1. Each student must post his or her thesis statement for the final paper on the discussion
board in the online learning environment. Thesis statements must be
clear, concise, and make an argument appropriate to doctoral–level research. Once
posted, the instructor will provide feedback and help the student to hone the thesis
statement until it is appropriately focused for doctoral–level research.
2. Students will continue writing their final course papers after they receive approval of
their thesis statements via the discussion board. The paper should make an argument for
the student’s own working model of addiction theory and treatment. In the presentation of
the model, students should engage other relevant, competing theories, providing scholarly
research in support of the working model for which the student is arguing. It is expected
that the student will draw from the course’s primary text by van Wormer and Davis heavily in this paper.
The student should include in the paper a case study from an actual client the student is treating for addiction. While changing all identifying information, this case study should
serve to illustration the student’s model of addiction treatment in action. Students should
be realistic and honest, not biasing reports but clearly presenting challenges and problems
with the model.
The paper should be at least 11 pages in length, not including cover sheet and
bibliography, but should not exceed 15 pages. The professor strongly advises students to
follow the process outlined by Belcher (see required texts) in the writing of their final
paper; students are further encouraged to write their papers as journal articles and submit
them for publication