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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.

The Politics of Research Reading between the Lines
The Politics of Research: Reading between the Lines

There are many ways in which the practice of counselling and psychotherapy is defined and controlled by government statutes and other policies. For example, in situations where therapy is provided by health services and insurance schemes, policies exist in respect of the type of therapy that can be used, the number of sessions that are permitted, and the conditions that are eligible for each type of intervention. In most countries, the title of ‘counsellor’ or ‘psychotherapist’ is controlled by government statute or by professional bodies, which impose policies around such matters as length and content of training, extent and type of supervision, and required levels of continuing professional ...

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