Qualitative Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy

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SAGE Publications, Apr 6, 2011 - Psychology - 338 pages
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The need to show how and why counselling works has led to an explosion of research activity, and a growing focus on research in counselling and psychotherapy teaching and practice. Yet this book, even now in its second edition, stands alone in addressing qualitative research in therapy.

Leading expert, John McLeod helps readers through each stage of the research process, explaining techniques for gathering data, writing up the study and evaluating the findings. Each qualitative method is clearly described and critically assessed in terms of its own strengths and weaknesses. Examples from actual research studies are given to show how the methods work in practice. This new edition incorporates developments in qualitative research over the last ten years and includes many new chapters, covering:

interpretative phenomenological analysisheuristic research and autoethnographyaction researchcase study methodsnarrative analysis

For all those involved in research - whether as part of academic study or in practice -this book will be essential reading. As an introduction to qualitative methods, it is the perfect course text for counselling and counselling psychology, and psychotherapy, and will also be of interest to those who provide counselling in other professional areas such as teaching, nursing and social work.


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achievement and potential
2 The philosophical basis of qualitative research
3 Doing qualitative research
4 Phenomenological research
5 Ethnographic approaches to research in counselling and psychotherapy
6 Using grounded theory
thematicanalysis Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis Consensual Qualitative Research and ideal type analysis
8 Analysis of conversation and discourse
heuristic research and autoethnography
action research
12 Qualitative case studies
13 The role of qualitative methods inoutcome research
14 The concept of validity in qualitative research
taking the research agenda forward

9 Narrative analysis

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About the author (2011)

John McLeod is Emeritus Professor of Counselling at the University of Abertay Dundee. 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. His enthusiastic search for finding ways to make research interesting and accessible for practitioners has resulted in a teaching award from the students at his own university and an award for exceptional contribution to research from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. His writing has influenced a generation of trainees in the field of counselling and psychotherapy, and his books are widely adopted on training programmes across the world.

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