The Counselor as Practitioner-Researcher

A Practical Guide to Research Methods (First Edition)
Richard D. Parsons, Ph.D., Eric Owens, Ph.D., and Cheryl Neale-McFall, Ph.D.
©2021, 164 pages

Paperback list price: $ 49.95

Cognella Direct Ebook: $39.95

You save $10 (20%)

Learn about all formats available for adoption

Bookstore Managers: contact to place an order

Customize The Counselor as Practitioner-Researcher

* Required Fields

Your Customization
The Counselor as Practitioner-Researcher

In stock


    The Counselor as Practitioner-Researcher: A Practical Guide to Research Methods is designed to help readers integrate a researcher's perspective and research methodology into their professional practice. Approaching practice as a practitioner-researcher not only facilitates the gathering of data and the drawing of useful conclusions, but also results in more ethical and effective practice decisions.

    Section I provides readers with an overview of the need and value of research in support of the counseling profession and as a basis for sound and successful practice decisions. In Section II, the fundamentals of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed designs are reviewed. Section III highlights specific designs and their value to the counselor as practitioner-researcher, including between group, within subject, action research, and case study designs. The text concludes with an extensive case illustration of counselor research and the steps necessary to developing a specific research plan.

    The Counselor as Practitioner-Researcher assists those in training and those in practice to not only become informed consumers of research, but also "doers" of research as it guides their practice decisions, affords measures of accountability, and supports program evaluation.

    Richard D. Parsons, Ph.D. has authored or co-authored over 100 books, book chapters, and professional articles. He has over 40 years of university teaching experience and has had a private clinical practice for more than 40 years. His teaching and clinical work have been recognized by numerous professional organizations.
    Eric Owens, Ph.D., is a full professor and chair of the Department of Counselor Education at West Chester University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor, and is a certified professional school counselor. He has published on issues related to crisis intervention and trauma counseling, and has presented nationally and internationally on these topics. Prior to joining the West Chester faculty, Dr. Owens worked extensively with people in crisis in community, higher education, and K-12 settings.
    Cheryl Neale-McFall, Ph.D. is an associate professor and interim dean for the College of Education and Social Work at West Chester University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor.
    Other Cognella titles by Richard Parsons:

    Other Cognella titles by Eric Owens:

    Other Cognella titles by Dr. Cheryl Neale-McFall:

    Formats and Bulk Order Pricing for Confirmed Adoptions

    Publisher Direct Versions — Available through the Cognella Student Store for confirmed adoptions

    Best Value!
    Publisher Direct Ebook Publisher Direct ebooks are available in your Cognella account immediately after purchase and provide access for 180 days. Our ebooks run on RedShelf and VitalSource with annual/perpetual options available.
    Ships Free!
    Publisher Direct Paperback These special, discounted paperback editions are sold exclusively through the Cognella Student Store ( for confirmed adoptions. They are not available through other retailers. The books are printed on demand, do not have an ISBN, and are not intended for resale, which results in savings we pass along to students. Most Publisher Direct Paperbacks also come with free, immediate access to the first 30% of the ebook and FREE shipping.

    Bookstore Pricing (MSRP) — These suggested retail prices include a total projected mark-up of 25%

    Best Value!
    Inclusive Access Ebook
    We partner with both RedShelf and VitalSource to provide day-one access to students through campus bookstores. Bookstores and these vendors share in the total projected mark-up. Learn more about Inclusive Access at
    Binder Ready/Loose Leaf
    Talk to a rep for ISBN details
    Binder Ready versions have pages that are loose leaf, three-hole punched, and fit into any standard three-ring binder (not included). They are fully typeset, include front and back covers, and are available at a discount compared to standard paperbacks. Contact us for course adoptions; not available for individual purchase.
    $49.95 Paperback
    Standard paperback version. Contact us for course adoptions; also available for individual purchase through national wholesalers and retailers — and from our website directly — see Purchase button above.
    See more options
    $44.95 Ebook
    Ebooks are available for individual purchase (180-day access) through either RedShelf or VitalSource. Bookstores and these vendors share in the total projected mark-up.
    $79.95 Hardcover
    Great for libraries and rental programs. Contact us for course adoptions; also available for individual purchase through national wholesalers and retailers.
    $49.45 Other Formats
    Talk to a rep for details
    Other formats (spiral bind, perforated, etc.) may be available. Contact us for course adoptions; specialty formats are not available for individual purchase.
    Adopting instructors will receive a test bank containing chapter quizzes, ten PowerPoint presentations, and a set of discussion questions.