Assignment 5: Integrating Theories
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.
1.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.
2.Identify what the three most important
characteristics of a successful counselor you consider to be. Describe how
these characteristics can be developed or strengthened?
3.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.
4.What are some of your own personal
motivations and characteristics that may help or hinder you as a counselor
(identify at least two)?
5.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 three)?
6.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 both sides.
7.What are the advantages and disadvantages
of practicing within an integrated framework?
8.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. Submit your response to
the M5: Assignment 1 Dropbox by Saturday, February 1, 2014.

1 Grading Criteria


whether it is preferable to have an expertise in one counseling approach vs.
multiple approaches with supporting examples.


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 for each.


at least two personal motivations and characteristics and explained benefit
or hindrance for each.


and explained at least three areas of personal or professional development
for being an effective counselor.


advantages and disadvantages of practicing from one specific theory vs.
developing a more integrative approach.


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 approach


Style (8 points):  Tone, Audience, Word Choice
(16 points):  Introduction, Transitions, Conclusion
Usage and
Mechanics (16 points): Grammar, Spelling, Sentence structure
Elements (24 points): Attribution, Paraphrasing, Quotations




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