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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.

Multiple Points of Contact between Research and Practice An Alternative Model
Multiple Points of Contact between Research and Practice: An Alternative Model
Introduction

Ever since the first formal studies of psychotherapy were carried out, in the 1930s, there has been a debate around how research can inform practice. This debate has taken place not only within the field of counselling and psychotherapy, but also in many other professional groups, such as medicine, nursing, teaching and social work. Typically, this debate tends to highlight the significance of what has been labelled the research–practice ‘gap’. This ‘gap’ refers to the observation that, even though a substantial amount of research evidence is available, on the whole practitioners do not know about this evidence and do not draw on it ...

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