Counselors as Researchers?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(7), 589. Reviews the book, Research Methods for Counselors: Practical Approaches in Field Settings by Leo Goldman (Ed.) (1978). This volume is pointed directly at the training of master's-level counselors who are or will be working in schools and public service agencies. Despite the good features, which include breadth of topic coverage, I have very serious doubts about the book's premise that service-oriented counselors can be trained and motivated to conduct job-related research on a regular basis. It appears to offer more promise for achieving research and counseling objectives than the ardent alchemy of trying to convert counselors to researchers. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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