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GCO505 Research Paper 
An 8-10 page research paper expounding on how to properly use multiple theories to treat a singular case. Using the case of Kate you will 1) Identify and discuss the most pertinent clinical issues; 2) Choose three counseling theories to help frame treatment of these issues; 3) Rationale for choosing these theories; 4) Examples of techniques and expected outcomes of using these.
Rubric Code: P225W47
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Subject: Education  
Type: Writing  
Grade Levels: Graduate

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100 %

5 pts


3 pts


1 pts

APA Format
10 %

Rules of APA are followed including font, spacing, margins, citations, headings, and title page.


Paper has minimal APA formatting errors.
Acronyms are used properly. Jargon is not used, except for specialized terminology. No editorializing or unsubstantiated statements.

Paper has moderate APA formatting errors but do not impact the overall quality of the content

Paper has extensive APA formatting errors. Errors greatly impact the writers argument and/or the ability of the reader to understand and follow the content.
15 %

The flow of the paper - The whole of the document is connected and each section is connected to the ones before and after in a logical manner. The paper should be 8-10 pages not including references and title page/abstract. No minimum or maximum number of references but rather use what is necessary to create a cohesive and well formed document. It is estimated that 8-15 references would be needed.


The structure of the paper, is clear and easy to follow. The introduction provides sufficient background and preview of main points. Transitions are logical and maintain the flow of thought.

Structure is somewhat easy to follow; Intro is missing or does not preview major points; transitions need improvement;
Conclusion is missing/ does not flow from body of paper.

The structure of the paper is not easy to follow. Introduction and/ or conclusion are missing. Paragraphs lack transition of thought.
15 %

Content should identify and address the primary case concerns outlined in the case study. Content should be presented in a professional manner with sound rationale for claims asserted. Paper addresses all points posed in the research question fully.


Content is comprehensive, and includes major points that are supported by research and derived logically from the case study given.

Content is moderately comprehensive, most major points are supported by research.

Content is not comprehensive, major points are not clearly stated or research does not support major points.
30 %

Three different counseling theories are explored in relation to the case study given. Rationales for why these theories would be useful are presented with evidence on efficacy in these type of cases and/or age groups, basic tenants of the theories, and how one would expect they'd be used in this context.


Three theories are argued and presented with adequate rational and understanding how/why they would be appropriate in this case study.

Some components of one's argument is missing or incomplete or fail to link to the case study in a realistic or rational way.

Components are missing, incomplete or inaccurate. They lack cohesiveness or relevance to the case study.
30 %

Examples of techniques a counselor could use with this case study are explored and expounded upon. There should be techniques connected to each of the three theories selected in the same paper. Techniques selected should make sense given the realistic circumstances and resources in the presented case study. It is estimated that 2-3 techniques per theory would be sufficient to create an overall effective treatment strategy.


Techniques selected are connected to the selected theories and include how they are used, efficacy if relevant, and expected outcomes or each technique.

Techniques are disconnected, lack a rationale, or seem ineffective to the case presented.

There are no or few techniques selected and the section is incomplete as outlined.


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