Laura Anne Winter 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, the psychological and educational impacts of changes to welfare policy such as the implementation of the 'bedroom tax', and consideration of the impact of austerity measures upon the wellbeing services within school settings).
This fits within the Educational and Counselling Psychology subgroup of the Education and Psychology Research Group in MIE.
Laura's work has largely been focused within 'Psychology, Inequality and Education', and she has been involved in projects exploring social justice in both counselling and educational psychology, as well as exploring the impacts of welfare change (namely the 'bedroom tax') and austerity measures on how schools are supporting emotional wellbeing. A number of her projects have run across both 'Psychology, Inequality and Education' and 'Applied Psychologist Education', and she has an active interest in how psychologists learn about issues of social justice, diversity and difference. Laura has supervised and examimed a number of doctoral thesis projects focused on inequality, emotional well-being and education.