Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy students explore topics that fascinate them during the research units of their course. As their degrees near completion, they present their findings at formal but friendly colloquium sessions that serve as valuable practice for their future careers. ACAP’s interstate faculty members participate in the sessions by live video connection.
Students are allocated 20 minutes each at the microphone to explain their research, including the inspiration for their topic, the survey methods applied, the survey results, interpretations, insights and recommendations. Questions are taken from the audience, which includes supporters from among students’ family and friends.
“The Discipline of Counselling sees this event as a great opportunity for students to discuss their research findings with the general community including peers, supervisors, and teaching staff,” said Michaela Munoz, Academic Research Coordinator and colloquiums organiser.
“The students receive helpful comments and advice from those attending. In addition, the sessions provide a great opportunity to prepare them for the experience of presenting papers at conferences.”
The diversity of ACAP students’ enquiring minds was reflected at the Sydney and Melbourne campus sessions held during May by the range and topicality of their papers’ titles:
- Exploring therapists' perspectives of the place of religion in Counselling
- Yo-yo dieters' perceptions of external influences that impact their weight loss choices, decisions and behaviour
- Factors affecting marriage breakdown in Sydney's Coptic community, Australia
- How does a better living program make a better living? A qualitative, exploratory study of a counselling intervention for adults who are blind or vision impaired
- The effect of depression and/or anxiety on career development
- A trainee counsellor’s experience of therapy with a transgender young person at risk
- Examining factors of religion and spirituality its impact on overall levels of perceived stress in young people
- Women's lived experiences post abortion
- Grief severity among companion animal death and human death: A comparison
- Analysis of media/advertising employees' stress and mental wellbeing
- Fuelling Shame, Soothing Shame: A constructivist grounded theory demonstrating the effect of shame and countertransference in couples counselling
- How does social media use influence family communication and connectedness?
- What are the effects of postnatal depression on the roles within family?
- Examining the relationship between Facebook use and young people’s social-anxiety and self-esteem
Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy colloquiums are a milestone of achievement marking the completion of satisfying hard work with professionalism and celebration. Camaraderie at the events reflects ACAP’s renowned student-teacher collaboration and spirit of peer-support.
“Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the research supervisors who unselfishly continue to share their knowledge, time and effort with their supervisees; to Dr Katrina Andrews, Master of Psychotherapy and Counselling course convenor and to Professor Denis O’Hara, Associate Dean of Counselling,” said Michaela.