Dr Sara Taylor is the Director of The Melbourne Centre of Psychotherapy and Consultancy, where she works from a psychodynamic perspective as a Socioanalytic Consultant, and a Psychotherapist specializing in complex trauma. Sara is also the Vice President of Group Relations Australia, sits on the Victorian branch of POPIG (Psychoanalytically Orientated Psychologists Interest Group) of the Australian Psychological Society, and has 19 years of teaching and research experience at a number of different Universities.
NIODA and Human Research Ethics
The systems psychodynamic approach has grown out of a theoretical tradition integrating learning from psychoanalysis, systems theory, group relations theory and necessarily involves the study of human social phenomena. Systems psychodynamic methods attempt to work with covert, often hidden dynamics in social systems, through the bringing of unconscious phenomenon into conscious thought, such that underlying system patterns are able to be accessed. A hallmark of the systems psychodynamic approach to research is that it is often emergent and iterative and anchored in the conscious and unconscious experience of any or all of the following: the individual, the group, and the researchers.. The task of the researcher is to take up an interpretive stance to discover and negotiate the meanings that guide social behaviour and make sense of actions. Ethically sound research that uses systems psychodynamic methods requires the researcher to think carefully about their approach to the research to ensure they do no harm. Particular attention should be given to selecting and recruiting participants, managing any risks associated with participation in the research and obtaining informed consent.
All NIODA staff and research students should become familiar with the NIODA Research Ethics guidelines and the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC’s) National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans prior to completion of the Application Form for Ethics Approval of Research Projects.
The Human Research Ethics Committee members are:
Chairperson - Dr Janelle Morgan
Teaching staff representative Ms Nuala Dent
The Human Research Ethics Committee is a permanent sub committee of the Academic Board of Governance. Its role is to act as the final point of reference for ethical concerns for all NIODA research activity and for other matters of ethics pertaining to the institute as a whole.
The HREC is enabled through:
The HREC reports to the Academic Board of Governance through an annual written report. This report details NIODA’s research ethics activity for the year with recommendations for quality improvements. The report is also be included as data in NIODA’s annual strategic review undertaken by the Board of Governance.
The HREC comprises a Chair and a minimum three Members.
The committee members between them comprise these characteristics:
The chair is external to NIODA.
There is a quorum of 3 members.
HREC members are appointed by the Academic Board of Governance for a two year term.
The HREC convenes a minimum of 3 times per year.
NIODA Research and Scholarship is dedicated to the advancement of understanding in systems psychodynamics for the purpose of supporting healthy, sustainable and creative organisations.
NIODA Research means supporting organisations and their members in discovery of hitherto unknown correlations or causal connections in their organisational experience and supporting and working with them to remedy problematics as a result of new understandings.
NIODA Scholarship means working towards scholarly advancements through deeply and humanely thinking about what occurs in organisations; to sort the significant from the insignificant and issue meaningful opinions about important matters, with fairness and grace.
Research and Scholarship at NIODA are the cornerstone of the Institute’s vitality, energy and relevance. Research and Scholarship supports cutting edge knowledge and practice in NIODA’s Academic programs and NIODA Consulting, and provides a dynamic, forward oriented workplace for NIODA staff members and associates and opportunities for NIODA students to be involved in small and large research endeavours.