Teaching research methods to counsellors and psychotherapists: overcoming resistance with innovation and creativity

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Research training in the psychological helping professionals is often counter-productive, doing more harm than good, with dry or intimidating presentations that underscore the gap between rather research and practice rather than attempting to bridge it. In this presentation, I attempt to offer some alternatives to conventional research methods training, following principles such as grounding research in students' lived experience; reframing certain types of research as professional practice skills; and building on students' natural curiosity. I will present examples of research inputs that follow these principles, and describe the implementation of a systematic case study requirement with a postgraduate course in Person-Centred-Experiential Psychotherapy.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - Mar 2009
EventSPR (UK) Ravenscar research Conference 2009 - Ravenscar
Duration: 14 Mar 200916 Mar 2009


ConferenceSPR (UK) Ravenscar research Conference 2009


  • teaching research methods
  • counsellors
  • psychotherapists
  • overcoming resistance
  • innovation
  • creativity

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