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Doing counselling research

While this book focuses primarily on conducting research in counselling and psychotherapy, it provides sound information that will be useful to researchers from a range of disciplines. It is particularly suited to the needs of novice researchers studying health and social care in general or those attempting to plan and implement their work in counselling disciplines.

The author provides clear indication for the reader as to the context in which terms such as counselling, psychotherapy and therapy are used throughout the text. From the outset, this book identifies that research into aspects of counselling practice has not yet occurred on a grand scale from within the discipline. This sets the scene for what develops into a focused, critical appraisal of some of the reasons for this, and, in doing so, prepares the way for the reflective, enquiring and thought-provoking chapters to follow.

With chapters written in unambiguous and generally jargon-free English, the book is soundly grounded in the theory and practice of planning, conducting and evaluating research in counselling. It provides a clear and critical review of some of the methodological theories and approaches concerning research design, ethics and research practice. The presentation of theoretical issues alongside an exploration of the practical questions and constraints that

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The author provides clear indication for the reader as to the context in which terms such as counselling, psychotherapy and therapy are used throughout the text. From the outset, this book identifies that research into aspects of counselling practice has not yet occurred on a grand scale from within the discipline. This sets the scene for what develops into a focused, critical appraisal of some of the reasons for this, and, in doing so, prepares the way for the reflective, enquiring and thought-provoking chapters to follow.

With chapters written in unambiguous and generally jargon-free English, the book is soundly grounded in the theory and practice of planning, conducting and evaluating research in counselling. It provides a clear and critical review of some of the methodological theories and approaches concerning research design, ethics and research practice. The presentation of theoretical issues alongside an exploration of the practical questions and constraints that may occur in the research process enhances the value of the book for inexperienced researchers in this field.

The book adds to emerging texts addressing the complexities of nursing and care-based research. It reflects on many pertinent issues, which may be familiar to nurses conducting research incorporating counselling, communication, person-centred development and support services. A critical aspect of this book is the inclusion of tables and comment boxes summarising the key aspects of the research process. The authors successfully present the challenges and opportunities of research in these disciplines alongside consideration of the theoretical, ethical and process requirements of qualitative and quantitative studies. This book is clearly presented and easy to negotiate a way through.

I recommend it as particularly useful for those researchers seeking to expand the evidence base in counselling-based disciplines or explore the impact of related issues on their particular areas of nursing practice.

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