Counseling Models and Theories

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Application: Counseling Models and Theories

In all areas of counseling, the integration of counseling theory with client work provides an important foundation for treatment. Substance abuse counseling is no exception.

For this Application assignment, you will apply two different models and/or theories to a case study and compare their strengths and weaknesses in relation to the case.

To prepare for this assignment:

  • Review this week's Learning Resources, focusing on the various theories and models presented.
  • Reflect on the theories and models presented as they apply to substance abuse counseling.
  • Review the following case study: Jack.
  • Select two counseling models and/or theories from the Learning Resources to apply to the case study.
  • Think about how each model and/or theory you selected might be applied to the case study.
  • Identify which of the two models and/or theories you would be more likely to use with this case and consider why.

The assignment: (1–2 pages)

  • Briefly summarize each of the models and/or theories you selected.
  • Explain why you selected each model and/or theory.
  • Briefly explain how each of the two models and/or theories you selected applies to the case study and how each might address the issues presented in the case from a counseling standpoint.
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each of the two models and/or theories you selected.
  • Identify which of the two models and/or theories you would be more likely to use with this case and explain why.

Support your Application assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list only for those resources not included in the Learning Resources for this course.

MS PSYC 8728/COUN 8728 Substance Abuse Counseling Case Study Jack Jack is a 64-year-old heterosexual-identified Euro-American male who comes to your agency at the insistence of his wife, Betty. According to Jack, "Betty won’t quit yelling at me to quit my drinking. The way I see it, I have earned my right to drink!" Jack is wheelchair-bound because his legs were amputated above the knees. You learn that he lost his legs when he stepped on a land mine in Vietnam in 1971, as a soldier in the Vietnam War. According to Jack, “You know what I got for a homecoming? Everyone talking about that ‘unjust war.' ‘Unjust!’ You know what’s unjust? I was drafted!” Following his return from Vietnam, Jack began drinking heavily. As he explains it, “It’s true, I am mad as a wet cat—and if a nice single malt scotch helps me make it through the day, then Betty has to deal with it! I lost my legs in ’Nam—she didn’t!” You learn in your work that Jack has recently shown signs of liver problems, and that his doctor insists he stop drinking. Jack’s refusal to do so appears to be why Betty insists he seek counseling.

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School: Carnegie Mellon University



Counseling Theories and Models
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Counseling theories and models offer therapists and counselors with a basis for
interpreting behaviors and thoughts of a client, and assist them throughout the counseling
process, from diagnosis to post-treatment. According to the case study presented, the behavioral
model/theory and the cognitive theory are the most appropriate. The behavioral theory as applied
in counseling and psychotherapy is based on the idea that human behavior is learned. Learning of
human behavior is believed to be a response to the past experience and can be unlearnt as well. It
can also be reconditioned in the cases whereby it is difficult to analyze the past and find the
reasons behind the behavior (McCullough, 2004).
The reason for choosing this model is that there i...

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