Theoretical Counseling Orientation

Personal Theory of Counseling Paper: Objective: Identify a theoretical counseling orientation that you intend to use in the future as a counselor. The theory selected will be your developing theoretical orientation in the program.  Directions: Select a counseling theory from the textbook. Then, write a personal theory of counseling paper based on this theory. The personal theory of counseling paper is to be no less than 8 and no more than 12 pages in length (excluding the title page, abstract, and reference pages). The paper must adhere to APA Style 7th edition guidelines. Use the APA manual and/or the following link to help you in formatting your paper to APA guidelines: Link  (Links to an external site.) . Use of proper grammar, syntax, spelling, and language that reduces bias (see APA manual). You are highly encouraged to have your paper reviewed by the Writing Center for grammar, prose, etc. prior to turning it in as a final product.  In addition to the book selected use 4 additional scholarly sources (e.g., books, book chapters, scholarly articles, etc.) to write this paper. Plagiarism will result in an automatic zero grade. The paper should include the following headings and address the following questions: 1. Title Page (Separate Page)           a. Name, University affiliation, date Abstract Introduction           a. In one paragraph provide an overview of what your paper will cover. 4. Overview of Theory:           b. History: in no more than 2 paragraphs, summarize the history of the theory. Theory: in no more than 5 paragraphs, summarize the core concepts of this theory. Include each of the following (1 paragraph each): Health and well-being: What leads to health and well-being? Dysfunction: What causes dysfunction? Client-counselor relationship: What is the theory’s perspective on the client-counselor relationship? Role of counselor: What is the role of the counselor? Role of client: What is the role of the client? The Therapy Process: in no more than 3 paragraphs, summarize the process of therapy (1 paragraph each): Change process: What is the process of change? Goals: What are the goals in therapy? Techniques: What are the techniques used? Provide a brief description of each. Evaluation: in no more than 2 paragraphs, summarize (1 paragraph each): Research: What is the scholarly research on the theory? Identify research that both supports and discounts the theory. If there is no research than state so. Use resources for this section. Multicultural Considerations: How applicable is this theory with culturally diverse populations? If it isn’t applicable state so. Provide scholarly citations for support. Future Developments: in no more than 3 paragraphs discuss the future of the theory (1 paragraph each): Future: What is the future of the theory based on the scholarly literature? Counselor-advocate: How do you incorporate being an advocate into the theory? In other words, what aspects of the theory could be used in the community realm? Applications: one paragraph each: Client group: What client group is this theory most applicable? Counseling setting: What counseling setting is this theory most applicable? Personal Reflection Likes and Dislikes: in 1 paragraph discuss what you like and in 1 paragraph discuss what you dislike about the theory Limitation: in no more than 1 paragraph identify one limitation about the theory Strength: in 1 paragraph identity one strength about the theory. Conclusion: in no more than 1 paragraph, summarize what you wrote above. Also, limit direct quotes to no more than 2 in this paper. References Page (Separate Page) – list the book in APA 6th edition format, along with any other references you may have.

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