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Research Methods & Small Project Development

This module introduces students to different research methods employed by holistic counsellors and psychotherapists

Module Description

This module emphasises the value of research to holistic health practitioners. Students discuss key readings in the field, at the same time learning the principles of conducting research: investigative interviewing, cognition, and selecting refining information. As part of this module, students are required to undertake a project that highlights the value of research in clinical practice.

Module Details

Dates: Semester 3 & 4
Location: Harmony Village

Course Code: 3203
Level: Introductory
Duration: 2 Semesters
Format: 1 x Presentation, 2 x Experiential, Ongoing Online Interactive Discussion and Home Study
Mode: Mixed
Pre-requisites: Part of the Professional Training Programme 
Assessment Methods: Assignment / Essay
Course Presenter: Dr Claire Jankelson (2014) / Dr Jane Gilmer (2015)


Available in Courses:

This module is available as part of the following courses:

Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy Course

Reflections on the Research Program (2014)

Dr Claire Jankelson

Students used an approach called Intuitive Inquiry as the overarching methodology within which to construct their own research projects. Such a methodology offers a unique blend of structure and flexibility, conventional left and right brained activities, reason and holism. Each student selects or rather, finds, the area of research that arises out of their unique circumstances which could be related to their work life or personal life or a blend of these. Interestingly the analyses and the interpretations that arise out of an intuitive approach tend towards wholeness and wellness, regardless of the topic chosen. Frequently the topics chosen indicate areas that require attention and change by the society at large.

Intuition refers to a direct perception of knowing that is experienced more like a sensing than knowing. Bringing intuition to knowing goes beyond a filter of comprehension towards a ‘living’ of that knowledge. When research contains an imaginative or imaginal dimension, science becomes imbued with renewed ethical and compassionate dimensions.

Three assignments are spread over the year culminating with a presentation and altogether constitute a full research project and report. By the time students present their topic areas to the class, they have much to say and have developed an extraordinary wisdom and understanding of their research questions. 

Research topics included: 

  • Weaving Wholeness – The Mindful Therapist.  Integration of an Inquiry into how mindfulness techniques can cultivate successful therapeutic abilities
  • Connecting with Self: An inquiry in to how creative activities can be a guide to self-knowledge and transformation
  • Developing equanimity as a therapist
  • Integrating the Dragon: a Journey towards Wholeness
  • What is the cycle of death?
  • Transformation: fear and love in the continuing journey
  • Mandalas, healing and impermanence
  • How ideas can mislead: community and circle work
  • Unclutter my house; unclothe my soul
  • How grief can open the sacred