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COU 680 Week Six Intervention Paper Guidelines and Rubric
Sexual Trauma
Overview: Selection of appropriate resources and interventions for clients who have experienced trauma or crisis involves consideration of biological,
developmental, cultural, and spiritual factors. Your success in treating these clients will depend heavily on a comprehensive assessment of these factors and on
matching an appropriate intervention to the client crisis or trauma experience and to the individual needs of your client.
The first final project for this course is the creation of a trauma toolbox consisting of resources selected from counseling literature that you will use to support
clients who experience symptoms of crisis and trauma. You will review different case studies throughout the course that will introduce you to how to work with
different types of clients.
This assignment represents the fourth of the case studies and involves identifying a treatment intervention that can be used when working with clients
experiencing sexual trauma.
Note: You will also submit this assignment to your ePortfolio as part of your final project trauma toolbox in Week Nine. After receiving feedback, you will upload
the paper, including tracked changes that show any revisions or corrections you made, for your final toolbox submission. This is required in order to receive
credit for the final project.
Prompt: Review the Week Six Case Study Hope document, and then address the following. Be sure to support your responses with research.
You should NOT use any of the provided weekly resources or the LAPC Model (except in Week Four) for your selected intervention. Instead, please use
empirical research to locate an appropriate intervention specific to the case study. See the Clarification of Intervention document. You may use articles
from the Mental Health Counseling Guide or from other sources, as long as the intervention is grounded in research.
Write a paper that includes the following:
ï‚· Provide a brief description of the intervention including:
(1) to whom it can be applied
(2) under what circumstances it can be applied
(3) any limitations to the intervention that should be considered
ï‚· Provide rationale for choosing the selected approach for the case study.
ï‚· Include an explanation for why selecting that intervention will help your work with the selected case study client, and provide appropriate
ï‚· Describe how the intervention can be used in future work when supporting the treatment approaches for clients.
ï‚· Provide a link to the intervention within the body of the paper (or upload the PDF) so your instructor can easily identify and reference it. Ensure
the link is active and accessible for review by your instructor. Note: If your selected intervention is not accessible, your submission will be
returned to you.
Add the intervention to your ePortfolio.
Guidelines for Submission: This short paper should follow the Intervention Paper Template. It should be 2 to 4 pages in length with double spacing, 12-point
Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. All references should be cited in APA format.
Critical Elements
Excellent (100%)
Selects empirically validated
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
description is detailed and
demonstrates exceptional insight
or analysis
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
rationale is detailed and
demonstrates exceptional insight
or analysis substantiated by
learning and scholarly resources
Proficient (90%)
Needs Improvement (70%)
Briefly describes intervention and
includes to whom it can be
applied, under what
circumstances, and any limitations
Provides rationale for selecting
the intervention and reflects the
appropriateness of fit to the
selected case study
Briefly describes intervention, but
description contains gaps or
inaccuracies or lacks detail
Explanation of
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
explanation is detailed and
demonstrates exceptional insight
or analysis substantiated by
learning and scholarly resources
Explains how the selected
intervention will provide
appropriate support to the case
study client
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
description of future application is
detailed and demonstrates
exceptional insight or analysis
Describes how the intervention
can be used in future work when
supporting the treatment
approaches for clients
Link to or PDF of
Provides an active link to or PDF of
the intervention
Provides rationale for selecting
the intervention, but rationale
contains gaps or inaccuracies or
lacks detail, or the intervention is
not appropriate to the selected
case study
Explains how the selected
intervention will provide
appropriate support to the case
study client, but explanation
contains gaps or inaccuracies or
lacks detail
Describes how the intervention
can be used in future work when
supporting the treatment
approaches for clients, but
description contains gaps or
inaccuracies or lacks detail
Not Evident (0%)
Does not select empirically
validated intervention
Does not describe intervention
Does not provide rationale for
selecting the intervention
Does not explain how the selected
intervention will provide
appropriate support to client
Does not describe how the
intervention can be used in future
work when supporting the
treatment approaches for clients
Does not provide an active link to
or PDF of the intervention, or
intervention is not accessible
Critical Elements
Articulation of
Excellent (100%)
Submission has no major errors
related to grammar, spelling,
syntax, or organization
Proficient (90%)
Submission has some errors
related to grammar, spelling,
syntax, or organization but they
are minimal and do not negatively
impact readability and articulation
of main ideas
Needs Improvement (70%)
Submission has major errors
related to grammar, spelling,
syntax, or organization that
negatively impact readability and
articulation of main ideas
Not Evident (0%)
Submission has critical errors
related to grammar, spelling,
syntax, or organization that
prevent understanding of ideas
Running head: CASE STUDY OF [TOPIC]
[Note: To complete this template, replace the bracketed text with your own content. Remove this
note before you submit your paper.]
Intervention Paper: Case Study of [Topic]
[Your Name]
Southern New Hampshire University
Description of Intervention
[Include in this section a brief overview of the intervention you have selected, based on
how it was described in the article. Please do not copy and paste the description from the
article—use your own words. Think of this like you are explaining it to your best friend. What
does it do, how do you do it, and to whom would it apply? You also want to make sure you are
looking for any limitations to the intervention noted in the article or important to consider. Most
journal articles will have a limitations section or speak to any considerations you might want to
think about before applying it. Others may not have this concretely stated, so you will need to do
some analysis and consider to whom the intervention might not be applicable and why. A couple
of limitations you are likely to see are that they are relatively new and untested or that they only
apply to a specific group of people. Those are great things to consider when selecting an
intervention and part of what I want you to get savvy at looking for.]
[This section should center on why you have chosen this intervention for the case study.
Why is it appropriate to the specific client? You want to use the details of the case study to help
you justify the approach based on factors like diagnosis, culture, family dynamics,
developmental influences, etc. Remember, the goal in any intervention is to choose one that will
be most effective to the needs of the client. To that end, you will really want to consider and
speak to the details of the case study and why they tie back to your chosen intervention in this
Explanation of Support
[In this section you will speak to the actual application of the intervention to the case
study client. What would it look like when applied to the client from the case study given the
details of the article and the description above? This takes your rationale a step further and has
you really think about what it would mean to put the case study client in the intervention. This
step moves you from why it would be valuable (rationale) to how it would work.]
Future Applications
[This final section is designed to have you consider to whom or under what
circumstances you might apply this intervention in the future. How might you use this tool in
your toolbox to help you in future work? Can it apply to more than one type of issue or client?
This is where you should consider expansion beyond the particular case study and speak to how
you think you will use this intervention to help your future practice.]
[Include any references cited in your paper in full APA format. Don’t forget to include in-text
citations as well.]
COU 680 Clarification of Intervention
Clarification of “Intervention” for Rubrics:
Throughout the course of this term, you will be asked to research and select empirically validated
counseling treatment interventions appropriate to the case studies you have been provided. Treatment
interventions are those cognitive, affective, behavioral, and systemic counseling strategies, techniques,
and methods that are specifically implemented in the context of a therapeutic relationship. They should
reflect the specific needs of the client and demonstrate clinical efficacy in addressing the targeted
concern. For the purposes of this course, you will need to find journal articles that specifically target
crisis and trauma interventions demonstrating clinical application to each specific case study. Select
interventions from journal articles published within the past five years to ensure use of the most up-todate resources.
For assistance, consider the following as an example of an appropriate and empirically validated
intervention article for working with clients who have suffered from domestic violence:
Binkley, E. (2013). Creative strategies for treating victims of domestic violence. Journal of Creativity in
Mental Health, 8(3), 305–313.
COU 680 Week Six Case Study: Hope
Hope is a 16-year-old sophomore who started to come see you after she experienced date rape by her
high school boyfriend, Luke, two months ago. Hope is a highly popular cheerleader and Luke is the
quarterback for the football team. Hope’s parents are increasingly concerned for her wellness after the
details of the assault were made public and their small community has seemingly split sides over the
incident. Hope faces significant peer scrutiny at school, where she is regularly chastised for her actions
in speaking out against Luke, and where she frequently has to cross paths with him and his friends. Hope
has become fearful and hypervigilant and otherwise reports feeling “tormented” by the experience and
the subsequent backlash of her peers and people in the community. She is having trouble with sleep,
has been isolating, and is asking to be homeschooled so she no longer has to face her situation at
Hope and Luke started dating the summer before her sophomore year and had dated a total of four
months when the sexual assault occurred. Luke was a senior and came from a well-respected family in
town. He showed initial interest in Hope and was the one to make the first contact—inviting her on a
group date to the movies. Things went well on the date, and the two become exclusive at that point.
Though popular, Hope was somewhat shy and did not have a lengthy dating history. Nevertheless, she
felt safe and comfortable with Luke, who she stated “was always appropriate, kind, and supportive of
[her].” Though Luke shared his desire to have sex with Hope, until the night of the assault, he was
reportedly appropriate when she told him no. Hope had strong religious beliefs and had made clear to
Luke that she wanted to wait to have sex until marriage. Hope reported that though he often teased her
about this, Luke had not pressured her in any way.
The sexual assault happened on a Friday night following a local football game. Hope and Luke had gone
to a party at a friend’s house where they both took part in drinking. They went into a bedroom where
they were alone and started making out. As Luke started to undress her, Hope asked him to stop, but he
continued and ultimately raped her, telling her he “loved her” and that she “would be glad they did this”
once they were done.
Tearful and upset after the assault, Hope had Luke take her home. He attempted to first console her and
then ultimately threatened her not to tell anyone, stating “they won’t believe you anyway.” Hope did
tell her parents, and they subsequently pressed charges against Luke.
Developmental Considerations
Hope has no prior trauma history or developmental concerns. She makes friends easily and has always
been popular amongst peers in school, where she has maintained an A/B average.
Relational Considerations
Relationally, Hope has strong support in her parents. She is an only child and has always been very close
to them, confiding in them things that most teenagers wouldn’t. Hope notes that she is particularly close
to her mom, who she sees as her “best friend,” and states that their open communication is what made
her feel safe in sharing her experience with Luke and in moving forward with pressing charges.
Outside of the home, Hope has had some considerable support from close friends who have stuck by
her through the experience. However, she has felt significant loss from other friends, who Hope feels
have “betrayed” and “abandoned” her in siding with Luke. As an introvert, she has struggled significantly
with the attention this situation has drawn to her and the loss of friendships she is suffering. She feels
“ridiculed” and “blamed” by her peers, but also by the larger community. She notes particularly
struggling with being in public, where adults have come up to her and attempted to shame her for
speaking out.
Multicultural Considerations
Hope is a practicing Southern Baptist, as is much of her community. She believes strongly in her faith
and has always believed in the need to wait for sex until marriage. While she knows this incident was
not her fault, she does have some guilt in the fact that she was drinking—something she believes she
shouldn’t have been doing, and something she feels may have contributed to her inability to fight Luke
Hope has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.).
Washington, DC: Author.

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