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Dr Catherine Butler

Dr Catherine Butler

Academic Director / Selection Lead on Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

 Washington Singer 

 

Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK

 Office hours:

Mon-Fri 9-5

Overview

I am a Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist with over 15 years experience of teaching on Clinical Psychology Doctorates, Masters courses, Family Therapy courses and in the private sector, e.g. Pink Therapy. My NHS clinical work was 10 years in HIV/Sexual Health and 6 years in Adult Mental Health, I now work full time in academia but still offer private supervision. I am passionate about inclusivity and valuing diversity, and address this in my management, teaching and research. On the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Exeter I am the Academic Director and the Selection Lead. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Qualifications

2003 Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

2006 Masters in Family Therapy

2017 Systemic Supervisor

Research

Research interests

I am a qualitative researcher with over a decade of experience superving doctoral and masters research, as well as working in research teams with quantative researchers for mixed-methods projects. 

My research portfolio has two strands. The main strand is looking at experiences of transgender youth and their families in relation to minority stress, discrimination, and the social contruction of gender diverse and non-binary presentations. This builds on my early work focusing on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual expereinces of discrimination and lived experiences. 

My second strand is situated within my expertise as a trainer in Clinical Psychology and Family Therapy. I have developed scales to measure the competency of trainee family therapists and supervisors.

For my future research interests, I am interested in bringing my work on discrimination and power into research issues around race, in particular Whiteness and how the plays out in different settings such as higher education.

Research projects

I am currently supervising four doctoral students looking at:

  • The intersection of autism and transgender for adults and children (IPA)
  • Stories of detranistioning (Narrative Analysis)
  • The lived experience of living through COVID for afro-caribean low income people in Bristol (Thematic Analysis)
  • Experiences of working with relapse in drug and alcohol services - clinicans and service user perspectives (IPA)

Research networks

Through my work I am part of clinical psychology, family therapy and queer informal networks.

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Books

das Nair R, Butler C (2012). Intersectionality, Sexuality and Psychological Therapies: Working with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Diversity. Abstract.
das Nair R, Butler C (2012). Introduction.
Butler C, O'Donovan A, Shaw E (2009). Sex, Sexuality and Therapeutic Practice a Manual for Therapists and Trainers., Routledge. Abstract.

Journal articles

Hunter J, Butler C, Cooper K (In Press). Gender Minority Stress in Trans and Gender Diverse Adolescents and Young People. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Butler C, Rivett M, Hallack Z, Harris M (2021). Systemic supervision, the last frontier: Towards a scale that measures systemic supervision. Journal of Family Therapy Abstract.
Cooper K, Mandy W, Butler C, Russell A (2021). The lived experience of gender dysphoria in autistic adults: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Autism Abstract.
Butler C, Beavis J, Aldallal F, Nelson‐Hall S, Shah‐Beckley I (2021). The social construction of gender variance in childhood, adolescence and parenthood: a story completion study. Journal of Family Therapy
Butler C, Hutchinson A (2020). Debate: the pressing need for research and services for gender desisters/detransitioners. Child Adolesc Ment Health, 25(1), 45-47. Abstract.  Author URL.
Butler C, Sheils E, Lask J, Joscelyne T, Pote H, Crossley J (2020). Measuring competence in systemic practice: development of the 'Systemic Family Practice - Systemic Competency Scale' (SPS)(sic)(sic)(sic)Palabras clave. JOURNAL OF FAMILY THERAPY, 42(1), 79-99. Author URL.
Attwood J, Butler C, Rogers L, Batterham M, Cousins L, Wilson R (2020). Non Violent Resistance parent training and adolescent substance misuse. Journal of Family Therapy, 42(2), 222-251. Abstract.
Patel N, Alcock K, Alexander L, Baah J, Butler C, Danquah A, Gibbs D, Goodbody L, Joseph-Loewenthal W, Muhxinga Z, et al (2020). Racism is not entertainment. Clinical Psychology Forum, 2020(326), 2-19.
Parker C, Smithson J, Limond J, Sherbersky H, Butler C (2020). Student and supervisor experiences of the Systemic Practice Scale (SPS): a discourse analysis. Journal of Family Therapy Abstract.
Cooper K, Russell A, Mandy W, Butler C (2020). The phenomenology of gender dysphoria in adults: a systematic review and meta-synthesis. Clin Psychol Rev, 80 Abstract.  Author URL.
Lambe S, Russell A, Butler C, Fletcher S, Ashwin C, Brosnan M (2019). Autism and the transition to university from the student perspective. Autism, 23(6), 1531-1541. Abstract.  Author URL.
Butler C, Joiner R, Bradley R, Bowles M, Bowes A, Russell C, Roberts V (2019). Self-harm prevalence and ideation in a community sample of cis, trans and other youth. International Journal of Transgenderism, 20(4), 447-458. Abstract.
Norris E, Phillips S, Butler C, James K (2018). Sex and Relationships Education for Individuals with Cystic Fibrosis: a Service-Based Approach. Sexuality and Disability, 36(4), 363-376. Abstract.
Whittle C, Butler C (2018). Sexuality in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities: a meta-ethnographic synthesis of qualitative studies. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 75, 68-81. Abstract.
Banting R, Butler C, Swift C (2018). The adaptation of a Solution Focused Brief Therapy domestic violence perpetrator programme: a case study with a client with a learning disability. Journal of Family Therapy, 40(4), 489-502. Abstract.
Fixter V, Butler C, Daniels J, Phillips S (2017). A Qualitative Analysis of the Information Needs of Parents of Children with Cystic Fibrosis prior to First Admission. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 34, e29-e33. Abstract.
Chandler RJ, Newman A, Butler C (2017). Burnout in clinicians working with offenders with personality disorder. Journal of Forensic Practice, 19(2), 139-150. Abstract.
Butler C (2015). Intersectionality in family therapy training: Inviting students to embrace the complexities of lived experience. Journal of Family Therapy, 37(4), 583-589. Abstract.
BUTLER C (2011). Breaking Taboos: Acknowledging Therapist Arousal and Disgust. Psychotherapy and Politics International, 9(1), 61-66.
Byrne A, Butler C, Mugerwa F (2010). Habari: Spreading the news about HIV to African communities in London. Clinical Psychology Forum(211), 30-34.
Csete J, Cohen J (2010). Health benefits of legal services for criminalized populations: the case of people who use drugs, sex workers and sexual and gender minorities. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 38(4), 816-831. Abstract.
Goodwin C, Butler C (2009). Legitimate love: the meaning of civil partnership for the positioning of lesbian and gay people in society. SEXUAL AND RELATIONSHIP THERAPY, 24(3-4), 235-248. Author URL.
Butler C (2009). Sexual and gender minority therapy and systemic practice. Journal of Family Therapy, 31(4), 338-358. Abstract.
Shaw L, Butler C (2008). Editorial: Special issue on sexual trauma. Clinical Psychology Forum(192), 9-11.
Shaw L, Butler C, Marriott C (2008). Sex and sexuality teaching in UK clinical psychology courses. Clinical Psychology Forum(187), 7-11. Abstract.
Butler C (2008). Strange bedfellows? Setting up a systemic couples service in a sexual health setting. Clinical Psychology Forum(187), 12-16. Abstract.
Butler C, Shaw E (2007). Putting sex on the agenda. Clinical Psychology Forum(173), 45-47.
Byrne A, Watson R, Butler C, Accoroni A (2006). Increasing the confidence of nursing staff to address the sexual health needs of people living with HIV: the use of motivational interviewing. AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 18(5), 501-504. Abstract.
Butler C (2006). Psychology students - This time it's personal. Psychologist, 19(1).
Butler C, Moon L, Barker M (2006). Sexuality. Psychologist, 19(1), 18-19.
Shaw L, Butler C, Rodohan E (2006). The criminalisation of HIV transmission. Clinical Psychology Forum, 2006(164).
Gibbons J, Butler C, Watson R (2005). Providing support to lesbian, gay and bisexual clinical psychology trainees. Clinical Psychology Forum(151), 28-31. Abstract.
Gibbons J, Butler C, Watson R (2005). Providing support to lesbian, gay and bisexual clinical psychology trainees. Clinical Psychology(46), 22-25. Abstract.
Butler C (2004). An awareness-raising tool addressing lesbian and gay lives. Clinical Psychology(36), 15-17. Abstract.
Accoroni A, Adams N, Babbs M, Byrne A, Butler C, Davidson O, Van Dijkhuizen M (2004). Unjustified publication? [1] (multiple letters). Psychologist, 17(2).

Chapters

Hicks S, Butler C (2021). Embracing the Kaleidoscope: Talking about racism in British Clinical Psychology. In Newnes C (Ed) Racism in Psychology, Oxon: Routledge.
Butler C (2018). Physical Disabilities. In Goldberg AE (Ed) The SAGE Encyclopaedia of LGBTQ Studies, CA: SAGE.
Butler C, Byrne A (2014). Queer in practice: Therapy and queer theory. In  (Ed) Feeling Queer or Queer Feelings?: Radical Approaches to Counselling Sex, Sexualities and Genders, 89-105.
Butler C (2012). Disability. In  (Ed) Intersectionality, Sexuality and Psychological Therapies: Working with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Diversity, 213-238.
Higgins S, Butler C (2012). Refugees and Asylum Seekers. In  (Ed) Intersectionality, Sexuality and Psychological Therapies: Working with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Diversity, 113-136.
Butler C, das Nair R, Thomas S (2012). The colour of queer. In  (Ed) Counselling Ideologies: Queer Challenges to Heteronormativity, 105-121.
Butler C, das Nair R, Thomas S (2010). The colour of queer. In  (Ed) Counselling Ideologies: Queer Challenges to Heteronormativity, 105-121.

Conferences

Butler C (2008). Speaking the unspeakable: Female interpreters' response to working with women who have been raped in war.  Abstract.
Shaw L, Butler C (2007). Report from the 2006 DCP Annual Conference.

Publications by year


In Press

Hunter J, Butler C, Cooper K (In Press). Gender Minority Stress in Trans and Gender Diverse Adolescents and Young People. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry

2021

Hicks S, Butler C (2021). Embracing the Kaleidoscope: Talking about racism in British Clinical Psychology. In Newnes C (Ed) Racism in Psychology, Oxon: Routledge.
Butler C, Rivett M, Hallack Z, Harris M (2021). Systemic supervision, the last frontier: Towards a scale that measures systemic supervision. Journal of Family Therapy Abstract.
Cooper K, Mandy W, Butler C, Russell A (2021). The lived experience of gender dysphoria in autistic adults: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Autism Abstract.
Butler C, Beavis J, Aldallal F, Nelson‐Hall S, Shah‐Beckley I (2021). The social construction of gender variance in childhood, adolescence and parenthood: a story completion study. Journal of Family Therapy

2020

Butler C, Hutchinson A (2020). Debate: the pressing need for research and services for gender desisters/detransitioners. Child Adolesc Ment Health, 25(1), 45-47. Abstract.  Author URL.
Butler C, Sheils E, Lask J, Joscelyne T, Pote H, Crossley J (2020). Measuring competence in systemic practice: development of the 'Systemic Family Practice - Systemic Competency Scale' (SPS)(sic)(sic)(sic)Palabras clave. JOURNAL OF FAMILY THERAPY, 42(1), 79-99. Author URL.
Attwood J, Butler C, Rogers L, Batterham M, Cousins L, Wilson R (2020). Non Violent Resistance parent training and adolescent substance misuse. Journal of Family Therapy, 42(2), 222-251. Abstract.
Patel N, Alcock K, Alexander L, Baah J, Butler C, Danquah A, Gibbs D, Goodbody L, Joseph-Loewenthal W, Muhxinga Z, et al (2020). Racism is not entertainment. Clinical Psychology Forum, 2020(326), 2-19.
Parker C, Smithson J, Limond J, Sherbersky H, Butler C (2020). Student and supervisor experiences of the Systemic Practice Scale (SPS): a discourse analysis. Journal of Family Therapy Abstract.
Cooper K, Russell A, Mandy W, Butler C (2020). The phenomenology of gender dysphoria in adults: a systematic review and meta-synthesis. Clin Psychol Rev, 80 Abstract.  Author URL.

2019

Lambe S, Russell A, Butler C, Fletcher S, Ashwin C, Brosnan M (2019). Autism and the transition to university from the student perspective. Autism, 23(6), 1531-1541. Abstract.  Author URL.
Butler C, Joiner R, Bradley R, Bowles M, Bowes A, Russell C, Roberts V (2019). Self-harm prevalence and ideation in a community sample of cis, trans and other youth. International Journal of Transgenderism, 20(4), 447-458. Abstract.

2018

Butler C (2018). Physical Disabilities. In Goldberg AE (Ed) The SAGE Encyclopaedia of LGBTQ Studies, CA: SAGE.
Norris E, Phillips S, Butler C, James K (2018). Sex and Relationships Education for Individuals with Cystic Fibrosis: a Service-Based Approach. Sexuality and Disability, 36(4), 363-376. Abstract.
Whittle C, Butler C (2018). Sexuality in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities: a meta-ethnographic synthesis of qualitative studies. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 75, 68-81. Abstract.
Banting R, Butler C, Swift C (2018). The adaptation of a Solution Focused Brief Therapy domestic violence perpetrator programme: a case study with a client with a learning disability. Journal of Family Therapy, 40(4), 489-502. Abstract.

2017

Fixter V, Butler C, Daniels J, Phillips S (2017). A Qualitative Analysis of the Information Needs of Parents of Children with Cystic Fibrosis prior to First Admission. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 34, e29-e33. Abstract.
Chandler RJ, Newman A, Butler C (2017). Burnout in clinicians working with offenders with personality disorder. Journal of Forensic Practice, 19(2), 139-150. Abstract.

2015

Butler C (2015). Intersectionality in family therapy training: Inviting students to embrace the complexities of lived experience. Journal of Family Therapy, 37(4), 583-589. Abstract.

2014

Butler C, Byrne A (2014). Queer in practice: Therapy and queer theory. In  (Ed) Feeling Queer or Queer Feelings?: Radical Approaches to Counselling Sex, Sexualities and Genders, 89-105.

2012

Butler C (2012). Disability. In  (Ed) Intersectionality, Sexuality and Psychological Therapies: Working with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Diversity, 213-238.
das Nair R, Butler C (2012). Intersectionality, Sexuality and Psychological Therapies: Working with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Diversity. Abstract.
das Nair R, Butler C (2012). Introduction.
Higgins S, Butler C (2012). Refugees and Asylum Seekers. In  (Ed) Intersectionality, Sexuality and Psychological Therapies: Working with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Diversity, 113-136.
Butler C, das Nair R, Thomas S (2012). The colour of queer. In  (Ed) Counselling Ideologies: Queer Challenges to Heteronormativity, 105-121.

2011

BUTLER C (2011). Breaking Taboos: Acknowledging Therapist Arousal and Disgust. Psychotherapy and Politics International, 9(1), 61-66.

2010

Byrne A, Butler C, Mugerwa F (2010). Habari: Spreading the news about HIV to African communities in London. Clinical Psychology Forum(211), 30-34.
Csete J, Cohen J (2010). Health benefits of legal services for criminalized populations: the case of people who use drugs, sex workers and sexual and gender minorities. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 38(4), 816-831. Abstract.
Butler C, das Nair R, Thomas S (2010). The colour of queer. In  (Ed) Counselling Ideologies: Queer Challenges to Heteronormativity, 105-121.

2009

Goodwin C, Butler C (2009). Legitimate love: the meaning of civil partnership for the positioning of lesbian and gay people in society. SEXUAL AND RELATIONSHIP THERAPY, 24(3-4), 235-248. Author URL.
Butler C, O'Donovan A, Shaw E (2009). Sex, Sexuality and Therapeutic Practice a Manual for Therapists and Trainers., Routledge. Abstract.
Butler C (2009). Sexual and gender minority therapy and systemic practice. Journal of Family Therapy, 31(4), 338-358. Abstract.

2008

Shaw L, Butler C (2008). Editorial: Special issue on sexual trauma. Clinical Psychology Forum(192), 9-11.
Shaw L, Butler C, Marriott C (2008). Sex and sexuality teaching in UK clinical psychology courses. Clinical Psychology Forum(187), 7-11. Abstract.
Butler C (2008). Speaking the unspeakable: Female interpreters' response to working with women who have been raped in war.  Abstract.
Butler C (2008). Strange bedfellows? Setting up a systemic couples service in a sexual health setting. Clinical Psychology Forum(187), 12-16. Abstract.

2007

Butler C, Shaw E (2007). Putting sex on the agenda. Clinical Psychology Forum(173), 45-47.
Shaw L, Butler C (2007). Report from the 2006 DCP Annual Conference.

2006

Byrne A, Watson R, Butler C, Accoroni A (2006). Increasing the confidence of nursing staff to address the sexual health needs of people living with HIV: the use of motivational interviewing. AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 18(5), 501-504. Abstract.
Butler C (2006). Psychology students - This time it's personal. Psychologist, 19(1).
Butler C, Moon L, Barker M (2006). Sexuality. Psychologist, 19(1), 18-19.
Shaw L, Butler C, Rodohan E (2006). The criminalisation of HIV transmission. Clinical Psychology Forum, 2006(164).

2005

Gibbons J, Butler C, Watson R (2005). Providing support to lesbian, gay and bisexual clinical psychology trainees. Clinical Psychology Forum(151), 28-31. Abstract.
Gibbons J, Butler C, Watson R (2005). Providing support to lesbian, gay and bisexual clinical psychology trainees. Clinical Psychology(46), 22-25. Abstract.

2004

Butler C (2004). An awareness-raising tool addressing lesbian and gay lives. Clinical Psychology(36), 15-17. Abstract.
Accoroni A, Adams N, Babbs M, Byrne A, Butler C, Davidson O, Van Dijkhuizen M (2004). Unjustified publication? [1] (multiple letters). Psychologist, 17(2).

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External Engagement and Impact

External Examiner for:

Professional Doctorate in Advanced Practice and Research (Systemic Psychotherapy)

Systemic strand on DClin at UCL and University of Leicester

 

Systemic consultant for DClin at Cardiff University

Teaching

Systemic Therapy

Qualitative Research Methods

Diversity, inclusion, whiteness

Sexual and Gender Minorities

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