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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

My research interests are in the field of psychology in education and specifically mental wellbeing and human flourishing. I am currently collaborating on research with partners at the Technical… 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

My research interests are in the field of psychology in education and specifically mental wellbeing and human flourishing. I am currently collaborating on research with partners at the Technical University of Vienna and at the University of Newcastle. We are developing a new software system to support the development and learning of interpersonal helping 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.

I have recently completed a project funded by the Education Endowment Foundation looking at the difficulties for social workers in using boarding school placements for vulnerable children. We are currently completing a systematic review and meta-analysis on this and hope to publish the findings later in 2018.

Within the area of psychotherapy 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 have just completed a systematic review and meta-synthesis of the qualitative literature on the use of mandatory personal therapy during counselling and psychotherapy training.

In the last 12 months I have set up a psychotherapy and counselling research clinic in partnership with students (http://humanflourishingproject.org/). I am interested in researching the contribution counselling and education make to the wellbeing of people and society more widely.

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 with interests in education and wellbeing, any aspect of relational processes within education, counselling, or other helping professions.

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