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Counseling Psychology vs. Clinical Psychology

In this 3 to 4 page paper, compare and contrast the primary goals of a clinical psychologist and a counseling psychologist? How are their perspectives on treatment similar and how are they different? What are the educational requirements for each? In what type of setting are we likely to find each? Identify which professional association each would be affiliated with as well as which Code of Ethics regulates each professional. Finally, what are the advantages and disadvantages to each of these professions? You are to use at least two peer reviewed sources to support your views.


Week Four Written Assignment Grading Criteria

Content Criteria

4 Points

Compare primary goals of clinical and counseling psychologists  

Identify similarities and differences in perspectives, and education of clinical and counseling psychologists  

Identify common settings of both clinical and counseling psychologists  

Identify professional associations of both clinical and counseling psychologists  

Describe advantages and disadvantages to career in clinical and counseling psychology  

Writing and Organization Criteria

1 Point

The central theme/purpose of the paper is clear.  

The structure is clear, logical, and easy to follow.  

The tone is appropriate to the content and assignment.  

The thoughts are clear and include appropriate beginning, development, and conclusion.  

Paragraph transitions are present, logical, and maintain the flow throughout the paper.  

Sentences are complete, clear, and concise.  

Sentences are well constructed, with consistently strong, varied sentences.  

Sentence transitions are present and maintain the flow of thought.  

Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed.  

The paper uses words and language that are inclusive, clear, and unambiguous.  

Spelling is correct.  

Research Criteria

1 Point

The paper includes a summary and analysis of research materials that are relevant to the assignment, e.g. scholarly journals, professional articles, legal documents, government documents, legal decisions, media clips, software, measurement instruments websites, personal communication, etc.  

Professional/scholarly journals are peer reviewed and focus on the profession/application of psychology (located on Proquest, EBSCOHost , PsycNET, etc.). Non-scholarly articles include newspapers, periodicals, secular magazines, etc, and are not peer reviewed. Websites not approved include and  

Research focuses on the most current information (past five years) except when citing seminal works (e.g. Freud, Erickson, etc.).  

Paper includes the appropriate number of references required by the assignment.  

When appropriate, the paper addresses ethical considerations in research.  

Style Criteria

2 Points

The paper is in the appropriate APA format used by the institution/program (e.g. the 6th edition).  

The paper is double-spaced and in the appropriate length required by the assignment  

The paper includes an APA style cover page.  

The paper includes an Abstract that is formatted to support the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).  

The paper properly uses headings, font styles, and white space as outlined in the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).  

The paper includes an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.  

The paper addresses the topic of the paper with critical thought.  

The paper concludes with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.  

Citations of original works within the body of the paper follow the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition) guidelines.  

The paper includes a References Page that is completed according to the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).  

Total Possible Points

8 Points


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