Writing is getting in the way of your presentations. Writing should be succinct and clear and precise. Write so that you convey the point you are asserting, cite resources so that any reader could easily locate the quote or paraphrased material.
Tip: do not generalize or discuss the theory. Be specific with core ideas; avoid any sentences that generalize, stay with the facts. Name the theory (psychodynamic, Client-Centered, Cognitive etc.) and define one core idea that is directly relevant to the theory. Be careful to match core ideas with the correct theory. For example, while all therapists use empathy to some degree, the term empathy emerges and is identified with one specific theory – Rogers’s Client Centered approach.
NEW Integration of theory and approaches to a client —
In Reflection #3: Imagine one of your clients (or make up a new one any age).
In 1 to 1 & ½ pages compose a letter to your State Board for Psychologists. In the letter state three distinct clinical approaches you are using with your client. Your goal is to explain why you are integrating three different theories for your client. The focus is on a core idea from each theory and how it will serve your client.
Place succinct description of your client at the top of the page. Two to three sentences include, age, and a diagnosis if they have one and the presenting problem. How would they or their family identity in terms of culture, ethnicity, economic status? (no extra words, no introductory phrases, edit for succinct, precise description). If a medical examining board reads your letter, they don’t have time to read through extra words.
Next three succinct paragraphs:
1. Name the first theory you are using, define one central core idea – use a psychology dictionary or encyclopedia online. State why this core idea and theoretical approach is important when working with this client. Stay focused on the client’s situation/ problem and connect the theory, core idea to the client.
2. Name the second theory you are using — Same as above with a completely different theory/ core idea
3. Name the third theory you are using — Same as above with a completely different theory/ core idea
Close your letter with a quote from any article or book or credible web site that points to the integration of theory, the integration of clinical approaches in clinical work. You can search journals in Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology. Use the librarians to locate articles that mention integration of clinical approaches.