Family Counseling Approach Research Paper

Family Counseling Approach Research Paper

Part I:

You are required to write a research paper/formal literature review in APA format on one of the specific approaches to family counseling, (e.g., structural, psychoanalytic, Bowenian, experiential, etc.).  You should have appropriate professional references, including books and journals that are written to or for professionals.  You may use some non-professional materials however these may not be the bulk of your references.

The format can follow the chapter format from the main text (Family Therapy) however, do not use the text as your primary reference.  You will need a minimum of 12 sources in your reference page and therefore cited in the body of the paper. Part I of your paper requires a minimum of 6 pages in length, double-spaced; the paper must cover a style of family counseling covered in this course. 

Part II:

A personal integration section is required.  This second section of your paper will be your attempt, after an entire graduate course on family counseling, to integrate your own faith and family counseling approach.  You may use whatever resources are necessary to complete the assignment, including materials from Worthington’s text.  Please feel free to use books about integration, or any materials you have found beneficial on integrating your faith and counseling.  The supplemental textbooks listed in your Syllabus may be of help to you in writing this paper.  If your view is something other than Christian, discuss how your view might interact with your counseling approach.  The use of the personal pronoun “I” is allowed in this section.  This part of the paper should be a minimum of 4 pages in length. The entire paper (part I & II) will be a minimum of 10 pages.

This Research Paper is due no later than 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of Module/Week 8 and will count for approximately 15% of your final grade.  The paper will be graded on:

  1.  Clarity of writing, good writing style

  2.  Content

  3.  Flow of the paper

  4.  APA style

  5.  Late papers will be penalized 5 points per day they are late. No late papers will be accepted 7 days after due date.

  6.  Appropriate references (Required:  professional, Internet; optional:  non-professional)

Thousands of articles and books are available online through the Library’s website ( and may be accessed immediately.  If you request photocopying of documents and shipment of library books from the Guillermin Library, please allow 3–5 days.

  7.  Remember:  The Family Therapy textbook can be your guide, but do not make the

textbook your paper.

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