What is your basic belief about the nature of people?
CSL6782 COUNSELING THEORIES
PERSONAL THEORY REACTION PAPER INSTRUCTIONS
DIRECTIONS: 5 pages, double-spaced, 11 or 12 font, APA style (7th Edition) Consult at least 5 resources in addition to the text and cite your references in text. Use the APA manual to cite correctly.
Write your paper with Section Titles:
Beliefs about Nature of Human Development & How People Change
Preferred Counseling Theories & Rationale for Selection
Personal Experiences Related to Preferred Theoretical Approaches
To prepare to write this paper, you will need to do some self-reflection on all the theories you have learned about in this course. You will need to think about your values, belief system, and interests and consider your spiritual beliefs, & cultural background.
Use the information you learned about yourself from your MBTI Learning Style report and your reflections from Forum assignments as starting points for your reflection.
Explore in depth the two or three theories that seem to match your style best. Use the library and web sites to get a better understanding of these theories. Select a few books by the theorists that interest you. Many of the theories have websites. Additionally, in your text, at the end of each chapter, you will find many resources, including the websites for each theory.
Go to the Psychotherapy.net site on the AU Library Resources & view at least one video on the theory you think fits you best. (Look below for FREE videos available for you to use).
Once you feel you have a good understanding of your selected theory, write your reaction paper. Here are some questions to help guide you. Feel free to select more topics or select from the questions listed. (Do not write out the questions followed by an answer.)
What is your basic belief about the nature of people? How did you develop that belief? How does your chosen theory compare?
What is your natural style of dealing with people? What type of person are you? Do you like to take the lead or do you prefer that the client takes the lead in sessions? Are you talkative, quiet, confrontational, active, or more passive? How does your theorist describe the counseling relationship? Does that fit well with your innate style?
What do you believe promotes clients to change? How does this belief compare to the techniques used by the theory you chose?
As you watch counseling demonstrations, what attracts you to each particular approach?
What personal experiences have you had that influence the way you feel about people and/or counseling?
Is there anything about your chosen theory that makes you uncomfortable?
Does the approach you chose require additional training? If so, how would you obtain this training?
If you believe that you need to combine theories to meet your beliefs & values, how would you do so?
Is there another theory which we did not study in this class that you are attracted to? Discuss it briefly. How & why will it work more effectively for you?
What did you learn from the psychotherapy.net video you watched that assisted you in selecting a theory? Was it the techniques the therapist used, the therapist’s style, or the philosophical position of the theorist that appealed to you?
Did you see any theory videos that, after viewing, you realized did not match up with your values and life philosophies?
FREE videos available on Psychotherapy.net
1. Carl Rogers and the Person-Centered Approach
2. Family Therapy with the Experts: 10-Video Series | Adlerian Family Therapy
3. Psychotherapy with the Experts: 15-Video Series | Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy
4. Psychotherapy with the Experts: 15-Video Series | Multimodal Therapy
5. Psychotherapy with the Experts: 15-Video Series | Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy
6. Psychotherapy with the Experts: 15-Video Series | Reality Therapy
7. Psychotherapy with the Experts: 15-Video Series | Solution-Focused Therapy
8. Psychotherapy Essentials to Go (6-video series) | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety
9. Perspectives in Behavior Therapy (8-Video Series) | Donald Meichenbaum on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy