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.
Research ethics have become increasingly important over the last fifty years, especially for research that involves people. For forty of those years the main focus was medical research and psychological experiments, designed to study people in the clinic or laboratory. In the last ten years, the range of research has widened to include any type of research involving people, including the observation of people behaving naturally, a collection of life histories and any research based on interviews or questionnaires. This means that almost all of the research undertaken by counsellors and psychotherapists is now informed by research ethics. This will usually include meeting some compulsory requirements, particularly submitting to ethical review prior to starting the research, which may be imposed ...