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Award Announcements

SPR UK Chapter Student Awards
51st International Annual Meeting 17-20 June 2020, Amherst, USA

The SPR UK Chapter is delighted to announce that four travel awards of £575 each. There are three travel award categories. One award is oriented to master's and doctoral students who would be attending an SPR international conference for the first time. The second award is oriented to master's and doctoral students who have previously attended an SPR international conference. The third award is oriented to postdoctoral trainees and early career professionals (less than 3 years since degree).

These awards are designed to support individuals who do not have institutional funding to attend the annual conference.

Awards will be presented during the international SPR conference, upon verification of registration and SPR membership.

To be eligible, the student must be:

The first author on a paper or poster,

  1. A student, post-doctoral fellow or early career professional (according to SPR membership status) at the time of the conference,
  2. In good standing with SPR (i.e., SPR membership is current) and
  3. Not receiving institutional financial support for attending the SPR Meeting


Applicants must demonstrate economic need & professional promise. They must also present an accepted paper or poster of interest at the Meeting. Successful applicants will be notified by email on March 15th and awards will be handed out in the form of a cheque at the UK Chapter meeting at the conference.


Application deadline is February 15, 2020. Applications to be submitted HERE.


Past Student Travel Award Recipients


50th International Annual Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Aspasia Ftenou, University of Manchester
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and its impact on romantic relationships


5th European & UK Chapters Joint Conference, Krakow, Poland

  • Rachel Acheson, University College London & Independent Psychoanalytic Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy Association (IPCAPA).
    Is there a place for silence in adolescent therapy? A mixed method exploratory study of silence in adolescent Short-Term Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy   
  • Imke Ahlers, Anna Freud Centre & Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
    Patients experience and conceptualisation of their paedophilic disorder: a qualitative study  
  • Charlie Duncan, Roehampton University
    Using an online outcomes monitoring system in private practice: outcomes and implementation   
  • Nikolas Heim, International Psychoanalytic University
    The function of avoidance: A qualitative analysis of soldiers diagnosed with panic disorder, social phobia and posttraumatic stress disorder.   
  • Nia Verdenhalven, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families & University College London.
    Silence in the Therapeutic Work with Depressed Adolescents: An Exploration of In-session Silences and Therapists’ Responses to Long Pauses in Three STPP Cases



49th International Annual Meeting, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Imke Ahlers, University College London & Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
    “You get to understand yourself better” - Depressed patients’ experience of long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy
  • Antonella Cirasola, University College London,
    The role of Therapeutic Alliance in psychological therapies for adolescent depression
  • Celia Conolly, University of Western Sydney
    Reflective Functioning and Parental Defences: A Pathway to Intergenerational Transmission of Parental Issues
  • John Hills, University of Leeds,
    Reflective Practice in Many Voices: Encountering multiple versions of self in psychotherapy case study research
  • Celine Kamsteeg, University of Cambridge
    Cognitive mediation of the relationship between childhood trauma and adult psychopathology: A systematic review of the empirical findings.



4th UK and European Chapters Joint Conference, Oxford, UK

  • Emily Blackshaw, University of Roehampton
    When Life Gets in the Way: A systematic review of the assessment of life events in change over the course of psychotherapy for depression and anxiety in children and adolescents
  • Merih Fidan, University of Leicester
    Elephants in the room! Counselling non-English speaking clients through interpreters
  • Jeanette Hennigan, Middlesex University/ Metanoia Institute
    UK secondary school therapists’ online communication with their clients and potential development in this area
  • Sally O’Keeffe, University College London
    A typology of therapy dropout in depressed adolescents
  • Rita Maroun, UCL/Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
    The meaning of SSRI medication: a retrospective account from adolescents clinically referred and treated for depression’
  • Afra Turner, Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University
    Learning to Continue to Develop Professionally: An Exploration of Therapists’ Experience of Continuing Professional Development in a Higher Education setting: A preliminary study

48th International Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada

Phillippa Harrison, University of Sheffield
Expected engagement in person-centred/experiential and cognitive behaviour therapies: The development and potential utility of the Sheffield Engagement in Therapy Scale (SETS)




47th International Annual Meeting, Jerusalem, Israel

  • Alex Desatnik, University College London
    Do we do what we think we do? - An exploration of manualizing psychotherapy
  • Daniel Hayes, University College London
    Associations between demographic and case characteristics on child and young person (CYP) reported shared decision making (SDM) in CAMHS; What approaches for promoting shared decision making are used in child mental health? A scoping review’; What does shared decision making look like in child mental health: A qualitative study with young people, their parents/guardians and clinicians



46th International Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, USA

Charles Frost, University of Manchester.
Exploring Trainee Counselling Psychologists’ Perceptions of the Scientist-Practitioner Model in Relation to their Training and Future Careers

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