Making Research Matter is an original contribution to the growing field of work-based learning with a focus on research aimed at developing the practice of counselling and psychotherapy addressing the practice-research gap. Stephen Goss, Christine Stevens and their contributors explore the links between research and professional practice and show how this can impact on practice to make a genuine, demonstrable contribution to the development of therapeutic services, good practice and the understanding of psychological and social issues.

The book is divided into two parts. Part one gives an account of the thinking, ethos and development of work-based learning. It explores the importance of the in-depth rigorous and reflexive inquiry skills needed to sustain research project work. Part two presents nine studies of work-based psychotherapy or counselling related research. Each account sets out the focus and motivation of the study and critically discusses how the research design was developed, the choice of methods employed, with an explanation of the outcomes. A vital part of each account is a review of how the research has been used to make changes and developments in the work setting.

Making Research Matter provides insights into the lived experience of the practitioner-researcher, to stimulate the reader to generate their own ideas for research enquiry. It presents a range of proven, successful research projects, and shows how they have made a difference in the development of theory and practice which lead to positive change, better services and more informed practice. It will be an essential resource for psychotherapists, counsellors, social workers, and those involved in coaching and clinical psychology.

chapter |21 pages


ByStephen Goss, Christine Stevens

part |48 pages

Part I

chapter 1|10 pages

Facilitating high achievers to tell their stories of professional entrepreneurialism

Lessons from the doctorate in psychotherapy by professional studies
BySimon du Plock, Paul Barber

chapter 2|12 pages

Supporting work-based doctoral projects

The role of the academic advisor
ByChristine Stevens

chapter 3|11 pages

The first step

The review of personal and professional learning
ByMaja O’Brien, Christine Stevens

chapter 4|13 pages

Relational research reflexivity

BySofie Bager-Charleson

part |144 pages

Part II

chapter 5|12 pages

Challenging the ivory tower

Collaboration and creativity in practitioner research
ByRuth Caleb

chapter 6|21 pages

Bibliotherapy and beyond

Research as a catalyst for change in therapeutic practice
BySimon du Plock

chapter 7|15 pages

The therapeutic functions of mental imagery in psychotherapy

Constructing a theoretical model
ByVal Thomas

chapter 9|17 pages

Infected by trauma

Cross-professional supervision as a participative inquiry with a team of trauma therapists and things to watch out for on a professional doctoral journey
ByBobby Moore

chapter 10|18 pages

Black issues in the therapeutic process

A multicultural heuristic study
ByIsha Mckenzie-Mavinga

chapter 11|15 pages

A heuristic inquiry into therapeutic practice

Enhancing the internal supervisor
ByEls van Ooijen

chapter 13|14 pages

Achieving process and impact via public works

ByKate Anthony, Kathryn May