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Introducing Counselling and Psychotherapy Research

Introducing Counselling and Psychotherapy Research

First Edition

December 2012 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Introducing the language of research in counseling and psychotherapy, this book will help students begin to identify as researchers and develop their research literacy and awareness. Worked examples of research in action demystify the process, rooting it in critical pedagogy and the professional context of counseling. Structured around common training topics, the book covers;

  • Reading research papers
  • Developing broad & reflexive researcher skills
  • Understanding research evidence that underpins professional practice
  • The thinking behind routine evaluations and audits of services

Introducing Counselling & Psychotherapy Research introduces research through a model of collaborative and experiential learning, with training exercises, student reflections, further reading, practical guidance on how to complete a thesis or dissertation, study skills and tips on how to use research supervision and dissemination.

The Research Underpinning Therapy
What Is Research?
Preparing for Undertaking Research
The Impact of Undertaking Research on the Researcher
Quantitative Research: Collecting and Making Sense of Numbers in Therapy Research
Qualitative Research: Collecting and Making Sense of Talk, Thoughts and Feelings in Research
Ethical Issues in Therapy Research
Talking about Research and Dissemination

'The authors of this very personal book seem to have really understood student anxieties about embarking on research. The whole project of getting to grips with research methods is brought alive through examples from the authors' own teaching of research methods. One of the inspired pedagogical methods is the use of debate to get students to articulate their approach and back this up from role played perspectives like that of a service commissioner. The reader is encouraged to adopt a critical stance in relation to the text, throughout, and the 'student voice' is used as a critical commentary.

The process of research is used as a model of collaborative and experiential learning, which makes this book very different from most of the research methods texts already 'out there'. The language of research is used throughout, in order to help students to begin to identify as researchers (e.g. 'your findings'; 'our findings'). This is set to become an essential part of every counselling trainer's reading list, serving as it does to demystify research and set learning through research firmly within counsellor training. My students will read it with relish' -
Bonnie Meekums, PhD,Lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at University of Leeds

This is an engaging, useful and readable introduction to undertaking research in counselling and psychotherapy...The constant yet subtle introduction of key concepts throughout the text make this a great introduction for those wishing to understand more about why research is important in this field.

Jo Pybis
Research Facilitator at BACP

This was an easy to understand text, especially for students undertaking research for the first time. I particularly liked the suggested activities in the Activity Box sections; I will definitely be incorporating some of these into my class sessions.

Ms Rosie Byrom
Health , Riverside College Halton
February 1, 2016

Recommended highly to our students on masters course - clear and accessible!

Ms Sally Chisholm
Schoolof Psychology, Keele University
November 20, 2015

An accessible text for students learning about research, the relevance of it for counselling and psychotherapy or about to undertake their first research study.
I particularly like the exercises and the reflections of students.

Mrs Gillian Harrison
Dept of Counselling, Cleveland & Redcar College
September 24, 2014

This is an excellent resource for any student contemplating a research project within the field of counselling and psychotherapy. It is a very reader friendly resource and serves to de-mystify some of the methodological jargon that students encounter when embarking upon a research project for the first time. Highly recommended!

Dr Bill Naylor
Development & Society, Sheffield Hallam University
November 21, 2013

helpful supportive text in enabling trainees to understand the role and purpose of research in counselling and psychotherapy. Nicely written and easy to read - engaging text

Dr Kendra Gilbert
Department of psychology, university of east london
October 10, 2013

A good basic text in a much needed area

Ms Carole Smith
Counselor Education , Huddersfield University
October 9, 2013

Did not fit the parameters for this course.

Dr Diane Campbell
Educ Phys Ed Exer Sci Dept, John Carroll University
September 20, 2013

This book offers a very clear overview of relevant issues associated with counselling research. This book would be useful to the novice counselling researcher and has useful tasks throughout the book which help the reader to develop an understanding of their own skills and preferences when undertaking a research project.

Ms Stephanie Revell
Health and Wellbeing, University of Cumbria
July 12, 2013

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