You will select one theory of psychotherapy studied in Units 1–4 (psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, Adlerian, Gestalt, existential, or person-centered) to describe and analyze. You will then apply the theory to The Case of Margarita, Part 1 case study. You may also choose one primary theory and integrate concepts from one other theory. The areas you should focus when analyzing the theory are listed below. This APA-style paper should be 6–8 pages (excluding references and title page), so select the information carefully, using the most relevant and applicable information.
- Brief description of the theory's origin (background, how was it developed, who created it) and basic philosophies (its view of human nature, theory of change, view of psychopathology, the role of the counselor).
- How this theory aligns with your own philosophy, values, and views of the therapeutic process.
- An evaluation of the research evidence supporting this theory, with an example of a current study.
- The appropriateness of this theory for diverse populations.
- Goals you will work on with Margarita (make sure the goals align with the chosen therapeutic approach).
- Interventions and techniques you will use with Margarita, based on your theoretically established goals. Be very specific. Assume that you will have up to three sessions with her.
- Cultural considerations you will keep in mind while using this therapeutic approach with Margarita.
- Strengths and limitations of using this theory with Margarita.
- References: You must have a minimum of 5 scholarly resources. All references must be from peer-reviewed academic journals, and should be no more than 10 years old. The optional readings for each unit will help you begin your research. You may cite the course textbook and other textbooks, but your papers should draw primarily upon scholarly resources. You must use proper APA style to list your references. Refer to the Capella Online Graduate Writing Center's APA Style and Formatting module for more information.
- Length of paper: The body of the paper must be 6–8 pages, not including the reference lists, abstract, or the title page.
- Written communication: Develop accurate written communication and thoughts that convey the overall goals of the project and do not detract from the overall message. Your paper should demonstrate graduate-level writing skills.
- Formatting: Use APA (6th edition) formatting, including correct in-text citations, proper punctuation, double-spacing throughout, proper headings and subheadings, no skipped lines before headings and subheadings, proper paragraph and block indentation, no bolding, one inch margins all around, and no bullets. Refer to the APA Style and Formatting module for more information.
- Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.