Stimulus Question Assignment

Research Training Joys and Challenges


David Evans

School of Behavioral Sciences, Liberty University






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Chapter 2 – Research Training Joys and Challenges

1. In what ways do you think scientific thinking might be useful for both practice and science activities?

Scientific thinking and research go hand in hand. Research makes staying informed conducive in the counseling setting. In the same way, data extracted from clients can be used to take research efforts further; subsequently combining these acts as a reinforcing agent (Heppner, et al., 2015).

2. Identify five activities you can do to incorporate scientific thinking into your counseling practice.

Heppner et al. (2015), gives us many examples of how to bridge the gap between the practice of counseling and research. Using scaling questions provides data that can be used to study mental health. The data extrapolated from treatment plan outcomes is another way to evaluate for trends (e.g., in a cultural group). Examining how clients respond to empowerment in a collectivistic culture is another activity that will provide feedback on behavior. Sharing outcomes with colleagues for further consideration may take a study further. Immersing oneself with empirical research outcomes may give insight into more effective ways to help clients.

3. What do you see as the most important advantages of integrating science and practice in the counseling profession?

According to Heppner et al. (2015), the health care systems culture has developed a demand for a science and psychology hybrid approach to mental health.

4. How do you see yourself in terms of being a researcher and/or practitioner? Personally, it can be a tall order to embody the principles and characteristics of being a successful practitioner. Adding the demand of becoming a researcher as well feels a little overwhelming; however, I concur with the importance of achieving both.

5. What do you feel very passionate about in your future as a counselor? Can you see any way that research could help you enhance the work you will do within the areas that excite you the most?

Many clients seek counseling as a last resort for hope. I am extremely passionate about being a part of the process that restores the hope that they maybe desperately seeking. Implementing strategies previously established by empirical evidence could be used as a vital resource to restore balance or obtain wellness for the client.

6. What concerns, obstacles, and fears do you have about scientific training?

I am not a strong researcher; I wonder if I have what it takes to take study research further with what I may have to contribute.

7. Examine the reactions you listed in question 6; why do you think you have these reactions?

I believe this reaction comes from not being confident with my approach to research.



Heppner, P. P., Wampold, B. E., & Owen, J. (2015). Research design in counseling (4th Edition). Cengage Learning US.

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