Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches (2018), by John W. Creswell and Cheryl N. Poth was written for anyone who is considering themselves to be researchers or interested in learning more about qualitative research. As students in doctoral programs studying family therapy at Nova Southeastern University, we felt that parts of the text were explicitly tailored toward the social sciences; however, the chapters are useful for anyone interested in qualitative research from many angles and aspects.


Qualitative Inquiry, Research Design, Narrative Research, Phenomenology, Grounded Theory, Ethnography, Case Studies

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Cecilia Tarnoki is a student at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy. She received a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at NSU and a Master’s degree in Physical Education Semmelweis University Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences in Hungary. As a therapist, with a background in teaching (Physical Education and Special Education), and training Applied Behavioral Analysis she brings forth a theoretical approach that reflects the systemic viewpoint using evidenced based practices. More, she offers an integrative strength-based approach of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Bowen Therapy to diverse population of individuals, couples and families who presented challenges. She is experienced in working with children and youth, and different ethnic and sexual minority populations, as well as special needs. She practices with a philosophy of being genuinely fair, kind, and inclusive, valuing each client regardless of their mental condition, the symptoms they display, or their crises they are facing, or where are they from. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: ct580@mynsu.nova.edu.

Katheryne Puentes is a student at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) who is currently thriving for her Ph.D in Marriage and Family Therapy. She received a Master’s in Counseling with a concentration of Mental Health at NSU. She has been working in the field for 5 years with clients from different diversity backgrounds; her specialty is working with clients who have mental health diagnosis’s ranging from Anxiety to Bipolar. She utilizes the DSM 5 to understand the clients’ symptoms, in order to provide the best treatment, but she enforces that the diagnosis is not the client. She loves working systemically with family members to gain a better understanding of their family patterns, cycles and their perspective within the family unit. Her lens and model are focused on evidence base practices within Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). An individual within CBT can recognize their feelings, thought patterns and how they both impact their behaviors. Another lens that she uses is Solution Focused Brief Therapy, which is goal driven to the point that the client comes up with realistic goals that focus on what they want to work on for their future. She continues to learn about different models and how she can incorporate them within therapy because not one client is the same. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: kp1111@mynsu.nova.edu.

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