Case Study Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- John McLeod - University of Oslo, Norway
Counselling Research Methods | Counselling and Psychotherapy (General)
Case-based knowledge forms an essential element of the evidence base for counselling and psychotherapy practice. This book provides the reader with a unique introduction to the conceptual and practical tools required to conduct high quality case study research that is grounded in their own therapy practice or training. Drawing on real-life cases at the heart of counselling and psychotherapy practice, John McLeod makes complex debates and concepts engaging and accessible for the trainees and practitioners at all levels, and from all theoretical orientations. Key topics covered in the book include:
- the role of case studies in the development of theory, practice and policy in counselling and psychotherapy
- strategies for responding to moral and ethical issues in therapy case study research
- practical tools for collecting case data
- 'how-to-do-it' guides for carrying out different types of case study
- team-based case study research for practitioners and students
- questions, issues and challenges that may have been raised for readers through their study.
Concrete examples, points for reflection and discussion, and recommendations for further reading will enable readers to use the book as a basis for carrying out their own case investigation.
All trainees in counselling, psychotherapy and clinical psychology are required to complete case reports, and this is the only textbook to cover the topic in real depth. The book will also be valuable to people who intend to use existing case studies to inform their practice, and it will help experienced practitioners to generate publishable case reports.
Comprehensive, passionate, right out at the growing edge of the psychotherapy research and even slightly beyond it, this book maps out where case study research has come from, what it looks like today, and what its future will look like.
Robert Elliott, Professor of Counselling, University of Strathclyde
This is an excellent book that has been needed by the counselling and psychotherapy profession for some considerable time. It has been worth the wait. John McLeod writes in a clearly accessible style easy to read and absorb and his comprehensive book both captures existing methods and identifies potential methods ripe for development.
Sue Wheeler, University of Leicester
This is an excellent book, and a very much needed addition to the case study methodology literature. It is very comprehensive and covers all aspects of case study methodology. The text addresses the issue intelligently, but is also an introduction for those engaging in case study research.
Mark Widdowson, Director of Training, CPTI Edinburgh
This book does an outstanding job in pulling together the crucially important literature on case studies in psychotherapy practice and research into a coherent, engaging and scholarly whole.
Daniel Fishman, Editor-in-Chief, Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, USA
McLeod covers in real depth and high quality how to complete case study research, would definitely recommend.
Always have enjoyed John McLeod's writing style ever since I first started training and this book has not disapointed me.
My students have said they also find him easy to read and digest, brilliant.
A good book in preparing students how to conduct case study research in counselling and psychotherapy
Very good book that highlights the focus of counselling and psychotherapy using detailed case studies.
John McLeod writes with his usual high level of insight and accessibility in this fascinating book, which is a must for everyone interested in counselling research. The examples provided give a new way of exploring ideas and concepts. Well written throughout, this is a vital book for anyone in the field - practitioners and students alike.
Essential of considering doing case study research - recommended for those who are not yet sure re the method to use for their research
John McLeod has provided an essential reference for training the new generation of research savvy psychotherapists. This book brings more than just the "what" and "how" - it reveals credibility, rigour and dignity in human ways of researching human process to develop more humane practice and research.
This book adds a useful source for students with a particular interest in case study methodology. In particular Counselling students, who struggle with positivistic approaches, welcome such a clear text that puts their own pratice into an evidence-based context.
This is an excellent addition to support students conducting their own research study as part of their higher education training. It clearly helps them to navigate their way through the research process and the use of case study research for further development of counselling practice.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Foreword by Daniel B. Fishman, Ph.D., Rutgers University