Ow Effective is Group Therapy in Treating Trauma Victims?

Topic: How Effective is Group Therapy in Treating Trauma Victims?

Final Paper/Project Details
The Final Project in this course will be a literature review aimed at determining the evidence to support a counseling theory, technique, or intervention of your choice. In this project, you will explore quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research articles published within the last 10 years in counseling journals related to your selected topic. In addition to examining specific research methodology, you will also include a review of articles focused on program evaluation efforts related to your topic of interest.

LITERATURE REVIEW
The Final Project for this course will involve the construction of a literature review that can be used to inform counseling practice. For this assignment, you will have to do the following:
a) Select a theory, technique, or intervention strategy that can be applied in your counseling specialty that you would like to explore in the professional literature.
b) Visit the Walden University Library to determine if there is sufficient professional literature available related to your topic of interest.
c) Submit your topic to your Course Instructor for approval.
d) Select:
1. At least five quantitative research articles
2. At least five qualitative research articles
3. At least one mixed methods research article
4. At least one program evaluation article for review

In addition to the 10-15 peer-reviewed articles, the course text is:
Sheperis, C.J., Young, J.S., & Daniels, M.H. (2010). Counseling research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

Your review should include between 12 and 15 peer-reviewed articles. Note that mixed methods research articles may not be published on every topic of interest. In these cases, additional program evaluation articles may be substituted.
Constructing a Literature Review
Writing a quality literature review involves a thorough knowledge of research methods and exemplary writing skills. A well-written literature review conveys the story of the research that has been conducted to date on a certain topic. Contained in the story is a critical analysis of the research efforts (e.g., design, procedure, sample, data analysis, and interpretation) and an evaluation of how the research can inform practice. By conducting a review of the literature, it is possible to determine if gaps exist that require further research. Throughout this course, you will develop a thorough understanding of the literature review process and the components of a quality literature review.

The Final Project will be evaluated according to all four indicators in the Application Assignment and Final Paper Writing Rubric located in the Course Information area. Be sure that the Final Project is written using APA format.

How do you write a Literature Review?

Summarize and explain what research has been done on the topic, citing the sources as you mention them [this just means regular in-text, APA, citations like you normally include in your written applications]. Point out the different ways researchers have treated the topic [this means if it was qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method, program evaluation, and would include a discussion of the design, procedure, sample, data analysis, and interpretation]. Point out any connections between the sources especially where one source built upon prior study. Explain how this past work fits together to make your research question significant. Your literature review should present your synthesis of previous research and lay the foundation for understanding your research and appreciating its value.

Your research or research question, where referenced in the paragraph above, would be How effective is (your selected theory, method, intervention, or technique) in treating x, y, z. Some of you selected a specific population (your x, y, z). Others selected a particular disorder (your x, y, z).

Constructing a Literature Review

Writing a quality literature review involves a thorough knowledge of research methods and exemplary writing skills. A well-written literature review conveys the story of the research that has been conducted to date on a certain topic. Contained in the story is a critical analysis of the research efforts (e.g., design, procedure, sample, data analysis, and interpretation) and an evaluation of how the research can inform practice. By conducting a review of the literature, it is possible to determine if gaps exist that require further research. [For the purpose of this assignment, I am not asking you to identify gaps in the literature, although that is typically the purpose of conducting a research literature review. For this class, and for this assignment, I just want you to focus on selecting the right research studies, critically analyzing the research efforts, and sharing how the results have yielded positive outcomes that can inform our work.

How you format your paper is completely up to you. It should, however, include an introduction that advances the central themes of your paper. This means that your introduction should give your reader an idea of what will be discussed in the remainder of the paper and why your topic is relevant or important. A common format that many students use is to present all of the quantitative studies first, followed by all of the qualtitative studies, etc and/or vice-versa. Its up to you. Just remember to point out any connections between the sources especially where one source built upon prior study.