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Ms Susan Stephen

Teaching Associate


Personal statement

I am Diploma Courses Leader within the Counselling Unit (School of Psychological Sciences & Health). In the 2016-17 academic year we are running two part-time postgraduate diploma in counselling & psychotherapy courses (accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and training approximately 60 students as person-centred counsellors.

In addition I am the coordinator of the Strathclyde Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Clinic, which is led by Professor Robert Elliott. We offer free person-centred and experiential counselling  and psychotherapy to members of the public who are willing to take part in our research protocol.

I am currently undertaking PhD studies: Measuring patterns of change in client congruence: A longitudunal and cross-sectional investigation. 

My wider research interests include the outcome and process of person-centred and experiential counselling and psychotherapy, the impact of PCE training on students, clients' experiences of therapy and developing case study research methods. I am also conducting an ongoing longitudinal study to map the development of the person-centred approach in Scotland (datasets collected in 2006 and 2015).




Introduction to the special issue on case studies
Stephen Susan
Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapies Vol 13, pp. 73-74, (2014)
Person-centred therapy with a client experiencing social anxiety difficulties : a hermeneutic single case efficacy design
Stephen Susan, Elliott Robert, Macleod Rachel
Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Vol 11, pp. 55-66, (2011)
Developing the adjudicated case study method
Stephen Susan, Elliott Robert
Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy Vol 7, pp. 230-241, (2011)
The person-centered approach in Scotland
Stephen Susan, Lambers Elke
Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapies Vol 9, pp. 25-36, (2010)

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Professional activities

The Strathclyde Inventory: Measuring congruence as an outcome of therapy
PCE Europe Symposium 2016
Lifespan Integration Therapy with Trauma-Exposed Children: A Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Study (Christian Rensch, Thesis, MA in Counselling Psychology, Trinity Western University, Canada)
External Examiner
PCE 2016 Symposium
Member of programme committee
BACP 21st Annual Counselling & Psychotherapy Research Conference
Society for Psychotherapy Research 25th UK Chapter Annual Conference

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A pilot study of the relationship between interaction of the caregivers and the care recipients of dementia and their anxiety in residential aged care
Stephen, Susan (Co-investigator)
International Collaborator: Yu, P.; Traynor, V.; Barkus, E.; Li, M.; Qian, S. Carrigan, N. & Stephen, S. (2015) A pilot study of the relationship between interaction of the caregivers and the care recipients of dementia and their anxiety in residential aged care UOW, Global Challenges. AU$10,000.
Period 05-Jan-2016 - 20-Jul-2016

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