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Doing Counselling Research

Doing Counselling Research

Second Edition

Other Titles in:
Counseling Research Methods

228 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Doing Counselling Research, Second Edition is a practical and accessible introduction to the research process within counselling and psychotherapy. Written both as a guide to carrying out research, and to using existing findings to inform practice, it provides essential information for all trainees and practitioners.

John McLeod guides the reader through the principles and practice of undertaking a successful research project, explaining how to:

- review the literature

- select appropriate methods (qualitative and quantitative)

- collect data

- design and implement an effective study plan

- evaluate findings.

Taking account of developments in research methods, the book has been fully revised and updated and includes new chapters on evidence-based practice and practitioner research.

Research literacy is now within the skillset of all counsellors and psychotherapists and, as a practical introduction to the subject, Doing Counselling Research will be indispensable to trainees and practitioners alike.

Doing Counselling Research
Reading the Literature
Placing Research in Context

The Research Process
Stages, Tasks and Traps

Using Quantitative Methods
Test, Rating Scales and Survey Questionnaires
Listening to Stories about Therapy
From Qualitative Research to Human Science

Systematic Inquiry into Individual Cases
Does It Work? Evaluating the Outcomes of Counselling
Exploring the Interior of Therapy
Method and Strategy in Process Research

An Ethical Framework for Research Practice
Critical Issues in Counselling Research

A very good book for students to acquire a good knowledge of the processes in counselling research

Dr George Varvatsoulias
Counselling, Newham College of Further Education
July 14, 2014

Research in counselling can often be a very difficult area to consider. The author here overcomes this with a well-written and easily accessible volume, which is comprehensive and thorough. A highly recommended read for anyone in the field!

Mr Chris Wohlers
Faculty of Health, University of Central Lancashire
September 23, 2013

A very well written book that is an enormous help to new researchers within the field of counselling and psychotherapy. The ethos and philosophy of the latter is evident throughout and is successfully integrated with research practices.

Dr Ioannis Fronimos
School of Pyschology, University of East London
February 11, 2013

Offering a wide ranging exploration of the types of research that could be undertaken within the Counselling profession, as well as the drivers for these, this book covers the many facets that constitute sound and robust research and publication. From a training perspective, this would be a useful addition to courses with a research module or bias.

Mr Mike Bancroft
Counselling, Alton College
July 2, 2012

Another useful contribution from John McLeod, which will support our 2nd and 3rd year students in prepaing or starting to write their research modules. This book gives a very useful outline which allows students to take onboard the key aspects of counselling research.

Mr Hu Clarke
Counselling, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
June 25, 2012

This is an excellent book for counselling research. It is clearly written and well structured. This book has been adopted as essential reading for the research in counselling module.

Mr Kevin Hogan
Psychology & Counselling, Newman College
November 19, 2011

I highly recommend this book as it provides an excellent introduction to counselling professionals to counselling and psychotherapy research. The book explores in reasonable depth the nature and practice of research. It is easy to read and highlights the benefits of research by practitioners.

Dr Denis O'Hara
Tayside Institute for Health Studies, University of Abertay, Dundee
March 10, 2011

This is an essential text for students who are working within educational contexts more broadly and who would like to concentrate their research efforts within the field of counselling. I found the book to be accessible and useful in introducing the range of methodological dilemmas inherent in researching counselling practice. It gives lots of practical examples that students can use to plan their own work and emphasises the importance of ethical and robust research design.

Mrs Helen Knowler
Education , Bristol University
November 5, 2010

A very useful book by an author we often recommend

Mrs Sarah Jones
Education and Training, Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology
October 12, 2010

This book is clear and concise to read.It is split into sections which make it accessible to dip into for specific questions. I like the way it discusses as ethical framework and looks at critical issues in Counselling Research.
A useful book for any level of research.

Mrs Margaret Booth
counselling dept, Cleveland & Redcar College
September 18, 2010

John McLeod

John McLeod has held appointments in universities in the UK, New Zealand and Italy, and is currently Professor of Counselling at the Institute for Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dublin, and Professor of Psychology, University of Oslo. He is committed to promoting the relevance of research as a means of informing therapy practice and improving the quality of services that are available to clients, and has received an award from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy for his exceptional contribution to research. His writing has influenced a generation of trainees in the field of counselling, counselling... More About Author