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The Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Handbook

The Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Handbook

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October 2014 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Research is a vital and often daunting component of many counselling and psychotherapy courses. As well as completing their own research projects, trainees across modalities must understand the research in the field – what it tells them and how to do it.

Breaking down this seemingly mountainous task into easy to swallow pieces, this book will navigate your students through each stage of the research process, from choosing a research question, through the pros and cons of different methods, to data analysis and writing up their findings.

Written by leading contributors from the field including John McLeod, Mick Cooper and Tim Bond, each chapter features points for reflection, engaging activities and suggestions for further reading, helping students to engage with all aspects of research. An original graphic narrative runs throughout the book, bringing this complex topic to life in a unique way.

Whether embarking on research for the first time or already a little familiar with research and research methods, this unique guide is something counselling and psychotherapy students will turn to continually throughout their research projects.  

Andreas Vossler, Naomi Moller & Mick Cooper
Setting the scene – Why research matters
Andreas Vossler & Naomi Moller
Attitudes to and perceptions of research
Beginning the research journey
Elaine Kasket
Choosing a research question
Elena Gil-Rodiguez
How to read and understand research
Meg Barker
Doing a literature review
Ladislav Timulak
Introduction to research methodology
Terry Hanley, Clodagh Jordan & Kasia Wilk
Planning your research: Design, method and sample
Tim Bond
Ethical considerations
Mark Donati
Writing a research proposal
Methodologies and methods for doing research
Elspeth Twigg
Quantitative methods
Elspeth Twigg & Paul Redford
How to use t-tests to explore pre-post change
Linda Finlay
Qualitative methods
Virginia Braun, Victoria Clarke & Nicola Rance
How to use thematic analysis with interview data
Julia McLeod, Mhairi Thurston & John McLeod
Case studies methodologies
Mhairi Thurston, Julia McLeod & John McLeod
How to use case study methodology with single client therapy data
Completing the research journey
Andrew Reeves
Dissemination of research
Brian Sreenan, Harriet Smith & Charles Frost
Student top tips
Peter Stratton, Naomi Moller & Andreas Vossler
Next steps – Building on and using research in training and practice

This book is exactly what I need to oversee a Research Methods module for Psychotherapy and Counselling students, and a dissertation project module for Psychotherapy and Counselling students. It contains chapters on the key topics for the modules, and it is pitched at the right level. It contains the key points I want students to engage with, and these points are explained simply, clearly, and concisely. The "activity" sections of chapters include helpful ideas for seminar discussions. I highly recommend this book.

Dr Alister McCormick
Psychology, University of St Mark And St John
August 25, 2019

A useful and wide-ranging textbook which will supplement the teaching we do on research

Dr Laurence Spurling
School of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London
March 21, 2016

This book is general book in research method and not especially Counseling.

Dr Amir Hossein Ashna
Psychology , Refah University college
January 12, 2016

Appropriate reading for students starting out in counselling research.

Mrs denise hardy
Dept of Counselling, Redcar & Cleveland College
November 16, 2015

The book contains several chapters dealing with practical research skills, and as such will be a good complement to other, more theoretical textbooks.

Dr Daphne Josselin
Department of Psychology, City University
October 20, 2015

This is a valuable resource for first time researchers or those wanting to understand the world of counselling research. It is friendly, accessible and clear. CPCAB will recommend it to tutors and learners on level 4 and level 5 diplomas.

Mrs Fiona Ballantine dykes
Psychology, CPCAB
June 29, 2015

This will serve students in the research and dissertation modules as a good source

Dr Kathylene Siska
HE, Access and Counselling, Southessex College
June 24, 2015

An excellent book - demystifying and making accessible the tasks and stages of research. Readable and well organised, the text is a must read for those needing support or guidance I this area.

Mrs Lindsay Schofield
PICT, Penny Parks Training
May 22, 2015

A very good book, and already proving helpful for my students

Dr George Varvatsoulias
Counselling, Newham College of Further Education
April 16, 2015

easy to navigate and read

Mrs Deborah Regan
health and social care, Havering College of FE & HE
February 25, 2015

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