Comparative Assessment of Family Theories Paper

Students will complete a paper comparing a one of Family of Origin, Structural or Strategic TO one of Solution-focused, Narrative or Cognitive Behavioral

Part I: Description of family therapy model.

  • Discuss the theories underlying the model of therapy, key concepts, goals of therapy and therapist role

Part II – Describe a specific stressful event, crisis, or trauma experience by a family or your family (different than Exploration of Personal family Paper)

Part III – Integration of the two chosen models of family therapy on how the models would approach resolving the chosen family event.

No less than 7 pages and no more than 10 – not including bibliography.

Integrate readings from course or other journal articles other than the 2 textbooks

Comparative Family Therapy Models Paper

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDescription of Theories: Both a psychodynamic and a postmodern theory are presented. The description of each theory is clear and incorporates course content.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFamily Stressor: A specific stressor that impacts families is presented. There is a discussion of how each theory the student is discussing views this stressor in relation to the family.

4.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCritical Analysis and Discussion: The student compares and contrasts both theories presented in the paper related to their approach to an intervention based on the stressor the family is experiencing. Each theories perspective regarding the meaning of the family’s reaction to the stressor are discussed. The student addresses issues such as oppression and privilege related to how the theories presented would address these issues.

8.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting & APA Format: How the student conveys and articulates their thoughts in writing. Written expression that is honest, that displays an affective/intellectual and logical component, as well as shows scholarship (that learning has occurred on the class subject) is what is being assessed here. Writing quality is also assessed here as this impacts the clarity of what the student is sharing with the reader. Number of sources required for this assignment are met or exceeded. It is important in terms of scholarship and having a professional standard that students use the American Psychological Association (APA) style in writing and citing sources.

3.0 pts

Total Points: 20.0

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