Psychology applied final paper humanistic

Sheila Ernst and Lucy Goodison have described using some of the main humanistic approaches in self-help groups. Humanistic psychology includes several approaches to counseling and therapy. Among the earliest approaches we find the developmental theory of Abraham Maslow, emphazising a hierarchy of needs and motivations. Existential-integrative psychotherapy, developed by Kirk Schneider (2008), is a relatively new development within humanistic and existential therapy.


Applied Final Project

Topic Paper: Students are to choose one of the below personality approaches and provide a 10-15 page paper addressing the following:

  1. Theoretical perspective of the approach
  2. Theorists who have contributed to this approach
  3. Compare and contrast two theorists perspectives within this approach
  4. Identify and describe measurement and assessment instruments
  5. Clinical application of the approach

If any of the sections above are missing from the paper, the grade will be reduced by at least 20%.

The paper must comply with APA Publication Manual guidance. Choose one of these personality approaches:

  • Trait
  • Biological
  • Psychoanalytical
  • Humanistic
  • Behavioral
  • Cognitive

Note: You must include at least 10 scholarly resources in your paper.

Rubric for Topic Paper










1. All topics were discussed in clear detail


2. Assertions supported correctly


3. Ideas were interrelated coherently and logically


4. Author creatively enhances the topic




5. An introduction previews main points of reflection


6. Body of paper develops and elaborates main ideas


7. A conclusion summarizes main points




8. Paper free of mechanical errors (e.g., misspellings, typos, etc.)


9. Paper grammatically sound (proper sentence structure)


10. Citations and references in proper APA style



Points to be


Behaviors Demonstrated


paper contains no errors in this area


paper contains limited errors in this area; however, the overall presentation of the material is readable and appropriate


paper contains limited errors in this area; however, the overall presentation of the material is difficult to read


paper contains a number of errors in this area; however, the overall presentation is acceptable


paper contains a number of errors in this area, and the overall presentation is difficult to read


paper contains numerous errors in this area, which detracts from the overall presentation


Have you done all of the following:

Does your paper (it should be double spaced) meet the minimum length?

Did you include all of the sections (it can be very helpful to label these)?

Did you cover each area in depth? Here are some suggest lengths for each section:

Intro (.5-1)

Theoretical approach (1-2 pages)

Major theorists (approx 1-2 page each x 4)

Compare & Contrast (approx 1 page)

Standardized measures appropriate to theory (e.g. MMPI, Rorschach, TAT, various behavioral checklists, Beck Depression Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, 16 PF, NEO-PI etc), make sure to include creators, population for whom it is frequently used, reliability and validity information (approximately 1 page each x2)

Clinical Applications (1-2 pages)

Conclusion (.5-1 page)

Did you include at least 4 theorists and at least 2 measures?

Does your paper include an introduction and a conclusion?

Did you use a formal style appropriate for a scholarly paper? Did you consistently use third person? (you can not use first person-I or we-or second person-you).

Did you proofread for typos, sentence structure, grammar, etc. ? This counts significantly toward your grade and the AFP will be graded much more strictly than the minipaper.

Did you utilize at least 10 scholarly sources (if you are having trouble locating enough, make sure to contact the Library staff vis the Resources section on the tool bar)?

Did you use appropriate APA style? Are all of your in-text citations included in your Reference section and vice-versa?

You must both paste into the window PLUS attach an appropriately-titled file. This is very important–I have now had two students within the past year who I had to give a 0 on the AFP because I could not open their attachment and they did not respond to my attempts to contact them.




Priddy, J. M. (1987). Outcome research on self-help groups: A humanistic perspective. Journal For Specialists In Group Work, 12(1), 2-9. doi:10.1080/01933928708412042


Bohart, A. C., & Tallman, K. (1996). The active client: therapy as self-help. The Journal Of Humanistic Psychology, (3), 7.


Iarussi, M. H., Tyler, J. M., Littlebear, S., & Hinkle, M. S. (2013). Integrating Motivational Interviewing into a Basic Counseling Skills Course to Enhance Counseling Self-Efficacy. Professional Counselor, 3(3), 161-174.


Brady-Amoon, P., & Fuertes, J. N. (2011). Self-Efficacy, Self-Rated Abilities, Adjustment, and Academic Performance. Journal Of Counseling & Development, 89(4), 431-438.

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