PSY5244 Unit 9 Assignment: Theoretical Comparisons

 

Theoretical Comparisons

A graphic organizer is a visual construct that organizes information into a structure that helps you understand complex information. The theories related to play therapy can be viewed in a graphic display that allows for comparison, contrast, and analysis of their details in juxtaposition with one another. The graphic organizer for this assignment, the Theory Organizer [DOC], includes five play therapy theories along the top row. To complete this assignment:

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  • Analyze each of the five theories listed in the Theory Organizer.
  • Address, for each theory, each comparison item found in the first column by filling in the corresponding cell in the column under the theory.
  • Use significant phrases or bullet points to highlight the important features.
  • Make your entries brief enough to allow quick comparison of the theories but detailed enough to clearly distinguish between them.

To conceptualize while using a theory, consider hypothesizing how children’s problems could develop, using terms and concepts from that theory. For example, if I am hypothesizing about why Janie is throwing giant tantrums about brushing her teeth at night, I could describe that behavior and use a theory to explain it.

You will share your Theory Organizer for your chosen theories in a later discussion. Your Theory Organizer will also be used in the next course in the play therapy certificate program where it will include additional theories for comparison. You can use it as a reference for your ongoing play therapy learning.

Refer to the Theoretical Comparisons Scoring Guide for specific details on how this assignment will be evaluated. Contact your instructor with questions.

Assignment Requirements

To achieve a successful project experience and outcome, you are expected to meet the following requirements.

  • Written communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA formatting: Resources and citations should be formatted according to current APA style and formatting. Use the Capella University Writing Center as a resource.
  • Number of resources: Minimum of four resources.
  • Length of paper: 3–5 pages.

Competencies Measured

  • Competency 1: Analyze how the history and theoretical systems of play therapy inform the current practice of play therapy.
    • Compare the historical roots of multiple play therapy theories.
  • Competency 2: Evaluate current research in play therapy.
    • Identify current play therapy research related to specific theoretical systems of play therapy.
  • Competency 3: Evaluate theoretical orientations of play therapy.
    • Compare multiple play therapy theories on the basis of their conceptualization of children’s problems.
    • Compare play therapy techniques that are accurately aligned with theory.
  • Competency 4: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological professions.
    • Apply APA style and formatting to scholarly writing.

PSY5244 Unit 9 Assignment: Theoretical Comparisons

     

 

Psychoanalytic

Adlerian

Developmental

Existential

Gestalt
Indicate where on the continuum of nondirective to directive this theory belongs.

 
Indicate at least three major features of the theory in terms of how children’s problems are conceptualized.

 

Indicate the historical roots of the theory. From which (if applicable) original theory or theories did the play therapy theory evolve?

 
 
Who are some current (working currently) theorists associated with this play therapy theory?
Provide a brief description of a play therapy technique associated with this theoretical approach.
Provide at least one full reference to a peer-reviewed academic article that involves this theoretical approach.

Course: PSY5244 Play Therapy 1: The History and Systems of Play Therapy
School: Capella University

  • 12/03/2022
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