on 25 March 2009
I wish this book had been around when I was studying for my MSc a couple of years ago, it makes light work of trawling through stacks of papers to find the most relevant and up to date research on counselling and psychotherapy. It's a good source of information if you are preparing a presentation, writing a paper or if you need to know more about the very wide range of therapeutic approaches that are around. I have used it to save time, cutting through the dross and get to the stuff you want to know about; when you've used this to get to the 'important bits' you can then go on to read in full the most relevant research in full.
Things I like about this book:
The size of it, most books about research are hefty and off putting just by their size
The way it is set out, giving a thesaurus, references and having sub-sections which address tricky or complicated questions as each subject is covered such as, `therapists who use touch`.
That it addresses the currently very popular issue being asked by fund holders, "what's the evidence base for this approach (practice)?" (Not that most of the people who ask this question actually know what the answers they are given mean for clients and therapists)
It starts by explaining research methods and how to understand research findings
It is a comprehensive review and summary of current research findings
It is not written in a `glossed over' way that some research reviews are, when research is poor or patchy the author says so and gives explanations as to why.
For a Professor I think the author, Mick Cooper, has kept his feet on the ground and written a book that students and experienced professionals will find valuable and informative. It is written in plain English and with a healthy pinch of humour that means it's easy to read whilst addressing complicated topics such as making sense of qualitative and quantitative research findings. Also, if you are thinking about seeking a therapist yourself and want to research what approach best fits for you this book will give you sound information to help you decide.
Mick Cooper continues to be one of the brightest lights in contemporary counselling practice. This his latest work, is a valuable addition to the library of any counselling practitioner who by choice or compulsion requires a good introdcution to the increasingly relevant subject of research. In the coming months and years all counsellors will I feel sure be required to undertake at some level, research in their area of expertise. By offering examples of research projects that are clearly related to the everyday work of a high proportion of practising counsellors, Mick has made the subject interesting. As a lecturer in counselling I have often struggled to achieve such an imporatnt outcome and am therefore very glad to have this book as a resource from which I will draw examples in my future teaching.
on 20 February 2014
I bought this book because it was on the reading list for my counselling degree course. I believe that research is extremely important for the profession, but often find ploughing through it to be a bit of an uphill struggle. I therefore approached this book with trepidation. However, I found it to be a straightforward, concise resource which was enjoyable and easy to read. It pulls together much of the current research and identifies gaps in it. I have found this book to be a useful resource for referencing in a number of assignments and it has provided food for thought in my client work.
on 27 September 2010
Whatever your type of training, this book can add value to your work. It starts off with a short quiz to help reveal some common misconceptions, then guides you through what the research reveals about the true state of this field: that what many people think 'works' in therapy is misguided, and that the really important factors are usually overlooked. It is readable and keeps you interested as you begin to learn more about how you can change your working method. This should be on the reading list of any trainee because it presents important issues very simply. Mick Cooper has done an excellent job by pulling together a broad range of research into a succinct yet practical package. It is well-referenced throughout.