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This final integrative written assignment is completed individually and it is worth 20 points. The assignment focuses on using the course readings, lectures and experiences and also asks you to develop your own evidence-based theory that would be useful in clinical social work practice.
Your written paper MUST demonstrate critical thinking at the graduate level.
The written paper must include in-text citations and a list of references that are formatted according to APA style.
Your written paper should cover the following components:
Provide an introduction: explain the importance of theories in clinical social work practice.
From what you have learned this semester: please identify, discuss and analyze 2 evidenced-based theories that you favor. Please use references in this section to support your responses.
Include the following:
Explain the reasons you have chosen these theories to incorporate into your own practice. Please make sure you include an overview on the major principles/techniques from these theories.
What are the strengths and limitations of these two theories? Discuss each theory separately.
Describe the populations/problems that research indicates can benefit from the use of these theories.
Develop your own theory by building off aspects of the evidence-based theories that you selected (i.e., from the 2 you chose) *and* then forming your *own* theory. In other words, you will take aspects of the existing theories that you feel comfortable with, and create your *own* theory. Make sure your theory is an integration of techniques/principles from these other theories while ensuring that you put your own ‘twist’ into your new and unique theory. Please include references in this section.
In order to complete this step 3, do the following:
Give your theory a name.
Identify and describe the techniques from other theories you would use in your own theory.
Identify and describe new techniques that you would develop as part of your new theory.
Describe who would you use this theory with (i.e. population, problem, etc.).
Describe the strengths and limitations of your new theory.
Conclusion section: end the paper with a clear summary of your work.
The paper should not exceed five (5) pages in length, not including the cover / reference pages. You will not lose points for including cover or reference pages.
In other words, the cover and reference pages will not count toward the maximum page count limit for this assignment. You will not lose points for including a cover page and a references pages. Students will lose 5 points for longer papers.
Students should format their title page, paper content, and reference page(s) according to the APA Publication Manual, Seventh Edition.
Students should use the student paper format, including a cover page. For more information: refer to Chapter 2 of APA Publication Manual, Seventh Edition, the APA Style Paper Format resource (Links to an external site.), and the APA Student Title Page Guide (Links to an external site.).
Student papers do not include a running head. For more information: refer to page 30 of the APA Publication Manual, Seventh Edition, and this APA Style Header resource (Links to an external site.).
This paper should NOT include an abstract, table of contents, or appendix.
The paper should be double spaced and include 1" margins throughout.
There should be no extra double spaces between paragraphs. Here is a video illustrating how to remove extra spaces between paragraphs (note: this video was uploaded in October 2016 and it shows a running head; a running head is not needed unless specifically requested by your instructor.).
Font Type and Size:
A variety of font choices are permitted in APA Style. Use the same font throughout the text of the paper. Options include:
Sans serif font: 11-point Calibri, 11-point Arial, 10-point Lucida San Unicode
Serif font: 12-point Times New Roman, 11-point Georgia, normal (10-point) Computer Modern
For more information: refer to page 44 of the of APA Publication Manual, Seventh Edition, and this APA Style Font resource (Links to an external site.).
Ensure the font type and font size of your page numbers are consistent with the rest of your paper.
In-Text Citations and References:
In-text citations and sources used (reference page) should be formatted according to APA style.