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.

Attitudes to and perceptions of research

Attitudes to and perceptions of research

Attitudes to and perceptions of research
Andreas VosslerOpen UniversityNaomi MollerOpen University


As we have seen in Chapter 1, the importance attributed to research in counselling and psychotherapy has increased dramatically in recent years, indicated, for example, by the fact that decisions about the commissioning of psychological therapy services are now often based on research evidence. There is a growing awareness and understanding that research really matters for the profession, with leading figures and professional bodies continuing to stress the benefits for counsellors and psychotherapists of engaging with research about what they are doing with their clients (see Chapter 1). It is therefore no surprise that research awareness and skills are being increasingly required in practitioner training and continuing professional development ...

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