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TA Theory Development and Research Committee (TDRC)


Aim of TDRC is to promote and support development in TA theory and research  and facilitate a  development of research culture within the TA communities of practice.

The philosophical basis of TDRC is rooted in epistemological pluralism, which acknowledges different ways of developing knowledge and embraces post-modern approaches to theory building and research. This position underpins the strategy of facilitating and developing criticality of discourse in TA within our fields of knowledge (Psychotherapy, Counselling, Education and Organisational work).

From this philosophical basis, TDRC aims to use research and theory building to further develop community resources for practitioners and clients, develop knowledge, achieve external  (statutory) recognition, and compare TA theories and practice to other modalities within our professional fields, embracing a pluralistic approach to research methodology.


Aims of TDRC are related to the strategy:

  • To develop research capability and stimulate research ( for example, organising research events)
  • To support research investigating  the effectiveness of practice and developing the use of TA (for example: quantitative and qualitative research projects focused on outcomes, working with different client groups etc.)
  • To support research investigating applications of theory into practice [1]
  • To support research relating TA to other theories and comparisons between theory and practice [2]
  • Testing  and developing TA theory [3]

[1] for example:  projects focused on n depth exploration the process of change during the application of TA theory into practice

[2] for example: comparative studies  between TA with other theories (CBT, etc.)

[3] For example:  projects focused on validation of TA theoretical concepts

TDRC MEMBERS 2023/2024

Enrico Benelli

TDRC Chair

Sezgin Bekir

TDRC Member

Orsolya Frank


Antoinette Davey


Laura Bastianelli

TDRC Member


EATA  has a programme of awarding  research grants.

  •  Applicants need to have a research qualification (preferably a DPsych or Phd) or have research  supervision by a researcher holding these qualifications
  •  EATA encourages the partnership with scientific, institutional bodies and associations.
  •  EATA expect a clear publication strategy and presentation of the research outcomes at EATA conferences.


In response to a call for applications:

  • Complete the application form in English, making sure that you demonstrate how your applications adresses the aim of the call. Download the application form by clicking this link and send it to tdrc.chair@eatanews.org
  • Your project will be sent for evaluation project by two qualified evaluators external to the committee.
  • TDRC will award the grant within a month of receiving evaluators’ reports.
  • The Principal Investigator/s will sign the contract with EATA.
  • Regular monitoring. A progress report should be sent to TDRC every six months, or midway until the project completion.
  • Publication and Dissemination strategy need to be clear and specific.

Do you need more information? –tdrc.chair@eatanews.org

Researcher Support Programme
TDRC will be piloting a new initiative in 2018-2019 for supporting new researchers in developing projects by providing small grants. The grant could relate to specific research training or coaching, research supervision, technical support, transcription or translation costs.
A grant of up to a maximum of 5000 euro will be available.
Call for 2018/2019 applications is now closed.


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