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  MANUALFOR SUPERVISEDPRACTICUM Indira Gandhi National Open University National Centre for Disability Studies MCFTL-005 Counselling and FamilyTherapy: Research Methodsand Statistics 1. Introduction 52. Part I : Mini-Research 113. Part II : Guidelines for Preparation of a Mini-Research Proposal 214. Part III : Broad Areas and Topics for Mini-Research 25  Appendices (i-ix)  EXPERT COMMITTEEPROGRAMME COORDINATORS – M.Sc. (CFT) / PGDCFT Dr. Amiteshwar RatraResearch Officer  NCDS, IGNOU, NewDelhiProf. Neerja ChadhaProfessor of Child DevelopmentSOCE, IGNOU, NewDelhi  Acknowledgment: We acknowledge our thanks to Prof. Omprakash Mishra, Former PVC, IGNOU; Prof. C.G. Naidu, Former Director (I/c)P&DD and Head, Nodal Unit; Dr. Hemlata, Former Director (I/c) NCDS; and Dr. Arun Banik, Director, NCDS, for facilitatingthe development of the programme of study. Prof. Mathew VergheseHead, Family Psychiatry Centre NIMHANS, BangaloreProf. Manju MehtaDepartment of PsychiatryAIIMS, New DelhiProf. Rajni DhingraHead, Department of HumanDevelopmentJammu University, JammuProf. Sudha ChikkaraDepartment of HumanDevelopment and Family StudiesCCS HAU, Hisar Mrs. Vandana Thapar Deputy Director (ChildDevelopment), NIPCCD New DelhiMs. Reena NathPractising Family Therapist New DelhiProf. C.R.K. MurthySTRIDEIGNOU, NewDelhiProf. Girishwar MisraDepartment of PsychologyUniversity of Delhi, New DelhiProf. Ahalya RaghuramDepartment of Mental Healthand Social Psychology, NIMHANS, BangaloreProf. T.B. SinghHead, Department of ClinicalPsychology, IHBAS, New DelhiProf. Aruna BrootaDepartment of PsychologyUniversity of Delhi New DelhiDr. Indu KauraSecretary, Indian Association for Family Therapy, New DelhiDr. Rekha Sharma SenAssociate Professor (Child Development), SOCEIGNOU, NewDelhiMr. Sangmeshwar RaoProducer, EMPC, IGNOU New DelhiDr. Amiteshwar Ratra (Convenor & ProgrammeCoordinator) Research Officer, NCDSIGNOU, NewDelhi Prof. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai  (Chairperson) Vice ChancellorIGNOU,NewDelhi Prof. Reeta SonawatDean & Head, Department of Human Development, SNDTWomen’s University, MumbaiProf. Shagufa KapadiaHead, Department of HumanDevelopment and Family StudiesThe M.S. University of BarodaVadodaraDr. Rajesh Sagar Associate Professor,Deptt. of Psychiatry, AIIMS &Secretary, Central Mental HealthAuthority of India, DelhiProf. Anisha ShahDepartment of Mental Health andSocial Psychology, NIMHANS,BangaloreProf. Minhotti PhukanHead, Deptt. of HDFSAssam Agricultural UniversityAssamDr. Jayanti DuttaAssociate Professor of HDCS,Lady Irwin College, New DelhiProf. Vibha JoshiDirector, School of EducationIGNOU, NewDelhiProf. Neerja Chadha (Programme Coordinator) Professor of Child DevelopmentSchool of Continuing EducationIGNOU, NewDelhi  BLOCK EDITORS ThisManualisadaptedfromCourseMRDP-001ofIGNOU.Adapted and developed by: COURSE WRITERS Prof. Reeta SonawatDean & HeadDepartment of Human DevelopmentSNDTWomen’sUniversity,MumbaiProf. Neerja ChadhaProfessor ofChild DevelopmentSOCE, IGNOU, New Delhi COURSE COORDINATORS Dr. Amiteshwar Ratra ResearchOfficer  NCDS,IGNOU,NewDelhi Prof. Neerja Chadha ProfessorofChildDevelopmentSOCE,IGNOU,NewDelhi Dr. Amiteshwar RatraResearch Officer, NCDS, IGNOU, New Delhi January,2011   Indira Gandhi National Open University, 2011 ISBN: All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced in any form, by mimeograph or any other means, without permission in writing from the Indira Gandhi National Open University,ew Delhi.  Further information on Indira Gandhi National Open University courses may be obtained  from the University’s office at Maidan Garhi, New Delhi- 110 068 or the official website of   IGNOU at Printed and published on behalf of Indira Gandhi National Open University by Registrar,MPDD.Laser Composed by: Rajshree Computers, V-166A, Bhagwati Vihar, (Near Sector-2, Dwarka),Uttam Nagar, New Delhi-110059Printed by:  Acknowledgment: TheArtworkforthecoverpageisadaptedfromMES-016of IGNOU.Dr.AmiteshwarRatraResearchOfficer  NCDS,IGNOU NewDelhiDr.NavitaAbrolConsultant,NCDSIGNOU,NewDelhi &  5 Dear Learner,Welcome to the practical component of the Course ‘Counselling and FamilyTherapy: ResearchMethods and Statistics’ of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). This courseMCFTL-005 is a compulsory component of M.Sc. (CFT)/PGDCFT which is of 2 credits. Asyou were informed through the Programme Guide, one credit is of 30 hours involvement by thelearner. Therefore, the minimum time expected of you for the completion of this practicum is30  2 = 60 hours. If you engage four hours a day for doing this practicum, you will require15 days to complete the work on this practicum.The above calculation and explanation is to convey to you the importance and the seriousnessexpected of a student of M.Sc. (CFT)/PGDCFT. It also conveys the predominant role expectedfrom you in the successful completion of this very important practicum.In the various theory papers we have tried to provide you adequate knowledge and informationabout: the  hat, why  and  how  of counselling and family therapy and the numerous areas andissues associated with counselling and familytherapy. Learning the theoryalone does not qualifya student to be a ‘Master’in counselling and familytherapydiscipline. It is essential that students pursuing study in counselling and family therapy, visit field areas like hospital, school, creches,familywelfare centres, women cell, counselling centres, families, NGOs and Government agenciesto observe and interact with the people, who are involved in programmes related to counsellingand familytherapy.The IGNOU students of the M.Sc.(CFT)/PGDCFT are, therefore, encouragedthrough the Practicum course on MCFTL-005 to visit field areas, gain first hand knowledge aboutthe counsellor, situation and environment and make an indepth study on any one of the areasor issues associated with counselling and familytherapy. In order to make your task of conductingan empirical study an easy one, we have prepared this Manual which will assist you in variousstages of your mini-research.The first task you have in hand is to be thorough, with the course content of the Course MCFT-005: Counselling and Family Therapy Research Methods and Statistics.  In thisCourse, we have provided sufficient information and knowledge about various aspects of researchin counselling and family therapy. Therefore, try to complete the study of Course MCFT-005and prepare yourself for this practicum. In the meantime, you should also initiate the processof undertaking field visits, choose the topic for your mini-research, discuss with your supervisor/counsellor about the various aspects pertaining to the preparation of the mini-research and alsothe tools for collecting data.In this Manual for Supervised Practicum we have provided some guidelines which will enableyou to conduct your mini-research and prepare the report.Your supervisor/counsellor will provideyou further necessary guidance. There are three parts in this Manual for Supervised Practicum. Part 1  deals with concept of mini-research pertaining to M.Sc. (CFT)/PGDCFT.  Part II  is onguidelines for preparation of a mini-research proposal.  Part III  identifies broad areas and topicsfor mini- research. INTRODUCTION
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