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Introducing Counselling and Psychotherapy Research


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Introduction The Research Underpinning Therapy What Is Research? Preparing for Undertaking Research The Impact of Undertaking Research on the Researcher Quantitative Research: Collecting and Making Sense of Numbers in Therapy Research Qualitative Research: Collecting and Making Sense of Talk, Thoughts and Feelings in Research Ethical Issues in Therapy Research Talking about Research and Dissemination Summary

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Terry Hanley, PhD, MSc, MA, BSc, is the program director for the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Manchester. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, and was Editor of Counselling Psychology Review between the years 2009 and 2015. He has a keen interest in training therapists in research skills and is a co-author of Introducing Counselling and Psychotherapy Research (SAGE, 2013). He is also co-editor of The SAGE Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy (4th edition) (SAGE, 2017) and the lead editor of Adolescent Counselling Psychology (Routledge, 2013). He is an HCPC-registered counseling psychologist and presently works as a therapist with the organization Freedom from Torture providing psychological support to a football therapy project. Follow him on twitter @drterryhanley. William West is a lecturer in Counselling Studies at Manchester University. He currently serves on the Research and Evaluation Committee of the British Association for Counselling, and has written extensively on humanistic therapy, spirituality, supervision and qualitative research.


'The authors of this very personal book seem to have really understood student anxieties about embarking on research. The whole project of getting to grips with research methods is brought alive through examples from the authors' own teaching of research methods. One of the inspired pedagogical methods is the use of debate to get students to articulate their approach and back this up from role played perspectives like that of a service commissioner. The reader is encouraged to adopt a critical stance in relation to the text, throughout, and the 'student voice' is used as a critical commentary.

The process of research is used as a model of collaborative and experiential learning, which makes this book very different from most of the research methods texts already 'out there'. The language of research is used throughout, in order to help students to begin to identify as researchers (e.g. 'your findings'; 'our findings'). This is set to become an essential part of every counselling trainer's reading list, serving as it does to demystify research and set learning through research firmly within counsellor training. My students will read it with relish' -
Bonnie Meekums, PhD,Lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at University of Leeds
This is an engaging, useful and readable introduction to undertaking research in counselling and psychotherapy...The constant yet subtle introduction of key concepts throughout the text make this a great introduction for those wishing to understand more about why research is important in this field. -- Jo Pybis

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