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Researching the Psychotherapy Process

Researching the Psychotherapy Process

Nick Riding | Georgia Lepper


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This hands-on introduction to psychotherapy process research methods takes the student clinician/researcher through the basic steps of developing a research project based on a transcript of a psychotherapy session. The major text-based methods in use are introduced in separate chapters, and illustrated with detailed examples and exercises which will enable the novice researcher to explore the therapeutic interaction from a variety of perspectives. The aim of the book is to support and enhance clinical practice through research competence and awareness.
'This book makes an important contribution to the field of psychotherapy research for clinicians. It is especially timely as it responds to the demand of the current climate for critical thinking and evaluation of ongoing clinical work.' - Judith Woodhead, Journal of Analytical Psychology
NICK RIDING is Director, Psychotherapy Programmes, at the Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. He also practises as a psychotherapist within the National Heatlh Service.
GEORGIA LEPPER is Lecturer in Psychotherapy at the Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. She is the author of Categories in Talk and Text: A Practical Introduction to Categorization Analysis.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Cover Cover
Contents vii
List of Tables and Figures xi
Preface xii
Acknowledgements xv
Introduction: What is research? 1
CHAPTER 1 Psychotherapy Research: a brief overview 7
Introduction and origins 7
Research into psychotherapy outcome 8
Equivalence of treatments 10
Cost effectiveness 11
Clinically significant change 12
Developments in process research 13
Factors leading to change in psychotherapy 14
Relationship factors 16
Therapeutic alliance 17
Conclusion 20
Suggestions for further reading 21
CHAPTER 2 The Research Process 22
Introduction 22
Asking a question 22
Research design in group-based studies 24
Validity and reliability in group designs 26
Research design in single case studies 27
Reliability and validity in text-based case studies 30
Strategies for answering the research questions 32
The sources of data 36
Ethical issues 39
Choosing a research method 41
Suggestions for further reading 43
Introduction 45
CHAPTER 3 Transference-related Methods 49
Introduction 49
Transference-related methods 50
The core conflictual relationship theme method 56
Findings of CCRT research 62
Example of a practitioner project using CCRT 63
Conclusion 66
Suggestions for further reading 67
CHAPTER 4 The Assimilation Model 68
Introduction 68
The Assimilation Model 69
Overview of published research using the Assimilation Model 78
Examples of practitioner projects using the Assimilation Model 83
Conclusion 86
Suggestions for further reading 87
CHAPTER 5 Interpersonal Theory Approaches 88
Introduction 88
Interpersonal theory 88
The structural analysis of social behaviour (SASB) 96
Research using SASB 104
Example of a practitioner project using SASB 107
Conclusion 110
Suggestions for further reading 110
Introduction 111
Suggestions for further reading 117
CHAPTER 6 Grounded Theory 118
Introduction 118
Recent developments in grounded theory 123
Reliability and validity 128
Recent debates in grounded theory 129
Application of grounded theory to psychotherapy process research 131
Example of a practitioner project using grounded theory 134
Conclusion 135
Suggestions for further reading 136
CHAPTER 7 Conversation Analysis 137
Introduction 137
What is conversation analysis? 138
Categorization analysis 144
Questions of method 149
Applying conversation analysis to psychotherapeutic interaction 150
Example of a practitioner project using conversation analysis 153
Conclusion 156
Suggestions for further reading 159
CHAPTER 8 Analyzing Narratives in Psychotherapy Texts 160
Introduction 160
Narrative analysis and psychotherapy research 161
The most recent developments in narrative analysis 163
The hierarchical model of interpretation 168
The narrative process coding system 169
Example of a practitioner project using NPCS 175
Conclusion 176
Suggestions for further reading 177
CHAPTER 9 The Therapeutic Cycles Model (TCM) 178
Introduction 178
The development of the therapeutic cycles model 179
Interpreting the CM graph 181
Findings from studies using the TCM 185
Application of the TCM: an exercise 186
Strengths and weaknesses of TCM 188
Suggestions for further reading 188
Introduction 189
CHAPTER 10 Computerized Data Analysis 193
Introduction 193
Example 1–C-I-SAID: The Code-A-Text System 194
Example 2–Nvivo (QSR) 198
Example 3–The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) 200
Which package? 202
A project using several IT methods 203
Conclusion 206
Suggestions for further reading 207
CHAPTER 11 Documentation of the Research 208
Introduction 208
Example of a practitioner project–Stories and metaphors: exploration of the narrative and figurative language in one patient–therapist dyad: a pilot study 209
References 228
Index 246