Our Research

The purpose of this section of the website is to communicate findings from our past and present clinical research focussing on our clinical innovations and the treatment effectiveness of our psychological interventions.

We evaluate much of our ongoing clinical work according to a scientist-practitioner model. That work forms the basis of our ongoing presentations at national and international conferences.

The first presentation below reports on findings of treatment outcomes of over 2000 clients we have seen through the Better Access (Medicare rebate) scheme. Many of the slides were presented at our symposium at the World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT) in Melbourne in June 2016.

These slides also contain striking findings about the effectiveness of the scheme in the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder both with and without medication. The findings point to the importance of at least a sub-group of clients having access to more than ten treatment sessions to achieve a fuller recovery.

The second presentation illustrates how psychological therapy can be enhanced by drawing on clients’ experience of synchronicity, or strikingly meaningful coincidences in their lives. The paper describes how this strategy is consistent with principles of positive psychology, and might be used to enhance that field’s acknowledgment of a spiritual dimension in life. This paper was presented as a poster at the Fourth World Congress on Positive Psychology in Florida, USA, in June 2105.

The third presentation on an intervention in group settings focusing on character strengths is a poster presentation delivered at the Third World Congress on Positive Psychology, Los Angeles, U.S.A., June 2013.

The fourth set of slides below reports on earlier findings of treatment outcomes of over 1100 clients we had seen through the Better Access (Medicare rebate) scheme, and formed the basis of our presentation in Lima, Peru at the World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies in July 2013. They were presented as part of an invited paper at a symposium on July 24 entitled “The Provision of Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy Through a Nationalized Program of Access of Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments: the Australian Experience”.

These slides contain striking findings about the effectiveness of the scheme in the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder both with and without medication. The findings point to the importance of at least a sub-group of clients having access to more than ten treatment sessions to achieve a fuller recovery.

The fifth set of slides report on outcome evaluation data collected on our treatment of clients with psychological trauma reactions. These were the slides used for conference presentations at the World Congress of Psychotherapy in Beijing in October 2008 as well as at the 2008 ACOTS (Australasian traumatic stress research) conference in Melbourne in September 2008.

The sixth set of slides relates to the relevance of synchronicity in psychological therapy and how therapists might help clients draw on synchronistic experiences to facilitate change.

 

Better Access Updated research (WCBCT 2016)

Drawing on Synchronicity as a Heuristic in the Therapy Setting: A Potential Positive Psychology intervention

Introducing Character Strengths into Diverse Organizations: Positive Education as a Catalyst for Personal and Cultural Growth

Treatment outcome data for clients seen through Better Access (Medicare rebate) scheme

Outcome data for clients with trauma reactions

How to draw on synchronicity to promote client wellbeing (APS Congress 2018) pdf