Title: Psychological Recovery after Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Haemorrhage: The Moderating effects of Post-traumatic Growth

Abstract: The overall aim of the study is to address the lack of empirical research regarding PTG, in people who have experienced an aSAH with good neurological recovery. PTG has previously been investigated in respect to traumatic disasters and illnesses. However, only one small scale study, investigating the link between cognitive processing and PTG in ischaemic stroke patients, has ever been conducted. In addition, a few small scale qualitative studies have investigated PTG in acquired brain injury (ABI) patients, of which one or two participants had experienced stroke. Subsequently, there does not appear to be any previous studies that have explored PTG in aSAH. This study will build upon existing PTG research. In particular, this study will utilise a research design which investigates PTG as a protective factor, which has previously only been conducted in breast cancer patients. This study will seek to determine if PTG is experienced by people who have suffered an aSAH with good neurological recovery, as well as the relationship between PTSS, PTG and two health outcome measures being: depression, and subjective well-being. The potential for PTG to play a protective role in decreasing negative outcomes such as depression and reduced subjective well-being will also be examined. It is anticipated that the findings of this study will assist in the development of a model of PTG after.
Researcher: Australian Psychologist- registered with AHPRA. Professor Jenny Sharples
Study Population: All participants will be adults who have experienced an aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage. Participants will be aged 18 years and above and be recruited from the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, U.S.A. and U.K.
Participant Obligation: The study utilises an online confidential survey comprising psychometric questionnaires. It is estimated that online participation will take approximately 30 to 40 minutes duration.
Location: Online only via the secure Qualtrics system and secure Victoria University server. Ethics approval from the Human research ethics committee at Victoria University, Melbourne Australia was obtained on the 19th of January, 2017.
Study Runs: 03/13/2017 to 12/31/2018
URL: https://vuau.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bsmSv6KDOBZ197T
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Title: Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety and Depression Amongst French Canadians

Version canadienne francaise d’un traitement transdiagnostique de l’anxiété et de la dépression via Internet

Abstract: This project is part of research program in collaboration with Macquarie University (Sidney, Australia) that aims to implant both the French and English versions of the Wellbeing Course in Canada. This project aims to establish the efficacy of the French-Canadian version of the wellbeing course using a randomized-control trial, where a treatment group will be compared to a wait-list control group.

The well being course consists of:
  • Five lessons that provide information and teach practical skills to facilitate symptom management
  • Exercises to help you practice the skills learned
  • Additional ressources and testimonials
  • Weekly emails from the research coordinator
  • Brief questionnaires to complete online to assess the impact of treatment
Researcher: Miguel Robichaud, Supervisor: France Talbot
Study Population: Reside in the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador) and be aged 18 years+
Indicate French as first official language spoken and clearly understand written French;
Have internet access
Participant Obligation: Complete an application.
If eligible complete a pre/post test questionnaire, along with a 3-mos follow-up.
Take part in the 8 week course.
Location: Online - Moncton - New Brunswick.
Study Runs: 01/16/2017 to 08/07/2017
URL: etherapies.ca
Recruitment Poster

Title: Exploring psychologists’ and psychotherapists’ professional views of what constitutes evidence-based practice. /
Le point de vue des psychologues et psychothérapeutes quant à ce qui constitue une pratique selon les données probantes.

Abstract: A structured online questionnaire will be used to collect data from the research participants. A survey has been formulated via Qualtrics and an English and a French version is each available. Once clicking on the respective language hyperlink to the study, participants will voluntarily choose whether to provide informed consent to partake in completing our survey. Individuals who agree to the consent form (part of the online survey) will proceed to completing the questions; those who do not, to the end of the survey. Rationale: Interest in EBP has prompted regulatory bodies such as the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and American Psychological Association (APA) to establish committees to define and promote EBP, concluding that it involves the integration of three key elements: best available research, clinical expertise, and client characteristics. Despite growing interest in EBP, professionals have not rushed to embrace these practices, possibly because the definitions lack clarity (Lilienfeld et al., 2013). This study will aim to shed light on this issue by attempting to achieve a clearer understanding of the key elements identified in definitions of EBP, as applied to the practice of psychotherapy, by surveying psychologists and psychotherapists on the extent to which they attitudinally endorse key EBP tenets in their psychotherapy practices.
Researcher: Jerry Middleton and Christopher Kalogeropoulos
Study Population: Psychologists and, if possible, psychotherapists across all of Canada who are affiliated members of the CPA (and only those who may access the R2P2 portal).
Participant Obligation: Voluntarily consent to partake in our study. Respondents may withdraw from the study at any point without consequence, and there is no perceived risk associated with taking this survey. The survey responses are not forced-choice in nature.
Location: Online-city (through online posting on R2P2 portal); this study was approved in Montreal through the McGill University Research Ethics & Compliance office.
Study Runs: November 18, 2016 to March 31, 2017
URL: ENGLISH: https://mcgilluecp.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7X1h0x3BWncn4dD
FRANÇAIS: https://mcgilluecp.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bqKvj2Hy2EiPPrD

Title: Spiritual Development Through Client Encounters: The Experience of Therapists

Abstract: This proposed research project seeks to explore the impact of clients on the spirituality, spiritual change and development of psychotherapists, as seen retrospectively, over the course of their career. The study focuses on the experience of psychotherapists with at least 25 years in practice, as a result of their work with clients, and, in turn, on the effects of this on their everyday lives. It is hoped that the results will shed more light onto our understanding of the impact of psychotherapy practice on therapists, therapist development, and on the process of spiritual development, with implications for psychotherapy training and education.
Researcher: Terry Gall
Study Population: Psychotherapists in active practice
Participant Obligation: Participation in this research study will involve completing a brief demographic questionnaire, a one-page written reflexive account, as well as a 60-90min. in-person interview, scheduled at your convenience. Participation is strictly voluntary
Location: Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada
Study Runs: September 6, 2016 to July 3, 2017
URL: N/A

Title: Examination of Clinician Attitudes Regarding Treatment of Individuals with Pedophilia

Abstract: This study aims to investigate attitudes held by psychological professionals regarding the treatment of individuals with a sexual interest in children. If you consent to participate you will be asked to complete several questionnaires. These questionnaires address attitudes toward sexual activity with children, attitudes toward individuals with pedophilia, attitudes regarding treatment of individual with pedophilia, as well as some personal characteristics. Some of the questions are quite personal and might be upsetting to some people.
Researcher: Carisa Collins
Study Population: Participants are clinical psychologists who currently provide, or have ever provided, individual treatment. They may hail from any region of Canada.
Participant Obligation: Participant role is to complete relevant questionnaires.
Location: Online-Oshawa
Study Runs: October 27, 2016 to October 26, 2017
URL: https://uoitsocialscience.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9zv2Oh90HITuH8F