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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Advanced Research Skills in Psychotherapy 2
Module Code NS619
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Gemma Kiernan
Semester 2: Gemma Kiernan
Autumn: Gemma Kiernan
Module TeachersGemma Kiernan
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 25
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination
As above

Research paradigms, methodologies, and design.

Learning Outcomes

1. 1. Complete a methodology and methods paper demonstrating knowledge of the chosen approach. 2. Complete a Research Proposal – outline and provide a rationale for chosen methodology, methods and design, outline ethical considerations and dissemination plan. 3. Develop practical skills in literature review and data collection and analysis. 4. Prepare for ethics application process.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Group work70No Description
Independent Study555No Description
Total Workload: 625

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

Overview and critique of qualitative approaches
This will include Phenomenology, Grounded Theory, Narrative Analysis & Discourse Analysis.

Overview and critique of quantitative approaches
This will include Experimental/quasi experimental designs, Survey designs

Study rationale, design, data generation and analysis
Writing a literature review to support study rationale, identifiying study aims and objectives, participant recruitment, interview skills, descriptive analysis, thematic analysis

Content, process and outcome

Communication of research
Writing a doctoral thesis, knowledge exchange and dissemination

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Research Paper1. Prepare a Methodology Paper 2. Prepare and present a Research Proposal Each weighted 50%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

  • Anderson, S.K. & Handelsman, M.M.: 2011, Ethics for Psychotherapists and Counselors: A Proactive Approach., Wiley, USA,
  • Andres, L.: 2012, Designing and doing survey research, Sage, London,
  • Booth, A., Sutton, A., Clowes, M. Martyn-St James, M.: 2022, Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review., Sage, London,
  • Braun, V. & Clarke, V.: 2022, Thematic Analysis: A Practical Guide., Sage, London,
  • Creswell, J.W.: 2021, A Concise Introduction to Mixed Methods Research, Sage, USA,
  • Harper, D. et al.(eds): 2011, Qualitative Research Methods in Mental Health and Psychotherapy : A Guide for Students and Practitioners, Chapter 11 Discourse Analysis, John Wiley & Sons,
  • King, N., Brooks.,J. & Horrocks, C.: 2019, Interviews in qualitative research, 2nd ed, Sage, London,
  • Loewentha, D & Avdi, E.(eds).: 2019, Developments in Qualitative Psychotherapy Research., Routledge, UK,
  • Magnussen, E., & Marecek, J.: 2015, Doing interview-based qualitative research: A learner's guide, Cambridge University Press, UK,
  • McLeod, J: 2022, Doing Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy., 4th, Sage, London,
  • Smith, J. & Nizza, I.: 2021, Essentials of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis., American Psychological Association, USA,
  • Timulak, L.: 2008, Research in Psychotherapy and Counselling., Sage, London,
  • Tribe, R., & Morrissey: 2020, The handbook of professional, ethical and research practice for psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists and psychiatrists., Brunner-Routledge,
  • Vossler, A. & Moller, N. (eds): 2014, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Handbook., Sage, London,
Other Resources

0, Journal, 0, Journal of Psychotherapy Research, 0, Website, 0, Society for Psychotherapy Research, https://www.psychotherapyresearch.org/,
Programme or List of Programmes
DPSYDoctor of Psychotherapy

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