COMING OUT (disclosing sexual orientation)
Purpose of the assignment
The purpose of the assignment is to review and summarize the main arguments and recommendations, from peer-reviewed clinical literature, related to using a family-based approach to address a selected social, psychological, or health condition in a selected population (e.g., adults, children/adolescents, gays, women, ethnic minorities, veterans, etc.). The approach you discuss should recommend the involvement of one or more individual(s) in the family system, besides the individual experiencing the condition. The family-based approach might be therapy, consultation, or some other family-focused intervention. You can focus on an approach based on a single theory/model or an integrative framework.
Organizing to meet assignment expectations
1) Select a condition and a population on which to write your 6-page literature review, for example, “autism in children”. You may wish to focus on a condition you are currently treating or might hypothetical treat at your practicum/internship sites.
2) Review 6–10 published scholarly sources (e.g., peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, monographs) that recommend the use of a family-based approach in addressing your selected condition/population. You may include non-peer-reviewed material (e.g., magazines, internet sites, newspapers) but these should not replace your 6–10 published scholarly sources. Use APA style for all citations (7th ed.).
Use the following sub-headings in writing the paper:
Clinical Summary of [Your Condition/Population] – Summarize the main clinical features of your selected condition/population. For example, discuss etiology, diagnoses, symptoms, social and emotional impacts, prognosis etc.
Rationale for a Family Systems Approach – Summarize the main arguments from the literature about using a family systems approach to addressing your selected population/condition. For example, what does the literature say about centering interventions within the family or about involving family members in treatment?
Main Recommendations in Using a Family Systems Approach – From the literature, summarize the main recommendations and/or techniques related to doing family-based work to address the condition/population. Write this so the reader can quickly grasp what approach, tools or techniques are recommended.
Treatment Considerations or Caveats – Discuss any issues that should be considered in using a family-based approach for your selected condition/population.