Dr. Brian Rodgers is a Chair of the Scientific Comittee, web-site co-manager, Liason with the Australia Aotearoa New Zealand chapter and a Liason with the PCE2020 conference.
I am currently living in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand working at Auckland University of Technology. Prior to this, I lived in Brisbane, Australia and Glasgow, Scotland working within a variety of academic institutions as well as in private practice and consultancy. I initially qualified with a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling from the University of Strathclyde in 2000, and a Certificate in Person-Centred Supervision in 2004. In 2009 I undertook training in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) with Prof Robert Elliott and in 2010 I completed a PhD in counselling research at the University of Abertay supervised by Prof John McLeod.
My primary research interest revolves around the outcomes of mental health interventions, in particular counselling and psychotherapy. The focus of my PhD was to explore the potential of alternative approaches to outcome evaluation that allow us to discover what ‘comes out’ of therapy from a client’s perspective rather than the traditional approach of attempting to quantitatively measure predefined domains of outcome. This has led to an interest in how we can integrate authentic enquiry into both research and practice, such that both endeavours collaboratively combine to improve therapeutic outcomes and produce meaningful research results.
I have supervised a diverse range of student research projects including topics such as pedagogy of counsellor education, maintaining the therapeutic alliance, psychotherapy in forensic mental health, sibling suicide bereavement, video gaming and psychotherapy, gender in psychotherapy, shame and self-acceptance, counsellor identification with client issues, women’s perception of counselling following miscarriage, therapist’s experience of working with gay male clients, counselling support for young athletes, counsellor’s experiences of unemployment, client versus counsellor perceptions of helpful and unhelpful aspects of therapy, person-centred approaches to leadership, and person-centred creative practices with young people.