Laura Anne Winter

Laura Anne Winter
The University of Manchester · Institute of Education

CPsychol

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Introduction
Laura Anne Winter currently works at the Institute of Education, The University of Manchester. Laura's research focuses on inequality and the perceived impacts of this on education and emotional well-being. She has for example explored the 'social justice agenda' in counselling and educational psychology, and the educational and psychological impacts of welfare reform and austerity. Her most recent publication is 'Relational equality in education: what, how, and why?.'
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Recently there has been an increasing focus on the social justice agenda in counselling and psychotherapy. To ensure that this does not merely function as rhetoric, therapists must consider how to translate their social justice values into action. In this paper we aim to extend current understandings of social justice by foregrounding an emphasis o...
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The adoption of a pluralistic perspective on research design, processes of data collection and analysis and dissemination of findings, has the potential to enable psychotherapy research to make a more effective contribution to building a just society. A review of the key features of the concept of pluralism is followed by a historical analysis of t...
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Objectives There has been an increasing emphasis on ‘social justice’ across applied psychology, counselling and psychotherapy. Nevertheless, despite hints at the political nature of this concept and work, limited prior research has considered the connection between politics and therapy. This research aimed to explore therapists' understandings and...
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This paper presents a novel conceptualisation of the school context by examining the ‘personal’ (emotional wellbeing), the ‘political’ (everyday political actions and power relations) and the ‘Political’ (the Political system, including electoral politics and governmental policy) and how these interrelate. Informed by literatures from a range of di...
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This brief contribution argues for the importance of a social justice perspective in counselling and psychotherapy, particularly within the current international socio‐political context. Much has been said about social justice over recent years in the fields of psychology, psychotherapy and counselling. Professionals and academics have expressed so...
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Background Schools are commonly asked to take on roles that support the emotional well‐being of students. These practices are in line with humanistic education theory and can be difficult to fulfil by schools. Broader ecological pressures, such as periods of austerity, are likely to add to the difficulty in meeting students’ needs. Aims To explore...
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Objectives The quality of therapeutic relationships in psychiatric services has a significant impact upon the therapeutic outcomes for people diagnosed with a severe mental illness. As previous work has not explicitly explored service users’ in‐depth views about the emotional impact of these relationships, the objective of this work was to bring th...
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Social justice has been suggested as a possible global moral framework for school psychology. It is, however, culturally understood and research suggests that the engagement with “social justice” in school psychology has been largely limited to a U.S. context. This project sought to extend international understandings and practices of social justic...
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Relational equality is broadly understood to be about relating to others as moral equals. I consider three questions of relational equality as applied to education: what, how, and why? Relational equality is important on a macro (societal) level, a meso (school) level structuring of relationships, and a micro (interpersonal relationships) level. I...
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This paper draws on material generated from a qualitative study of educational impacts of a British welfare reform affecting housing rent subsidy, size and location commonly known as ?the bedroom tax? (Bragg et al., 2015), which was partly taken as a topic for study specifically because of its iconic status as a controversial and unpopular welfare...
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Students from refugee backgrounds face unique challenges within higher education. This article reports analysis from a systematic review of qualitative research which aimed to explore these students’ experiences. Four databases were searched, inclusion/exclusion criteria applied and the remaining studies subjected to a quality assessment, leaving e...
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The Aim: This article aimed to investigate the empirical evidence for the significance of social justice in educational psychology practice. Method/Rationale: The social justice agenda is at the forefront of present political consciousness. The concept of 'social justice' has entered the discipline of psychology, in particular counselling (Winter,...
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There are established links between education and well-being, and between poverty and education. This article draws on interviews with parents of school-aged children impacted by a policy in the UK commonly referred to as the ‘bedroom tax’. A critical psychology perspective to education is put forward, acknowledging the complex interrelationships b...
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The ethical guidelines produced by organisations such as the American Psychological Association help establish the identity of, and to some extent publicly represent, psychological professions. This paper examines guidelines from the USA and the UK with reference to the way in which they engage with “social justice” values and practice. Specificall...
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Background: The discipline of applied psychology has begun to reflect more explicitly on the social justice values and practices of the profession. This paper presents the first stage of research in a larger project aiming to explore ‘social justice’ in applied psychology in the UK, and takes as its focus the branch of counselling psychology. Aim:...
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Content & Focus: This paper considers what a ‘social justice agenda’ might mean for counselling psychology in the UK. It initially discusses what ‘social justice’ is, concluding that although a complete definition is not present within the field, conceptions of social justice generally focus on equity or equality for individuals in society in terms...
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Content & Focus: This Special Edition of Counselling Psychology Review is focused on systematic reviews. Whilst considering the topic for the editorial to begin this Special Edition, we considered one overarching question to be of fundamental importance to attempt to tackle: What is a systematic review? We decided to have this as the focus of the e...
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Aim: This study explores the author's experience of coding a single session of her therapeutic practice with a client for her therapeutic intentions.Method and analysis: A session of counselling was audio-recorded, transcribed and coded for intentions using the Therapist Intentions List [Hill, C.E., & O’Grady, K.E. (1985). List of therapist intenti...
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This guest editorial reflects upon the vast amount of research that is being undertaken by trainees in the therapeutic professions that never sees the light of day and considers the question: ‘where does all the research go?’ We begin by reflecting upon the relationship between therapeutic practitioners and research, before considering the reasons...

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