Researching Psychotherapy and Counselling

Researching Psychotherapy and Counselling

Researching Psychotherapy and Counselling

Researching Psychotherapy and Counselling

Synopsis

  • What are the benefits of conducting research while practising?
  • Which research methods are most suitable for busy practitioners?
  • How can practitioners weave research into their everyday practice without it becoming a burdensome add-on?
  • What practical and ethical considerations should counsellors and therapists take into account when researching?
This book focuses on the issues facing practising clinicians wishing to engage in research. It outlines approaches involving both clients and other professionals in the research and argues for approaches that combine an exploration of the experience as well as the effectiveness of therapies.

With an emphasis on 'do-able' research, the book examines the dilemmas and challenges for clinicians in recruiting participants and combining research with clinical practice, and includes step-by-step guides to doing research projects.

Key topics covered include:

  • Collaborative research
  • The ethics of research
  • Mixed methods of research (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Suitable research methods for busy clinicians
  • Practice-based evidence and evidence-based practice
Written by authors with extensive experience of research teaching with clinicians, Researching Psychotherapy and Counselling provides a rigorous, yet practical guide for trainee and practising counsellors, psychotherapists and clinical psychologists, as well as allied mental health professionals.

Excerpt

Readers of this book may include practitioners who want to devote some time to explore a clinical observation, develop collaborative enquiry with user groups, explore the process of formulation and the relationship to change or question the relationship of policy to practice. They may also be practitioners who enrol on a higher research degree, or who undertake a further professional training in psychotherapy, and are required to complete a research project or dissertation. Readers may have been away from formal study for some time, may have little research experience or may lack confidence in how their previous research experience has stood the test of time.

This book is about researching the meaning of our clinical work and has been written with busy clinicians in mind. The aim of the book is to help clinicians develop do-able research designs that are based in clinical experience and that encourage reflective practice. Thus we aim to promote research design that is both collaborative and emancipatory in conception and practice for all participants.

In many ways, the book celebrates and legitimizes small-scale research as being within the reach of most practitioners and as making a strong and positive contribution to the development of theory and practice. We have paid attention to the ethics of accountability and have tried to stay close to the concerns and interests of practitioners.

Researching our own practice is the obvious starting point for the book. This could be about developing existing audit projects and imperatives into a reflective questioning of our own observations and practices; it could be about developing routine feedback from our clients into small-scale projects; it could be about joining with a few like minded colleagues into small clinical research teams and pooling skills, knowledge and resources into matters of common interest; or it could be about trainee counsellors and psychotherapists setting up pilot projects as part of their training requirements.

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