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In this course, we have studied various approaches to
therapy and explored the utility of each orientation with reference to
the client. For this assignment, take the perspective of a therapist
working with clients. This will help you honestly assess your own
development and more objectively evaluate the advantages and
disadvantages of using an integrative approach to counseling. Answer
each of the following questions thoroughly and provide examples where
requested to substantiate your points.
Do you think therapists should focus on
becoming an expert in one particular counseling approach or should
they try to become proficient in more than one approach? Provide
an explanation for your answer and illustrate them with examples.
Identify what the three most important
characteristics of a successful counselor you consider to be. Describe
how these characteristics can be developed or strengthened?
Identify and describe some of the
characteristics (from question 2) that are best developed in the
counseling process with clients? Support your points with examples?
Identify and describe some areas of personal or professional
development that would potentially be unethical for the counselor
to develop in the counseling process with clients? Explain your
rationale in detail and give examples.
What are some of your own personal
motivations and characteristics that may help or hinder you as a
counselor (identify at least two)?
What areas of your own personal and
professional development need the most development before you will
feel prepared to be an effective counselor (identify at least
What are two advantages and two disadvantages
of practicing within the framework of one specific theory as
opposed to developing a more integrative approach consisting of
several therapies? Give a detailed description and rationale for
What are the advantages and disadvantages of practicing within an integrated framework?
Explain at least two techniques you would use in
your treatment and describe how you would integrate these techniques in
a therapy session.
Your paper should be double-spaced and in 12 point, Times
New Roman font with normal one-inch margins, written in APA style, and
free of typographical and grammatical errors. It should include a title
page with a running head, an abstract and a reference page. The body of
the paper should be no less than 5 and no longer than 8 pages in length.
Assignment 1 Grading Criteria
whether it is preferable to have an expertise in one counseling
approach vs. multiple approaches with supporting examples.
Described at least three important characteristics of a successful counselor with suggestions of how each could be developed?
at least one characteristic that could be developed in the counseling
process with clients and at least one that would be potentially
unethical to develop in therapy with clients with supporting examples
Identifies at least two personal motivations and characteristics and explained benefit or hindrance for each.
Identified and explained at least three areas of personal or professional development for being an effective counselor.
Described advantages and disadvantages of practicing from one specific theory vs. developing a more integrative approach.
Described advantages/disadvantages of practicing from an integrative framework
the therapeutic approaches student would use as a therapist and
described the techniques that would be integrated as a treatment
Style (8 points): Tone, Audience, Word Choice Organization (16 points): Introduction, Transitions, Conclusion Usage and Mechanics (16 points): Grammar, Spelling, Sentence structure APA Elements (24 points): Attribution, Paraphrasing, Quotations
Please make sure Grading criteria is followed with scholarly references citing. APA format. This is the most important assignment for the class. It means an A or a B in this class. Thank you!
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