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.

Case study methodologies

Case study methodologies
Julia McLeodMhairi ThurstonJohn McLeod(all University of Abertay, Dundee)


When thinking about research into the process and outcomes of counselling and psychotherapy, it is important to appreciate that research-based knowledge (the ‘literature’) is made up of a wide range of different types of research that complement each other. Taken together, the many and varied forms of research that have been carried out constitute a web or mosaic of knowledge. To be able to make use of research evidence, it is therefore necessary to understand the distinctive contribution made by different types of study.

Case study research occupies a somewhat ambiguous position within the domain of counselling and psychotherapy research as a whole. On the one hand, therapists work with ‘cases’, and as ...

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