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Terry Hanley is the Associate Director of Research (impact) for the School of Environment, Education and Development and a Professor of Counselling Psychology within the Manchester Institute of Education. He is part of the Education and Psychology research group within the Manchester Institute of Education

Terry regularly presents at national and international coferences. He is a visiting Professor at York St John University (UK) and an international academic advisor for the Masters programme in Counselling at the Moscow School of Economic and Social Sciences (Russia). 

Terry has written widely about counselling psychology and was a long standing Editor of the British Psychological Society’s ‘Counselling Psychology Review’ (between 2009-2015). He is co-author of ‘An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy Research’ (with William West and Clare Lennie) and co-edited ‘Adolescent Counselling Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice’ (with Neil Humphrey and Clare Lennie). More recently he has Edited both the fourth and fifth edition of the Sage’s flagship textbook ‘The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy’ (with Laura Winter and Colin Feltham (fourth edition only)).

Terry is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Higher Education Academy, and a HCPC registered practitioner psychologist (counselling). 

Research interests

Terry Hanley is part of the counselling psychology team situated within the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE). The counselling psychology team's research focuses upon the broad area of 'Education and Therapy' (EaT), with the research of staff and students being divided into three broad strands of work:

  • Therapy in educational settings (including school-based counselling, counselling in further and higher education and the development of innovative ways of working such as online or blended counselling services for young people).
  • Applied psychologist education (including projects exploring the concepts of the 'scientist-practitioner' 'reflexive-practitice' and 'pluralistic practice' in therapeutic work).
  • Psychology, inequality and education (including the exploration of the social justice work that psychologists engage in and consideration of the impact of austerity measures upon the wellbeing services within school settings).

This fits within the Research Group 'Education and Psychology' (E&P) in MIE.

See publications lists for examples projects in these areas.

Further information

Main Teaching Interests

  • The theory of humanistic and counselling psychology
  • Therapeutic integration (including pluralistic perspectives of therapy)
  • Training counsellors to appreciate and utilise research in their practice
  • Considering the interface between Education and Therapy (including therapeutic work with young people and young adults in educaitonal settings)
  • Integrating technology into counselling practice

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology
  • counselling
  • Psychological Therapy

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute

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