Participant Information


You are invited to take part in a research study to explore the self-assessment and beliefs of pre-licensed psychotherapists. Before you decide to take part in the study, it is important that you understand what the research is for and what you will be asked to do. Please take time to read the following information and discuss with others if you wish.

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you decide to take part, you can click to begin this survey. You can change your mind at any time while completing the survey by closing the window.


What is the purpose of this study?
This research will explore the beliefs of pre-licensed psychotherapists and graduate students when it comes to process and outcome psychotherapy research. Similar research has been conducted exploring the beliefs of licensed psychotherapists and we are interesting in building knowledge from pre-licensed clinicians.

Why have I been invited to participate in this study?
You have been invited as you are either a pre-licensed psychotherapist or a graduate student enrolled in a social work, psychology, counselling, marriage and family therapy or another psychotherapy graduate program.

What does this study involve?
If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete an online survey, which can take less than 10-15 minutes. The questions you will be asked relate to the benefit of psychotherapy services and factors contributing to outcomes. No identifiable information will be collected from you.
Are the risks and benefits to me in taking part in this study?
We do not anticipate any risks of benefiting in this study. Participating in this study will help us learn about the assumptions made by pre-licensed psychotherapists.

If you become upset or distressed as a result of your participation in the research project, you may call Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for free support.

How is this study being paid for?
This study is self-funded by the research team.

Will taking part in this study (or travelling to) cost me anything, and will I be paid?
Participating in this study will not cost you anything. If after completing the survey, you would like to enter the draw for one of two $50 gift cards, you will be invited to submit your email address so we may contact you if you win. An external researcher not a part of this research team will receive the list of email addresses, keeping your email address separate to your survey responses. At no time will the research team obtain any identifiable information from you.  

What if I don’t want to take part?
Participation in this research is entirely your choice. Only those people who give their informed consent will be included in the project. Whether or not you decided to participate is your decision and will not disadvantage you or your experience working with this practitioner.

What if I participate and want to withdraw later?
If you decide to participate, you may leave the survey at any point by closing the browser window.  Because the survey responses are anonymous, we are unable to remove your responses once they have been entered. 

How will my confidentiality be protected?
We will not ask for any identifiable information from you. If you wish, you may submit your email address to enter the draw for one of two $50 Amazon gift cards. Your email address will only be shared with one external researcher and will not be provided to the research team. Data will be retained for at least 5 years on a password protected hard drive in the researcher’s office.

What will happen to the information that I give you?
Upon submitting your completed survey, the information you provide will be sent to chief researcher, Will Dobud, and the data will be exported to an Excel spreadsheet into IBM’s Statistical Package for to Social Sciences computer software for ongoing data analysis. It is expected that this data will be used for the development of peer-reviewed research papers.

What should I do if I want to discuss this study further before I decide?
If you like further information, please contact Will Dobud by email at or by phone on +61 0477161768.

Who should I contact if I have concerns about the conduct of the study?
Charles Sturt University’s Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this project [Protocol number H21340]. If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this project, you may contact the Committee through the Governance Officer:
     Presiding Officer
     Human Research Ethics Committee
     Charles Sturt University
     Ethics and Compliance Unit
     Locked Bag 588
     Wagga Wagga, NSW. 2678.
     Phone: +61 2 6933 4213.

Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully and you will be informed of the outcome.
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