Based on your approved topic and your outline, write a comprehensive research paper that allows
you to demonstrate your mastery of the material that we have studied in this term. You have been
exposed to the different counseling theories and will now demonstrate your ability to implement
your studies into your practice. See the instruction for the parameters of your paper below.
1. Addresses and reflects the chosen/approved topic.
2. Demonstrates a thorough presentation/progression of the subject matter.  
3. Integrate theoretical and clinical counseling principles.
4. Integrate biblical principles.
5. Provide a minimum of 10 references from current sources, 5 of which are peer-reviewed
research or journal articles.
6. Contains 15 pages (not including Title Page, Abstract, and References).
7. Follow current APA format, including double-spaced content.
8. Use clear and concise language with correct grammar and structure.
Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.RESEARCH OUTLINE
Research Outline
Ashley Nichols
School of Behavioral Sciences, Liberty University
Research Outline
A cognitive behavioral couple therapy (CBCT) based on marital theory has been shown
to be highly beneficial, especially in cases of health issues within marriage. The daily
responsibilities of life can make it difficult for some couples to keep their romance alive.
Intimacy and love are kept alive by committed couples at all costs. The challenges a marriage
faces, however, can be amplified when life changes and health issues arise. Couples need
resources and marriage counseling when this always happens. This paper will show how CBCT
is an effective approach couples can learn from with proper counseling.
1. Preface
a) How is marriage defined?
b) Expectations of being married
c) How has marriage worked over the years (Gurman, Lebow, & Synder 2015).
2. Different counseling techniques
a) How important is communication
b) Different communication techniques: What is effective? (Williamson, 2021).
c) Different problems in marriage (Dillon, Nowak, &Weisfeld 2015).
3. Dispute Resolution Strategies
a) Compare different strategies (Wu and Wang, 2020).
b) Types of care
c) Comparison of different strategies (Davoodvandi, Nejad, & Farad 2018).
d) How important is communication
4. Union and Spirituality
a) Word of God
b) Principles
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contemporary home, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.
Carter & McGoldrick. (2016). The expanded family life cycle: Individual, family, and social
perspectives, Columbus, OH: Allyn and Bacon.
Carino, M. (2016). Surviving infidelity: The couples attempt at healing and rebuilding their
relationship. Retrieved from:
Davoodvandi, Nejad, & Farad (2018). Examining the Effectiveness of Gottman Couple Therapy
on Improving Marital Adjustment and Couples’ Intimacy. Iran Journal of Psychiatry; 13:2
Dew, J. (2021). Ten years of marriage and cohabitation research. The Journal of Marriage and
Cohabitation Research, 42 (Suppl 1), S52-S61.
Dillon, Nowak, & Weisfeld (2015). Sources of Marital Conflict in Five Cultures. Evolutionary
Psychology; 13 (1).
Eggerichs, E. (2004). Love and respect. Grand Rapids, MI: Focus on the Family
Feuerman, Mami. (2018). Therapeutic presence in emotionally focused couple’s therapy. Journal
of Experiential Psychotherapy, 21 (3), 24-36
Forrester, A. (2018). Clinically healing by faith for Christian women: A proposed model for
collaborative religious and psychological treatment for the after math of infidelity
Furstenberg, F. (2019). Family change in global perspective: How and why family systems
change. University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper.
Greenman, P. (2020). Emotionally focused therapy: Attachment, connection, and health. 43
(22), 146-150.
Gurman, A. S., Lebow, J. L., & Synder, D. K. (2015). Clinical handbook of couple therapy (5th
ed.). New York, NY: The Guildford Press
Hoffman, S. (2012). The efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy: A review meta-analyses.
Cognitive therapy and research. 36 (5), 427-440.
Kostenberger, A. J. (2010). God, marriage, and family: Rebuilding the biblical foundation,
Wheaton, IL: Crossway.
Karris, M. (2019). Religious couples Re-Storying after infidelity: Using Narrative Therapy
interventions with a focus on Attachment. Counseling and Family Therapy Scholarship
Review, 2 (1)5-10.
Lister, Z., Seibert, G., Chance, S. (2020). The influence of prayer and worship on relationship
functioning among married adults in Caribbean and Latin American, Religions, 11(1) 14
Llyod-Jones, Martin (2005). Seeking the face of God: Nine Reflections on the Psalm.
Wheaton, IL.
Rayesh, N., & Kalanter, S. (2018). The role of praying for the spouse and sanctification of
marriage in reducing infidelity. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 21 (1), 65-76.
Thomas, G. (2015). Sacred marriage: What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than
to make us happy? Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan
Turtle, J. & Davis, S. (2015). Religion, infidelity, and divorce: Reexamining the effect of
religious behavior on divorce among long-married couples. Journal of Divorce and
Remarriage, (6) 56.
Wang and Wu (2020). A systematic Approach to Effective Conflict Management for Program.
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution; vol 10. Issue 1.
Williams, K. (2018). Reconnecting after an affair, relationship justice, spirituality, and
infidelity treatment. Socially Just Religious and Spiritual interventions. 4 (13), 75-85.
In marriage counseling, many situations may present themselves at various
times in your
practice. Below are topics that capture several potential issues that you may
be faced with when
you begin counseling married couples.
• Narrow the topic to one specific issue from the list of 5 broad categories of
topics, below.
o Category 1 Communication and conflict resolution strategies in marriage
 A narrow topic within this issue might be “Compare and contrast 2 or
more conflict resolution strategies that can be taught in marriage
 Another example of a narrow topic within the broader category of conflict
resolution could be “Strategies for building healthy communication for a
couple with different Kolb profiles.”
o Category 2 Keeping marital love vibrant and healthy for a lifetime (narrow to
single focus)
o Category 3 Gender roles in 21st century marriages (narrow to a single
o Category 4 Managing crisis in a marriage—the focus must be on one of the
following issues and its impact on a marriage relationship: Focus on one of
below issues and determine a specific marriage counseling approach you
want to
learn more about as the topic. You can also compare and contrast two
marriage counseling approaches that address the issue you chose.
 Addiction (substance abuse, pornography, gambling, etc.)
 Infidelity/affairs
 Domestic violence
 Separation and/or divorce
 Remarriage
 Combat trauma and/or post-traumatic stress
 Sexual problems
o Category 5 Other—with the permission of the instructor
• Submit your topic with a clear and concise 200-word rationale including
support from
• At least 5 cited scholarly sources published in the past 5 years. The
rationale should be
supported by these sources and should detail why the topic is relevant to
• Be sure to utilize correct grammar and structure and current APA format.
Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin
plagiarism tool.

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