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Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy


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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

About the Author

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 psychology and psychotherapy, and his books are widely adopted on training programmes across the world.


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

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

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

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