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In this book bestselling author John McLeod examines the multiple ways in which research can be used to inform and enhance counselling practice. The author discusses how research impacts on policy and practice, covering research knowledge, values, research awareness and skills. Further chapters cover: • Using research to understand the therapy process and outcomes • Using research to make sense of other lives • Using client feedback to enhance practice • Using research to build professional networks and effective organisations. The book can be used throughout training on counselling, psychotherapy and counselling psychology courses, to support the development of professional competencies and personal development. It will also be valuable reading for both practitioners and researchers.

Building Connections between Research and Practice The Story So Far
Building Connections between Research and Practice: The Story So Far
Introduction

The widespread perception, within the counselling and psychotherapy professional community, that there exists a problematic gap between research and practice has resulted in the development of a range of strategies and models for addressing this issue. The aim of this chapter is to provide an outline of the types of initiative that have been implemented, and to discuss the degree to which they have been successful or otherwise.

The strategies reviewed in this chapter can be considered as existing within a space that is definable in terms of two key dimensions: individual versus collective, and top-down versus collaborative. Attempts to encourage research-informed practice can be ...

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