APS College of Counselling Psychologists

Susanna Richardson Award for a Masters Thesis recipients

Since 2004, it has been the policy of the National Executive of the College of Counselling Psychologists to award a prize for a thesis of outstanding merit to a Masters student.  

The award for a masters thesis has been named after Susanna Richardson, a past National Chairperson and past Chair of NSW, who sadly died from cancer after relinquishing her office of National Chair when she was re-diagnosed after a period of remission. Susanna was first diagnosed with cancer when she was Chair of NSW, but continued in her role and was fully active throughout her treatment in the interests of the College. Susanna was a tireless advocate for counselling psychology, both nationally and in NSW. 

Candidates for the Award must be enrolled in a masters degree in Counselling Psychology, but need not hold membership with the APS. The College reserves the right not to make an award if no suitable candidate is nominated.

For more information about eligibility, the nomination process and selection criteria, click here.

Award Recipients


Ms Katherine Barton, University of Queensland


Mr Garth Bennett, La Trobe University

Using the theory of Communicative Action in psychotherapy research: An examination of Motivational Interviewing


Ms Lisa Ritchie, La Trobe University

"I never knew I was that strong": A qualitative exploration of the processes and outcomes of post-traumatic growth following perceived life-threatening experiences


Mr Richard Pascall, Curtin University

Aspects of non-residential paternal involvement that benefit children: A meta-analytic update


Ms Tamra Kamlesh, La Trobe University

Motivational Interviewing: Change talk in female sex workers


Ms Davina Morley, Curtin University

Reduction of psychological distress as an indicator of treatment effectiveness in a community-based intrafamilial sex offender treatment program


Ms Mae Ling Chong, La Trobe University

Encounters with theory and personal process: Students' experiences of studying Process Experiential Emotion-Focused Therapy (PEEFT)


Ms Chantel Nel, Curtin University

Harnessing hope: Exploring the nature of hope and its utility in psychotherapy


Ms Sarah Crawford, Curtin University

The impact of grandchild contact loss on grandparents’ well-being following family breakdown: A qualitative study


Ms Elizabeth Oxnam, Curtin University

Ethical issues in psychology: A phenomenological investigation of psychologists in rural Western Australia