`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.
I have reviewed experimental and non-experimental designs as well as types of psychotherapy research according to the problem being addressed. What conclusions can be drawn from this overview? What can be claimed about the current status of psychotherapy and counselling outcome research? What characteristics define this area of research? Here are some tentative suggestions.
- Psychotherapy outcome research is expanding It might be safe to claim that the number of outcome studies is increasing. If one briefly inspects the contents of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, the flagship journal of clinical psychology in North America, one can see a vast number of studies assessing different psychological interventions. This fact is quite interesting in light of the awareness that financial resources devoted to studying psychotherapy ...