`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 6: Dose-Effect Research
A specific area of outcome research is research that looks at the relationship between length of therapy and therapy outcome. This type of research follows the pattern of pharmaceutical trials searching for an optimal dosage of treatment. In the context of psychological therapy it means studying the relationship between the number of therapy sessions and the achieved outcome. We will have a look at the state of this type of research by considering the cornerstone studies.
‘Dose-effect’ research was started by Howard, Kopta, Krause and Orlinsky (1986). These authors contributed to a special issue of the journal American Psychologist devoted to the future of psychotherapy research with a study in which they explored what number of patients improved in relation to the number ...