Critically Analyzing Counseling Literature

Assignment Requirements


Week 1: Scholar Practitioner
As a counseling student at Walden University, you have likely seen the phrase “Scholar Practitioner” in all of your courses. However, you may not have thought about why the two terms are paired together or what the implications are of having this philosophy as part of your counselor preparation experience. In order to become a scholar practitioner in counseling, you must learn to become a producer and a consumer of research. You must also learn to effectively conduct program evaluation in order to determine the effectiveness of your counseling-related programs. These skill sets will be central to your work as a practicing counselor. While learning about research and program evaluation may be somewhat anxiety-provoking, the end results will guide all that you do as a counselor.
The focus of this week is to give you an overview of the scholar practitioner model. Through this overview, you begin to explore the professional literature related to counseling and begin to critically analyze the research efforts that guide the world of practice.

Discussion – Week 1

Critically Analyzing Counseling Literature

As a scholar practitioner, it is important for you to continue to use professional journals and other research sources to guide your practice. Developing the skills to review, critically analyze, and discuss professional literature is essential for your development as a competent counselor. In some cases, counseling scholars review and summarize the professional literature for you in order to provide a synopsis of trends, misconceptions, and promising areas for future research.

In this Discussion, you review literature reviews constructed by counseling scholars. Also, you develop a conceptual understanding of the Scholar Practitioner Model and how professional literature plays a role in all that you do as a practicing counselor.

With these thoughts in mind:

Select an article from this week’s Learning Resources. Post by Day 4 a brief synopsis of the literature that was reviewed in your selected article. Explain the implications of the research, as represented in the literature review, to practice in the area represented.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this week, you should be able to:
• Apply literature reviews to practice
• Analyze implications of the scholar-practitioner model for professional practice

• Course Introduction (located under Course Home in the left navigation bar)

• Course Text: Sheperis, C. J., Young, J. S., & Daniels, M. H. (2010). Counseling research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
o Chapter 1, “Contemporary Issues in Counseling Research”
o Chapter 2, “Getting Started”
o Chapter 3, “Reviewing the Literature”

• Article: D’Andrea, M., & Heckman, E. (2008). A 40-year review of multicultural counseling outcome research: Outlining a future research agenda for the multicultural counseling movement. Journal of Counseling and Development, 86(3), 356–363.
• Article: Duba, J. D., Kindsvatter, A., & Lara, T. (2008). Treating infidelity: Considering narratives of attachment. The Family Journal, 16, 293–299.

• Article: Hunter, S. V. (2006). Understanding the complexity of child sexual abuse: A review of the literature with implications for family counseling.The Family Journal, 14, 349–358.
• Article: Rayle, A. (2006). Mattering to others: Implications for the counseling relationship. Journal of Counseling & Development, 84(4), 483–487.
• Article: Smith, S., Reynolds, C., & Rovnak, A. (2009). A critical analysis of the social advocacy movement in counseling. Journal of Counseling & Development, 87(4), 483–491.
• Article: Zalaquett, C., & Stens, A. (2006). Psychosocial treatments for major depression and dysthymia in older adults: A review of the research literature. Journal of Counseling & Development, 84(2), 192–201.


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