Three weeks (for weeks 2, 4, 6), students will write a clinical practice reflection paper (no more than 4-5 pages double-spaced). Each assigned topic should be written as a scholarly reflection, which means it is a combination research/reflection paper. Research portion should include a minimum of two appropriate scholarly sources outside your course reading. You should include a brief survey of relevant literature, observations from assigned videos and readings from your text. This portion should not include 1st person pronouns or your opinions. The paper should also include a description of how you might apply what you have learned from the article personally and/or professionally. You should address how the information interacts with your personal belief system including your theological beliefs.
Students will produce a 3-4 page abstract of a journal article during the course from a professional journal that emphasizes group dynamics. (Note: not all articles about groups discuss group dynamics. Please discuss with the instructor if you are unsure if your article choice is appropriate.) You are allowed to choose an article that deals with a topic you hope to use for your final project and presentation. Please turn in a copy of the journal article with the abstract. If uploading a copy of the article, copy must be a PDF of the journal article uploaded as a separate document. Papers that do not include a copy of the article will not be graded. This is a Turnitin assignment.
Students will work in groups (up to four people) to explore and report on research pertaining to a particular underserved population (based on demographic variable) and particular clinical concern (such as depression, eating disorders, etc.) addressed through a particular theoretical lens.
Students will research and write a psychotherapy group plan (not solely a support group), approximately 20 pages in length. Choose a clinical focus, population, and context. Your final paper should include two parts: 1) research and support for your plan, and 2) details for the planned group. The first part does not include your opinions and should be written as a review of literature.
APA format (7th ed.) is expected. All sources of information should come from professional/scholarly resources and be cited correctly in the paper and in your references section. A minimum of 15 scholarly sources is expected. (Do not rely upon Wikipedia, blogs, etc.; information for both the psychological and theological content should come from well-documented, relevant recent and/or legacy scholarly texts and research articles.) The majority of your paper should be a scholarly literature review, which means a synthesis of research on your topic.