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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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(1) First, summarize your understanding of utilizing an integrative therapeutic model.

Integrated psychotherapy involves an attitude toward the practice of psychotherapy that affirms the underlying factors of different theoretical approaches to therapy (Stricker, 2001). Further, according to Stricker, psychotherapy takes into consideration many views of human function including psychodynamic, client-centered, behavioral, cognitive, family therapy, cognitive therapy. Psychotherapeutic integration is focused on attempts to get beyond the confusion of single therapy approaches for the purpose of seeing what can be learned from other therapists. Psychotherapeutic schools are based on several key beliefs. First, a therapeutic therapy and personality models are linked to clients in therapy.
Second, the therapeutic relationship is much more important than any one specific therapy, or theoretical technique. Psychotherapy is the process emphasizing the personal representations of theories of psychotherapists must maintain that if there is an ethical obligation in dialogue with colleagues of diverse background. Research indicates that an integrative approach is needed because the world is changing rapidly -must move toward a global economy and global workforce. He assert that because the world is becoming more diverse; it is necessary for therapists to w to work with the applications from therapeutic approaches other than those from the western world.

(2) Summarize the key points of the two theories, identifying some of the similarities and some of the differences.

(a) Person-centered

Based on the person-centered approach popularized by Carl Rogers (1979), emphasis was placed on the centrality of the therapeutic alliance (i.e. the relationship between the client and the therapist). Roger was one of the first psychologists to emphasize the need to recognize the concept of self in therapeutic interventions. From this perspective, the person-centered approach emerged in repudiation of Freudian (1961/1962 psychoanalyses of the personality that had as its focus internal and/or mental conflicts. Rogers (1951) renamed the approach client-centered therapy to emphasize the client over the directive method in Freudian analyses to ...

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