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Call for Sandtray Counsellor Research Participants!


What kinds of change occur in adolescents using sandtray in counselling?

 I am currently recruiting counsellors who work with young people between the ages of 12 and 16 years using sandtray in their counselling process. The overall research project forms 3 distinct stages, this recruitment process is connected to stage 2. The overall project will have taken 5 years to complete and is due to end next year, 2019. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in furthering the development of our understanding of using sandtray in counselling and psychotherapy with adolescents. Evidenced processes of change, causality and development of adolescent autonomy are all a central focus of this research.

If you are interested, and you meet the participation criteria, you would be invited to complete one semi-structured interview which will take no more than one hour to complete. This may be a face to face meeting, on the telephone or via video conferencing. The interview would be recorded, professionally transcribed and all identifying information removed. If you would prefer not to be recorded then the researcher will take notes instead and create a written record of your responses. Your transcribed interview would then be analysed alongside all the other completed interviews to add a further level of insight to the overall study.


The interview will be an informal discussion. You will not be asked to disclose any identifiable information about you or your clients. You will be asked to explore aspects you notice about the way young people use the sand tray to express their experiences and to identify changes they might make. You will not be asked to talk about whole case studies, however you will be invited to reflect on brief examples of your work which identify specific behaviours or process that you have noticed.

To be considered you would need to be:

·       A Qualified Counsellor.

·       Registered with the BACP or similar professional organisation.

·       Have training in counselling children and young people.

·       Have some CPD training in using sandtray (but have not received training from the researcher: Kirsty Bilski)

·       Working with young people between the ages of 12 and 16 years and using sandtray in their process.

·       Clients can also be using other strategies but sandtray has to be a part of the therapeutic process.

·       You are unfortunately unable to apply if you were a participant in stage 1 of this study.

 As a ‘Thank You’ for your involvement you will be offered a £10 gift voucher on completion of your interview.

If you would like to know more, it would be fantastic to hear from you!

 For further information please contact Kirsty Bilski or Telephone 07971 264251

Lead Researcher and PhD Student

To download the full counsellor participant information sheet please click HERE