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Doing Counselling Research

John Mcleod
Doing Counselling Research

Doing Counselling Research

John Mcleod

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"McLeod's book Doing Counselling Research guides us through the research process in a largely comprehensive way, moving from an explanation of why research should be important for counsellors, through the ins-and-outs of doing a literature search, the intricacies of the research design process, the nature of quantitative and qualitative methodology, current issues related to outcome and process research, and ethical considerations, to bring us at last to some interesting conclusions and comments on future counselling research directions in relation to Bakan's 'mystery-mastery complex'. Here the author's hermeneutic approach is even more clearly reaffirmed. A very helpful feature is the use of boxes containing summary material from the chapters. These are clear, readily understandable and very practical." --Henry Hollanders in British Journal of

- Publisher This is a book I would recommend to any course which deals with research... up to date and sophisticated, a good guide for the student' - "Self & Society ^"For "counselling" read "counselling and psychotherapy" This excellent book helps fill a gap in the basic literature and is long overdue... in a clear, very readable way, it introduces counsellors and therapists to the basic relevant methods and approaches to research... This book is highly recommended' -" Changes ^" ^Written specifically for trainee and practising counsellors, this is the first practical, all-encompassing introduction to the strategies employed in counselling and psychotherapy research. ^Taking an i

- Publisher 'For "counselling" read "counselling and psychotherapy"! This excellent book helps fill a gap in the basic literature and is long overdue... in a clear, very readable way, it introduces counsellors and therapists to the basic relevant methods and approaches to research... The book should enable the neophyte researcher to consider undertaking a project in order to describe practice or evaluate services. More importantly, it should help to break down the resistance of therapists to considering research as an integral part of responsible practice. This book is highly recommended not only to counsellors and therapists, but also to all those, inexperienced in research, who are working in related interpersonal helping fields'' - Changes 'This is such an excellent and useful book that I was inspired to read through it and write about it immediately. John McLeod has provided the research manual that I (and my students) have been waiting for for years and it seemed important that other workers are made aware of it as soon as possible. The book''s stated aim is to "encourage critical thinking and reflection on the nature and purpose of counselling and psychotherapy". It achieves this by providing a comprehensive overview of possible research strategies, discussing the merits and pitfalls of the various approaches. Don''t allow yourself to be put off by the "counselling" in the title of the book - if you are doing (or about to do) research into any aspect of the process and outcome of psychotherapy you will find this book of great help... Chapters cover quantitative methods, single case design and qualitative methods (including the best summary guide to "grounded theory" methodology I have ever seen). The text is interspersed with "boxes" containing main points and the clear layout and writing style make the text easily accessible to research phobics and fanatics alike. Where this book particularly excels is in that it provides much more than a good "how to do it" manual. The text includes epistemological discussions of the issues around therapy research and the reader is encouraged to consider critically the assumptions underlying the variety of approaches they may take. The book will be particularly useful for practitioners who wish to use research to develop their services and ought to become a standard text on counselling, psychology and psychotherapy postgraduate courses... Perhaps the best endorsement for the book is that, having passed it around the research department today, four of my colleagues have already said they intend to buy it and I will certainly be recommending copies to my research assistants, students and anyone else who comes to me for research advice'' - Therapeutic Communities, The International Journal for Therapeutic and Supportive Organizations 'This book would be very helpful for counsellors in training who have to prepare a dissertation based on an objective analysis of some aspect of counselling... particularly useful for students studying research at an academic level, although it will also be particularly valuable for counsellors who wish to undertake rather more serious research on, or evaluation of, their work. The coverage of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to research is particularly relevant to the counselling sphere... likely to effectively serve individual counsellors in training as a course text... [this] well-written book contributes to fostering an increasing recognition of the value and necessity of research and evaluation in counselling [and] goes beyond simply raising awareness to playing a part in making research skills accessible and... can contribute to the establishment of the ongoing endeavour to objectively assess the quality of the service clients are offered, so helping counsellors improve and develop the practice of counselling'' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling 'This succinctly written book has a multiprofessional appeal and achieves its aim of "acting as a bridge" between research methodology and counselling practice... McLeod succeeds in summarizing what might be traditionally considered a dry subject in a manner which whets the reader''s appetite and furnishes him or her with a framework of methods and findings of the many studies which have explored what is and is not effective in the counselling relationship. It may be true that therapists find reading research articles or doing research the least useful source of information about psychotherapy, yet it is to be hoped that books such as this will redress the balance as it becomes increasingly important, in the internal market, to be clear about the usefulness of therapeutic practices'' - Clinical Psychology Forum '[This] book guides us through the research process in a comprehensible way, moving from an explanation of why research should be important for counsellors, through the ins-and-outs of doing a literature search, the intricacies of the research design process, the nature of quantitative and qualitative methodology, current issues related to outcome and process research, and ethical considerations, to bring us... to some interesting conclusions and comments on future counselling research directions... the whole topic is carefully related to the process of counselling. The number of research studies referenced is very impressive... A very helpful feature is the use of boxes containing summary material from the chapters. These are clear, readily understandable and very practical... very readable... yields a wealth of research information and provides an excellent and comprehensive introduction to doing counselling research'' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling 'This book is equally relevant to doing psychotherapy research... There are good chapters on reading the literature, managing the research process, using quantitative methods, using rating scales and qualitative methods, single case studies, outcome and process in research, ethical questions and so forth. The book ends with a sensitive discussion of the issues... This is a book I would recommend to any course which deals with research. It is up to date and sophisticated, and a good guide for the student'' - Self & Society

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"McLeod's book Doing Counselling Research guides us through the research process in a largely comprehensive way, moving from an explanation of why research should be important for counsellors, through the ins-and-outs of doing a literature search, the intricacies of the research design process, the nature of quantitative and qualitative methodology, current issues related to outcome and process research, and ethical considerations, to bring us at last to some interesting conclusions and comments on future counselling research directions in relation to Bakan's 'mystery-mastery complex'. Here the author's hermeneutic approach is even more clearly reaffirmed. A very helpful feature is the use of boxes containing summary material from the chapters. These are clear, readily understandable and very practical." --Henry Hollanders in British Journal of
- Publisher

This is a book I would recommend to any course which deals with research... up to date and sophisticated, a good guide for the student' - "Self & Society ^"For "counselling" read "counselling and psychotherapy" This excellent book helps fill a gap in the basic literature and is long overdue... in a clear, very readable way, it introduces counsellors and therapists to the basic relevant methods and approaches to research... This book is highly recommended' -" Changes ^" ^Written specifically for trainee and practising counsellors, this is the first practical, all-encompassing introduction to the strategies employed in counselling and psychotherapy research. ^Taking an i
- Publisher

'For "counselling" read "counselling and psychotherapy"! This excellent book helps fill a gap in the basic literature and is long overdue... in a clear, very readable way, it introduces counsellors and therapists to the basic relevant methods and approaches to research... The book should enable the neophyte researcher to consider undertaking a project in order to describe practice or evaluate services. More importantly, it should help to break down the resistance of therapists to considering research as an integral part of responsible practice. This book is highly recommended not only to counsellors and therapists, but also to all those, inexperienced in research, who are working in related interpersonal helping fields'' - Changes 'This is such an excellent and useful book that I was inspired to read through it and write about it immediately. John McLeod has provided the research manual that I (and my students) have been waiting for for years and it seemed important that other workers are made aware of it as soon as possible. The book''s stated aim is to "encourage critical thinking and reflection on the nature and purpose of counselling and psychotherapy". It achieves this by providing a comprehensive overview of possible research strategies, discussing the merits and pitfalls of the various approaches. Don''t allow yourself to be put off by the "counselling" in the title of the book - if you are doing (or about to do) research into any aspect of the process and outcome of psychotherapy you will find this book of great help... Chapters cover quantitative methods, single case design and qualitative methods (including the best summary guide to "grounded theory" methodology I have ever seen). The text is interspersed with "boxes" containing main points and the clear layout and writing style make the text easily accessible to research phobics and fanatics alike. Where this book particularly excels is in that it provides much more than a good "how to do it" manual. The text includes epistemological discussions of the issues around therapy research and the reader is encouraged to consider critically the assumptions underlying the variety of approaches they may take. The book will be particularly useful for practitioners who wish to use research to develop their services and ought to become a standard text on counselling, psychology and psychotherapy postgraduate courses... Perhaps the best endorsement for the book is that, having passed it around the research department today, four of my colleagues have already said they intend to buy it and I will certainly be recommending copies to my research assistants, students and anyone else who comes to me for research advice'' - Therapeutic Communities, The International Journal for Therapeutic and Supportive Organizations 'This book would be very helpful for counsellors in training who have to prepare a dissertation based on an objective analysis of some aspect of counselling... particularly useful for students studying research at an academic level, although it will also be particularly valuable for counsellors who wish to undertake rather more serious research on, or evaluation of, their work. The coverage of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to research is particularly relevant to the counselling sphere... likely to effectively serve individual counsellors in training as a course text... [this] well-written book contributes to fostering an increasing recognition of the value and necessity of research and evaluation in counselling [and] goes beyond simply raising awareness to playing a part in making research skills accessible and... can contribute to the establishment of the ongoing endeavour to objectively assess the quality of the service clients are offered, so helping counsellors improve and develop the practice of counselling'' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling 'This succinctly written book has a multiprofessional appeal and achieves its aim of "acting as a bridge" between research methodology and counselling practice... McLeod succeeds in summarizing what might be traditionally considered a dry subject in a manner which whets the reader''s appetite and furnishes him or her with a framework of methods and findings of the many studies which have explored what is and is not effective in the counselling relationship. It may be true that therapists find reading research articles or doing research the least useful source of information about psychotherapy, yet it is to be hoped that books such as this will redress the balance as it becomes increasingly important, in the internal market, to be clear about the usefulness of therapeutic practices'' - Clinical Psychology Forum '[This] book guides us through the research process in a comprehensible way, moving from an explanation of why research should be important for counsellors, through the ins-and-outs of doing a literature search, the intricacies of the research design process, the nature of quantitative and qualitative methodology, current issues related to outcome and process research, and ethical considerations, to bring us... to some interesting conclusions and comments on future counselling research directions... the whole topic is carefully related to the process of counselling. The number of research studies referenced is very impressive... A very helpful feature is the use of boxes containing summary material from the chapters. These are clear, readily understandable and very practical... very readable... yields a wealth of research information and provides an excellent and comprehensive introduction to doing counselling research'' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling 'This book is equally relevant to doing psychotherapy research... There are good chapters on reading the literature, managing the research process, using quantitative methods, using rating scales and qualitative methods, single case studies, outcome and process in research, ethical questions and so forth. The book ends with a sensitive discussion of the issues... This is a book I would recommend to any course which deals with research. It is up to date and sophisticated, and a good guide for the student'' - Self & Society
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Meet the Author

John Mcleod

John McLeod is Professor of Counselling at the University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland, and previous Professor of Counselling Studies at Keele University, England. Originally trained in person-centered counseling and psychotherapy, he has shifted in recent years in the direction of a narrative-informed approach. Research interests include the development of qualitative methods for the hermeneutic narrative analysis of interview and psychotherapy transcript data, and the creation of practitioner-oriented research strategies. He has published six books, including An Introduction to Counselling, Second Edition (Open University Press 1998), which incorporates a chapter on narrative approaches, Narrative & Psychotherapy (Sage Ltd, 1997), which reviews recent developments in narrative-informed theory, research and practice, and Qualitative Research in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Sage Ltd, 2000), which includes a chapter on research into narrative and discourse in psychotherapy. He has also published over 30 chapters and papers on a range of counseling and psychotherapy topics.In addition to their academic work, both Angus and McLeod are practicing clinicians who see clients, train and supervise clinical psychologists in psychotherapy and counseling skills and are engaged in psychotherapy process and outcome research. In their work, they attempt to fully integrate theory and research into practice, and they believe that each component of the process-practice, theory, evaluation/research-inform each other. 

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  • Catalogue Code 127530
  • Product Code 0803978049
  • EAN 9780803978041
  • Pages 224
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Care/counselling
  • Publisher Sage Publications Inc
  • Publication Date Sep 1994
  • Dimensions 233 x 155 x 19 mm
  • Weight 0.340kg

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