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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Psychotherapy Research Inquiry
Module Code NS5078
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Alice McEleney
Semester 2: Alice McEleney
Autumn: Alice McEleney
Module TeachersAlice McEleney
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To enable students to develop a critical appreciation and understanding of the process and findings of psychotherapy research, toward enabling the expansion of knowledge and the application of research and evidence-based practice in psychotherapy and health care

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the research process in psychotherapy
2. Appreciate the value of ethical research inquiry
3. Identify and describe a range of both quantitative, qualitative and secondary research approaches
4. Critically review existing evidence in psychotherapy
5. Develop an appreciation of the translation of research knowledge to practice

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Assignment Completion125This is a non contact module for those students who have Ph.d level qualification in research or equivalent and who can demonstrate competency in psychotherapy research. The workload is engaging with and reviewing resources on Loop and completion of a research proposal that will form the basis for MSc dissertation study.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Independent learning
Self directed independent learning accessing Loop for teaching resources.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentResearch Proposal of 2,500 words (90%) Powerpoint Research Presentation (10%)100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Loewentha, D & Avdi, E.: 2019, Developments in Qualitative Psychotherapy Research, Routledge, UK,
  • McLeod, J.: 2022, Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy, 4th ed, Sage, London,
  • McLeod J.: 2016, Using Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Sage, London,
  • McLeod, J.: 2013, An Introduction to Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Sage, London,
  • Tribe, R., & Morrissey, J.: 2020, The handbook of professional, ethical and research practice for psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists and psychiatrists, 3rd ed, Brunner-Routledge,
  • Vossler, A. & Moller, N. (eds): 2014, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Handbook, Sage, London,
  • Willig, C.: 2021, Introducing qualitative research in psychology,, 4th ed, McGraw Hill Education, Maidenhead,
  • Anderson, S.K. & Handelsman, M.M.: 2011, Ethics for Psychotherapists and Counselors: A Proactive Approach., Wiley, USA,
  • Aveyard, H.: 2018, Doing a literature review in health and social care: A practical guide, 4th ed, Open University Press,
  • Booth, A., Sutton, A., Clowes, M & Martyn-St James, M.: 2022, Systematic approaches to a successful literature review,, 3rd ed, Sage,
  • Cooper, M.: 2008, Essential Research Findings, Sage, London,
  • McLeod, J.: 2011, Qualitative research in counselling and psychotherapy, Sage, London,
  • Timulak, L.: 2008, Research in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Sage, London,
Other Resources

54878, Journal, 0, 'Journal of Psychotherapy Research', 54879, Website, 0, Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR),
Programme or List of Programmes
MCOUMasters in Psychotherapy

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