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Which populations and/or client issues are best addressed using an integrated approach that consists of existential and person-centered therapy?

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Although I advocate an integrated approach for many clients, my research and experience demonstrates that minority and mixed race populations are especially receptive using an integrated approach that consists of existential and person-centered therapy. When I lived in the state of Oklahoma, for example, it contains a high American Indian/Native American population. Because of their native beliefs, these two types of therapy correlated well with indigenous ideologies.

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Integrative Therapeutic Approach

Consider the person-centered and existentialist theories.

•Summarize your understanding of utilizing an integrative therapeutic model.

•Summarize the key points of the two theories, identifying some of the similarities and some of the differences.

•Focus on the areas where the theories differ, describing how they would need to be adjusted in order to be integrated with each other.

•Provide specific examples of how you would use the integrative model with a client suffering from moderate depression.

** Optional Readings **
The following articles are recommended examples of integrative approaches but not required for this unit:

•Castonguay, L. G. (2006). Personal pathways in psychotherapy integration. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 16(1), 36-58.

•Consoli, A. J., & Jester, C. M. (2005). A model for teaching psychotherapy theory through an integrative structure. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 15(4), 358-373.

•Disque, J. G., & Bitter, J. R. (1998). Integrating narrative therapy with Adlerian lifestyle assessment: A case study. Journal of Individual Psychology, 54(4), 431-450.

•Duba, D. J., Graham, M. A., Britzman, M., & Minatrea, N. (2009). Introducing the "basic needs genogram" in reality therapy-based marriage and family counseling. International Journal of Reality Therapy, 28(2), 15-19.

•LaTorre, M. A. (2007). Integrative perspectives. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 43(3), 151-153.

•Lazarus, A. A. (2005). Is there still a need for psychotherapy integration? Current Psychology: Developmental, Learning, Personality, Social, 24(3), 149-152.

•Tønnesvang, J., Sommer, U., Hammink, J., & Sonne, M. (2010). Gestalt therapy and cognitive therapy—Contrasts or complementarities? Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 47(4), 586-602.

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