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Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Fourth Edition (Updated Edition)
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January 2022 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy is a book for students and practitioners who wish to undertake a small-scale publishable research study.

The focus is on research projects that are appropriate for student and practitioner researchers: qualitative interview-based research, practice-based outcome studies, case studies, and autoethnographic research. These different genres of research provide a grounding in the main approaches used in counselling and psychotherapy research. This accessible and comprehensive 'how to' guide on conducting a successful research project in counselling and psychotherapy takes you step-by-step through the research journey: initial engagement with the idea of doing research, developing a research question, appreciating the strengths and limitations of both qualitative and quantitative methods, conducting a study, and then finally writing up the findings for potential publication.

Supported by a wide range of case examples and points for reflection, as well as extensive on-line resources, this highly practical introduction to research in counselling, psychotherapy and allied disciplines is essential reading for any trainee or practitioner learning about the research process for the first time.

Entering the World of Research
Reading Research
Developing Your Research Question
The Research Proposal
Ethical Responsibility
Criteria for Evaluating the Quality of a Research Study
Using Quantitative Methods
Qualitative Methods: Key Principles
Basic Research Tools
Using Qualitative Interviews to Explore the Client’s Experience of Therapy
Research on Professional Knowledge
Evaluating Outcome: Practice-based Research
Carrying Out a Systematic Case Study
Using Personal Experience as a Basis for Research: Autoethnography
Disseminating the Findings of Your Research Study


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