10 cp Prerequisites Nil Teaching Organisation Two contact hours per week via lectures, seminars and skills-based workshops. Additional weekly reading will be required.
This unit explores research in counselling and psychotherapy firstly, at a philosophical level by considering the different assumptions inherent within and between quantitative and qualitative approaches, and secondly, by examining a range of research processes and procedures. It will provide students with the opportunity to understand and apply research findings to practice. They will explore the systematic nature of research; the importance of empirical data and how data can be collected in different ways; and developing an understanding of how different meta-theoretical assumptions underpin different research paradigms. Students will be introduced to the notion of research as praxis and be encouraged to engage in research as practitioners. With this knowledge students will be able to access empirical findings to develop an evidence-based practice framework that will ensure graduates remain current within their field of practice.