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.

How to read and understand research

How to read and understand research
Elena Gil-RodriguezGoldsmiths, University of London


How do you feel when you pick up a counselling and psychotherapy research article? Anxious? Reluctant? Bored? We saw in Chapter 2 that both trainees and practitioners are likely to feel ambivalent, or even negatively, towards the growing emphasis on research and research-related training requirements (as outlined in Chapter 1). No wonder that reading and understanding the research literature in counselling and psychotherapy can be a daunting prospect that we may wish to avoid! But an ability to read and evaluate the literature is a crucial skill, not only as an essential part of the journey that informs research for those conducting a research project or study, but also ...

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