'A great resource for therapists and a tremendous achievement to have pullled all this often complex information together in such an accessible way' - Joe Armstrong, Lecturer in Counselling, University of Abertay. 'A remarkable summary of findings and their implications for practice as we enter the 21st century' - Prof Michael J. Lambert, Brigham Young University. 'A fantastic accomplishment. Mick Cooper brings together a vast amount of material in a relevant and interesting way' - Prof John McLeod, Professor of Counselling, University of Abertay Dundee. 'The publication of this book couldn't be more timely! Mick Cooper has a wonderful ability to write about complex things in a clear accessible way' - Laurie Clark, CEO of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.Are some therapies more effective than others? How important is the relationship? Which clients do best in therapy? "Essential Research Findings in Counselling and Psychotherapy" answers these questions and many more, providing trainees, practitioners and researchers with a comprehensive introduction to the latest findings in the field.The book sets out in a jargon-free way the evidence for the effectiveness of therapy and the factors associated with positive therapeutic outcomes. It gives suggestions for further reading, definitions of key terms and questions for discussion, making this an ideal text for use in training.The book is also designed for practitioners who increasingly need to justify their therapeutic work on empirical grounds. "Essential Research Findings in Counselling and Psychotherapy" gives them the knowledge and confidence to do just that. More than that, it makes research findings accessible and provides information on how to practice counselling and psychotherapy in an effective way.
Review: 'A fantastic accomplishment. Mick Cooper brings together a vast amount of material in a relevant and interesting way.' -- John McLeod 20080301 'The book's strengths are an inviting personable style, an objective perspective and a systematic review of research. I do not see any weaknesses.' -- Arthur C. Bohart 20080301 'I generally do not become absorbed by texts about research, but this book was remarkably engaging --clear, concise, and handy as a reference guide' -- Kirk Schneider 20080401 'The publication of this book couldn't be more timely! Mick Cooper has a wonderful ability to write about complex things in a clear accessible way. This is a comprehensive guide to what the evidence tells us so far -- essential reading for practitioners, trainees and indeed clients themselves who want to understand more about the knowledge base of the powerful tool that therapy is.' -- Laurie Clark 20080401 'Highly accessible, even for 'statisticophobes'. It is simple, without being simplistic, and brings quite complex concepts to a level that novices can grasp.' -- Maureen O'Hara 20080401 'As a scholar of psychotherapy research I highly recommend this book as a remarkable summary of findings and their implications for practice as we enter the 21st century. Essential information to consider by professionals and students alike as they become more effective practitioners.' -- Michael Lambert 20080425
Contents: Introduction: The Challenge of Research The Outcomes of Counselling and Psychotherapy Does Orientation Matter? The Great Psychotherapy Debate Client Factors: The Heart and Soul of Therapeutic Change Therapist Factors: Who Works For What? Relational Factors: It's The Relationship That Heals! Or Is It? Technique and Practice Factors: Is it what You Do or the Way that You Do it?
First published 2008.