Professor Denis O'Hara

Professor Denis O'Hara

School:

School of Counselling

Position:

Professor and Head of School of Counselling

Qualifications:

PhD (UNE)
Master in Education (Deakin),
Graduate Diploma of Counselling Studies (Christian Heritage College),
Bachelor of Education (GU),
Diploma of Teaching (JCU)

Contact Details:

+61 7 3234 4413 Denis.OHara@acap.edu.au

Prof. O’Hara has taught in the higher education sector since 1993 in the fields of education, counselling, and psychology. He has extensive experience in undergraduate and postgraduate course development in Australia and overseas.

  • 2010-2012 Program Leader in MSc in Counselling, University of Abertay, Dundee Scotland.
  • 2005-2010 Coordinator undergraduate and postgraduate counselling programs, Australian Catholic University, Lecturer in counselling and psychology.
  • 2000-2005 Lecturer in counselling and psychology, Australian Catholic University.
  • 1993-1999 Lecturer in education and counselling, Christian Heritage College, Brisbane.

In addition his academic work, Prof. O’Hara has maintained a private counselling and psychotherapy practice for many years. He enjoys research and writing, clinical and research supervision, and providing professional development.

Research

Research interests include; hope studies, the differentiation of self, trauma studies, psychotherapy integration, reflectivity, and therapeutic change

Research & Scholarships

Journal Articles

  • O’Hara, D. J. (2016). The self: reflective, relational, and embodied. Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia http://pacja.org.au/?p=3209
  • Fulford H., McLeod, J. O’Hara, D. J. (forthcoming). Facebook as an emotional resource: an exploratory qualitative study.
  • O’Hara, D. J., & O’Hara, E. F. (2015). Counselling and Psychotherapy: Professionalisation in the Australian Context. Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia. http://pacja.org.au/?p=2736
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2015). Editorial: An international perspective of counselling psychology. Counselling Psychology Review, 30(2), 2-4
  • Meteyard, J., & O’Hara, D. J. (2015). Counselling psychology in Australia. Counselling Psychology Review, 30(2), 20-31.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2014). The question of the self. Counselling Psychology Review, 29(2), 67-69.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2016). The self: reflective, relational, and embodied. Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia http://pacja.org.au/?p=3209
  • Fulford H., McLeod, J. O’Hara, D. J. (forthcoming). Facebook as an emotional resource: an exploratory qualitative study.
  • O’Hara, D. J., & O’Hara, E. F. (2015). Counselling and Psychotherapy: Professionalisation in the Australian Context. Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia. http://pacja.org.au/?p=2736
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2015). Editorial: An international perspective of counselling psychology. Counselling Psychology Review, 30(2), 2-4
  • Meteyard, J., & O’Hara, D. J. (2015). Counselling psychology in Australia. Counselling Psychology Review, 30(2), 20-31.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2014). The question of the self. Counselling Psychology Review, 29(2), 67-69.
  • O’Hara, D. J. & O’Hara, E. F. (2014). The identity of counselling and psychotherapy and the quest for a common metatheory. Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia. http://pacja.org.au/?p=1470
  • O'Hara, D. J., Meteyard, J., & Andersen, K., O'Hara, E. F. (2013). Therapist characteristics of self differentiation and epistemic style and their relationship with therapist dispositional hope. Australian Journal of Counselling Psychology, Autumn, 33-39.
  • Meteyard J., Andersen, K., O’Hara, D. (2013). The relationship between anxiety and managing interpersonal difference: Implications for couples counselling. Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia. http://pacja.org.au/?p=945
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2013). Review of the people bereaved by suicide project – Insight Counselling Tayside. University of Abertay, Dundee.
  • O’Hara, D. J. & O’Hara, E. F. (2012). Towards a grounded theory of therapist hope. Counselling Psychology Review, 27(4), 42-54.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2012). Editorial: Common factors of therapeutic change in counselling psychology. Counselling Psychology Review, 27(4), 3-6.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2012). Reconciling technical and practical knowledge in psychotherapy through Polanyi’s tacit knowing. Counselling Psychology Review, 27(1), 64-72.
  • Hanley, T., O’Hara, D. J. & Steffen, E. (2012). Editorial: Considering collaboration and ‘crodswoggle’. Counselling Psychology Review 27(1), 3-7.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2011). Coaching philosophy, eclecticism and positivism: A commentary. Annual Review of High Performance Coaching & Consulting 2011. Multi-Science Publication, 53-57.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2011). Psychotherapy and the dialectics of hope and despair. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 24(4), 323-329.
  • O’Hara, D. J. & Meteyard, J. (2011). The differentiation of self and the capacity to tolerate interpersonal difference and societal expectations: An exploratory study. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2(2), 1-12.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2011). Hope as promise: Psychological and spiritual explorations. Eremos, 115, 12-13.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2011). The nature of hope: A response. Therapy Today, 22(2), 34-35.
  • O’Hara, D. (2010). Hope: The neglected common factor. Therapy Today, 21(9), 17-19.
  • O’Hara, D. J. & Schofield, M. (2008). Personal approaches to psychotherapy integration. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 8(1), 53-62.
  • Alexander, I. S., Mackay, F., Meteyard, J., O’Hara, D. and Brown, C. (2004). Liminal space and transitions in the journey. Conversations: A Forum for Authentic Transformation, 2(2), 18-23.
  • Brown, C., Brown, I. S., Janetzki, P., Meteyard, J., & O’Hara, D. J. (2003). Transforming touches: Stories and reflections on transformation and change. Occasional Paper No.1. (pp. 1-7). Christian Heritage College. Brisbane.
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Books and Book Chapters

  • Hanley, T., Steffen, E., & O’Hara, D. J. (2016). Chapter 32: Research: from consumer to producer. In Barbara Douglas, Ray Woolfe, Sheelagh Strawbridge, Elaine Kasket and Victoria Galbraith (Eds.). Handbook of counselling psychology. London: Sage Publications.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2014). Three spheres of hope: Generalised, particularised, and transformative. In Lisa Ortiz and Denis J. O’Hara (Eds.), Phoenix rising from the contemporary global society (pp. 3-14) Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press.
  • Ortiz, L. & O’Hara, D. J. (Eds). (2014). Phoenix rising from contemporary global society. Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press.
  • Ortiz, L. & O’Hara, D. J. (2014). Introduction. In Lisa Ortiz and Denis J. O’Hara (Eds.), Phoenix rising from the contemporary global society (pp. vii-xv) Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press.
  • Hanley, T., Steffen, E., & O’Hara, D. J. (2016). Chapter 32: Research: from consumer to producer. In Barbara Douglas, Ray Woolfe, Sheelagh Strawbridge, Elaine Kasket and Victoria Galbraith (Eds.). Handbook of counselling psychology. London: Sage Publications.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2014). Three spheres of hope: Generalised, particularised, and transformative. In Lisa Ortiz and Denis J. O’Hara (Eds.), Phoenix rising from the contemporary global society (pp. 3-14) Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press.
  • Ortiz, L. & O’Hara, D. J. (Eds). (2014). Phoenix rising from contemporary global society. Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press.
  • Ortiz, L. & O’Hara, D. J. (2014). Introduction. In Lisa Ortiz and Denis J. O’Hara (Eds.), Phoenix rising from the contemporary global society (pp. vii-xv) Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2013). Hope in counselling and psychotherapy. London: Sage.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2009). Societal expectations and tolerating interpersonal difference as factors within the differentiation of self. In S. M. J. Jaafar (Ed.), Building Asian families and communities in the 21st century: selected proceeds of the 2nd Asian Psychological Association Conference (pp. 52-65). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2004). In search of hope. (L. Morgan, Trans.). Brisbane: Drynie Enterprises.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2000). In search of hope. Brisbane: Drynie Enterprises.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (1998). Gender and sexuality in the counselling context. In T. Gatfield (Ed.), Contemporary Christian issues: Setting an agenda: proceedings of Christian Heritage College Conference (pp. 194 - 206). Brisbane: CHC.
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Research Supervision

  • Roger Patterson, Review of the Corporate 360 Degree Leadership Feedback Process, M.Applied Social Science, (ACAP).
  • Doreen Patternel, The beneficial processes of Sandplay Therapy, MCounselling & Psychotherapy, (ACAP).
  • Basima Al Nabhan, Overcoming the effects of domestic violence: The effect of mindfulness in building resilience in women who have experienced domestic violence, MCounselling & Psychotherapy, (ACAP).
  • Ann Crawford, An interdisciplinary investigation into a church-based counselling ministry: implications for practical theology. PhD (Australian Catholic University).
  • Roger Patterson, Review of the Corporate 360 Degree Leadership Feedback Process, M.Applied Social Science, (ACAP).
  • Doreen Patternel, The beneficial processes of Sandplay Therapy, MCounselling & Psychotherapy, (ACAP).
  • Basima Al Nabhan, Overcoming the effects of domestic violence: The effect of mindfulness in building resilience in women who have experienced domestic violence, MCounselling & Psychotherapy, (ACAP).
  • Ann Crawford, An interdisciplinary investigation into a church-based counselling ministry: implications for practical theology. PhD (Australian Catholic University).
  • Hamish Fulford, Facebook: An emotional resource. MSc in Counselling (University of Abertay, Scotland).
  • Sandra Cañizares Ormeño, A qualitative study of the client experiences of the therapeutic change after a past life regression imagery. MSc in Counselling (University of Abertay, Scotland).
  • Alison Rouse, Transformations – dialogues between therapy and art. MResearch (University of Abertay, Scotland).
  • Lynne Thomas, An exploration of counselling experiences of young people who use substances, and of counsellors’ experiences of counselling young people who use substances. MSc in Counselling (University of Abertay, Scotland).
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Research Grants

  • Insight Counselling/Big Lottery (Scotland), 2012 -The therapeutic benefits of the development of hope and reflective thought capacity in people bereaved by suicide
  • Christian Heritage College Research Committee Grant, 2010 - The differentiation of self and the capacity to tolerate interpersonal difference and societal expectations
  • Christian Heritage College Research Committee Grant, 2007 - The differentiation of self and the capacity to tolerate interpersonal difference and societal expectations
  • Study Leave and Travel Grant from School of Counselling and ACAP

Conference Presentations

  • O’Hara, D. J. & Meteyard, J. (2015). Community counselling research: the type and nature of future research. University Community Engagement Conference, 2 November, Gold Coast.

  • O’Hara, D. J. (2015). Therapist characteristics of self-differentiation and epistemic style and their relationship with therapist dispositional hope. Society for Psychotherapy Research, 25-June, Philadelphia.
  • O'Hara, D. J., & O'Hara, E. F. (2014). Reconceptualising Murray Bowen’s ‘Differentiation of Self’: Tolerating Interpersonal Difference and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on the Intrapsychic Dimension. Paper presented at the Association of Psychological and Educational Counsellors, Singapore.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2014). Three spheres of hope: Generalised, Particularised, and transformational. SCAPE Conference, Melbourne, 24, 25 May.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2014). Three spheres of hope: Generalised, Particularised, and transformational. Hope6 Conference, Interdisciplinary Net, Prague, 14-16 March.
  • O’Hara, D. J. & O’Hara, E. F. (2013). Therapeutic Factors Involved in Supporting Those Bereaved by Suicide. SPR Conference 11-13 July, Brisbane.

  • O’Hara, D. J. (2013). Therapist characteristics of self-differentiation and epistemic style and their relationship with therapist dispositional hope. APS Counselling Psychology Conference, Melbourne, 21-24 February.
  • O’Hara, D. J. & Meteyard, J. (2015). Community counselling research: the type and nature of future research. University Community Engagement Conference, 2 November, Gold Coast.

  • O’Hara, D. J. (2015). Therapist characteristics of self-differentiation and epistemic style and their relationship with therapist dispositional hope. Society for Psychotherapy Research, 25-June, Philadelphia.
  • O'Hara, D. J., & O'Hara, E. F. (2014). Reconceptualising Murray Bowen’s ‘Differentiation of Self’: Tolerating Interpersonal Difference and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on the Intrapsychic Dimension. Paper presented at the Association of Psychological and Educational Counsellors, Singapore.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2014). Three spheres of hope: Generalised, Particularised, and transformational. SCAPE Conference, Melbourne, 24, 25 May.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2014). Three spheres of hope: Generalised, Particularised, and transformational. Hope6 Conference, Interdisciplinary Net, Prague, 14-16 March.
  • O’Hara, D. J. & O’Hara, E. F. (2013). Therapeutic Factors Involved in Supporting Those Bereaved by Suicide. SPR Conference 11-13 July, Brisbane.

  • O’Hara, D. J. (2013). Therapist characteristics of self-differentiation and epistemic style and their relationship with therapist dispositional hope. APS Counselling Psychology Conference, Melbourne, 21-24 February.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2012). The Relationship between Therapists' Trait Hope and Self Differentiation and how Hope is Understood and Operationalised within Therapy. Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference (BPS), Leicester, 13, 14 July.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2012). The counsellor’s hope. British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), 17th Annual Research Conference, Edinburgh, 11-12 May.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2011). The relationship between counsellor’s dispositional hope, self differentiation and epistemic style. 27th International Conference of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), Washington DC, 15-17 May.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2011). The relationship between counsellor’s hope, self differentiation and epistemic style. British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), 17th Annual Research Conference, Liverpool, 5-7 May.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2011). The relationship between counsellor’s dispositional hope, self-differentiation and epistemic style. Society for Psychotherapy Research, Scottish Chapter, Glasgow, 21st April.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2010). Reconciling Technical and Practical Knowledge in Psychotherapy. Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA) 7th Counselling Research Dialogue, Stirling, 23 November.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2010). Factors influencing how psychotherapists approach psychotherapy integration. British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 16th Annual Research Conference, Research Impacts, London, 15-16 May.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2009). Exploring a new approach to identifying the nature of therapists’ integrative/cognitive complexity and its relevance to psychotherapy integration. Paper presented at the 25th International Conference of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), Seattle, Washington, 15-17 May.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2008). The relevance of emotional differentiation to personal and family health and well-being. Paper presented at The 2nd Convention of Asian Psychological Association, Kuala Lumpur, June.
  • O’Hara, D. J. & Parker, W. (2007). Couples therapy. Third Biennial Conference of Australian College of Psychological Medicine, Brisbane, 8-10 June.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2006). Psychotherapy integration as an epistemology of practice. Fourth National Conference of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA) Melbourne, 25-26 August.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2005). The influence of psychotherapists’ personal factors on professional practice. Sixth National Conference of the Society for Counselling Educators (SCAPE). Gold Coast, 22-24 April.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2004). When theory meets practice in psychotherapy integration. Australian Family Therapy Association (AFT) Brisbane, 28 – 30 September.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2004). Psychotherapists’ metatheories as theories-in-and-on-use. British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 10th Annual Research Conference, The World of Counselling Research, London, 21-22 May.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2004). When theory meets practice in psychotherapy integration. Second National Conference of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA) Melbourne, 20-21 August.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2003). Counsellor Training as Liminal Space: The challenge to spirituality, Presented at Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators Conference, University of New England, Armidale, 2-4 may 2003.
  • O’Hara, D. J. (2003). The gap between counselling theory and practice. Fourth National Conference of the Society for Counselling Educators (SCAPE). Armidale.
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Professional Affiliations

  • Member of editorial board, “Annual Review of High Performance Coaching & Consulting”
  • British Psychological Society – Chartered Psychologist
  • Member of the American Psychological Association
  • Member of editorial board, “Annual Review of High Performance Coaching & Consulting”
  • British Psychological Society – Chartered Psychologist
  • Member of the American Psychological Association
  • Australian Psychological Society – Associate member
  • Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia Clinical Member (PACFA)
  • British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Australian Association of Family Therapy
  • Christian Counsellors Association of Australia
  • Queensland College of Teachers, Australia
  • Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (International) (SEPI)
  • Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR)
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