`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.

Instruments Used in Psychotherapy and Counselling outcome Research

Instruments used in psychotherapy and counselling outcome research

What the goal of psychotherapy and counselling should be is often the subject of theoretical debate. For example, some approaches favour improvement in psychopathological symptoms, some changes in interpersonal functioning and biographical self-understanding, and some the pursuit of individuals' potential and personal development. The issue may be further complicated by a particular ethical perspective weighting the impact of different changes achieved in therapy (see Tjeltveit, 1999), e.g. the goals of treatment when working with real guilt.

This chapter will take a pluralistic approach, presenting targets for measuring therapy outcome regardless of their theoretical origin. The main guideline will be ‘current’ practice and currently used instruments. By this, however, I do not ...

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