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An Introduction to Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy

An Introduction to Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy

April 2013 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Introducing the basic principles of research theory and practice, this book is the ideal starter text for any counselling trainee or practitioner learning about the research process for the first time.

Structured around common training topics, the book:

- Explains why you need to do research at all: what it is, why it's important and its historical and philosophical context

- Guides you through the confusing mass of research literature

- Covers the ins and outs of actually doing research: practical and ethical issues

- Helps you get the most out of research - how to evaluate the outcomes and use research to investigate the process of therapy.

Written in a language familiar to first-year trainees and using a range of features to enhance learning, this accessible introduction will equip both trainees and qualified therapists with the essential nuts and bolts to understand research.

John McLeod is Emeritus Professor of Counselling at the University of Abertay Dundee and adjunct Professor at the University of Oslo, Norway.

About the author
Why Research Is Important
Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy: A Historical Overview
How Do We Know What We Know? The Philosophical Context of Research
Entering the World of Therapy Research: Finding Your Way Around the Research Literature
Doing Research: Practical and Ethical Issues
Understanding Quantitative Methods
Understanding Qualitative Methods
Evaluating the Outcomes of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Investigating the Process of Therapy
Critical Issues in Research on Counselling and Psychotherapy: Continuing the Conversation

An extremely useful text which helps to familiarise students with counselling research and the relevance and importance of research to the field of counselling and psychotherapy

Mrs Anne Smith
Counselling & Psychotherapy, Liverpool John Moores University
February 14, 2014

Excellent, solid foundation for MA students.

Mrs Anne Smith
Fac of Health & Applied Social Scienc, Liverpool John Moores University
February 14, 2014

Goes in much deeper detail than needed for postgraduate students who are educators

Dr Loizos Symeou
Education Sciences, European University of Cyprus
January 10, 2014

Such a useful and accessible text for students, well worth adopting

Ms Caroline Hickman
Social & Policy Sciences, University of Bath
January 9, 2014

I used this text not on the Research Methods in Counselling module as planned but on our 'bridging' module for students with Level 5 counselling wanting to complete a Top-Up degree. These students have no previous knowledge of research and so it as a very useful introduction, particularly as it applies standard resarch methods to counselling practice.

Ms Patti Wallace
Department of Psychology, Newman University College
December 12, 2013

Good book for beginners to research in counselling and psychotherapy. Good basic approach, recommended to first years as an introduction to methods

Dr Deborah Jump
Psychological Studies, Oldham University
December 4, 2013

A first class text ideal for counselling students who are novice researchers

Mrs Jeanette MacNaught
Centre for Employability & Professional Skills, Hull University
November 22, 2013

An excellent book for year two Diploma students. Easy to read, follows evidence based assessment model of training. Highly recommend!

Mrs Susan Draper-Todkill
Counselling, South Nottingham College
October 30, 2013

An excellent introduction which will meet the needs of my students

Mr Wayne Gardner
School of Psychology, University of the West of England, Bristol
September 23, 2013

This well constructed book is as thought provoking as it is well written. The author covers all aspects of research thoroughly, providing the reader with an excellent introduction to this often difficult field.

Mr Chris Wohlers
Faculty of Health, University of Central Lancashire
September 23, 2013

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Chapter 1 - Why Research is Important

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