Counseling Research: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods, 3rd edition

Published by Pearson (May 27, 2023) © 2024

  • Carl J. Sheperis
  • J Scott Young University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • M Harry Daniels


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For courses in counseling research.

A foundation of research to put into practice

Counseling Research is specifically designed for training counselors on research methodology, designs, and applications to practice. The easy-to-read format introduces quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods designs, as well as action research and program evaluation. Clear guidelines and real-world examples help readers develop the skills to become evidence-based practitioners and intelligent consumers of published research.

The 3rd Edition features new research in action sections; aligns to the current CACREP standards; and enhances coverage of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in counseling research.

Hallmark features of this title

  • Concrete and detailed guidelines introduce the basics of how to do research, from formulating a problem, to doing a literature review, selecting a design, collecting and analyzing data, and reporting results.
  • A wealth of examples from real research projects and reports helps training counselors see what concepts look like in practice.
  • Exercises embedded in chapters and review and discussion questions at the end of chapters help students apply and process what they have learned more deeply.
  • A complete research paper is included in Appendix B and provides an example of a finished product.
  • Includes extensive coverage of ethics in research, including a stand-alone chapter on ethics and the Research Section of the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics.

New and updated features of this title

  • NEW: Research in Action sections in each chapter explore specific elements of research; ethical and legal considerations; diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB); and applications to practice.
  • NEW: Content aligns to the current CACREP standards, ensuring that the latest knowledge and skill areas are included.
  • UPDATED: Focus on DEIB raises awareness of the need for decolonization of research methods and practices. Enhanced coverage discusses diversity representations, bias, and multicultural considerations in research with specific, applicable examples.
  • NEW: Single case research design topics include visual analysis, effect size and the evaluation of client outcomes (Ch. 8).
  • NEW: Survey research topics include best practices and strategies for online survey development and delivery and common types of electronic surveys (Ch. 13).
  • UPDATED: Action research coverage includes an expanded discussion on social justice, as well as collaborative models for equalizing power and partnering with communities (Ch. 15).

The LMS-Compatible Assessment Bank streamlines assignments and grading

  • Quizzes, application exercises, and chapter tests are included in an LMS-compatible packaged file. Questions give students feedback and model responses based on their answers.

Features of Pearson+ eTextbook for the 3rd Edition

  • Artifacts promote deeper understanding with links to research articles. Associated questions guide students to think and make decisions like a counselor.
  • The Interactive Glossary lets students quickly build their professional vocabulary as they read.

PART 1: An Introduction to Research in Counseling

  1. Contemporary Issues in Counseling Research
  2. Ethical Consideration in the Practice of Research
  3. Reviewing the Literature
  4. Methodological Issues
  5. Basic Statistical Concepts and Descriptive Statistics

PART 2: Quantitative Research Designs

  1. Experimental Designs
  2. Predictive Designs
  3. Single-Case Research Designs

PART 3: Qualitative Research Designs and Program Evaluation

  1. Case Study Research
  2. Grounded Theory Methodology
  3. Phenomenological Designs: The Philosophy of Phenomenological Research
  4. Narrative Research: Interpreting Lived Experience

PART 4: Survey, Mixed Designs, and Action Research

  1. An Overview of Survey Research
  2. Mixed Methods Design
  3. Action Research

PART 5: Data Analyses and Presentation of Findings

  1. Program Evaluation
  2. Data Management and Data Analysis Software
  3. Developing a Research Report


  1. Preamble and Research Section of the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics 2014
  2. Sample Research Paper

About our authors

Dr. Carl J. Sheperis serves as a professor in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Dr. Sheperis has extensive experience in pediatric and family mental health and has served as an expert to various media outlets including The Huffington Post, the Denver Post, Seattle Times, Parenting, Prevention, Disney Family, Bustle, The Hill, Everyday Power Blog, Verily Magazine, The Vine, numerous radio talk shows, and others. His interviews have reached over 50,000,000 readers. Dr. Sheperis has over 25 years of experience in pediatric and family mental health and he has served as an envoy for professional counseling to UNESCO, the International Association for Counseling, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Turkey, the Kingdom of Bhutan, and numerous other international organizations/governments.

Dr. J. Scott Young joined the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2008 as Chair of the Department of Counseling and Educational Development and served in that role for 10 years. He currently serves as a professor in CED where he teaches both doctoral and master's coursework. His primary research focus is on the interface of spirituality and religion with counseling practice and has published numerous articles in this area. His leadership in the counseling field includes service as president of the Association for Spiritual Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling, as a member of the Governing Council and Executive Committee for the American Counseling Association. Professional colleagues have recognized him with numerous awards for outstanding research, excellence in teaching, and exemplar service. He was selected as an American Counseling Association (ACA) Fellow for his significant contributions in scientific achievement and training of counselors. Because of his expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship Dr. Young was selected as the Dean's Fellow of Innovation for the School of Education in 2016.

Dr. M. Harry Daniels is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida (UF). He started his career at UF as the head of the Counselor Education department in 1996. After 11 years in that capacity, Daniels returned to the classroom, but went on to serve as the director of the COE's School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education. During his tenure as chair, UF's Counselor Education program ranked among the top 5 programs nationally in its specialty every year in the U.S. News and World Report's annual survey of America's Best Graduate Schools. The program held the top spot in the 1997 rankings, and continues to receive high rankings.

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