`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 2: Randomized Control Trials
Randomized Control Trials
There are several methodological approaches to studying the outcome of psychotherapy and counselling. Research designs that are being applied are well known from general psychological and other research. We could easily talk about experimental designs, quasi-experimental designs, single-case experiments, descriptive studies, etc.; however, in the following chapters we will also encounter jargon typical of psychotherapy research or medical research, such as randomized clinical (control) trials. In the next two chapters I will focus on several research designs used in outcome research. The main emphasis will be on aspects of these research designs that are specific to studying outcome of psychotherapy and counselling. In each case we will look at sample studies using the design in question.
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