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Essential Research Findings in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Essential Research Findings in Counselling and Psychotherapy
The Facts are Friendly

October 2008 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"A fantastic accomplishment. Mick Cooper brings together a vast amount of material in a relevant and interesting way."
-John McLeod, University of Abertay Dundee  

"Highly accessible, even for 'statisticophobes'. It is simple, without being simplistic, and brings quite complex concepts to a level that novices can grasp."
-Maureen O'Hara, National University, La Jolla, California  

Are some therapies more effective than others? How important is the relationship? Which clients do best in therapy?

Essential Research Findings in Counselling and Psychotherapy answers these questions and many more, providing trainees, students, practitioners and researchers with a comprehensive introduction to the latest findings in the field. Accessible even to those with no prior knowledge of research methods, this book sets out the evidence for the effectiveness of therapy in an entirely jargon-free way. Clearly laying out the factors associated with positive therapeutic outcomes, it gives suggestions for further reading, definitions of key terms, and questions for discussion. This is therefore an ideal text for anybody studying or training in counseling and psychotherapy.

This book also gives practitioners the knowledge and confidence to justify their therapeutic work on empirical grounds, an increasingly important requirement. More than that, it makes research findings accessible and provides information on how to practice counseling and psychotherapy in an effective way. Essential Research Findings in Counselling and Psychotherapy does the hard work for you; it is vital reading for anyone who wants the facts, presented in a simple, clear, and engaging way.

Introduction: The Challenge of Research
The Outcomes of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Does Orientation Matter? The Great Psychotherapy Debate
Client Factors: The Heart and Soul of Therapeutic Change
Therapist Factors: Who Works for What?
Relational Factors: It's the Relationship That Heals… or Is It?
Technique and Practice Factors: Is It What You Do or the Way That You Do It?

" In many ways, this book is a remarkable achievement. Mick Cooper succeeds admirably in his principle aim of providing "a user-friendly introduction to research findings in therapy" and also in his further aim of writing a book which is "accessible to all and oriented towards practice" .He has done a phenomenal job in reviewing vast amounts of material which he has digested and integrated in an attempt to answer various questions which researchers have asked, and he has drawn out the "implications for practice". I am also very impressed with the easy way in which he introduces necessary statistical concepts such as Cohen's d (effect size) and ED 50 (median effective 'dose'). I also like the way in which he encourages thought and debate with his 'Questions for Reflection' at the end of each chapter. Mick Cooper is a very engaging writer and it's hard not to love this book"

Journal of The Society for Existential Analysis

"This is an interesting book that will appeal to a wide-ranging audience as it brings together, in a clear and accessible manner, the best available research with clinical expertise, to address the important question of whether psychotherapy helps people make changes and if so, how. It is definitely worth reading."

Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 2010

"Mick Cooper's book is an ambitious endeavour, beautifully executed and an easy read...[it] is a brave, complex venture made readily digestible. It is well worth not just reading but using."

British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, May 2010

"This unique and excellent book from Mick Cooper is a gem right down to its thoughtful and tantalizing cover...Mick Cooper has risen to the challenge of giving us a research findings text that is respectful of a wide range of therapies and is accessible to anyone within the profession. It's a cliche, but this book should be on the shelf of any therapist interested in good, research-based, practice. The sub-title certainly held true for me. The facts really are friendly."

International Transactional Analysis News, 2010

"Mick Cooper's book cuts through the often hyperbolic claims and counter claims of the psychological therapies and has produced a clear guide to the current state of knowledge about what works. Summarising and describing effectively the key findings from the field, his guide is essential reading for practitioners, service providers and people who want evidence to support their choice of therapist."

Jonathan Coe, Chief Executive, Witness

"Beautifully done - clear and to the point. The book separates the wheat from the chaff wonderfully well."

David Cain, editor of Humanistic Psychotherapies: Handbook of Research and Practice (PCCS Books, 2002)

"READ THIS BOOK! This is an excellent account of all the core issues in therapy research."

Norman Claringbull, What is counselling and psychotherapy? (Learning Matters, 2010)

"Essential reading for trainers, trainees, practitioners and those involved in counselling and psychotherapy research...The success of Cooper’s work lies in its clarity, accessibility and user friendliness. In each chapter key points are summarised. Technical terms highlighted, recommended reading indicated and implications for practice signposted."

Andy Hill, Senior Lecturer in Counselling at the University of Salford and Primary Care Psychological Therapist for Bolton PCT

"So well written and laid out that it makes a rattling good read...Every counsellor and therapist should have a copy of this book"

Eisteach, Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

" will definitely be recommended reading for our students" Dr. Darren Langdridge, The Open University

"A phenomenal book"

Scott D. Miller, Ph.D., Co-founder of the Centre for Clinical Excellence

"Research reports do not usually make for riveting reading, so I had expected this book to be rather dry. However, nothing could be further from the truth as Mick Cooper has managed to create a text that is interesting and informative as well as engaging...certainly deserves a place on every counsellor and psychotherapist’s bookshelf"

Therapy Today, March 2009

"Hard to put down...a superb job in drawing together such a wide body of information and synthesizing it in a manner that regular 'Joes' like me can understand."

Bill Matthews, Trainer and Therapist

"A great contribution to the literature."

Colin Lago

"A great resource for therapists and a tremendous achievement to have pullled all this often complex information together in such an accessible way."

Joe Armstrong, Lecturer in Counselling, University of Abertay

"A remarkable summary of findings and their implications for practice as we enter the 21st century."

Prof Michael J. Lambert, Brigham Young University

"A fantastic accomplishment. Mick Cooper brings together a vast amount of material in a relevant and interesting way."

Prof John McLeod, Professor of Counselling, University of Abertay Dundee

'The publication of this book couldn’t be more timely… Mick Cooper has a wonderful ability to write about complex things in a clear accessible way"

Laurie Clark, CEO of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Easier to digest than a large box of chocolates.

Gill Jackman
Senior accredited supervisor & counsellor

A recommended book for critical arguemnts in reasearch

Miss Nicola Lord
department of health, preston collage
May 29, 2015

I would recommend this book to any students who wish to inform themselves about the research outcomes of studies to date in various area of psychotherapy.

The book discusses different approaches to psychotherapy and then summarises the research to date to support or discount the effectiveness of the approach. i would recommend it as a good starting point for anyone wish to update themselves on the latest research finding in the area of psycho therapeutic approaches and interventions.

It is a wonder support for essay writing and a good quick reference guide in general.

Miss joy conlon
Please select your department, Dublin City University (DCU)
December 14, 2015

all the research you need for this course

Miss nicola lord
department of health, preston collage
September 16, 2015

User-friendly and accessible for counselling students and professionals alike.

Mrs Julie Chess
Counselling Training Team, Colchester Institute
September 24, 2014

Best text I have reviewed for the topic. Explains complex concepts in accessible ways. Thank you!

Mr Eric Baltrinic
Department of School Psychology, Higher Education, & Counselor Education, University Of Toledo
August 7, 2014

It is an important book for demonstrating to counselling students the value of research to the practice of counselling and psychotherapy. However, it is not a core text, but additional reading.

Ms Patti Wallace
Department of Psychology, Newman Univ.
July 3, 2014

Relates the theory of research to practice in a user-friendly way. A very valuable text.

Mrs Julie Wyman
Book Reviews, Devon Counselling College
March 11, 2014

An introduction to research in the field of therapy, which is accessible and easy to read. This book brings the research to life, making fascinating and engaging reading of the findings. It is well-structured with key points for each chapter, sub-sections and explanations, which expand on key areas. This book challenges myths and misconceptions about counselling and offers readers the potential to develop their own practice.

Ms Helene Baker
counse, City Lit
February 27, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One PDF