You will propose your personal theory of counseling by writing a paper
explaining and supporting your theory through research or write a paper
researching the how to counsel individuals with a specific DSM IV TR disorder
supported through research. This may be a discussion of a particular theory that
you hold to (such as Psychoanalytic) or an eclectic composition using elements
of several theories and/or schools of thought. Another alternative is to choose
a mental illness diagnosis and tailor your theory around treatment for that
diagnosis. The paper will be written in APA style based on the 6th
edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
(APA style will account for 15% of the papers total grade) Your paper will be a
minimum of 2000 words of text not including the title page or reference pages.
You must use a minimum of 7 scholarly based sources (peer review journal
articles, text books, etc.). No internet based resources may be used apart from
data bases which provide scholarly sources. An interview with a practicing
therapist can be used in place of two of the references. Info can be found on the
PSYC DWEEB website that can help you in the use of APA but the publication
manual will be the final source. I will be happy to help you with APA format if
needed. The paper will be worth up to 150 points toward your final grade total.
You will e-mail your paper to me no later than the beginning of
class on April 23rd, the final day of class.
Some things that should be considered as part of your
- What are the core features or ideas of the theory?
- What are the therapeutic goals for your clients?
- What will the nature of the therapeutic relationship look like including
therapist role and clients role
- Are there specific techniques or strategies that you would look to use if
appropriate (free association, empty chair, etc. for example). Are any of these
taken from another theoretical idea?
- Multicultural implications?
- How might you assimilate other theoretical perspectives into your