Critically evaluate a construct(s) underlying a theoretical orientation(s)
Develop an understanding of how the construct(s) apply to how the theoretical orientation(s) approaches emotional issues and psychotherapy
Evidence understanding of some of the specific therapy interventions in more depth, including how this orientation can be applied with diverse populations.
To enhance understanding of a specific contemporary psychodynamic or humanistic theory, including its application in psychotherapy. This allows for an in-depth exploration of a theory and its associated interventions.
As the purpose of the paper is not to rehash or summarize the textbook information, students who select this kind of topic will need to narrow down the scope of their research to one aspect of a counselling approach that is explored in this course. Within a specific approach to counselling, students can focus on the more philosophical and theoretical underpinnings, or on the more practical or applied aspects of that theory, such as techniques and specific interventions. Here are some examples of possible titles that would fall under this category:
Exploring relational patterns and transference in psychodynamic therapy
The use of metaphors or dreams in gestalt therapy
Empathy and congruence in person-centered therapy
Meaning and responsibility in existential therapy
Required components: Title page, and Reference page
Length of Assignment: The text body of paper (i.e., not including references, title page or abstract) should consist of approximately 2,500 words, (double-spaced typed pages, Times New Roman font size: 12).
Format: Please, format your assignment in Word (files with extension .doc or .docx), or Rich Text Format (files with extension .rtf).
References: Minimum 5.
Any sources used to support your written narrative should be cited using correct APA format. Although Wikipedia can be a useful starting place to gather very general information no Wikipedia references will be accepted as scholarly citations.
The following rubric indicates those areas you should be focusing on in preparing your assignment, and how the professor will weigh these components relative to one another.
Criteria % of Assignment Grade
1. Appropriateness and relevance of topic /10
2. Originality and substance /40
3. Quality of research (breadth & appropriately referenced sources) /35
4. Clear organization/ structure/general formatting (logical sections & subsections) /5
5. Correct grammar, punctuation, clarity and fluency of style, Canadian English spelling; /5
6. Compliance with the APA style guidelines for formatting citations and references. /5