Predominently social research, particularly vulnerable, children/youth, hard/difficult to reach, mental health/learning difficulties/capacity issues, plus sensitive subjects – crime/victimisation, culture/religion, health/medical, personal issues/difficulties, etc.
My person-centred counselling and psychotherapy training and experience has impacted my research practice.
The result is a person-centred approach to qualitative research which is more socially responsible, genuinely collaborative and able to reach greater depths.
I believe it is beneficial to all involved – client, researcher and respondent – to be open and honest about the subject from the beginning, to clarify the need for, the aims and objectives of the research, to communicate the importance of and the value we place on their contribution, to allow respondents to make an informed choice about the extent to which they participate and what they choose to disclose, to support them through the research process and signpost if/when necessary to relevant support agencies.
Vulnerabilities and/or sensitivities are not always apparent and may also emerge from what one might expect to be non-sensitive subject areas.
I offer experience and skill not just in interviewing techniques, but an ability to manage the situation for participants, be lead within reason by their needs and not leave any sense of regret about taking part, any immediate emotional fall-out or lasting worries/concerns or, indeed, any other kind of post-interview/group consequences.