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Concise and lucid writing made this book in its first edition the leading research methods text written specifically for counselors.
The text introduces reader to the basics of how to do research—from formulating a problem, doing a literature review, selecting a design, collecting and analyzing data, through reporting results. It also provides readers with the information they need to become intelligent consumers of published research. Covering a broad range of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods designs, as well as action research and program evaluation, the text presents the most common types of research used in the field of counseling.
From reviews of the text:
“The content is strong and clearly explained. . . . This is the best [counseling research text] I have seen.”
—Monica Osburn, UNC-Pembroke and Webster
“The majority of my students report it is easy to follow and understand, even those with limited research knowledge. . . . So often I find counseling students viewing research methods courses as courses they must just ‘get through’ and not ones that will help them in their future careers. This book . . . does help students understand how this knowledge can benefit them in their future practice.
—Ryan Melton, Portland State University
“The book is very clear and concise, and it is an easy text for the students to understand. The many examples used throughout the text and sample paper are great resources for the students. . . . It is relevant to counseling students, it has information required by CACREP, and it is a comprehensive research textbook that is easy for students to follow. The examples given are superb . . . .”
—Lakitta D. Johnson, Jackson State University
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Dr. Carl J. Sheperis, PhD, NCC, LPC, ACS, is chair of the Counseling and Special Populations Department at Lamar University. He has more than 25 years of clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of behavioral disorders and psychopathology in infancy and childhood. Dr. Sheperis teaches graduate courses in assessment, research, and statistics. Dr. Sheperis has received numerous awards for his work. He is the author of several textbooks on mental health counseling, assessment, child and adolescent issues, online counselor education, and violence prevention. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Board for Certified Counselors.
J. Scott Young is the chair of the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Young believes that to be an effective educator of counselors one must also be an effective practitioner. Subsequently he has been a practicing counselor and clinical supervisor for over 20 years. Dr. Young is interested in understanding the processes people use to make meaning of their lives and in particular the role that spirituality and religion play in the practice of effective counseling. To this end, he has published numerous articles related to the interface of counseling and spirituality and is the coauthor of Spirituality and Religion in Counseling: A Guide to Competent Practice.
Dr. M. Harry Daniels is professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Counselor Education at the University of Florida. Dr. Daniels uses the scientist-practitioner model as a guide, believing that counselor educators need to be skilled in both domains. Within this framework, he is interested in knowing how people construct their reality, particularly through the use of imaginative language, and the strategies that they use to regulate their emotional responses to life events. Dr. Daniels is specifically interested in the strategies parents and teachers use to influence children’s emotion regulation abilities.
PART 1 An Introduction to Research in Counseling
Chapter 1 Contemporary Issues in Counseling Research
Chapter 2 Ethical Consideration in the Practice of Research
Chapter 3 Reviewing the Literature
Chapter 4 Methodological Issues
Chapter 5 Basic Statistical Concepts and Descriptive Statistics
PART 2 Quantitative Research Designs
Chapter 6 Experimental Designs
Chapter 7 Predictive Designs
Chapter 8 Single-Case Research Designs
PART 3 Qualitative Research Designs and Program Evaluation
Chapter 9 Case Study Research
Chapter 10 Grounded Theory Methodology
Chapter 11 Phenomenological Designs: The Philosophy of Phenomenological Research
Chapter 12 Narrative Research: Interpreting Lived Experience
PART 4 Survey, Mixed Designs, and Action Research
Chapter 13 An Overview of Survey Research
Chapter 14 Mixed Methods Designs
Chapter 15 Action Research
PART 5 Data Analyses and Presentation of Findings
Chapter 16 Program Evaluation
Chapter 17 Data Management and Data Analysis Software
Chapter 18 Developing a Research Report
Appendix A Preamble and Research Section of the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics 2014
Appendix B Sample Research Paper