Education | Seminar in Counseling Psychology Research
G685 | 5951 | Dr. Tom Sexton


Course Description
An introduction and orientation to inquires in counseling psychology;
review and critical analysis of research reports in counseling
psychology; and examination of supervised research experience.	

Required Texts/Article Readings
(1)  Wampold, B. E. (2001).  The Great Psychotherapy Depate:  Models,
Methods, and Findings.  Lawrence Earlbaum:  New Jersey.

(2)  Tracey, T. J. G., & Gidden-Tracey, C. E. (1999).   Integration
of Theory, Research Design, Measurement, and Analysis:  Toward a
reasoned Argument.  The Counseling Psychologist, 27 (3), 299-324.

(3)  Hsu, L. M. ( 1993).  Random Sampling, Randomization, and
equivalence of contrasted groups in psychotherapy outcome research
(pp.  91-106).  In A. E. Kazdin (Ed)., Methodological Issues &
Strategies in Clinical Research.  American Psychological
Association:  New York, NY.

(4)  Wampold, B. E., Davis, B, & Good, R. H. (1993).  Hypothesis
Validity of Clinical Research.  (pp. 265-287).   In A. E. Kazdin
(Ed)., Methodological Issues & Strategies in Clinical Research.
American Psychological Association:  New York, NY.

(5)  Yeaton, W. H., & Seacrest, L (1993).  Critical dimensions in the
choice and maintenance of successful treatments:  Strength,
Integrity, and Effectiveness (pp 137-156). In A. E. Kazdin (Ed).,
Methodological Issues & Strategies in Clinical Research.  American
Psychological Association:  New York, NY.

(6)  Rosnow, R. L., & Rosenthal, R.  (1993).  Statistical procedures
and the justification of knowledge in psychological science (pp.  295-
314). ). In A. E. Kazdin (Ed)., Methodological Issues & Strategies in
Clinical Research.  American Psychological Association:  New York, NY.

(7)  Tracey, T. J. G. (2000).  Issues in the analysis and
interpretation of quantitative data:  Deinstitutionalization of the
null hypothesis test. In D. Brown & R Lent (Eds).  Handbook of
Counseling Psychology (3rd Ed).  Wiley:  New York, NY.

(8) Morrow, S. L., Smith, M. L (2000).  Qualitative Research for
Counseling Psychology.  In D. Brown & R Lent (Eds).  Handbook of
Counseling Psychology (3rd Ed).  Wiley:  New York, NY.

(9) Bangert-Drown, R. L. (1993).  Review of Developments in Meta-
Analytic Method.  (pp. 439-466). In A. E. Kazdin (Ed).,
Methodological Issues & Strategies in Clinical Research.  American
Psychological Association:  New York, NY.

(10)  Quintana, S. M., & Maxwell, S. E. (1999).  Implications of
Recent Developments in Structural Equation Modeling for Counseling
Psychology. The Counseling Psychologist, 27 (3), 485-527.

(11)  Ellis, M. V. (1999).  Repeated Measures Designs. The Counseling
Psychologist, 27 (3), 551-578.

(12)  Historical Developments in research Centers (1992) (pp. 391-
450).  In Freedheim, D. K. (Ed).  History of Psychotherapy:  A
century of change.  American Psychological Association:  NY, NY.

(13)  Henry, W. P., (1999).  Science, Politics, and the politics of
science:  The use and misuse of empirically validated treatment
research.  Psychotherapy Research 8(2) 126-140.

(14)  Imber, S. D., Glanz, L. M., Elkin, I, Sotsky, S. M., Boyer, J.
L., & Leber, W. R,. (1993).  Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy
Research:  Problems in collaborative Clinical Trials Study (pp.  665-
686). In A. E. Kazdin (Ed)., Methodological Issues & Strategies in
Clinical Research.  American Psychological Association:  New York, NY.


COURSE OBJECTIVES
1.	Develop an understanding of basic principles of counseling
psychology research paradigms and principles.

2.	Develop an understanding of the elements of research
questions, design, analysis, and data analysis techniques unique to
Counseling Psychology.

3.	Develop an understanding of the methods necessary to study
and understand the psychological change process.

4.	Demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of research
to the study of psychological change processes.

5.	Demonstrate the ability to develop and design researchable
counseling psychology studies.

6.	Gain an awareness of the current research and statistical
procedures relevant to counseling psychology.

DISSCUSSION TOPICS
Class will be a combination of formal lecture and class discussion.
The following is a schedule of anticipated topics. It is your
responsibility to prepare for each discussion by completing the
relevant (assigned and supplemental) readings.

Class				                 	
Topic			
1	Introduction:  Paradigms of Counseling Psychology Research
•	Role of research in the scientist practitioner model
•	History of Psychotherapy Research
•	Current directions-understanding change
•	Wampold, Ch. 1, 2

2	Methods of Counseling Psychology Research
•	What to study:  Developing research ideas
•	Identifying the focus of research (constructs and variables)
•	Reviewing the literature:  doing systematic reviews
•	Reading Assignments:  2, 4

3	Methods of Counseling Psychology Research
•	Who to measure:  Sampling theory/external validity
•	How to study:  Research Design options
•	Reading Assignments:  2, 3, 4

4	Methods of Counseling Psychology Research
•	How to study:  Research Designs
•	Issues in studying psychological treatments
•	Issues of measurement-Generalizability Theory
•	Reading Assignments:  5, 6

5	Methods of Counseling Psychology Research
•	Data analysis
o	hypothesis testing theory
o	measuring statistical change
•	Reading Assignments:  7,8,

6	Methods of Counseling Psychology Research
•	Data analysis suited to change research
•	Reading Assignments:  9, 10,

7	Methods of Counseling Psychology Research
•	Data analysis
•	Interpreting results
o	Power
o	Clinical significance
•	Reading Assignments:  12,  TBA

8	Change Research in Counseling Psychology
•	Measuring Psychological processes
o	Absolute, reative, specific, and general effects
•	Reading Assignments:  Wampold Ch 3, 4, 5

9	Change Research in Counseling Psychology
•	Measuring Psychological process (cont’d)
•	Reading Assignments:  Wampold Ch 6, 7, 8


10	Application of Counseling Psychology Research to Counseling
Practice
•	Empirically validated/supported treatment movement
•	Research Centers
•	Reading Assignments:  13, Wampold, Ch 9

11	Ethics & Publication in Counseling Psychology Research
•	Reading Assignments:  14


ASSIGNMENTS & EVALUATION
There will be two exams and one project.  Each exam will be an
essay/short answer exam that will require you to integrate class
discussion, assigned readings, and ideas presented in formal class
lectures. The goal of the exams is for you to integrate these ideas
to solve practical research problems.  The project will involve
designing a study of a topic relevant to counseling psychology.  This
project may serve as the beginning of your early inquiry project.
The project will be delivered as a presentation to the class.  Please
provide one copy of an outline to each class member and two copies to
the instructor.  Class participation will be judged on you
preparation for class including reading all assignments prior to
class, being prepared with questions, and contributing to the class
discussions.

I. Exams (60%)
1.  Counseling Psychology Methods and Procedures I (end of Feburary)
2.  Counseling Psychology Methods and Procedures II (end of March)

II.  Counseling Psychology Research Project (30 %-due the last 2
weeks of the semester).  Please include the following elements in
your presentation:

a.	Literature Review (at least 5 studies of the area)
i.	Qualitative review (using discussed review procedure)
ii.	Meta analysis (determine the overall effect size of previous
studies in your review)

b.	Research Study Presentation
i.	Introduction/need for the project
ii.	Research questions (identify level of evidence)
iii.	Proposed Study Design (described in detail)
iv.	Proposed data analysis stragety (specific description and
justification)

c.	Application to Practice (how will it inform the knowledge
base and practice of counseling psychology)

III.  Class participation (10%)

SUPPLEMENTAL READING
The following readings are useful sources of information for your
work in this class.

Roth, A., & Fonagy, P., (1997).  What works for Whom?:  A Critical
review of psychotherapy research.  Guilford:  New York.

Sexton, T. L., Whiston, S. C., Bleuer, J. C., & Walz, G. R., (1997).
Integrating Outcome Research into Counseling Practice and Training.
American Counseling Association:  Alexandria, VA.

Bergin, A. E., & Garfield, S. L. (1994).  Handbook of Psychotherapy
and Behavior Change.  Wiley:  New York.

Beutler, L. E., Crago, J. (1991).  Psychotherapy Research:  An
international review of programmatic studies.  American Psychological
Association:  Washington, D. C.