Making Research Relevant is the ideal core textbook for master’s-level introduction to research methods courses in mental health. Accessible and user friendly, it is designed to help trainees and practitioners understand, connect, and apply research to clinical practice and day-to-day work with students and clients. The text covers foundational concepts like research ethics and how to best consume research, as well as 11 applied, evaluative, and outcome-based research methods. Easy-to-read chapters are infused with case examples from diverse settings and paired with brief video lectures, which provide vignettes to guide application and visual components that demonstrate how research methods can benefit mental health practitioners in real-world scenarios.
"Wachter Morris and Wester have crafted an accessible text for counselor trainees and practitioners, one that orients readers to research foundations and applies specific research methods to foster more effective counseling practice. What a timely text, as the age of accountability and advocacy increasingly requires counselors to merge research and practice. This is an invaluable desk reference for counselors in mental health settings."
Danica G. Hays, PhD, professor and executive associate dean, College of Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
"Wachter Morris and Wester have assembled a stellar group of chapter authors and the seminal text for master’s level research training. As students journey through the struggle to integrate science and art in their counseling work, they need a companion to teach them how to consume research in an informed way, apply research in their counseling work, and demystify the process of conducting research. Making Research Relevant is the perfect companion for that journey."
Craig S. Cashwell, PhD, LPC, ACS, CSAT-S, professor, Counseling and Educational Development Department, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
1. Introduction Wachter Morris, Wester, Vaishnav, & Austin 2. Understanding Existing Literature Giordano 3. Research Ethics in Practice Wester, Wachter Morris, Austin, & Vaishnav 4. Evaluating and Designing Surveys McKibben 5. Case Study Downs 6. Using Single-Case Research Designs to Evaluate Outcomes Lenz & Callender 7. Using Correlational and Causal Comparative Research Designs in Practice: Exploring Relations Among Client Variables Umstead & Mayton 8. Quasi-Experimental Methods Barrio Minton 9. Randomized Controlled Trials Ray 10. Phenomenological Methodology: Merging Research and Practice Jorgensen & Brown-Rice 11. Photovoice Trepal & Cannon 12. Mixed-Methods Research He 13. Bringing it All Together: Effective Program Evaluation Walsh & Allison 14. Advocacy-Based Research Janke, Gonzalez, Carlone, & Vetter Index