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Dr Divine Charura


About Dr Divine Charura

Divine's work experience includes working in diverse psychological, psychiatric/clinical and therapeutic settings including within the UK National Health Service (NHS), voluntary sector and in private practice. Divine's psychotherapeutic interests include the transformational potential of the therapeutic relationship when working with complex trauma, or psychological distress, the impact of relationships, love/attachment, diversity and culture on psychological development and wellbeing. Through such interest and experience as a psychotherapist and as a practitioner psychologist, Divine continues to be engaged in clinical practice working with a wide range of psychological presentations and disorders. This informs his teaching of theory, interests in research as well as supervision of trainee or qualified psychotherapists/psychologists.

In 2018, Divine became a Senior Fellow with the Higher Education Academy. 

In 2019 Divine was invited as an international J1 scholar and visiting professor to the Chicago School of Professional Psychology Washington Campus USA. He taught on a range of PhD clinical, forensic psychology and master’s in counselling courses. 

He was also went to teach as a visiting scholar on the first University counselling course of its kind in Cambodia at University of Puthisastra 

Divine is one of the few academics within the Leeds Beckett University Media centre who can be called upon to present or provide expert opinion on a range of subjects. He has previously contributed to ongoing news stories and featured on within the media and different radio shows.

Current Teaching

Divine teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Some of the modules he has taught included Psychodynamic theory and practice, Humanistic Psychology, Transcultural Counselling and Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic Therapy and Practice, Counselling Skills, Reflective Practice, Research Methods, Eating Disorders, Supervision, Health Promotion and Psychology of Religion & Spirituality.

Divine is currently the course leader for the MA Psychotherapy and the Postgraduate Certificate in Supervision. He also does some teaching on the following courses:
• Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling and Interpersonal Skills.
• HE and PG Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy.
• Guest lecturing on clinical, counselling, and forensic PhD and
master’s psychology courses.
• Divine also supervises master’s and PhD research.

Research Interests

Divine has a wide range of research interests and employs a range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and methods in his research. Some of the recent research that he has conducted and been involved in, has employed methods which include thematic analysis, focus groups, and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA).
As a psychotherapist, practitioner psychologist, and academic, Divine's research interests are in identifying what contributes to psychological distress and psychological trauma as well as identifying interventions that are of therapeutic benefit to patients/clients. Furthermore, he is also interested in the following:

• The impact of relationships, love and attachment on psychological development and trauma.
• The potential of the therapeutic relationship in informing psychological and personality change.
• The relationship between issues of difference/diversity, culture and inequalities, marginalisation, health and psychological wellbeing.
• Facilitative conditions for optimal psychological change and post-traumatic growth.
• Effectiveness and potential harm of psychotherapy on psychological wellbeing.

In relation to teaching and learning research he is intersted in:
• Facilitative conditions for inspirational and effective teaching and learning of counselling, psychotherapy and psychology trainees.

Divine has been involved in conducting research on different funded projects. Some of these research projects have been on how psychotherapists and psychologists work with trauma in refugees and asylum seekers who have been tortured/traumatised.

He has also conducted research funded by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy on existing psychometric/ psychotherapy assessment protocols and outcome measures with refugees and asylum seeker clients in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
Divine has edited and co-authored numerous psychotherapy books, book chapters and academic articles. He also often is invited to present on different topics at a range of national and international conferences. A selected list of some of his publications is listed below.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (12)

  • Charura D; McFarlane K; Walker B; Williams GA (2017), Above all, do no harm: Towards more ethical ways of being and acting in psychological formulation
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  • Gaines SO; Lefringhausen K; Charura D; Kangatharan J; Singh J; Tamimi N; Dieu K; Giles D; Knap S; Towers-Evans H (2016), Ethnic Speech and Ethnic Action as Ethnic Behavior: Part 1. Construction of the Brunel Ethnic Behavior Inventory
    https://doi.org/10.1080/15283488.2016.1159961
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  • Gaines SO; Lefringhausen K; Charura D; Kangatharan J; Singh J; Tamimi N; Dieu K; Giles D; Knap S; Towers-Evans H (2016), Ethnic Speech and Ethnic Action as Ethnic Behavior: Part 2. Validation of the Brunel Ethnic Behavior Inventory
    https://doi.org/10.1080/15283488.2016.1159962
  • Paul S; Charura D (2015), A relational Perspective when Working with Trauma
  • Lago C; Charura D (2015), Working with Transgenerational / Intergenerational trauma: The Implication of Epigenetic considerations and transcultural perspectives in psychotherapy
  • Tantum D; Paul S; Charura D; Brown K; Alayarian A; Haugh S; Rowan J; Carver S; Ablack C; Lago C (2015), Working with Trauma Perspectives and Themes in Contemporary Practice.
  • Charura D (2013), Lost in Translation? A transcultural approach to working with depression in private practice
  • Nicholson PE; Charura D (2013), The therapeutic relationship: buzz phrase or essence of success?
  • Charura D (2012), Accepting the therapeutic relationship as Love
  • Charura D (2012), Transcultural perspectives on Love and Hate: the Yin and Yang of Relationships, within and without therapy
  • Charura D; Wallace L (2012), Group Supervision when working with complex issues in addiction work
  • CHARURA D (2012), Demystifying the Curative Factor of Group Psychotherapy in Rehab

Books (5)

  • Lago C; Charura D (2016) The Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy Handbook Origins, Developments and Contemporary Practice. . .
  • Hill D; Penson B; Charura D (2015) Working with Dual Diagnosis A Psychosocial Perspective. . Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Charura D; Paul S (2015) Love and Therapy In Relationship. . Karnac Books.
  • Paul S; Charura D (2014) An Introduction to the Therapeutic Relationship in Counselling and Psychotherapy. . SAGE.
  • Charura D; Paul S (2014) The Therapeutic Relationship Handbook: Theory & Practice. . McGraw-Hill Education (UK).

Chapters (3)

  • Pattison S; Charura D; McAndrew T (2015) Diversity. In: Pattison S; Charura D; McAndrew T The Hanbook of Counselling Children and Young People. : Sage, pp. .
  • Charura D (2014) Lost In translation: meeting the challenges of language and regional customs when working online cross border, without visual cues. In: Charura D Psychotherapy 2.0: Where Psychotherapy and Technology Meet. London: Karnac Books, pp. .
  • Charura D (2011) The effects of an African Heritage. In: Charura D The Handbook Of Transcultural Counselling And Psychotherapy. : McGraw-Hill Education (UK), pp. .

Conference contributions (6)

  • Charura D (2016) Developments , Challenges and future considerations for the Person-Centred Approach: A glance through the diversity lens Vienna 20161125. : .
  • Charura D (2016) The Therapeutic Relationship with Online Clients The Grand Hotel, Leicester 20160610. : .
  • Charura D (2013) A Transcultural approach to working with depression in various settings: A relational perspective Gilbert Murray Hall, Stamford Court, University of Leicester 20130603. : .
  • Charura D (2013) How is a difference and diversity weekend enough? Reflections on the challenges of supervision where transcultural perspectives and diversity are involved. . : .
  • Charura D (2012) Can three do the tango? Reflections on the challenges of supervision where diversity is involved. The British Psychological Society, London Office: 30 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4UE 20120704. : .
  • Charura D (2011) Whats Love got to do with it? Love, and its impact on Mental Wellbeing. 20110510. Leeds Met University: .

Other (1)

  • Hill DJ; Charura D (2015), Encountering Dual Diagnosis: Children's Social Work Matters

Presentations (1)

  • Charura D (2013), Empathy: A transcultural approach

Scholarly editions (1)

  • Paul S; Charura D; McFarlane K; Howard P; Bott D; Lago C; Boston P (2012), A Theory of Love: Love in the Therapy room
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