`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 12: Testing Theories of Therapeutic Change and Therapeutic Processes
Testing Theories of Therapeutic Change and Therapeutic Processes
Another type of process research focuses on testing theories of therapeutic change and mechanisms that lead to change. Theories may well be informed by practical experience, but also derive from empirical findings from previous, usually exploratory, descriptive and intensive studies. Theories may also be informed by theoretical reasoning and empirical findings from areas outside counselling and psychotherapy (mostly general psychological research).
Testing theories of therapeutic change often requires investigation of whether a specific type of therapeutic interaction has therapeutically beneficial impacts in the short-term as well as the long-term perspective. Sometimes a spontaneous change in the client is observed and attributed to the relationship as a result of the conditions created ...