Readers are offered many practical examples of small–scale research that is firmly grounded in clinical experience. Advocating a qualitative research approach, the examples mirror relational–centred practice by placing the emphasis on conducting research with participants, not on them. Finlay and Evans demonstrate that many of the familiar clinical skills, values, and interests of therapists – such as interviewing skills, reflexive interpretation, and inferential thinking – are, in fact, transferable to the research domain, while knowledge of research processes and findings can further enhance clinical therapy.
As an accessible introduction to setting up and conducting research, this book is the long–awaited answer to increasing competencies for psychotherapists and counsellors in clinical practice.
Part I: Engaging Qualitative Research and the Relational–centred Approach.
1. Qualitative Relational–centred Research: A Voyage of Discovery .
2. Competing Qualitative Research Traditions.
3. Embodied Co–creation: Theory and Values for Relational Research.
4. Challenging Evidence–based Practice .
5. Quality in Qualitative Relational–centred Research.
Part II: Relational–centred Research: Being and Doing.
6. Setting Up Research.
7. The Research Encounter: Co–creating your Data.
8. Embracing Relational Research: Learning from Therapy.
9. Engaging Process .
10. Analysis of Data (Linda Finlay and Anna Madill).
11. Relational Ethics.
12. Becoming a Relational Researcher.
Part III: Relational–centred Research in Action.
13. My Heart was Killing Me : A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of the Lived Experience of Anger (Virginia Eatough).
14. A Therapist s Portrait of a Clinical Encounter with a Somatizer (Maria Luca).
15. Relating through Difference: A Critical Narrative Analysis (Darren Langdridge).
16. A Journey into Survival and Coping by Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (Susan L. Morrow).