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Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Fourth Edition (Updated Edition)
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January 2022 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

From leading researcher and bestselling author, John McLeod, this new edition of Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy is a book for students and practitioners who wish to undertake a small-scale publishable research study.

The focus is on research projects that are appropriate for student and practitioner researchers: qualitative interview-based research, practice-based outcome studies, case studies, and autoethnographic research. These different genres of research provide a grounding in the main approaches used in counselling and psychotherapy research. This accessible and comprehensive 'how to' guide on conducting a successful research project in counselling and psychotherapy takes you step-by-step through the research journey: initial engagement with the idea of doing research, developing a research question, appreciating the strengths and limitations of both qualitative and quantitative methods, conducting a study, and then finally writing up the findings for potential publication.

Supported by a wide range of case examples and points for reflection, this highly practical introduction to research in counselling, psychotherapy and allied disciplines is essential reading for any trainee or practitioner learning about the research process for the first time.

You will find extensive online resources to support your teaching and learning on the SAGE website.

Entering the World of Research
Reading Research
Developing Your Research Question
The Research Proposal
Ethical Responsibility
Criteria for Evaluating the Quality of a Research Study
Using Quantitative Methods
Qualitative Methods: Key Principles
Basic Research Tools
Using Qualitative Interviews to Explore the Client’s Experience of Therapy
Research on Professional Knowledge
Evaluating Outcome: Practice-based Research
Carrying Out a Systematic Case Study
Using Personal Experience as a Basis for Research: Autoethnography
Disseminating the Findings of Your Research Study


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As a psychology student, I believe this book will benefit students learning to write their research studies or professionals who are novices to writing psychotherapy or counselling research studies. [...] a textbook such as this one would have been a significant source of support and I would have felt more confident writing my research study. This book will help me continue to pursue research within counselling and mental health, and it is a vital tool for students and practitioners keen to follow similar paths.

Sharuni Shanmugaranjan
QMiP Bulletin Issue 35

This book provides an excellent overview for students trying to navigate the different strands (sometimes the seemingly incompatible strands) of clinical training: the academic, clinical and research strands.

Dr Stephanie Petty
School of Education, York St John University
November 24, 2022

I can not keep enough copies of McLeod on the shelves. It is always in very high demand (in every edition). I expect to be ordering more in the next financial year

Professor Ruth Malaney
LRC, Guildford College
February 13, 2023

A much anticipated update to the previous edition. We will certainly be using this as one of our essential texts.

Mrs Gaynor Avril Boileau
Health, Social Care & Early Years Dept, Warwickshire College
February 18, 2022

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