Comparing and contrast two psychological theories

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  • Assignment 3: Analysis of Theories; Post to Bb by midnight, Jan 24th (15 points). Choose two counseling theories included in your readings for Weekend I. Write a 2-3 page paper, where you:

Compare and contrast the theories in terms of:

  • Their strengths and limitations in addressing diverse population of clients.
  • Their explicit or implied approach to wellness, resilience and prevention.
  • Their explicit or implied approach to spirituality.

Integrate research findings from at least 2 peer-reviewed counseling journal articles to support points made in above.

Please Note: You are not asked to simply summarize, report, or define concepts. Do not just list what each theory states. You are required to discuss similarities and differences between the theories. For example, when describing an apple and an orange, you may say: An apple is round, green or red, and could be sour or sweet. An orange has seeds, it is orange etc. If you compare them, you would say something like: In terms of color, the two differ; apples can be green or red; oranges are orange.

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Comparison of Counseling Theories
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Similarities and Differences Between Psychoanalytic Theory and the Behavior Theory

The counseling theories provide a framework for the counselors to interpret their clients
thought, behaviors and the feelings. They help the counselors to understand their clients better
and be able to journey with them from the diagnosis up to treatment (Barker et al…, 2009). A
theoretical approach to the clients' problem is a very important process in the therapeutic process.
This is because it helps to understand the counseling's process which works better for a client.
However, counseling theories tend to have some differences and similarities. For instance,
Psychoanalytic theory and behavior theory both have various strength on how they explain the
factors influencing human behavior in their approach in addressing diverse population of clients,
but they differ when it comes to how they are used by counsellors in addressing diverse
population of clients (Bonner, 2002). Therefore, it is appropriate to say there exists some
similarities and differences between the Psychoanalytic theory and behavior theory in ...

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