Theory Analysis and Evaluation
This assignment requires you to analyze and evaluate one of the following counseling theories: psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, Adlerian, Gestalt, or existential. Note that person-centered theory is not one of the choices of primary theory in this paper, although you may incorporate it as a secondary theory. In a later unit, you will apply the primary theory from this paper to the case study that you developed.
You will address the following:
Describe the theory’s origin—how was it developed, who created it.
Describe the theory’s key concepts and its principles and assumptions (its view of human nature, the theory of change, view of psychopathology, the role of the counselor).
Evaluate the evidence base (the research evidence) supporting this theory.
Template: Use the Unit 4 Assignment Template [DOCX], linked in the Resources, to complete this assignment.
Use phrases, not sentences and no paragraphs
Use bullet points for key information
Do not copy ANY information
Use your own words to explain the theory
More is not better: key, important words are important
Ask yourself: If you had to present this PPT to earn $500 and it had to have the most important parts of the theory, what would you choose?
You don’t need loads of info on the theorist–just the basics
Brief description of the theory’s origin (background, how was it developed, who created it).
The theory’s basic philosophies (its view of human nature, theory of change, view of psychopathology, the role of the counselor).
The evidence base supporting this theory.
The appropriateness of this theory for diverse populations. BE SURE TO ERASE THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
XXX Theory and Me
How this theory aligns with your own philosophy, values, and views of the therapeutic process. BE SURE TO ERASE THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
Theoretical Application: Goals
Goals you will work on with the client you created in your case study (make sure the goals align with the chosen therapeutic approach). BE SURE TO ERASE THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
Interventions and Techniques
Interventions and techniques you will use with the client you created in your case study, based on your theoretically established goals. Be very specific. Assume that you will have up to three sessions with the client. BE SURE TO ERASE THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
Cultural considerations you will keep in mind while using this therapeutic approach with the client you created in your case study. BE SURE TO ERASE THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
Strengths and Limitations
Strengths and limitations of using this theory with the client you created in your case study. BE SURE TO ERASE THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
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