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.
In today’s straitened and competitive times, having reliable evidence that the service you provide to clients yields substantive benefits can make the difference between renewed funding and the closure of a much-needed service. As discussed in Chapter 1, just knowing that you are making dramatic improvements in people’s lives is not enough: there are political and economic pressures which mean you need to be able to quantify those improvements. This context means that it is increasingly required that counsellors and psychotherapists should be not just practitioners but ‘scientist-practitioners’, able to use scientific methods, procedures and research in their day-to-day practice. The level to which this is required varies but the increasing focus on outcomes monitoring ...