PCN 500 All Week Discussions

PCN 500 All Week Discussions


PCN 500 Grand Canyon Week 1 Discussion 1

What are your personal assumptions about: How do people develop the kinds of psychological distress that bring them to counseling? What constitutes “good mental health” or “a good life?” How do people change, grow emotionally, develop better coping mechanisms, or change destructive behaviors?

PCN 500 Grand Canyon Week 1 Discussion 2

Some might argue that a therapist’s theoretical orientation is irrelevant in the counseling process, and that only client outcomes matter. Others might argue that specific factors common across models of therapy-not specific theory or an approach endorsed by a counselor create a positive outcome. What do you think? Why?

PCN 500 Grand Canyon Week 2 Discussion 1

According to Adler, what is the difference between biological and psychological birth order? Describe how Adler’s theory of psychological birth order (the family constellation) shapes the family member.

PCN 500 Grand Canyon Week 2 Discussion 2

While there are many neoanalytic writers, they can be divided into two general categories. Some are objective positivist thinkers while others are relativistic/constructivist thinkers. Philosophically, what is the difference among objective positivist neoanalytic writers and relativistic/constructivist neoanalytic writers?

PCN 500 Grand Canyon Week 3 Discussion 1

Do you think it is possible to combine client-centered and existential approaches in therapy? Why or why not? Explain what a combined approach might look like.

PCN 500  Week 3 Discussion 2

Could you be genuine, accepting, and empathic with all clients? What types of problems or clients would present problems for you in terms of being genuine, accepting, and empathic? How would you work with clients with whom you did not feel these three conditions?

PCN 500  Week 4 Discussion 1

What types of populations and diagnostic mental health categories would be most inclined to use REBT and behavioral theories? Why?

PCN 500  Week 4 Discussion 2

What are the issues of individual and cultural diversity a counselor must consider when using REBT and behavioral theories?

PCN 500 Week 5 Discussion 1

What are the benefits of using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy versus using Behavioral Therapy?

PCN 500 Week 5 Discussion 2

The textbook indicates that choice intervention strategies are a central element of reality theory. How might these strategies be used in conjunction with other counseling theories?

PCN 500 Week 6 Discussion 1

What are the main differences between Bowenian, structural, and strategic family systems theories?

PCN 500  Week 6 Discussion 2

How could the family genogram be applied to the treatment of a family with addiction issues? Please apply this to a hypothetical family.

PCN 500  Week 7 Discussion 1

Would you consider choosing Feminist, Solution-Focused, or Narrative therapies when counseling individual clients, marriage clients, and family clients? Why or why not?

PCN 500  Week 7 Discussion 2

Short-term theories have become popular in the past number of years due to the pressure from insurance companies and the legal needs to address the clients’ presenting problems. Why do you think it may be important to consider solution-focused cognitive behavioral theories for the above reasons?

PCN 500  Week 8 Discussion 1

Now that you have studied all the different theories of psychotherapy, what theory do you feel has the strongest approach for the population you may want to work with? Do you think that you will need to learn more than one approach? Why?

PCN 500  Week 8 Discussion 2

How can you, as a therapist, avoid becoming “stuck” in a particular theoretical framework? Identify specific ways that you can ensure you continue to grow.