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York St John Communities Centre

Research and Training Clinic Consortium

The Research and Training Clinic Consortium (RTCC) facilitates innovative cross-institutional training and research collaboration, currently involving York St John, Abertay, Newman and Salford Universities.

RTCC supports development of practice-based knowledge and the building of evidence-based information on counselling and mental health interventions.

RTCC is currently working with colleagues from Roehampton and the Open University on a rapid review of the evidence for online counselling. This first phase of research on online counselling will be followed by in-depth case studies and interviews with counsellors and clients who have engaged in online synchronous counselling work.

RTCC will collaborate in multiple ways including: 

  • Clinical research projects, including trials
  • Collaboration for research bidding
  • Student and staff exchanges
  • Placements for practitioner and administrative or management work
  • Knowledge transfer within and outside of the clinic consortium
  • Hosting national and international conferences.

This page introduces you to some of the other members of RTCC. If you would like further information about the consortium please contact Professor Lynne Gabriel at York St John University by emailing

York St John Communities Centre

York St John University

Set up in 2016, the Centre provides specialist services for bereavement and for domestic violence and abuse.  It also offers general wellbeing services including, counselling, coaching and group work for a range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, work-related problems, personal crises, or issues with confidence and self-esteem.

The Centre operates face-to-face (where possible and depending upon COVID-19 contingencies) and online services.  Research is central to the Centre's work and provides opportunities for staff and students including evidence-based studies and the development of practice-based knowledge through small scale and case study projects. The Centre offers placements to trainee counsellors, counselling psychologists, coaches and mental health practitioners. In 2018, the Centre set up the Research & Training Clinic Consortium (RTCC).

York St John Communities Centre

Newman Health and Wellbeing

Newman University

Newman Health and Wellbeing was set up in 2016, as a university-wide initiative to serve and engage with the local community, provide high quality student placements, and to carry out research. Since it's inception the service has become focussed on counselling and psychotherapy for children and adults, along with a 'Wellbeing in the workplace and schools' service. The counselling and psychotherapy service is staffed by a mixture of dedicated clinical staff, lecturers, and students on placement, with most clinical work being undertaken by trainees on professional accredited programmes. 

The central vision of Newman Health and Wellbeing is around building wellbeing resilience by equipping individuals through the provision of their service. Also central to its aims is research, with collection of data being a significant aspect of what the service does. As a community-facing counselling and psychotherapy service, working with  many hard-to-reach communities, they believe strongly in the importance of research as a means of understanding more about counselling and psychotherapy with deprived communities. 

Newman Health and Wellbeing website

Tayside Centre for Counselling

Abertay University

The Tayside Centre for Counselling was established in 2002 by John and Julia McLeod to research the process and outcome of counselling and psychotherapy. It provided support for the development of the Pluralistic Framework for counselling and psychotherapy and still primarily delivers therapy using this approach. The centre is now run by Sally Lumsdaine, and overseen by Dr Kate Smith and Dr Mhairi Thurston. 

Research is central to the work of the centre and all clients and therapists are part of the data collection and analysis. Significant areas of research have included the development of Counselling for Sight Loss, an approach now adopted by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and a number of national and international organisations, alongside a range of projects from postgraduate researchers and staff. The centre hosts trainee and qualified practitioners all of whom work within the clinic community. Clients are drawn from the local area and are not charged for the services provided.

Tayside Centre for Counselling website

Salford Counselling Centre and Service

University of Salford

Counselling Centre

Their purpose-designed counselling centre is used for training students to become professional counsellors and psychotherapists. The suite, featuring therapeutic areas where one-to-one, family and group interactions can occur, is available for members of the local community and the University is hoping to work with local charities which will be able to use the facility. 

Room hire is available for sessional counselling and group work to professional counsellors, coaches and other professionals. A range of therapeutic services and training is also available on request.

Counselling Service

They provide general counselling services for adults who live or work in Greater Manchester for a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship problems, stress, bereavement and loss. They also provide a specialist service for those who have experienced mental health difficulties resulting from domestic violence.

Counselling is mostly provided by students who are in training to become professional counsellors and psychotherapists, with professionally qualified counsellors conducting assessments and some specialist counselling sessions.

Salford Counselling Centre and Service website

Supporting York St John Communities Centre

Your donation makes a great difference!

Your gift helps cover the cost of providing free services such as our community language school, bereavement group and café's, student suicide support group 'Laurens Ladies' and drop-ins such as the weekly breastfeeding group.

As our income grows, so too does our staff team of receptionists, administrators, co-ordinators, assessors, supervisors, counsellors, coaches, and group facilitators, and your support is needed to ensure they are actively involved in service delivery and are remunerated for their work. Anything that you are able to donate can help support the work we do and the services that we offer to our community.

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