Our Strategy and Aims


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

(for example:  projects focused on n depth exploration the process of change during the application of TA theory into practice)

  • To support research relating TA to other theories and comparisons between theory and practice

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

  • Testing  and developing TA theory

For example:  projects focused on validation of TA theoretical concepts

Quick contact to TDRC – tdrc.chair@eatanews.org

MEMBERS 2016/2017

  • Dr Biljana van Rijn, Chair, tdrc.chair@eatanews.org
  • Laura Bastianelli, co-opted member
  • Paolo Maggio, member
  • Sylvia  Schachner, member
  • David Kryštof , member
  • Ines Stimjanin, member


EATA  has a rolling programme of awarding  research grants. The current call for applications closes on the 31st of October 2017 and the maximum grant is 20 000 euro. The award could be made to one project, or in several smaller 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.

Procedure :

  • Complete the application form in English. Download the application form by clicking this link and send it to tdrc.chair@eatanews.org
  • Your project is sent for evaluation project by two qualified evaluators external to the committee.
  • TDRC awards the grant within a month of receiving evalutors’ reports.
  • The Principal Investigator/s signs 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

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