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I am a Lecturer in Counselling and Director of the Strathclyde Counselling & Psychotherapy Research Clinic, a long-term research study investigating the process and outcome of person-centred-experiential therapy in practice.
The main focus of my own 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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An investigation of cultural differences in congruent functioning by collecting and comparing datasets using different language versions of the Strathclyde Inventory
1/09/23 → 31/08/26
Project: Research - no external fundingFile
Cogan, N., Parra Rodriguez, M., Fleming, L., Quinn, N., Tse, D., Knifton, L., McCann, L., Maguire, R., Smith, M., Graham, C. D., Grealy, M., Stephen, S., Weir, N. M., Donnachie, C., Cameron, J., Kane, T., Lakey, T. & Donovan, K.
12/05/23 → 12/05/23
Project: Knowledge ExchangeFile
Stephen, S., 11 Jan 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies. p. 1-20 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile94 Downloads (Pure)
Stephen, S., 10 Oct 2022, (Accepted/In press) The Handbook of Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling. Cooper, M., Di Malta, G., Gololob, Y., O'Hara, M. & Stephen, S. (eds.). London
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Stephen, S., 30 Apr 2020
Supervisor: Elliott, R. (Supervisor) & Dixon, D. (Supervisor)
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis