Research is a vital and often daunting component of many counselling and psychotherapy courses. As well as completing their own research projects, trainees across modalities must understand the research in the field – what it tells them and how to do it. Breaking down this seemingly mountainous task into easy to swallow pieces, this book will navigate your students through each stage of the research process, from choosing a research question, through the pros and cons of different methods, to data analysis and writing up their findings. Written by leading contributors from the field including John McLeod, Mick Cooper and Tim Bond, each chapter features points for reflection, engaging activities and suggestions for further reading, helping students to engage with all aspects of research. An original graphic narrative runs throughout the book, bringing this complex topic to life in a unique way. Whether embarking on research for the first time or already a little familiar with research and research methods, this unique guide is something counselling and psychotherapy students will turn to continually throughout their research projects.

Student top tips

Student top tips
Student top tips
Brian SreenanHarriet SmithCharles Frost
Introduction

This chapter aims to fill an important gap in the existing literature. Despite the fact that many counselling training courses now include an element of research, there is currently little written about the counselling student’s experience of actually doing research. Thus, the aim of this chapter is to give voice to students and provide a ‘how to’ account of surviving the research experience.

Before we start, it might be useful to introduce ourselves:

My name is Brian Sreenan. I did my Doctorate in Counselling Psychology training at a university in the UK. For my research project I conducted a mixed methods analysis to explore the therapeutic alliance in primary care CBT services (i.e. IAPT services). The focus groups ...

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