# 5 Discussion 1 due 11/02/2019 – $15.00 Using Evidence-Based Practices

For the first part of this discussion, address the following, using your readings and other resources you have identified to support your position:

· Identify a presenting issue that is typically seen at your fieldwork site. This might be something like trauma, grief, chronic illness, domestic violence, and so on.

· Locate at least one article in the current professional literature that discusses evidence-based approaches for working with this type of issue.

· Summarize the key points of the article in your own words (do not use any direct quotations):

o Describe the article’s position on the most effective approaches or interventions that can be used when working with clients who present this type of issue.

o What is your own response to these findings? Are these the types of interventions used at your fieldwork—or that you would consider using yourself?

o What other approaches do you think might also be effective when working with these presenting issues?

o Support your ideas with reference to the literature or specific examples of your own experience in working with clients.


Explore the Web sites of the following professional organizations. Locate and examine their resources regarding evidence-based practices:

· American Counseling Association (ACA).

· American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA).


· Read Sommers-Flanagan’s 2015 article, “Evidence-Based Relationship Practice: Enhancing Counselor Competence,” from the Journal of Mental Health Counseling, volume 37, issue 2, pages 95–108.

· Read Altmaier’s 2011 article, “Best Practices in Counseling Grief and Loss: Finding Benefit from Trauma,” in Journal of Mental Health Counseling, volume 33, issue 1, pages 33–45.

· Read Marquis, Douthit, and Elliot’s 2011 article, “Best Practices: A Critical Yet Inclusive Vision for the Counseling Profession,” in Journal of Counseling and Development, volume 89, issue 4, pages 397–405.

· Read Norcross and Wampold’s 2011 article, “Evidence-Based Therapy Relationships: Research Conclusions and Clinical Practices,” from Psychotherapy, volume 48, issue 1, pages 98–102.

· Read Ray, Hull, Thacker, Pace, Swan, Carlson, and Sullivan’s 2011 article, “Research in Counseling: A 10-Year Review to Inform Practice,” from the Journal of Counseling and Development, volume 89, issue 3, pages 349–359.

· Read Kaplan, Tarvydas, and Gladding’s 2014 article, “20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling: The New Consensus Definition of Counseling,” from the Journal of Counseling & Development, volume 92, issue 3, pages 366–372.

· APA Style and Format.

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