Developing the evidence base for counselling

Youth Access has been undertaking a national study in partnership with local YIACS, Prof Mick Cooper and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). The aim is to produce reliable evidence on the outcomes of counselling in YIACS’ local community-based settings, and on the profile of their service users.

Working to an agreed protocol, the YIACS participating in this study have been collecting data on their service users (aged 11 to 25) between 2014 and 2016.

The study has involved nine YIACS from across the country and has relied on the goodwill of all, since no funding has been available.

Progress so far

Early findings were presented at BACP’s Research Conference in May 2015. These suggested young people seeking counselling in community settings experience:

  • greater levels of distress than those seen in schools
  • positive outcomes
  • high levels of satisfaction with services

In June 2016, the data collection process was closed. We expect to announce findings later in the year.

Further information

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