The Annandale Institute has been involved in research for many years. The research has explored counselling skills, how to supervise, how to be real in relationships and what emotional abuse in therapy means. Some of our research has never made it to print. At times we have been too busy. At times, we have discovered what we needed and moved directly to other research. At times, journals have not liked our style of writing with its narrative and story-telling flavours. However some of our research has come to light in both conferences and publication. Our early research in emotional abuse and being real has been published. Likewise with our premier research where we have published the research journey and results.
Revised Emotional Signatures
Based on the feedback we have received and our ongoing research in the area of emotional signatures, we are beginning another research phase with emotional signature. The concept and application of emotional signature has been well received by practitioners and coaches. We now want to explore the concept of emotional signature in the broader context of the community. Whereas the emphasis in the original research was on the difficulties in these signatures, we are now wanting to find the balance with the addition of the positive aspects of the signatures.
So watch this space!
"This is the premier research for the Annandale Institute. As a practitioner I am always wanting to find ways to work with my clients that would help them. As a trainer, I am also wanting to find ways to help my colleagues in their work. Based on my experiences as a practitioner and trainer, I began to conceptualise around patterns of relating to self and others, and how these patterns are useful for both the relational and technical aspects of counselling and psychotherapy." - Dr Michelle Webster, author.
Blue Suede Shoes
"As a practitioner I was interested in how to create and develop a therapeutic relationship. In my clinical practice I was exploring emotional involvement and how that could be helpful and healing for my clients. I began to reflect and explore how I was experienced and what clients wanted and needed for a successful therapy. I explored empathy and being real. I invited friends, colleagues and clients to share their experiences with practitioners." - Dr Michelle Webster, author.
Emotional Abuse in Therapy
"The exploration of emotional abuse in therapy emerged out of my reaction to hearing how a client had been treated in therapy. I was appalled and as a result began to investigate emotional abuse. I invited those who had experienced emotional abuse in their therapy to share their experiences. Further, I began to explore how to heal from emotional abuse, and what practitioners need to do to facilitate this healing. Finally, I made some recommendations to the counselling and psychotherapy profession to their training committees and professional associations about how to deal with this distressing and disturbing matter. Unfortunately, emotional abuse in therapy by practitioners against their clients still occurs." - Dr Michelle Webster, author.