This unit is designed to assist students to interpret research in the child and family mental health field to better understand the issues that families face and to gain skills in designing a study relevant to that field. In this unit students are introduced to skills in planning and conducting a research project in preparation for undertaking that task in FMH551 and FMH552 the following year. Skills students are expected to gain are in interpreting research and evaluating its quality, database searching to identify relevant literature, critical analysis of current literature, formulating a research question and deciding on an appropriate method to answer that question. Applying the knowledge gained from critical analysis of studies presented in research articles, students will complete a written research proposal for the research they will conduct in the following year. Students will work with their research supervisor to identify a topic for their research proposal.