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Research Methods for Counseling

Research Methods for Counseling
An Introduction

February 2013 | 624 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This text provides a rich, culturally sensitive presentation of current research techniques in counseling. Author Robert J. Wright introduces the theory and research involved in research design, measurement, and assessment with an appealingly clear writing style. He addresses ways to meet the requirements of providing the data needed to facilitate evidence-based therapy and interventions with clients, and also explains methods for the evaluation of counseling programs and practices. This comprehensive resource covers a broad range of research methods topics including qualitative research, action research, quantitative research including, sampling and probability, and probability-based hypothesis testing. Coverage of both action research and mixed methods research designs are also included.

SECTION I: Using and Valuing Counseling Research
Chapter 1: The Research Consumer
Chapter 2: Ethical Research Practices
Chapter 3: Reading and Reviewing the Literature
SECTION II: Qualitative Approaches for Research
Chapter 4: Qualitatively Research I, the Tools and Skills
Chapter 5: Qualitative Research II, the Processes
Chapter 6: Action Research Methods
SECTION III: Descriptive Statistics and Correlation
Chapter 7: Nature of Variables and Data
Chapter 8: Mutual Dependence and Correlational Relationships
SECTION IV: Inferential Statistics and Hypothesis Testing
Chapter 9: Sampling and Sampling Error
Chapter 10: Scientific Method and Hypotheses Testing
Chapter 11: Inferences Using Categorical and Nominal Information
SECTION V: Measurement and Psychological Assessments
Chapter 12: Understanding and Evaluating Test Scores
Chapter 13: Instrument Development and Survey Research
SECTION VI: Organizing and Applying Research Skills
Chapter 14: Organizing Valid Research
Chapter 15: Mixed Methods Research
Chapter 16: Approaches for Evaluation
Chapter 17: Writing Research Proposals and Reports
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D


Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.

Well organized. Covered all required content, and presented concepts in a manner that is relevant and meaningful to mental health counselors.

Dr Beth Greenberg
Psychology , Becker College-Leicester
May 15, 2016

Worked great, a great, helpful, thoughtful text.

Dr Joanne Bates
Counseling Health Psych Dept, Bastyr University
April 8, 2014

Covers each area in a comprehensive and concise manner. This is a great book to encourage research for future counselors.

Dr Elizabeth Hennington
Education Dept, Lubbock Christian University
March 9, 2014
Key features


  • Shows students how to prepare research proposals and presentations.
  • Offers techniques for designing valid research and evaluating published research.
  • Provides insight into research areas identified by CACREP as essential for counselors.
  • Includes over 150 illustrative excerpts from counseling research articles, offering context for understanding key research concepts.
  • Features Case in Point boxes to illustrate resech ideas in practice
  • Begins each chapter with Introductions and Themes and Objectives to prepare students to better understand the material that follows.
  • Contains discussion questions in each chapter help students further analyze the content.

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

Chapter 7

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