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Participants required for a research study on the experiences of therapists working with adult females with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

My name is Patricia McQuaid and I am a fourth-year student on the MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy delivered by Turning Point Institute (TPI) and accredited by University College Cork (UCC). I am currently undertaking a research study that will aim to provide better understanding of how ADHD psychologically impacts on adult females, and the use and efficacy of various psychotherapeutic approaches used with this client group.

If you are acounsellor, psychotherapist, psychologist, psychiatrist or nurse specialist with any experience of working therapeutically with one or more women who have a diagnosis of ADHD, I would be very grateful of the opportunity to meet with you for a 45-minute interview to hear about your experiences.

I am seeking participants working in Ireland and/or internationally.

For further details, please email me at

Many thanks in advance

Patricia McQuaid

This project has been approved by the Research Ethics Committee at Turning Point Institute for the academic period: 2018 - 2019

Research Title: An Exploration of Psychotherapeutic Approaches used in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with Adult Females - from the Perspective of Therapists

What is the purpose of the Study?  This research is undertaken as part of the MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy delivered by Turning Point Institute (TPI) and accredited by University College Cork (UCC). This study will explore the psychotherapeutic approaches used with women who have a diagnosis of ADHD. It is intended that by conducting this research, important insight will be gained into the psychological impact of ADHD on women and the use and efficacy of various psychotherapeutic approaches used with this client group.

What will the Study involve? The study involves 45-minute interview, held at a time and venue that is convenient for you. The interview will be recorded on an audio device and then transcribed. The recording will be kept for verification purposes (in secure storage) until the thesis is examined in September 2019, in will then be destroyed by the researcher.

Why have you been asked to take part? As a Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, or Nurse Specialist who has experience working therapeutically with one or more women (currently or in the past) with a diagnosis of ADHD, you are specifically suitable to provide data for the study.

Voluntary Participation: Your participation is voluntary. You have the option of withdrawing for the study before the study commences, during the interview or discontinuing after data collection until thesis examination date (September 2019). I will ask you to read and sign a consent form before the interview commences and this will be taken as your formal consent to participate.

How will your privacy as a participant be protected?  Every effort will be made to protect your anonymity. I will be the only person aware of your identity. I will use an identifying number for your contribution in the research. Your identifying number and consent form will be stored separately in secure storage. The information that you give will be anonymised. Your consent will be required for the use of direct quotes in the thesis, these will also be anonymised.

What are the legal limitations to data confidentiality? In the unlikely event that the data is subpoenaed by a court, the researcher is obliged to submit the data for investigation. Examples of limits to confidentiality include disclosure of intent to harm self or others, or if there is any disclosure that harm to a child has been or could be committed.

What will happen to the information which you give? The data will be confidentially stored in an encrypted, password protected file and will only be accessed by the researcher and research supervisor.  Any written or printed data will be stored securely in a locked filing cabinet. The data collected during this study will be stored for ten years from the commencement of this research, following this period it will be destroyed by the researcher.

What will happen with the results? Findings from this study will be anonymised and compiled into a thesis, which will be read by the research supervisor and an external examiner. Following examination, the thesis will be available to future students. The results may also be presented at national or international conferences, and may be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. A copy of the research findings will be sent to you on request.

What are the possible benefits of participation? Your participation will contribute to this under researched area and findings from this study may inform future psychotherapeutic practice with women with ADHD. Taking part in the study may provide you with a platform to reflect on your clinical experience, possibly bringing new awareness to your professional life.

What are the disadvantages of taking part? It is not anticipated that participation should cause psychological distress above and beyond that experienced in everyday life.

What if difficulties arise? During the interview I will check if you feel able to continue, require time or wish to end. If there is a question that you don’t want to answer, you do not have to. You will have the opportunity to discuss your experience of the interview during the debriefing phase of our meeting.

Who has reviewed the study? Approval has been given by the Social Research Ethics Committee of UCC and the Ethics Committee of Turning Point Institute.

Further information: Please contact any of the individuals listed below if you have any concerns or require any further information about this study

Researcher: Patricia McQuaid                                               Email:

Supervisor: Dr Sarah Thompson Tel: 0830028373               Email:

 Program Director: Tel: +353 (01) 280 1603                       Email: