Research Project

A Critical investigation into the effect of using of Spiritual and Religious Interventions in Professional Counselling


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Counsellor Survey
This research project is being conducted by Mr Shannon Hood – Counselling Research Fellow and Industry Liaison at Stirling Theological College.   Shannon is a faculty member of the University of Divinity. He can be contacted on shood@stirling.edu.au.

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This research is designed to investigate the effect of using Spiritual or Religious interventions in a Professional Counselling setting.   Spiritual and Religious interventions include activities such as prayer or specific rites and rituals.   The research is limited to settings conducted by an accredited Mental Health Professional (e.g., Counsellor, Psychologist or Social Worker).   When complete the research will contribute to the evidence-base for utilising Spiritual and Religious Interventions and give guidance as to what particular interventions (e.g., prayer) are most useful for specific disorders (e.g., depression)

The first stage of the research involved a comprehensive literature review and is nearing completion.

This second stage seeks to understand the practice of Mental Health Professionals (particularly counsellors).   The research has the support of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia (CCAA).

The research is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship.


For this stage, we are asking counsellors to complete an online survey by clicking the link below.   This survey is being conducted using the Survey Monkey platform and should take approximately 45 minutes to complete.   At the end of the survey you will be asked if you would like to be involved in subsequent phases of the research in which case we will require you provide your name and basic contact details.   If you would not like to participate in future phases, you can leave these fields blank and your survey responses will remain completely anonymous.

The risks of harm to you are negligible. However, if you experience any discomfort you are free to exit the survey at any time.   If you feel you require support as a result of this survey, please feel free to contact Connect Counselling on 0438 575 434.

The survey data will be stored on the researcher’s laptop computer and a backup kept in an on-line repository that can only be accessed by the researcher and his supervisor/s.   Results of the survey will be published in various forms but will never divulge the details of any individual without prior consent.   All data will be sufficiently aggregated prior to publication so as to de-identify any individual responses.   The researcher will not release the data to any other party but may use the data in subsequent research projects in the broad area of Counselling research.

You may withdraw from involvement in this research at any time without any disadvantage, penalty or adverse consequence.  Should you chose to provide your contact details at the end of the survey and subsequently change your mind, you will have 14 days to withdraw your details in which case your details will be removed and your data will become completely anonymous.   You can insist that information from your participation is not used in the research project, provided you exercise this right within 2 weeks of completing the survey.

Any questions regarding this research can be directed to the researcher via shood@stirling.edu.au.  If you have any complaints or queries that the researcher has not been able to answer to your satisfaction , you may contact the University’s Director of Research: rso@divinity.edu.au.


By clicking on the link below you agree:

  • You have read and understood the information above and any questions have been answered to your satisfaction
  • To participate in the research project, realising you may withdraw without prejudice
  • That information provided by you or with your permission during the project may be included in a thesis, presented at conferences and published in journals on the condition that neither your name nor any other identifying information is used.

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