Theoretical Orientation Paper
Theoretical Orientation Paper
Instructions Part One
This is a two part paper. This part should be 11 pages. The following is the instructions for part one. Describe how your professional practice training during
Internship I has informed the development of your theoretical orientation. It would be appropriate to include objectives you established in your Individual Internship
Plan. Provide two examples of the case conceptualizations based on your developing theoretical orientation. Sometimes there is a predominant counseling model used or
promoted at your site. How do you reconcile and/or integrate your personal theoretical orientation with what is accepted as best practice at your site? Share skills,
knowledge or philosophies incorporated into your clinical work based upon feedback received from site and university supervisors. A minimum of three additional
references should be included for this part of your TOP. Explain how you have integrated being a positive social change agent during your Internship field experience.
Format for Theoretical Orientation Paper: Each paper will contain a modified title page, text pages (content), and reference page(s). Minimum and maximum numbers of
text pages do not include title and reference pages. Use section headings consistent with APA 6th ed. style (see pp. 62–63) All papers and subsequent addendums must
utilize APA style. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) is an essential reference for this paper and others you write during your
enrollment in the counseling program. Review the section in the APA manual on plagiarism and ethics in publication. All University policies will be strictly followed.
Additional reference requirements are expected for each version of the theory paper. Continued reading outside of textbook material is expected; therefore, note
specific requirements. No more than one Internet source (Internet sources include websites related to your theoretical orientation and not electronic copies of
professional research such as what you would find in the Walden Library) Utilization of course texts is expected. References shall be from appropriate professional
publications and peer-reviewed journals. Note: Brochures, popular magazine articles, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other non-professional materials are unacceptable
as reference. I am including the first TOP that you did. This paper is a continuation of that paper.
I still use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as my primary orientation, but I want to discuss in this paper some parts of paient centered therapy (PCT) with CBT. My
site allows the counselors to use whatever orientation they wish.
Instructions for Part Two This section is 13 pages.
Please separate the two sections with separate reference pages.
Instructions for third TOP
If you have questions, please d not hesitate to ask. Description of where the Internship took place and your role within this setting and the population served *This
only needs to be 2 sentences. I work at an outpatient setting working with dual diagnosis clients ranging from adolescents to senior adults. 1. Description of how your
theoretical orientation evolved based on your entire field experience, explaining how your theoretical orientation was applied throughout your field experience *my
theoretical orientation is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). I have always been drawn to CBT, but I have also used person-centered therapy (PCT) with my clients that
have dual diagnosis disorders.. This should be a couple or paragraphs discussing the evolution of the theoretical orientation from Internship one and Internship two. I
worked with dual diagnosis clients and CBT fit well due to (you’ll have to find some research on how CBT and dual diagnosis work well with these clients and PCT works
with these clients) 2. Description of how your experience working with clients influenced the development of your theory (For example, if your orientation was
existential and you worked in an inpatient psychiatric facility, how did you employ an existential approach to working with individuals manifesting psychotic or
delusional symptoms?) This is a lifespan of my progression of my theoretical orientation This is a lifespan of where I started in the internship and where I want to go
after I am finished with my formal education. 3. Summary of clinical presentations and session recordings that includes the following: o A client summary sharing how
you conceptualized the client using your theoretical approach. My client’s name is Karla. She is a 38 yo, Caucasian, divorced x2 female. She has 4 children. She was
self referred, because her ex-husband had the children removed from the home, because of her drinking and her boyfriend’s drinking and their arguing. The client has
remained alcohol and drug free for 8 months. She has a diagnosis of substance abuse (Alcohol), moderate and Generalized anxiety disorder . (please use The DSM 5 for
the information). The client was in individual counseling weekly. She has gotten to the point of having her children 50% of the time. She is now experiencing problem
with her 12 yo son that set fire to a school dumpster. We were working on communication and setting boundaries with her children. We were also working on not allowing
her ex-husband to control her thinking and intrude on her self estemm. If you have questions please write me) o A brief summary of the clients presenting concerns for
example, the core issues and (if appropriate) the diagnoses of focus; relevant factors that influenced your approach with this client o Documented strategies and
interventions used to support the client’s goals, including a rationale for the use of these counseling strategies and interventions o A summary of the process of your
TOP from the beginning of your program field experience to the Final TOP in Internship II, including reflections on your transition from graduate course-work to a
professional environment and areas of future development and refinement of your theoretical orientation I will have to do this next session. Please put a header of
Recording and I will do it. This recorded session will be submitted with the final draft of the TOP by Day 7 of Week 10 in the Internship II course for review by the
Instructor as your Final Project for the course. This part of the TOP is designed to help you demonstrate your approach to working with clients through a recorded
segment of your work. You are required to secure all authorizations for recording and a corresponding Disclosure Statement and Session Recording Consent Form. You
should include a 1-page summary that includes the following: • What do you want the observer(s) to see in this session? What aspects of your theoretical orientation
are you attempting to demonstrate? • What do you hope to accomplish during the session? • What do you wish you had done differently in the session? What feedback have
you received about your theoretical orientation and your counseling style that has been most useful to you during your field experience? • What areas of improvement
will you make based on this feedback as you further develop your theoretical orientation and counseling style? Format for Theoretical Orientation Paper: • Each paper
will contain a modified title page, text pages (content), and reference page(s). • Minimum and maximum numbers of text pages do not include title and reference pages.
Use section headings consistent with APA (6th ed.) style (see pp. 62–63). • All papers and subsequent addendums must utilize APA style. The Publication Manual of the
American Psychological Association (6th ed.) is an essential reference for this paper and others you write during your enrollment in the counseling program. Review the
section in the APA manual on plagiarism and ethics in publication. All University policies will be strictly followed. • Additional reference requirements are expected
for each version of the Theoretical Orientation Paper. Continued reading outside of the textbook materials is expected; therefore, note specific requirements. o No
more than one Internet source (Internet sources include websites related to your theoretical orientation and not electronic copies of professional research such as
what you would find in the Walden Library). o Utilization of course texts is expected. • References shall be from appropriate professional publications and peer-
reviewed journals. Note: Brochures, popular magazine articles, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other non-professional materials are unacceptable as reference material
for this paper. • An APA reference page containing all references is required. • For grading information, review the Assignment and Final Paper (TOP) rubric. •
Assignment length of this part of the TOP is 13–15 pages. The additional requirements is the DOI numbers need to be in the references.
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