`With the increasing emphasis on conducting research that makes a difference to governmental and other policy organisations, it seems likely that the kinds of methodologies introduced by Timulak will be of growing interest to researchers. In this respect, the book will be at the cutting edge of developments in counselling and psychotherapy research' - Professor Mick Cooper, University of Strathclyde Doing Research in Counselling & Psychotherapy is a guide to methods used in studying the outcomes and processes of therapy. Introducing a range of methodologies which are used internationally, the author describes different research designs and illustrates them through examples of actual studies. Presenting the findings from key studies, he clearly demonstrates the usefulness of the research in therapeutic practice.Doing Research in Counselling & Psychotherapy is ideal for researchers and for students on courses in counselling, psychotherapy, clinical and counselling psychology and psychiatry. Ladislav Timulak is course director of the MSc in Counselling Psychology at Trinity College, Dublin. He previously worked at the University of Trnava, Slovakia, and has extensive practical experience in the field of counselling and psychotherapy, as well as experience in conducting psychotherapy research and training.
Chapter 10: Process-outcome Research
The basic idea of research mapping the relationship between process and outcome of psychotherapy or counselling (process-outcome research) is measuring process variables and testing whether they relate to therapy outcome. The important aspect of process-outcome research is what is considered to be the outcome. For example, the outcome could be assessed within the session, after the session, after the whole therapy, or in the follow-up. However, process-outcome research is usually considered to be made up of studies linking the client's behaviour outside therapeutic sessions (usually measured at termination or at follow-up) with some process variables measured in the course of therapy (e.g. Orlinsky, Grawe & Parks, 1994). Orlinsky, Grawe and Parks (1994) also differentiate between the therapeutic process and process of change. ...