Dr Edith Steffen
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Dr Edith Steffen

Associate Professor in Counselling Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health)

Biography

Biography

Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Plymouth since July 2021

HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist since 2011

Prior to joining the University of Plymouth in July 2021, I was a Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton (2018-2021), a Lecturer in Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton (2015-2018) and at the University of East London (2014-2015), a Research Fellow at the University of Surrey (2013-14) and an Associate Lecturer at the Open University (2009-2013).

I have held posts as a practitioner psychologist in community mental health (working-age adults) in the National Health Service (Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust, SABP) and have had a small private practice since 2014. 

Qualifications

Associate Professor, University of Plymouth, 2021

Senior Lecturer, University of Roehampton, 2018

Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA), awarded 2016

Lecturer, University of East London, 2014

Research Fellow, University of Surrey, 2013

PsychD in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology (University of Surrey), awarded 2011

Associate Lecturer, Open University, 2009

BSc (Hons), First-Class, Psychology (Open University), awarded 2005

Sworn translator for the courts of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany, 1994

Dipl.-Uebers (Professional Degree in Translation Theory and Practice), English and Dutch (with European Law) (University of Heidelberg, Germany), awarded 1993


Professional membership

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA)
  • Full Member of the Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP)
  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist/Counselling Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Member of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland
  • Member of the BPS Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section
  • Member of the BPS Community Psychology Section

Roles on external bodies

Editorial Board Member of Counselling Psychology Review

Practicum Faculty, Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

Key publications

Klass D & Steffen EM (2017) Continuing Bonds in Bereavement New Directions for Research and Practice. Routledge
Steffen E & Coyle A (2012) ''Sense of presence' experiences in bereavement and their relationship to mental health: A critical examination of a continuing controversy' Mental Health and Anomalous Experience 33-56
Kamp KS, Steffen EM, Moskowitz A & Spindler H (2021) 'Prevalence and Phenomenology of Sensory Experiences of a Deceased Spouse: A Survey of Bereaved Older Adults' OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying 003022282110162-003022282110162 , DOI
Steffen EM, Timotijevic L & Coyle A (2020) 'A qualitative analysis of psychosocial needs and support impacts in families affected by young sudden cardiac death: The role of community and peer support' European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 19, (8) 681-690 , DOI
Kamp KS, Steffen EM, Moskowitz A & Spindler H (2020) 'Sensory experiences of one’s deceased spouse in older adults: An analysis of predisposing factors' Aging & Mental Health 1-9 , DOI
Kamp KS, Steffen EM, Alderson-Day B, Allen P, Austad A, Hayes J, Larøi F, Ratcliffe M & Sabucedo P (2020) 'Sensory and Quasi-Sensory Experiences of the Deceased in Bereavement: An Interdisciplinary and Integrative Review' Schizophrenia Bulletin 46, (6) 1367-1381 , DOI
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Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

My teaching mainly falls into the areas of counselling and clinical psychology as well as qualitative research methods.

I am Deputy Programme Lead of the MSc in Clinical Psychology where I also lead on the modules

  • PSYC791: Foundations of clinical psychology
  • PSYC792: Understanding clinical interventions: Principles of cognitive behavioural therapy and systemic family therapy


I also contribute to the MSc Clinical Associate Psychologist where I lead on the module

  • PSYC7991: Psychological Interventions: Cognitive behavioural therapies and beyond


Furthermore, I also contribute to qualitative research methods teaching on the BSc in Psychology and I teach on the final-year module PSYC601 Current Topics in Psychology, where I provide an introduction to counselling psychology approaches to grief and bereavement.

Staff serving as external examiners

2018-2020 External examiner on the DPsych in Counselling Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University

2015-2019 External examiner for the 2015/16 intake of the Counselling Psychology Doctorate programme at the University of Manchester


EXTERNAL VIVA EXAMINATIONS

Lynne Jones, Doctor of Counselling Psychology (DCounsPsych); title of thesis: The experience of emotion in people with fibromyalgia: A thematic analysis. University of the West of England, 23.03.2021

Emily Finney, Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (PsychD); title of thesis: Life after Death: An interpretative phenomenological study of men who have experienced a sudden bereavement. University of Wolverhampton, 06.10.2020.

Catharine Hunt, Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych); title of thesis: Narratives of loss and resolution: Continuing bonds in the maternal experience of stillbirth. City University, 21.07.2020

Kate Gilgunn, Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DCounsPsych); title of thesis: Exploring the training requirements for therapists to work with individuals experiencing homelessness. University of Manchester, 09.12.2019. 

An Hooghe, PhD in Biomedical Sciences; title of thesis: “It’s a matter of attunement”: Exploring couple communication in times of child loss and child cancer. Katholieke Universiteit Leiden, Belgium, 19.02.2019. 

Didier Danillon, Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DCounsPsych); title of thesis: The impact of client death on cancer-care psychotherapists practising in hospices: A mixed methods study. University of Manchester, 16.01.2018.

Judith Laing, Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych); title of thesis: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Practitioners' Lived and Clinical Experiences of Working with the Inevitability of Death. Regent’s University, 26th July 2016.

Lorie Muellenbach, Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DCounsPsych); title of thesis: An exploration of counselling psychology trainees’ perceptions of therapeutic competence. University of Manchester, 24.11.2015.

Research

Research

Research interests

My research is in the area of Bereavement, Death and Dying (thanatology). Specific areas of interest:

Continuing bonds in bereavement - how we stay connected beyond death; I am interested in developing this perspective theoretically and philosophically in combination with exploring how people continue bonds empirically, particularly through inductive qualitative research; in 2018 I was co-editor of Continuing Bonds in Bereavement: New Directions for Research and Practice

Sensory and quasi-sensory experiences of the deceased (SED) - the very common (cross-cultural) experience of sensing the presence of the deceased; I conducted my doctoral research on this phenomenon and have continued to study it ever since; I am co-chair of an international interdisciplinary working group on SED and have published widely on the phenomenon (see publications)

Meaning-oriented grief therapy/Meaning in Loss (MIL) - an integrative therapy approach to working with grief grounded in narrative-constructivist, existential-humanistic and emotion-focused approaches; I have conducted pilot research on the 'Meaning in Loss' Group as well as one-to-one applications of the protocol, with some early publications now appearing and more to come

Community and peer support in bereavement - I am interested in the socio-cultural dimension of grief and in how we can build a more 'grief-literate' society in which our web of interconnections includes rather than excludes the dead


CURRENT RESEARCH & SCHOLARSHIP 

A survey of continuing bonds in bereavement with a focus on the quality and closeness of the pre-death relationship and differences in individualism/ collectivism (OSF pre-registrations: https://osf.io/y6vus and https://osf.io/w9472)

Meaning reconstruction processes in grief group therapy: An analysis using the revised Meaning in Loss Codebook (MLC).

Lead editor of book publication Handbook of Grief Therapies (with Robert A. Neimeyer and Evgenia Milman) Sage.

Lead author of book publication Working with Continuing Bonds in Bereavement (with Robert A. Neimeyer). Routledge.


Other research

2019-present Initiator and Co-chair of Working Group on 'Sensory and Quasi-sensory Experiences of the deceased (SED)' at the International Consortium for Hallucination Research (ICHR)

2019-2021 Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Social and Psychological Transformation (CREST) at the University of Roehampton

2018 Host organisation representative at BACP Research Conference, London

2018-2019 Initiator and Chair of Death, Dying and Bereavement (DDB) Research Group, a cross-research centre theme

2017 Peer reviewer for BACP Research Conference

2017-2018 Research seminars lead at the Centre for Research in Social and Psychological Transformation (CREST) at the University of Roehampton

2016-2020 Research ethics reviewer for the Department of Psychology, University of Roehampton

2014-15 Editor of Special Issue of Counselling Psychology Review on 'Positive Psychology and Counselling Psychology'

2014 Judicator for Trainee Poster Competition at the Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference, London

2014 Editor of Special Issue of Counselling Psychology Review on 'Existential Approaches and Issues in Counselling Psychology'

2013 Editor of Special Issue of Counselling Psychology Review on 'Power and Equality'

2012-2015 Associate Editor of Counselling Psychology Review

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Jacqueline Aug (DCPsych, 2021): A phenomenological inquiry into how transcendent experiences among existential therapists influence their practice (New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling)

Helena Nundy (PsychD, 2020): Continuing bonds: The grief experience of adults bereaved by parental suicide during childhood (University of Roehampton)

Claire Vowell (PsychD, 2020): Clients’ perceptions of helpful and unhelpful factors following group grief therapy: A thematic analysis (University of Roehampton)

Ruth Anderson (PsychD, 2020): A qualitative exploration of cancer patients’ experiences of moments of relational depth with their therapist during psychological therapy (University of Roehampton)

Petra Kagleder (PsychD, 2020): Teaching epistemology in counselling psychology: An empirical analysis of the perceptions of stakeholders in counselling psychology training (University of Roehampton)

Marta Chromekova (PsychD, 2020): Therapists’ experiences of working with male clients with a history of childhood sexual abuse – implications for counselling psychology practice: An interpretative phenomenological analysis (University of Roehampton)

Laura Tinsley (PsychD, 2020): Therapists’ experiences of delivering CBT for clients with alcohol use problems: A thematic analysis (University of Roehampton)

Sania Manjlai (PsychD, 2020): Looking inside the face – experiences of living with an accidentally acquired facial disfigurement and its perceived impact on identity: An interpretative phenomenological analysis (University of Roehampton)

Terence Sergeant (PsychD, 2019): Making the best of both worlds: A constructivist grounded theory study of Chinese Gay men in Britain (University of Roehampton)

Jesca Tukahebwa (PsychD, 2019): African immigrant women survivors of domestic abuse: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of their perceptions and experiences of counselling and support services in the UK (University of Roehampton)

Amy Crossley-Lewis (PsychD, 2018): The experience and meaning of compassion and self-compassion for individuals with an eating disorder presenting to a compassion-focused treatment (Roehampton)

Ian Hodges (DCPsych, 2017): Exploring the phenomenology of non-clinical depression: A Q-methodological study (New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling)

Danielle Phoenix (DCPsych, 2017): How individuals who experience phenomena that have been described as ‘conversion disorder’ experience agency in their lives (New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling)

Paula Seth (DProf, 2017): Being opened: A hermeneutic-phenomenological enquiry into the existential therapist's lived experience of wonder (New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling)

Emma Jartell (DCPsych, 2016): The experience of losing a sibling in adult life: An interpretative phenomenological analysis (New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling)

Nicola Taylor (PsychD, 2015): The use of music in facilitating change within the therapeutic relationship: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of therapists’ accounts (University of Surrey)

Grants & contracts

2018-19 Small (competitive) Research Grant, Department of Psychology, University of Roehampton (£1,248): Travelling scholarship visit to research collaborators in Austin, Texas, USA, and Aarhus, Denmark

2017-18 Small (competitive) Research Grant, Department of Psychology, University of Roehampton (£1.894): Continuing bonds in bereavement and pre-death relationship quality: A correlational design

2016-17 External research grant from Southlands Methodist Grant: Meaning in loss therapy group for compluicated grief (£2,330): A UK pilot study.

2016-17 External funding via Santander Scholarship/Mobility Support Grant (£1,000): Conference attendance in Portland, Oregon, USA

2013-14 External funding via Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) (£9,637): Mapping of the CRY Bereavement Support Programme: A qualitative study.

Publications

Publications

Key publications

Klass D & Steffen EM (2017) Continuing Bonds in Bereavement New Directions for Research and Practice. Routledge
Steffen E & Coyle A (2012) ''Sense of presence' experiences in bereavement and their relationship to mental health: A critical examination of a continuing controversy' Mental Health and Anomalous Experience 33-56
Kamp KS, Steffen EM, Moskowitz A & Spindler H (2021) 'Prevalence and Phenomenology of Sensory Experiences of a Deceased Spouse: A Survey of Bereaved Older Adults' OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying 003022282110162-003022282110162 , DOI
Steffen EM, Timotijevic L & Coyle A (2020) 'A qualitative analysis of psychosocial needs and support impacts in families affected by young sudden cardiac death: The role of community and peer support' European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 19, (8) 681-690 , DOI
Kamp KS, Steffen EM, Moskowitz A & Spindler H (2020) 'Sensory experiences of one’s deceased spouse in older adults: An analysis of predisposing factors' Aging & Mental Health 1-9 , DOI
Kamp KS, Steffen EM, Alderson-Day B, Allen P, Austad A, Hayes J, Larøi F, Ratcliffe M & Sabucedo P (2020) 'Sensory and Quasi-Sensory Experiences of the Deceased in Bereavement: An Interdisciplinary and Integrative Review' Schizophrenia Bulletin 46, (6) 1367-1381 , DOI

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Kamp KS, Steffen EM, Moskowitz A & Spindler H (2021) 'Prevalence and Phenomenology of Sensory Experiences of a Deceased Spouse: A Survey of Bereaved Older Adults' OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying 003022282110162-003022282110162 , DOI
Steffen EM, Timotijevic L & Coyle A (2020) 'A qualitative analysis of psychosocial needs and support impacts in families affected by young sudden cardiac death: The role of community and peer support' European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 19, (8) 681-690 , DOI
Kamp KS, Steffen EM, Moskowitz A & Spindler H (2020) 'Sensory experiences of one’s deceased spouse in older adults: An analysis of predisposing factors' Aging & Mental Health 1-9 , DOI
Kamp KS, Steffen EM, Alderson-Day B, Allen P, Austad A, Hayes J, Larøi F, Ratcliffe M & Sabucedo P (2020) 'Sensory and Quasi-Sensory Experiences of the Deceased in Bereavement: An Interdisciplinary and Integrative Review' Schizophrenia Bulletin 46, (6) 1367-1381 , DOI
Steffen EM & Klass D (2018) 'Culture, contexts and connections: a conversation with Dennis Klass about his life and work as a bereavement scholar' Mortality 23, (3) 203-214 , DOI
Maria Steffen E (2018) 'Implicational Meaning (Re)Creation in Bereavement as a Lifeworld Dialogue: An Existential–Constructivist Perspective' Journal of Constructivist Psychology 32, (2) 126-137 , DOI
Steffen E & Coyle A (2017) '“I thought they should know… that daddy is not completely gone”' OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying 74, (4) 363-385 , DOI
Steffen E & Coyle A (2011) 'Sense of Presence Experiences and Meaning-Making in Bereavement: A Qualitative Analysis' Death Studies 35, (7) 579-609 , DOI
Steffen E & Coyle A (2010) 'Can “sense of presence” experiences in bereavement be conceptualised as spiritual phenomena?' Mental Health, Religion & Culture 13, (3) 273-291 , DOI
Steffen E 'Both being with and doing to: Borderline Personality Disorder and the integration of humanistic values in contemporary therapy practice' British Psychological Society, Counselling Psychology Section: Counselling Psychology Review
Steffen E 'Death and mid-life: Why an understanding of life-span development is essential for the practice of counselling psychology' British Psychological Society, Counselling Psychology Section: Counselling Psychology Review
Steffen E, Vossler A & Joseph S 'From shared roots to fruitful collaboration: How counselling psychology can benefit from (re)connecting with positive psychology' British Psychological Society, Counselling Psychology Section: Counselling Psychology Review
Books
Klass D & Steffen EM (2017) Continuing Bonds in Bereavement New Directions for Research and Practice. Routledge
Chapters
Neimeyer RA, Milman E & Steffen EM (2021) 'The meaning in loss group: Principles, processes and procedures' in Neimeyer RA New techniques of grief therapy: Bereavement and beyond Routledge 26-45
Steffen EM (2021) 'Ethical considerations in qualitative research' in Lyons E; Coyle A Analysing qualitative data in psychology, 3rd ed. London Sage 35-52
Steffen EM (2021) 'From ineffability and cultural taboo to meaning: Making sense of sensory and quasi-sensory experiences of deceased loved ones' in Koster A Grief experience: The cultural, existential and phenomenological dimensions of bereavement Routledge
Steffen EM (2021) 'Interacting with the afterlife: Continuing bonds with deceased loved ones' in Byerly TR Death, immortality and eternal life Routledge 11-27
Steffen EM & Kamp KS (2021) 'Sensory and quasi-sensory experiences of the deceased in bereavement: An overview of the literature' in Burke LA; Rynearson E Exploring interactions with the deceased: The restorative nature of ongoing connections Routledge
Steffen EM, Wilde D & Cooper C (2018) 'Affirming the positive in anomalous experiences: A challenge to dominant accounts of reality, life and death' in Brown NJL; Lomas T; Eiroa-Orosa FJ The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Positive Psychology London Routledge
Steffen EM & Kasket E (2018) 'Continuing bonds between the living and the dead in contemporary Western societies: Implications for our understandings of death and the experience of death anxiety' in Menzies RE; Menzies RG; Iverach L Curing the dread of death: Theory, research and practice Australian Academic Press 203-217
Klass D & Steffen EM (2018) 'Introduction: Continuing bonds - 20 years on' in Klass D; Steffen EM Continuing bonds in bereavement: New directions for research and practice New York Routledge 1-14
Steffen EM & Klass D (2018) 'Reflections and conclusions: Moving forward with continuing bonds' in Klass D; Steffen EM Continuing bonds in bereavement: New directions for research and practice New York Routledge 341-345
Hayes J & Steffen EM (2018) 'Working with welcome and unwelcome presence in grief' in Klass D; Steffen EM Continuing bonds in bereavement: New directions for research and practice New York Routledge 163-175
Steffen E (2016) 'Ethical considerations in qualitative research' in Lyons E; Coyle A Analysing qualitative data in psychology, 2nd ed. London Sage 31-44
Hanley T, O'Hara D & Steffen E (2016) 'Research: From consumer to producer' in Douglas B; Woolfe R; Strawbridge S; Kasket E; Galbraith V Handbook of Counselling Psychology, 4th ed. Sage 330-345
Vossler A, Steffen E & Joseph S (2015) 'Counselling psychology and positive psychology: Towards a balanced integration' in Linley PA; Joseph S Positive psychology in practice, 2nd ed. Wiley 443-441
Steffen E & Coyle A (2012) ''Sense of presence' experiences in bereavement and their relationship to mental health: A critical examination of a continuing controversy' Mental Health and Anomalous Experience 33-56
Reports
Timotijevic L, Coyle A, Steffen E & Malden A (2017) An investigation into the bereavement support programme of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
Posters
Steffen E & Coyle A Steffen E & Coyle A '‘I thought they should know … that daddy is not completely gone’: A qualitative case-study investigation of sense of presence experiences in bereavement and family meaning-making. A paper presented at the Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference (peer-reviewed)'
Cox P, Winter L, Tribe R & Steffen E Cox P, Winter L, Tribe R & Steffen E 'A call to action for counselling psychology: Refugees and social justice. A workshop held at the Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen E, Timotijevic L & Coyle A Steffen E, Timotijevic L & Coyle A 'A qualitative evaluation of a UK peer support service for sudden loss. Paper presented at the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) Annual Conference (peer-reviewed)'
Ferreira N, Bray D, Steffen E & Vos J Ferreira N, Bray D, Steffen E & Vos J 'ACT-BE-ME: How do young adults experience a guided ACT workbook programme to promote psychological flexibility? A poster presented at the Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference (peer-reviewed)'
Foster C & Steffen E Foster C & Steffen E 'Adult eating disorder service personality disorders audit & adapted DBT skills training group. A poster presented at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Personality Disorder Conference ‘Working with personality disorders across the lifespan’ (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen EM Steffen EM 'Continuing bonds and meaning-making in bereavement: A socio-cultural and existential-constructivist approach to grief and grief therapy. Invited talk'
Steffen EM Steffen EM 'Continuing bonds in bereavement. Invited talk given at The Grief Project'
Steffen EM Steffen EM 'Continuing bonds with the deceased through using ritual in grief therapy. A paper presented at the 13th biannual Death, Dying and Disposal (DDD13) conference (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen EM & Gaitanidis A Steffen EM & Gaitanidis A 'Continuing the conversation: Correspondence with the deceased in research and therapeutic practice. A paper delivered at the 40th Annual Conference of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen EM & Gaitanidis A Steffen EM & Gaitanidis A 'Correspondence with the deceased: From memorialization to continuing bonds. A paper presented at the Remember Me conference (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen E Steffen E 'Cross-cohort peer teaching for postgraduate research students on a professional doctorate programme: A Pecha Kucha presentation given at the Learning and Teaching Conference (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen E Steffen E 'Embracing a social justice stance to assessment and formulation in counselling psychology training. Part of a panel discussion on social justice chaired by Martin Milton. Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference (peer-reviewed)'
Jackson J, Steffen E & Coyle A Jackson J, Steffen E & Coyle A 'Exploring the value of interpretative pluralism in qualitative psychological studies of controversial and/or sensitive issues: Principles and practicalities. A paper presented at the Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen E Steffen E 'Facilitating continuing bonds and meaning-making in bereavement: Towards a viable intervention research programme. Invited talk given at the Centre for Research in Social and Psychological Transformation'
Steffen EM, Balk D, Chow A, Kasket E & Klass D Steffen EM, Balk D, Chow A, Kasket E & Klass D 'From revolutionary roots to mainstream model? The impact and significance of the continuing bonds model for bereavement research and practice. A discussion panel chaired at the 40th Annual Conference of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen EM Steffen EM 'Implementing the Meaning in Loss protocol: Observations and preliminary findings from a UK pilot study. A paper presented as part of a symposium on ‘Mourning and meaning: Development of the meaning in loss group protocol’ at the 11th triannual International Conference for Grief and Bereavement (ICGB11) (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen EM Steffen EM 'Interacting with the afterlife: Continuing bonds with deceased loved ones. Keynote given at the Philosophy of Religion Annual Conference'
Steffen E Steffen E 'Meaning in loss: A pilot study of a meaning-oriented grief therapy group. A paper presented as part of a symposium entitled ‘Building the evidence base for counselling psychology: Reports from a university research clinic (Chair: Mick Cooper) (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen E, Alves D & Mendes I Steffen E, Alves D & Mendes I 'Meaning-oriented grief group therapy: A UK pilot study. Paper presented at the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) Annual Conference (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen E & Mendes I Steffen E & Mendes I 'Meaning-oriented grief therapy. A pre-conference workshop held at the International Meaning Conference (IMEC) (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen E Steffen E 'Meaning-oriented grief therapy: An experiential introduction. A workshop held at the Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen E & Vowell C Steffen E & Vowell C 'Meaning-oriented group grief therapy: A mixed-methods pilot intervention study. A paper presented at the BACP Research Conference (peer-reviewed)'
Vowell C & Steffen E Vowell C & Steffen E 'Meaning-oriented group grief therapy: A mixed-methods pilot intervention study. Paper presented at the International Meaning Conference (IMEC) (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen E Steffen E 'Post-traumatic growth and meaning reconstruction following sense-of-presence experience in bereavement: What counselling psychologists can do to facilitate the process. A paper presented as part of a symposium on ‘Positive psychological interventions for clinicians’ (convenor: J.T. Pedrotti) at the 2014 APA Division 17 Counseling Psychology Conference (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen EM & Sabucedo P Steffen EM & Sabucedo P 'Research on Sense of Presence at the University of Roehampton. Invited presentation at the ‘Hearing the Voice’ group'
Steffen EM & Cooper C Steffen EM & Cooper C 'Sense of presence and other ‘anomalous’ post-death experiences and their positive impact on the bereaved. A paper presented at the 11th triannual International Conference for Grief and Bereavement (ICGB11) (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen EM Steffen EM 'Sensory and quasi-sensory experiences of deceased loved ones (SED) and meaning making. Invited talk given at the Symposium on Cultural, Existential and Phenomenological Dimensions of Bereavement'
Steffen EM, Kamp K, Alderson-Day B, Austad A, Hayes J, Leroi F, Ratcliffe M & Sabucedo P Steffen EM, Kamp K, Alderson-Day B, Austad A, Hayes J, Leroi F, Ratcliffe M & Sabucedo P 'Sensory and quasi-sensory experiences of the deceased (SED) in bereavement Working Group. Biennial Meeting of the International Consortium of Hallucination Research (ICHR)'
Steffen E, Tribe R & Winter L Steffen E, Tribe R & Winter L 'Social justice training: Shaping the future of counselling psychology programmes. A workshop held at the Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen E Steffen E 'Speaking from within – speaking from without: Implications of taking a mixed insider-outsider perspective through co-participating in one’s own research. A paper presented at the Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Conference of the British Psychological Society (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen E Steffen E 'The continuing bonds perspective and its implications for working with bereaved clients. Paper presented at the Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen EM Steffen EM 'The continuing bonds perspective on bereavement and its implications for grief therapy. A paper presented at the 11th triannual International Conference for Grief and Bereavement (ICGB11) (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen E Steffen E 'The experience of ‘sensing the presence of the deceased’ and its role in meaning-making processes following bereavement: A thematic analysis. A paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society'
Steffen E Steffen E 'The experience of ‘sensing the presence of the deceased’ and spiritual meaning-making in bereavement. A paper presented at the First International Conference of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen E Steffen E 'The experience of sensing the presence of the deceased: Conceptual challenges for perceivers, researchers and practitioners. Invited talk given to research students and staff at the Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes'
Steffen EM, Alves D, Vowell C, Gaitanidis A & Milman E Steffen EM, Alves D, Vowell C, Gaitanidis A & Milman E 'The Meaning in Loss Group (MLG): Observations from two pilot intervention groups in meaning-oriented grief therapy for traumatic and non-traumatic loss. Invited talk given at the Centre for Research in Social and Psychological Transformation'
Steffen EM Steffen EM 'The Meaning in Loss Group adaptation for CREST. Invited talk given at the ‘New Techniques of Grief Therapy: Meaning Making in Research & Practice’ conference'
Steffen E, Timotijevic L & Coyle A Steffen E, Timotijevic L & Coyle A 'The role of peer support in recovery following traumatic bereavement: Insights from a qualitative service evaluation. A paper presented at the Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference (peer-reviewed)'
Steffen EM Steffen EM 'Working with continuing bonds in meaning-oriented grief therapy. Keynote given as part of the ‘Loss & Resilience: Meaning-making through Loss and Bereavement’ Conference'
Steffen EM Steffen EM 'Working with continuing bonds in meaning-oriented grief therapy. Keynote given as part of the Continuing Bonds conference'
Other Publications
Steffen E (2015) Book review of 'Qualitative interpretation and analysis in psychology' by C. Willig.
Steffen E (2014) Double book review of 'Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology: Combining Core Approaches' by N. Frost and 'Phenomenology for Therapists: Researching the Lived World' by L. Finlay.
Steffen E & Hanley T (2014) Editorial for the Special Issue on ‘Existential Approaches and Issues in Counselling Psychology’: A moment to pause and reflect on the significance of the existential paradigm for counselling psychology.
Hanley T, O'Hara D & Steffen E (2014) Editorial: A year in the life of Counselling Psychology Review.
Steffen E (2013) Book review of 'Successful qualitative research: A practical guide for beginners' by V. Braun & V. Clarke.
Steffen E & Hanley T (2013) Editorial for the Special Issue on ‘Power and Equality’: The power of counselling psychology in an age of powerlessness – a call to action.
Steffen E (2012) Book review of 'Phenomenology for therapists: Researching the lived world' by L. Finlay.
Hanley T, O'Hara D & Steffen E (2012) Editorial: Considering collaboration and ‘crodswoggle’.
Hanley T & Steffen E (2012) Editorial: Writing for publication.
Steffen E (2007) Training as a Counselling Psychologist.
Steffen E (2007) Striving for a First, what for? OUPS News & Views.
A journey of discovering, using and deepening interpretative pluralism in qualitative research of sensitive, controversial and complex experiences. Guest blog for the Network for Pluralism in Qualitative Research (N-PQR).
If therapies were created in the image of their originator, what therapy would you invent?.
Out of the consulting room into the frying pan? Counselling psychology and the fear of blogging.
Taking collaboration to a deeper level: A counselling psychology stance to psychological formulation.
Personal

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Reports & invited lectures

Steffen, E. M. (2021). Continuing bonds in bereavement. Invited talk given at The Grief Project, University of York, 06.05.2021.

Steffen, E. M. (2019). Sensory and quasi-sensory experiences of deceased loved ones (SED) and meaning making. Invited talk given at the Symposium on Cultural, Existential and Phenomenological Dimensions of Bereavement, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, 11.-12.11.2019.

Steffen, E. M., Kamp, K., Alderson-Day, B., Allen, P. Austad, A., Hayes, J., Leroi, F., Ratcliffe, M., & Sabucedo, P. (2019). Sensory and quasi-sensory experiences of the deceased (SED) in bereavement Working Group. Biennial Meeting of the International Consortium of Hallucination Research (ICHR), Durham, 12.09.2019.

Steffen, E. M. (2019). Interacting with the afterlife: Continuing bonds with deceased loved ones. Keynote given at the Philosophy of Religion Annual Conference, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, 05.09.2019.

Steffen, E. M., Mendes, I., Alves, D., Vowell, C., Gaitanidis, A., & Milman, E. (2019). The Meaning in Loss Group (MLG): Observations from two pilot intervention groups in meaning-oriented grief therapy for traumatic and non-traumatic loss. Talk given at the Centre for Research in Social and Psychological Transformation at the University of Roehampton, 24.04.2019.

Steffen, E. M. (2019). Working with continuing bonds in meaning-oriented grief therapy. Keynote given as part of the ‘Loss & Resilience: Meaning-making through Loss and Bereavement’ Conference, University of Suffolk, 30.03.2019.

Steffen, E. M., & Sabucedo, P. (2019). Research on Sense of Presence at the University of Roehampton. Invited presentation at the ‘Hearing the Voice’ group, University of Durham, 01.03.2019.

Steffen, E. M. (2019) The Meaning in Loss Group adaptation for CREST. A talk given at the ‘New Techniques of Grief Therapy: Meaning Making in Research & Practice’ conference, Context, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; February 20.

Steffen, E. M. (2018). Working with continuing bonds in meaning-oriented grief therapy. Keynote given as part of the Continuing Bonds conference at the Pontifical Salesian University, Rome, 28.10.2018.

Steffen, E. M. (2018). Continuing bonds and meaning-making in bereavement: A socio-cultural and existential-constructivist approach to grief and grief therapy. Metanoia Institute, 19.05.2018.

Steffen, E. (2015). Facilitating continuing bonds and meaning-making in bereavement: Towards a viable intervention research programme. Talk given at the Centre for Research in Social and Psychological Transformation at the University of Roehampton, 08.10.2015.

Steffen, E. (2015). Difficulties conceptualising sense of presence experiences in bereavement. Talk given at an interdisciplinary seminar in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science at the University of Leeds on 17.04.2015.

Steffen, E. (2013). The experience of sensing the presence of the deceased: Conceptual challenges for perceivers, researchers and practitioners. Talk given to research students and staff at the Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes at the University of Northampton on 11.12.2013.

Conferences organised

2017 Co-organiser of International Meaning Conference (IMAC), University of Roehampton, London, United Kingdom

Other academic activities

EXTERNAL WORKSHOPS AND OTHER TEACHING/TRAINING ACTIVITY 

Working with grief and bereavement’, Online webinar for Counselling Tutor Ltd., 27.09.2020

Working with grief and bereavement’, Existential Academy Online webinar, 16.07.2020.

 ‘Sense of presence experiences of the deceased: A primer’, live webinar delivered for the Association of Death Education and Counseling, 26.03.2020

 ‘Working with Continuing Bonds in Grief Therapy’ live webinar delivered for the Association of Death Education and Counseling, 13.03.2019.

‘Meaning reconstruction therapy training’, brief contributions on continuing bonds and on the Meaning in Loss Group as part of Robert Neimeyer’s 3-day series of training workshops; KU Leuven, Belgium, 20.02.-22.02. 2019.

‘Meaning-oriented grief therapy’, whole-day CPD certified workshop co-delivered with Ines Mendes from Royal Holloway, University of London, at the University of Roehampton, 06.10.2018.

‘Counselling Psychology’; an introduction to the profession and training to become a counselling psychologist; Kingston University, 06.02.2018.

‘Meaning-oriented grief therapy’, half-day workshop co-delivered with Ines Mendes from Royal Holloway, University of London, as part of the International Meaning Conference (IMEC) at the University of Roehampton, 30.06.2017.

‘Researching with Vulnerable Groups’, whole-day workshop co-delivered with Mick Finlay from Anglia Ruskin University as part of the week-long Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology Summer School at Kingston University, 04.07.2016.

 ‘Dialectical Behaviour Therapy’, whole-day workshop delivered as a Visiting Lecturer to final-year trainees on the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of East London (April 2016)

‘Researching with Vulnerable Groups’, whole-day workshop co-delivered with Mick Finlay from Anglia Ruskin University as part of the week-long Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology Summer School at Kingston University, 14.07.2015.

Links

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Edith-Steffen-2