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Research Methods for Counseling

Research Methods for Counseling
An Introduction

April 2013 | 624 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Research Methods for Mental Health Professionals is a basic introductory research methods texts for counselors, psychologists, social workers, and other mental health professionals. The author will cover the basics of research including, the practitioner/researcher; qualitative methods, descriptive statistics, relationships, concordance and correlations, research design, dependent variables and samples, hypothesis testing, application of statistics to measurement, instrument development and survey research, action research, and evaluation. What makes this book unique is that it covers all the required aspects of CACREP reaccreditation standards including the practitioner as researcher, action research and evaluation. Other texts focus on qualitative and quantitative methods but neglect some of these other areas. The author intends to incorporate many case in point features, which depict a case example from a variety of disciplines. In addition, the text will contain cartoons and many tables and figures in every chapter.
SECTION I: Using and Valuing Counseling Research
Chapter 1: The Research Consumer
Chapter 2: Ethical Research Practices
Chapter 3: Reading and Reviewing the Literature
SECTION II: Qualitative Approaches for Research
Chapter 4: Qualitatively Research I, the Tools and Skills
Chapter 5: Qualitative Research II, the Processes
Chapter 6: Action Research Methods
SECTION III: Descriptive Statistics and Correlation
Chapter 7: Nature of Variables and Data
Chapter 8: Mutual Dependence and Correlational Relationships
SECTION IV: Inferential Statistics and Hypothesis Testing
Chapter 9: Sampling and Sampling Error
Chapter 10: Scientific Method and Hypotheses Testing
Chapter 11: Inferences Using Categorical and Nominal Information
SECTION V: Measurement and Psychological Assessments
Chapter 12: Understanding and Evaluating Test Scores
Chapter 13: Instrument Development and Survey Research
SECTION VI: Organizing and Applying Research Skills
Chapter 14: Organizing Valid Research
Chapter 15: Mixed Methods Research
Chapter 16: Approaches for Evaluation
Chapter 17: Writing Research Proposals and Reports
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D


Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.

Well organized. Covered all required content, and presented concepts in a manner that is relevant and meaningful to mental health counselors.

Dr Beth Greenberg
Psychology , Becker College-Leicester
May 15, 2016

Worked great, a great, helpful, thoughtful text.

Dr Joanne Bates
Counseling Health Psych Dept, Bastyr University
April 8, 2014

Covers each area in a comprehensive and concise manner. This is a great book to encourage research for future counselors.

Dr Elizabeth Hennington
Education Dept, Lubbock Christian University
March 9, 2014

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