Key need 1 Learning how to creatively and effectively use oneself in the treatment process is an important component of most forms of therapy training. This level of self-awareness is, however, often neglected in research, despite the centrality of the researcher to their work.

Considering Ethics

Considering ethics

The relationship between researcher and research participants is typically close in practice-based research and needs to be carefully negotiated. This chapter sets out to explore the links and differences between research relationships and therapeutic relationships, and looks at ways to prepare for personal change and growth in both.

  • Research invitations
  • Consent forms
  • Therapeutic relationships
  • Confidentiality
  • Good practice
  • Ethical guidelines
  • Narrative inquiry
  • Personal change
  • Ongoing consent

Although researchers–participants and therapists–clients enter a relationship for different reasons, it is important to plan for personal change and growth in both types of relationships. Etherington (2004) compares reflexive skills with the skills required in counselling and psychotherapy:

Sometimes students arrive on research training courses believing they have to leave behind all the knowledge and skills they have acquired through counsellor training. They think they have to ...

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