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What do counsellors and psychotherapists need to know about research?

Elliott, Robert and Wheeler, Sue (2008) What do counsellors and psychotherapists need to know about research? Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 8 (2). pp. 133-135. ISSN 1473-3145

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Abstract

Regardless of the model of therapy being taught, counselling and psychotherapy training must address the theory and skills of psychotherapeutic practice and its ethical, cultural, organisational, economic, social, and political context. For their part, trainees are focussed on what happens in the therapy room and look to clinical supervisors and trainers to help them enhance their skills. Trainees often have trouble seeing the importance of developing their capacity to function as reflective practitioners grounded in research, which is necessary for them to function autonomously as professionals. Professional practice requires the wisdom, knowledge, and skill of a master craftsman (Sennett, 2008), able to investigate and process complex material and make appropriate judgements or decisions, to contribute to future developments with new knowledge. Research informs and can improve practice, but is often a hard sell.

Item type: Article
ID code: 27080
Keywords: counsellors, psychotherapists, research, Social Sciences (General), Psychology, Psychiatry and Mental health, Clinical Psychology, Applied Psychology
Subjects: Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Counselling
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Depositing user: Mrs Marie Henderson
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2010 17:09
Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 05:06
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/27080

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