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 Mc Leod, 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.
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About the Author
Andreas Vossler is Director of the Foundation Degree in Counselling and Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Open University. He is also a systemic trained couple and family psychotherapist. His current research activities focus on therapeutic work with couples and families, infidelity, Internet infidelity, and counselling and psychotherapy. Andreas is co-editor of the Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Handbook (2014) and Understanding Counselling and Psychotherapy (2010; both Sage). He has authored three textbooks and published 17 book chapters and 19 articles in peer-reviewed papers on topics related to counselling and psychotherapy (family therapy, infidelity, online counselling, health psychology, psychiatry) and research methods. Andreas is on the editorial board of Counselling Psychology Quarterly and Forum Community-Psychology.
Naomi Moller is Associate Head of Department in the Department of Social Science at the University of the West of England, Bristol. A counselling psychologist by training, Naomi is also a trainer on UWE’s counselling psychology and counselling programmes. Her primary research interests are in the areas of psychotherapy research and training, with a special interest in diversity and attachment. She has published various journal articles, is a reviewer for several psychotherapy journals and is a member of the Editorial board of BACP’s Counselling and Psychotherapy Research journal. Naomi has a deep belief in the value of research for counseling and psychotherapy practice.
Table of Contents
IntroductionSetting the scene – Why research matters - Andreas Vossler, Naomi Moller & Mick CooperAttitudes to and perceptions of research - Andreas Vossler & Naomi MollerBeginning the research journeyChoosing a research question - Elaine KasketHow to read and understand research - Elena Gil-RodiguezDoing a literature review - Meg BarkerIntroduction to research methodology - Ladislav TimulakPlanning your research: Design, method and sample - Terry Hanley, Clodagh Jordan & Kasia WilkEthical considerations - Tim BondWriting a research proposal - Mark DonatiMethodologies and methods for doing researchQuantitative methods - Elspeth TwiggHow to use t-tests to explore pre-post change - Elspeth Twigg & Paul RedfordQualitative methods - Linda FinlayHow to use thematic analysis with interview data - Virginia Braun, Victoria Clarke & Nicola RanceCase studies methodologies - Julia Mc Leod, Mhairi Thurston & John Mc LeodHow to use case study methodology with single client therapy data - Mhairi Thurston, Julia Mc Leod & John Mc LeodCompleting the research journeyDissemination of research - Andrew ReevesStudent top tips - Brian Sreenan, Harriet Smith & Charles FrostNext steps – Building on and using research in training and practice - Peter Stratton, Naomi Moller & Andreas Vossler