Understanding Research in Clinical and Counseling Psychology [NOOK Book]


Understanding Research in Clinical and Counseling Psychology is a unique text because it is designed and written for the graduate students aspiring to careers in practice rather than in psychological science who are the vast majority in clinical and counseling programs.

To motivate readers to see the value of knowledge produced by research, the book opens with an actual case report that shows how research-generated strategies incorporated ...
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Understanding Research in Clinical and Counseling Psychology is a unique text because it is designed and written for the graduate students aspiring to careers in practice rather than in psychological science who are the vast majority in clinical and counseling programs.

To motivate readers to see the value of knowledge produced by research, the book opens with an actual case report that shows how research-generated strategies incorporated into treatment allowed a woman who formerly would have been considered so hopelessly incapacitated by obsessive-compulsive disorder as to require lifetime institutionalization if not neurosurgery to return to normal family and work life.

The first set of chapters introduces fundamental concepts of measurement, sampling, and validity.

The next set systematically presents the kinds of investigations most relevant to budding practitioners--group comparisons, correlations, single-subject designs, program evaluations, and meta-analyses. Each of these chapters concludes with a detailed example of a study in which students can see how the techniques described are actually employed.

The third set addresses enduring concerns--how to define and maintain ethical standards, how to do effective literature reviews and assess the quality of existing data, and how to collect and analyze data. It also addresses concerns that have emerged recently--how to distinguish and judge effective and efficacious treatments and how to contribute to research efforts as a private practitioner.

The issues involved in the often confusing effectiveness versus efficacy debate are illuminated with a clinically relevant case example. Descriptions of alternatives to conventional significance testing, such as "clinical significance" and "reliable change analyses" help students consider new ways in which they can impose rigor on their own research and practice activities.

Two final chapters examine the challenges of studying two special groups: children and older adults.

Throughout, the authors, all capable researchers who are also experienced practitioners, demonstrate the ways in which research is an essential foundation for effective and ethical practice. Students and instructors alike will welcome this reader-friendly book.
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“Finally – a graduate level text that covers research methodology, common strategies, and ethics, perfectly balancing scientific rigor and the vagaries of clinical practice. This book provides students with a solid background by which to begin their research careers, as both practitioners and consumers of science. It will become the gold standard for graduate courses in research methodology.” - Deborah C. Beidel, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology, Director, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, University of Central Florida, USA

“This edited book is an excellent resource for graduate students in applied psychology programs and related fields. The chapters, which are well written, concise, and informative, will facilitate their understanding and appreciation of the research process.” - Rex Forehand, PhD, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Vermont, USA

“Drs. Thomas and Hersen have organized an excellent and extremely useful guide for students of applied social sciences interested in the translation of research to practice. The text is eminently practical, combining excellent reviews of basic research principles followed by real world application of these principles. I particularly enjoyed the extremely well balanced chapter on efficacy vs. effectiveness research, and I think it would be fun for both students and professor alike to participate in a course designed around this book.” - Ron Acierno, PhD, Director, PTSD Clinical Team, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston; Professor, Psychiatry Medical University of South Carolina, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136831188
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/24/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 514
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Jay C. Thomas, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Distinguished University Professor, Assistant Dean, and Director of the Counseling Program at the School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University. His research interests include applied research methodology, outcome studies, behavioral change, program development and evaluation, personnel selection, job stress, mental health and the workplace, and psychometrics.

Michel Hersen, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor and Dean at the School of Professional Psychology, Pacific University. His research interests include assessment and treatment of older adults, single care research, and administration.

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Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Part I: Research Foundations. J.C. Thomas, J. Rosqvist, Introduction: Science in the Service of Practice. W.W. Tryon, D. Bernstein, Understanding Measurement. K.A. Minke, S.N. Haynes, Sampling Issues. J.R. Scotti, T.L. Morris, S.H. Cohen, Validity: Making Inferences From Research Outcomes. Part II: Research Strategies. J.T. Ehrenreich, A.M. Gross, Group Designs. G. Goldstein, Correlational Methods. K.A. Freeman, Single Subject Designs. M.M. Greene, Program Evaluation. J.A. Durlak, I. Meerson, C.J.E. Foster, Meta-Analysis. Part III: Research Practice. C. Miller, Ethical Guidelines in Research. M.J. Gray, R. Acierno, Reviewing the Literature and Evaluating Existing Data. J.C. Thomas, L. Selthon, Planning Data Collection and Performing Analyses. Part IV: Special Problems. P. Truax, J.C. Thomas, Effectiveness Versus Efficacy Studies. R. Warren, J.C. Thomas, Research in Private Practice. M.D. Rapport, R. Randall, G.N. Shore, K-M. Chung, Research With Children. R. O'Hara, A.B. Higgins, J.A. D'Andrea, Q. Kennedy, D. Gallagher-Thompson, Research With Older Adults.
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