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Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Third Edition
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January 2015 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
From leading researcher and bestselling author, John McLeod, this full revised and updated edition of Doing Counselling Research remains the most accessible, 'how to' guide to undertaking a successful research project. As an introduction to the basic principles of research theory and practice, this new edition includes:

" New content on IPA, discourse analysis and narrative research

" New chapters on doing case study research and outcome studies

" A guide to doing research into the client's experience

" New information on doing research into counselling skills, embedded counselling and counsellor training

" Updated details on the requirements of ethics committees

" A guide to publishing and disseminating your research findings

" All you need to know about statistics

Supported by many case examples, therapeutic dialogue and points for reflection, this highly practical and accessible guide throws a lifebelt to any counselling trainee or practitioner learning about the research process for the first time.

Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Basic Principles
Reading the Literature: Placing Research in Context
Developing Your Research Question
The Research Proposal
Ethical Responsability
Criteria for Evaluating the Quality of a Research Study
Using Quantitative Methods
Using Qualitative Methods
Basic Research Tools
Carrying Out a Publishable Literature Review
Using Qualitative Interviews to Explore the Experience of Therapy
Evaluating Outcome: Practice-based Research
Carrying Out a Systematic Case Study
Using Personal Experience as a Basis for Research
Disseminating the Findings of your Research Study
Buinding on Basic Research Competence: Further Possibilities

The third edition of this book doesn’t disappoint.  The thoughtful and accessible manner in which it is written lends it to being a valuable and highly recommended resource.

Dr Claudie Fox
Programme Director, MSc in Clinical Applications of Psychology, University of Warwick

This easy to navigate, comprehensive and crucial resource is a masterpiece –  compelling for novice and experienced researchers alike. McLeod skilfully guides you through the process of planning, designing and developing your research study, through to dissemination of your knowledge findings. The insights offered inspire confidence even in the most apprehensive researcher. This is a classic, oozing with practical advice, underpinned by 9 key guiding principles.  Updated and rewritten to include an invaluable companion website – a must for every student and lecturer.


Dr. Marcella Finnerty
Programme Director, Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dublin, Ireland

It is with pleasure I offer my endorsement to this latest offering from John McLeod, whether as a companion to his earlier An Introduction to Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013), or as a stand-alone resource, this book offers counselling and psychotherapy students, practitioners and academics practical help not only in formulating a research project but also in orientating themselves to the becoming of a researcher. Another invaluable contribution to the field from McLeod. 

Dr Kathleen Gregory
Course Convener, Master of Counselling program, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne Australia

This book fully explores how to do research in counselling, therefore supports the research module on the BA(Hons) course

Mrs Susan Simpson
Scarborough Campus, Hull University
February 28, 2016

Excellent text. Very well-written. Recommended for counselling psychology trainees.

Dr Edith Steffen
Psychology, University of East London
June 23, 2015

This is a very clear and thorough book, well researched as is anything John McLeod writes.

Dr Bonnie Meekums
School of Healthcare, University of Leeds
March 2, 2015

A useful introductory text which is easily navigated.

Mrs Della Austin
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
February 24, 2015

Excellent introductory text. Significantly improved in the third edition

Dr Alistair Ross
Continuing Education, University of Oxford
February 12, 2015

This text continues to underpin research methods teaching in Counselling and Psychotherapy in an accessible and student friendly format

Mrs Jeanette MacNaught
Scarborough Centre for Health Care Studi, University of Hull
February 10, 2015

A good book that provides an sound introduction to counselling research

Mrs Anna-Marie Gillman
Health, Education and Social Sciences, Doncaster University Centre
February 5, 2015