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David Murphy

Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

David Murphy, PhD., CPsychol., AFBPsS., is Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham and is the Course Director for the MA in Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy. David is on the British Psychological Society's Register of Psychologists Specializing in Psychotherapy. Edited books include the official BPS-Wiley Counselling Psychology: A textbook for study and practice (2017). Co-editor of Relational Depth: New Perspective and Developments (2012, with Rosanne Knox, Sue Wiggins and Mick Cooper), Palgrave MacMillan, and Trauma and the therapeutic Relationship (2013, with Stephen Joseph) Palgrave MacMillan. He is editor of the international journal Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies.

Teaching Summary

David is currently the Programme Leader for the MA Person-Centred Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling course. His interests are in approaches to experiential learning and education in the… read more

Research Summary

I am currently collaborating on an exciting research project with partners at the Technical University of Vienna and at the University of Newcastle. Together we are developing a software system to… read more

Selected Publications

David is currently the Programme Leader for the MA Person-Centred Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling course. His interests are in approaches to experiential learning and education in the fields of psychology and psychotherapy and the psy professions.

Current Research

I am currently collaborating on an exciting research project with partners at the Technical University of Vienna and at the University of Newcastle. Together we are developing a software system to support the development and learning of counselling skills by integrating technology with reflective and experiential learning methods. See here (http://www.m-path.org/ ) for a sample or here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b063ztb0) for a recent Radio 4 prgramme where I am talking about the development of the software.

Within the area of psychotherapy process research I am interested in relational processes. I am currently working with colleagues at University of Wisconsin (http://education.missouristate.edu/CLSE/jcornelius-white.aspx) carrying out a systematic review and meta-analysis on mutuality in psychotherapy. This study builds of my previously published research on the theme of mutuality within the therapeutic relationship and the association between mutuality and successful psychotherapy outcome. I am keen to continue to research the topic of mutuality in psychotherapy and would welcome contact from potential students or researchers looking to study this or closely related topics.

I enjoy supporting my students to publish research and I am currently completing a systematic review of literature on the topic of mandatory personal therapy during counselling and psychotherapy training.

I am currently in the process of setting up a psychotherapy and counselling research clinic in partnership with students. This itself is a form of action research project. My interest in the area of psychotherapy outcome is generally motivated by the observation that despite decades of psychotherapy research only small gains appear to have been made in improving its effectiveness. Similarly, despite overwhelming evidence for the relative equivalence of effectiveness of different approaches, some are preferred by policy makers and others are preferred by service users. The politic of psychotherapy is something that also interests me.

Past Research

I have recently completed research funded by NHS Nottingham City CCG as Principal Investigator that explored the equity of access to psychological therapies through primary care psychological therapies services. The results of this study will be available soon. The Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group are currently exploring the potential impact of this study for their future commissioning strategy.

Together with colleagues in the School of Nursing I was a Co-Investigator for a research project investigating the potential use of person-centred counselling within community cardiac rehabilitation services. For this project I developed a manual for person-centred therapy for cardiac patients. We are currently working on a funding application for a feasibility randomised control trial of the manual.

Woman's Trust in London provides interventions for survivors of domestic abuse. In 2014 I was commissioned to conduct an evaluation and review of their services over a three year period. This work is ongoing and is having a direct impact on the services available for survivors of domestic abuse.

Future Research

I am always really keen to hear from potential research students, practitioners of psychotherapy or counselling, or colleagues with interests in any aspect of relational process within psychotherapy, education or the helping professions. I enjoy working on collaborative projects and would be happy to hear from potential research students to supervise doctoral study in the area of psychotherapy process/outcome, person-centred psychology, the effects of trauma on individuals, families, groups or communities. Person-centred education and the education of person-centred experiential psychotherapists.

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