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.

Writing a research proposal
Writing a research proposal
Mark DonatiLondon Metropolitan University
Introduction

This is the last chapter of Part II, which has aimed to help you begin your research journey. This reflects the fact that ‘writing a research proposal’ is very much the culmination of the various steps represented by the preceding chapters: understanding the importance of conducting research in counselling and psychotherapy, identifying a relevant topic, carrying out a literature review, clarifying a research question and identifying an appropriate way to investigate it. These are steps that provide the necessary foundations to actually start doing a piece of research, which is the focus for the subsequent chapters of this book. However, before you can begin your research, you and others involved in supporting it need ...

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