Individual Approaches to Counseling

Required Textbooks for writing assignment:

1. Neukrug, E. (2016). The World of the Counselor; (5th ed.)

Chapter 4: Individual Approaches to Counseling

Chapter 6:  Couples and Family Counseling

Chapter 11: Career Development: The Counselor and the World of Work

Chapter 12: Testing and Assessment

2. Corey, G., Corey, M.S., & Callanan, P. (2018). Issues and ethics in the helping professions (10th ed.)

Chapter 10: Issues in Theory and Practice

Please be sure to have ACA 2014 Code of Ethics


  1. Read the following scenario and respond to the questions that follow, in a 3 page (does not include title page and reference page) double spaced, APA Style document (no abstract required).
    Sandra is an LPC practicing in your state in a community agency setting.  She recently attended a professional training (half day) that focused on the use of projective drawings as a therapuetic tool in working with children in disrupted home environments (ie:  family separation, divorce, domestic violence, death).
    Sandra has a new child client, a 6 year old girl, who was referred to her by the GAL (Guardian ad litem) representing the child in a contested custody case.  The little girl has had her first appointment with Sandra and she was unable to share much about her situation with Sandra.

    At her second appointment the little girl complies with Sandra’s “spur of the moment” request to draw a picture, as directed by the House-Tree-Person Test.  This is the projective test that Sandra learned about in her recent training.  Upon looking carefully at the drawing following the child’s session, Sandra becomes concerned based on some elements of the drawing, that the child is being abused in some manner when she is at her mother’s home.  Sandra contacts the child’s attorney and an informal investigation is started.  The child is temporarily removed from her mother’s home  and placed with her father full time in order to protect the child until the investigation is completed. 

    Two weeks later the allegation of abuse was found to be unsubstantiated and the child was returned to her mother’s home to resume her prior time sharing schedule.  Six weeks later the child’s mother filed a formal complaint against Sandra citing harm that was done to her, her daughter, and to their relationship as a result of the “bogus” accusation made by Sandra, the child’s counselor.   
    Focusing on the use of the projective test by Sandra, what “evidence” can you find in the ACA 2014 Code of Ethics and in your readings, in defense of the counselor?  Next, what evidence can you find that could be incriminating for the counselor?  Be sure to be very specific and cite particular sections of the Code of Ethics or passages from your readings to illustrate your points either “for” or “against” the counselor.   An in-depth and thoughtful discussion, that clearly demonstrates your understanding of some of the complexities of this situation will earn the most points.

2. On a separate page by itself answer the following questions:

Be sure to use the ACA 2014 Code of Ethics (posted on Resources Page and also in the textbook (chapters above)) Section E on Evaluation, Assessment, and Interpretation to help you with your responses. This part of the assignment need to be at least 250 words.

1.    Discuss the difference between testing and assessment.

2.    What does testing and assessment have to do with counselor competence?

3.    What does Evidence-based Best Practices have to do with testing and assessment in counseling?

On a separate page answer the following question, 250 words minimum using the above chapters in the textbook:  Of what importance are the theories of counseling to your chosen counseling career? My chosen counseling career is Mental Health


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