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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?

This is a really useful book for the counselling and clinical psychology trainees I teach and supervise. It is a concise and readable summary of the research on outcome and process in counselling/therapy and the issues involved in researching counselling/therapy. It takes a broad view of the different approaches to counselling/therapy and ways of gathering data/evidence.
Would also be useful for some therapy/counselling clients.

Ms Linda Morison
Psychology , Surrey University
February 24, 2014

Recommended reading regarding how various factors involved in the therapeutic relationship, the client and the therapist affect the outcomes of therapy. Very useful to illustrate these learning outcomes

Ms Stella Burgoyne
Business & Professional Studies, Blackpool and the Fylde College
December 11, 2013

This book is thorough and comprehensive, allowing a real insight into the field of counselling research - something which is not easy to do! The author is passionate, and knowledgeable, offering case studies and even a glossary of terms to help the reader every step of the way. This is an essential read for anyone involved or interested in counselling research!

Mr Chris Wohlers
Faculty of Health, University of Central Lancashire
September 16, 2013

This is a really useful book and it is now on the recommended reading list.

Sue Pattison
School of Education, Newcastle upon Tyne University
May 11, 2013

Love the concise summaries at the end of each chapter, clearly written and avoids jargon.

Ms Anne Martin
Counselling Department, Guildford College of Further and Higher Education
May 1, 2013

This text is very suited for our year three Research Methods module. I have recommended it to our programme leader.

Mrs Gisela Oates
Counselling & Psychotherapy Dept, PCI College
March 12, 2013

This really is 'essential' reading for anyone considering practitioner research, MPhil, PhD or DClinPsy as a beginning point for informing their own research design and questions.

Mr Russell Delderfield
Please select your department, Bradford University
March 6, 2013

This book places research firmly in the arena of informing practice. This offers the reader a direct motivation to consider the research in relation to their own client relationships. An insightful and practical text for both students and practitioners.

Mr Mike Bancroft
Counselling, Alton College
September 2, 2011

i found this very student friendly, easy to read and constantly engaged

Mrs Deborah Regan
academy, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
April 20, 2011

I really like this book and would like my students to have it but feel as though I have to prioritise other texts before this one to provide the best pedagogical sequence for them. I am pleased I have this book myself. I would particularly recommend this book for those coming to do a top up course e.g., one year masters degree.

Dr Denis O'Hara
Tayside Institute for Health Studies, University of Abertay, Dundee
March 10, 2011

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