Project: Naturalistic Observations of Families in Therapy: Clinicians’ Perspectives
Dr Eva Alisic
Monash University Accident Research Centre
Dr Rowena Conroy
Royal Children’s Hospital
Phone : +61 3 9905 1879
A/Prof. Matthias Mehl
University of Arizona
You are invited to take part in this study. Please read this Explanatory Statement in full before deciding whether or not to participate in this research. If you would like further information regarding any aspect of this project, you are encouraged to contact the researchers via the phone number or email addresses listed above.
Why were you chosen for this research?
You have been invited because you are a registered psychologist working with families, children, youth, and/or parents.
What does the research involve?
Our goal is to explore clinicians' perspectives on naturalistic observation in therapy, as well as the use of a validated audio recording app. (Naturalistic observation is observing someone in their natural environment. This could include home visits, and listening to audio or watching video recording in daily life, rather than observation in a clinic.)
For this project, you will fill out an online survey. Questions will cover your current theoretical approach and methods in clinical practice with families. We will also ask you to read several paragraphs of information about the audio recording app and provide your perspective on the utility and feasibility of using it in therapy. The survey typically takes around 10-15 minutes to complete. You will require headphones/speakers to listen to an example audio file.
If you are willing, we would like to invite you to an optional hour-long interview to be arranged at a convenient time and place. This interview would include listening to some audio snippets and reading some case information before answering questions about the case, as well as the utility and feasibility of using the EAR in psychological therapy. The interview would be audio recorded to enable transcription of responses.
Consenting to participate in the project and withdrawing from the research
The consent process for the survey involves clicking “yes” at the bottom of this screen. You are able to withdraw from the survey at any stage by simply exiting the page. However, it is not possible to withdraw data once you have submitted your response, given it is an anonymous survey.
For the interview, you can provide written informed consent at the beginning of the interview and withdraw your participation and/or data at any time.
Possible benefits and risks to participants
There are no perceived benefits for clinicians participating in the study. However, the study may benefit clinicians and families in the future if the EAR is deemed useful as an observational tool for psychological therapy.
Survey data will be anonymous. Clinicians may choose to provide their email address at the close of the survey, and while this will be stored with their survey data on Qualtrics, all further analyses of survey data will not be linked to their name or organisation. Written consent forms and email addresses will be stored separate to the survey data at the close of the study. Interview responses will also be stored in a de-identified fashion. Publications and presentations of the data may contain de-identified quotations, but will otherwise present a summary of results, rather than individual responses.
Storage of data
Online survey data will be stored on the Qualtrics website via a password protected Monash Qualtrics account. Scanned consent forms, interview transcripts and audio recordings of interviews will be stored on the password protected Monash share drive. Any paper files kept in a locked cabinet at the Monash University Accident Research Centre. All investigators on the project will have access to the files. At the close of the study, data will be archived for 10 years.
The research findings will be disseminated via journal articles, conference presentations, a doctoral thesis and social media. You will be able to access results via open-access publications and conference presentations.
Should you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of the project, you are welcome to contact the Executive Officer, Monash University Human Research Ethics (MUHREC), using project number 9081:
Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC)
Room 111, Chancellery Building E,
24 Sports Walk, Clayton Campus
Monash University VIC 3800
Tel: +61 3 9905 2052 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: +61 3 9905 3831
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) candidate and Provisional Psychologist
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