My Future as a Human Services Professional
[WLO: 4] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 5]
Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read Chapters 13, 14 and the epilogue from your text, The generalist model: Where do the micro and macro converge? (Links to an external site.) and Self-care in the world of empirically supported treatments (Links to an external site.). Your final paper should identify and analyze a specific need identified by a community.
Your summative assessment will require you to reflect on your future as a human services professional. In your paper, you must comprehensively address the following:
- Evaluate your career selection that was made in Week 1.
- What populations do you want to serve and in what capacity?
- What type of organization do you want to be working for in the future (or now if you plan to stay with your organization as you advance)?
- Appraise the past, current, and future societal issues facing the human services profession with your chosen population and organization.
- Evaluate a minimum of one historical issue related to your population.
- What current challenges might your clients face and how might this impact your organization as well as your work?
- What future societal issues might your clients and organization face?
- Evaluate how you might perform your role in this field.
- How might you be supervised?
- What might your working relationships be with your colleagues?
- How will you maintain healthy boundaries with clients?
- What other services might your organization offer and how might these services interact with yours.
- Assess the impact that the community will have on your clients and organization?
- How will you work to serve your clients within the community?
- How do you think you will have an impact on the global needs in terms of the population you have chosen to serve?
- Compare the human services organization where you currently work or might work with a similar human services organization that serves the same population.
- Outline the similarities and differences, evaluating which is more of an effective model of a human services agency.
The My Future as a Human Services Professional final paper
- Must be six to eight double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.)
- Must include a separate title page with the following:
- Title of paper (bold and with a space between the title and the rest of the information)
- Student’s name, followed by institution name (“Ashford University”)
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).
- Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
- Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
- For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Writing Center resources.
- Must use at least three scholarly, peer-reviewed sources in addition to the course text.
- The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
- To assist you in completing the research required for this assignment, view this Ashford University Library Quick ‘n’ Dirty (Links to an external site.) tutorial, which introduces the Ashford University Library and the research process, and provides some library search tips.
- Must document any information used from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)
- Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center. See the APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Writing Center for specifications.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.
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