For this discussion, you will choose two theories you wish to integrate. For examples of how two theories can be integrated, review some of the optional articles in this unit. Then complete the following: First, summarize your understanding of utilizing an integrative therapeutic model. Summarize the key points of the two theories, identifying some of the similarities and some of the differences. Focus on the areas where the theories differ, describing how they would need to be adjusted in order to be integrated with each other. Provide specific examples of how you would use the integrative model with a client suffering from moderate depression. You should utilize scholarly research to support your ideas. This discussion response should be a minimum of 500 words and maximum of 700. Integrative therapeutic models utilize theories and approaches from two or more therapeutic models. There are two main ways in which a therapist can develop an integrative approach. First, the counselor may use technical integration which consists of the counselor systematically applying techniques drawn from a variety of theories that are in line with the needs of the client (Corey, 2017). Second, a counselor may utilize theoretical integration which occurs when a counselor draws from two or more theories and effectively blends them together (Corey, 2017). Regardless of the approach used, it is important for the counselor to attend to the common factors of counseling: the client, client motivation, the aliveness of the counselor, and the quality of the therapeutic relationship (Corey, 2017).
- Summer '17
- Thomas Sherman