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.
Setting the scene: Why research matters
At the beginning of this book you might wonder why there is a need for a whole handbook on research in counselling and psychotherapy, or more generally, why research matters so much in a field full of engaged and skilled trainees and practitioners focused on their work with clients in the therapy room. Both can be seen and understood in the context of a remarkable shift towards a more research-oriented profession in the field of counselling and psychotherapy in recent years (see, for example, Rowan, 2001), with a dramatic rise in the importance attributed to research evidence. Where once this ...