Family Counseling Approach Research Paper Instructions


Part I:

You are required to write a research paper/formal literature review in current APA format on one of the specific approaches to family counseling, (e.g., structural, psychoanalytic, Bowenian, experiential, etc., not a technique). You must have appropriate professional references, including books and journals that are written to or for professionals. You may use some non-professional materials; however, these may not be the bulk of your references.


The format can follow the chapter format from the main text (Family Therapy); however, do not use the text as your primary reference. You will need a minimum of 12 sources in your reference page and therefore cited in the body of the paper. Part I of your paper requires a minimum of 6 pages, double-spaced; the paper must cover a style of family counseling covered in this course.


Part II:

A personal integration section is required. This second section of your paper will be your attempt, after an entire graduate course on family counseling, to integrate your own faith and family counseling approach. You may use whatever resources are necessary to complete the assignment, including materials from Worthington’s text. Feel free to use books about integration or any materials you have found beneficial on integrating your faith and counseling. The supplemental textbooks listed in your Course Syllabus may be of help to you in writing this paper. If your view is something other than Christian, discuss how your view might interact with your counseling approach. The use of the personal pronoun “I” is allowed in this section. This part of the paper must be a minimum of 4 pages. The entire paper (Part I & II) will be a minimum of 10 pages.


This research paper will count for approximately 15% of your final grade. The paper will be graded on:

  1.     1.               Clarity of writing, good writing style
  2.     2.               Content
  3.     3.               Flow of the paper
  4.     4.               Current APA style (ex: cover page, abstract page, correct font and font size, body of the paper, reference page(s))
  5.     5.               Late papers will be penalized (10% deduction during the first week late and 20% deduction in the second week of late assignments) they are late. No late papers will be accepted after the deadline for the class.
  6.     6.               Appropriate references (Required: professional, Internet; optional: non-professional)

Thousands of articles and books are available online through the Liberty University

Online Library’s website and may be accessed immediately. If you request

photocopying of documents and shipment of library books from the Guillermin Library,

allow 3–5 days.


  1.     7.               Remember: The Family Therapy textbook can be your guide, but do not make the

textbook your paper.


The Family Counseling Approach Research Paper is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of Module/Week 8.


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