these activities each month. At the end of the course you will be required to show what you have learned about methods and issues in psychotherapy research by creating and presenting an A1-size research poster on the topic How Do We Know What Works?

Extended Case Study Research
Following the first weekend of training you will begin working on your own dissertation. To support you in this process you will be required to make 3 written submissions, each of 2,000-3,000 words in length, for feedback and guidance. The last two submissions can then be incorporated within the final dissertation and be a portion of the final word count of 18,000 words. The submissions are:
• Submission 1 - Research proposal
• Submission 2 - Literature Review or Methodology
• Submission 3 - Methodology or Literature Review

Dissertation Supervision
You will be assigned a Dissertation Supervisor. You will be allocated a total of 6 hours’ supervision that may take place over the second part of the course. Supervision meetings may take place face-to-face or by some other suitable means agreed with the Supervisor such as telephone, email or Skype. (If you wish for your supervisor to travel to you and they are willing to do so, additional travel and/or accommodation costs must be met by you.) These meetings can be used for defining suitable methodology, dealing with barriers and obstacles during the process and for the final writing of the dissertation.

Learning & assessment 

Submission and Presentation of Dissertation
A dissertation will be the formal conclusion of the research project.  The dissertation will take the form of an extended Case Study and must be 18,000 words in length (plus or minus 10%). The dissertation will be marked by 2 external markers.

After your dissertation has been submitted and marked, you will be expected to make a short presentation to peers about your research. This will be in London at one of the monthly BeeLeaf Practice Group meetings. You will also be expected to present your academic poster (on How Do We Know What Works?), at the same or another Practice Group meeting.



Julie Sale
Julie Sale

Julie is a UKCP Registered Contemporary Psychotherapist, COSRT Accredited Psychosexual Psychotherapist and AAMET Emotional Freedom Techniques Trainer. Julie specialises in the treatment of anxiety, OCD and sex and relationship therapy. Julie has undertaken additional training in CBT and DBT. Read more


Mike Shallcross
Mike Shallcross

M.A, MATS, MTh, FCMC, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Mike is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Trainer. Mike has been a Trainer with the BeeLeaf Institute for several years and is renowned for his dynamic training style that is fun, safe and participative. Read more

Tony Wheatley
Tony Wheatley

M.A. (Econ), Lic Phil, Lic Theol.

Tony has enjoyed an enormously varied career and works closely with BeeLeaf as a Trainer, Academic Supervisor & Staff Mentor.  Tony has held several posts over the years that have embraced his extensive training and experience in theology and economics. Read more

Entry Requirements 

Applicants must already be in supervised clinical practice and be signed up to a code of Ethics with a register such as that provided by BeeLeaf.  Applicants must already have demonstrated through their course assessments with their current/previous psychotherapy training providers the ability to study and complete written work of post-graduate standard. All applicants who are not currently enrolled on the BeeLeaf Advanced Diploma must complete all sections of the online application form.



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STANDARD £1,700 Send £450 deposit with booking and pay balance by 10 instalments over course.

DISCOUNT £1,500 Send full payment with booking and SAVE £200

For courses beginning 2019 there will be an increase in the fees.

What's included 

• 2 full days of training on 6th & 7th January 2018 at BeeLeaf House in London
• Fully comprehensive manual
• 6 x 2-hour asynchronous online learning sessions
• Written feedback on 3 written submissions each of 2,000-3,000 words in length
• Total of 6 hours’ dissertation supervision (in-person/telephone/email/Skype)
• Feedback and marking of final 18,000-word dissertation
• Research Presentation Evening, including feedback from peers
• Research Poster Evening, showing your learning about research methods
• Certificate of successful completion of a unit of UKCP Accredited training

How to Pay 

You must first complete the online booking form. To then make payment use our secure online payment system as prompted or call us on 020 8983 9699. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

Payment Terms and Conditions 

All cancellations must be received in writing. Deposit of £450 non-refundable. If you cancel within 14 days of your booking being confirmed a full refund will be given. If you cancel more than 14 days after a booking has been confirmed all outstanding fees will immediately become due. In the unlikely event of BeeLeaf cancelling this training you will be given a full refund and BeeLeaf and it’s Employees, Contractors and all Associates will not be held responsible for any indirect or consequential loss. BeeLeaf reserve the right to make any changes to the course and it’s Personnel at any time.


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Application Text 

Complete the online application and payment form online no later than 30th November 2017.