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I am a Lecturer in Counselling based in the School of Psychological Sciences & Health.
The main focus of my research is the concept of congruent functioning: a contemporary redefining of the process of psychological growth at the core of Rogers' person-centred theory. I am interested in the development of congruent functioning for clients in counselling and also counsellors in training.
I developed a model of congruent functioning from my work investigating the validity of the Strathclyde Inventory, a brief self-report instrument, using data collected from clients participating in counselling at the Strathclyde Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Clinic. Currently, I am working with international colleagues to explore the cross-cultural relevance of the Strathclyde Inventory.
I am developing expertise in systematic case study research and in measure development. I am interested in supporting counselling practitioners to expand their understanding of the value and limitations of using routine outcome measurement in their practice.
I am a co-editor of the international peer-reviewed journal, Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies (PCEP), and former Chair of the World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies and Counseling (WAPCEPC).
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
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Comparing helpful and hindering processes in good and poor outcome cases: a qualitative metasynthesis of eight Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design studiesStephen, S., Bell, L., Khan, M., Love, R., MacIntosh, H., Martin, M., Moran, R., Price, E., Whitehead, B. & Elliott, R., 3 Apr 2022, In: Psychotherapy Research. 32, 3, p. 389-403 15 p.
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The Strathclyde inventory: development of a brief instrument for assessing outcome in counseling according to Rogers' concept of the fully functioning personStephen, S. & Elliott, R., 24 Sep 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development. 20 p.
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Stephen, S., 30 Apr 2020
Supervisor: Elliott, R. (Supervisor) & Dixon, D. (Supervisor)
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis