Analyze the physical, cognitive, social and personality aspects of abnormal psychology and implications across the life span.

Assignment 8 Begin Final Research Paper.
This assignment MUST be typed in APA style, and must be written at graduate level English.

Prepare a comprehensive Final Research Paper in which you choose an area of research that is relevant and pertinent to the current diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in accordance to the DSM-5. Your topic must include current perspectives in diagnosis, assessment and treatment, including an integrative discussion of traditional psychological research and neuroscience.

Select a minimum of eight (8) current research articles taken from scholarly journals (online or hard copy) on your selected topic. You are encouraged to utilize the Calsouthern Library to access evidence-based resources. You may use the bibliography located under Resources in your course syllabus.
 
Do not use the course text or other texts for this assignment.
This is a research-based paper.
Research must be no more than 3-5 years old.

Your paper must be 10-12 pages plus a title and reference page

Assignment Outcomes:
Analyze the physical, cognitive, social and personality aspects of abnormal psychology and implications across the life span
 Examine the major diagnostic domains and specific criteria associated with DSM-5 disorders. Evaluate legal and ethical issues in mental health treatment 
Develop an awareness of diversity and cross-cultural perspectives in abnormal psychology. 
Explore available treatment and interdisciplinary services for community members experiencing mental health disorders.
 Identify the barriers associated with seeking and receiving therapeutic services. Demonstrate ethical behavior in the use of technology 

Physical Development in Early Adulthood .

Assignment 2: Physical Development in Early Adulthood
During early adulthood, people begin make important life decisions in three areas: career, family, and health. Young adults establish patterns of nutrition and physical activity that can have either positive or negative effects on their physical development in later stages of adulthood. They also begin to make decisions about what career path to follow. At some point during early adulthood, individuals also choose either to marry or remain single, and decide whether or not to start a family. Consider the following example:
Jeff is 23 years old. He recently graduated from college with a business degree and took a managerial position with a midsize company. He likes his coworkers, but often finds himself bored with his work. Although he was active in college, recently he has gained about 10 pounds due to his sedentary job and lack of time to exercise. Jeff broke up with his college girlfriend after graduation, and since then he has dated a few different women, but hasn’t had another serious relationship. Jeff wonders what the remainder of his 20’s and his 30’s will bring.
Based on your reading, prepare a PowerPoint presentation that would help individuals like Jeff set goals related to career, health, and family. The presentations should discuss the relationship between lifestyle choices and health risks. In addition, it should address how factors like personality and attachment may influence both career- and family-related goals. Finally, address diversity in the presentation. Explain how your plan could be adapted to fit the needs of different socioeconomic or ethnic groups.
Your PowerPoint presentation should include an introduction, a conclusion, and detailed speaker’s notes. Include your references on one slide.
Develop a 6–8-slide presentation in PowerPoint format with speaker’s notes. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M2_A2.ppt.
In order for this assignment to be compatible with TurnItIn, you will need to save your PowerPoint presentation as an Adobe PDF file. To do this, open your presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint. Choose “Save As” from the File menu, then choose “Adobe PDF”. Before saving your file, click on the Options button and check the box next to “Convert Speaker Notes.” Now choose to save your file. Your speaker notes will be included in your PDF file that you will submit for this assignment.
Note: If your version of Microsoft PowerPoint does not have the option to include speaker notes, you will need to submit a Microsoft Word document that contains all information from your presentation, including the speaker notes.

The pros and cons of using DSM diagnoses

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was originally developed in 1952 to help doctors and counselors across the country standardize the classifications of mental disorders in the American population. Throughout the intervening years, the DSM has gone through several revisions, establishing specific diagnostic criteria for each disorder listed, and revising disorders as more was understood about their origins, symptoms, and treatments. The DSM III (1980) marks the point when substance use disorders were moved to a category of their own, separate from personality disorders. Today, the current DSM lists the diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders.
While these standardized diagnostic practices have been in use for more than sixty years, there are some pros and cons in the use of the DSM diagnoses of substance use disorders in the assessment of clients.
Complete the following requirements:

Evaluate, in detail, the pros and cons of using DSM diagnoses as the primary classification structure for clients with substance use disorders.
Examine the assessment types used to diagnose clients with substance use. Choose two of these assessments that would not only help to diagnose the substance use disorder, but would also assess the whole person. Explain them fully.
Compare and contrast the two assessments chosen regarding how they will evaluate the whole person and not just the specific DSM diagnostic criteria.
Justify the value of using assessments that evaluate the whole person rather than just the specific DSM diagnostic criteria.

Use scholarly resources to support your work.
Write a 3–4 page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of resources.
Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M2_A2.doc. For example, if your name is John Smith, your document will be named SmithJ_M2_A2.doc.
By the due date assigned, deliver your assignment to the Submissions Area.
  

Discuss how you think your theoretical preferences influence your view of human behavior.

 
4- to page paper, address the following:

On the basis of your understanding of the theoretical perspectives explored in this module, discuss what theoretical orientations you most closely align with and why.
Analyze and discuss whether you fall into the category of relying upon one theory, a few theories, or multiple theories to assist you in understanding human behavior.
Discuss how you think your theoretical preferences influence your view of human behavior.

Name 4 categories of substances to which use, intoxication or withdrawal can occur.

 
ASSIGNMENT INFORMATION

Name 4 categories of substances to which use, intoxication or withdrawal can occur.
Go to http://www.drugfree.org/stories-of-hope/, select one Real-Life story and read it.
Share the name of the person in the story and their drug of choice, your reaction to the story, and what you learned from reading it that would help you if you were counseling or educating someone with a substance-related disorder.
Identify whether the person experienced use, intoxication or withdrawal.
Please use APA style for your cover page, citing references and formatting the reference page. DO NOT include font text larger than 12 or font color other than black.

Sociocultural Impact on Development .

 
Sociocultural Impact on Development
Now that you know that there are many different areas of impact within the realms of the community, culture, and the media, explore your own experience and reaction to these influences. It is very common for our own experiences as a child to significantly impact our interactions with children if we are not first aware of our experiences, beliefs, and reactions.
Reflect upon the community, culture, and media to which you were exposed as a child or an adolescent and then address the following:

Which specific aspect do you think had the biggest impact on your own development?
What did you learn from your cultural group and your community about who you are as an individual and where you fit in the world?
Consider your biggest impact area and do the following:

Explain how this area aligns with the research by incorporating information from at least two academic sources to support your statements and ideas. Academic sources . 

Write a 2–3-page paper in Word format. Be sure to include separate title and reference pages. Apply APA standards to citation of sources, including use of in-text citations and full references. Academic sources

Analyzed the impact of a specific aspect of community, culture, or media on your development as a child or adolescent.8Described what you learned from your cultural group and your community about who you are as an individual and where you fit in the world.8Incorporated information from at least two academic sources in identifying the research that aligned with your biggest influence.24Identified the major proponents of the chosen impact area providing reasons for the conclusions of those theorists.24Compared and contrasted your experience of chosen impact area and research findings with data from two adults.16Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.20Total:100 

Code of ethics .

According to the 2014 ACA code of ethics “Counselors respect the diversity of clients, trainees, and research participants and seek training in areas in which they are at risk of imposing their values onto clients, especially when the counselor’s values are inconsistent with the client’s goals or are discriminatory in nature.” Review Butman and Yarhouse’s article “Psychopathology Through the Eyes of Faith: Integrative Reflections for the Classroom and Beyond” and briefly describe their approach to teaching psychopathology. Identify two or three elements you find interesting about their method of teaching psychopathology and explain why they are important to you.

Evaluate the fairness of using standardized testing in high schools, colleges, universities and professional schools.

 Integrating examples and ideas from your readings and research this week, evaluate the fairness of using standardized testing in high schools, colleges, universities and professional schools. Discuss the benefits and criticisms of using standardized tests.  How valid are these criticisms? What is being done to address these issues? 

400 word minimum APA format

 
Reference:
Aiken, L. R. & Groth-Marnat, G.  (Ed.). (2006).  Psychological testing and assessment.  Pearson Education Group.

Watch the Frontline program online. Frontline: A Class Divided http://www.pbs.o

Watch the Frontline program online.

Frontline: A Class Divided http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/divided/
A Class Divided explores the nature of prejudice. Third grade teacher Jane Elliott deliberately created a classroom situation to teach her students how it feels to be on the receiving end of discrimination. This is an encore presentation of the classic documentary on third-grade teacher Jane Elliott’s “blue eyes/brown eyes” exercise, originally conducted in the days following the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. This classic classroom experiment, conducted in the late 1960s in a small Midwestern town, demonstrates how quickly and easily schoolchildren can internalize prejudice and discriminate. Years later, these children discuss the valuable lessons they learned from this experiment. Elliott employs this same teaching strategy with a group of adults in the workplace, and discusses their reactions.
This assignment is designed to allow you to synthesize what you have been learning about the various dimensions of diversity and the necessity of treating everyone in an inclusive, sensitive and respectful manner.
Discrimination Paper Part I: Interpersonal Reflection
After viewing the video, consider the following questions and write your response. Your response should be 4 pages and should address each question thoroughly, reflecting an accurate representation of what you have learned in this course. Demonstrate scholarship by utilizing supporting resources to justify your ideas and responses:

What did you learn from the film? What scene or scenes do you think you’ll still remember a month from now and why those scenes?
Did any part of the film surprise you? Do you think someone with a disability, of a different sexual orientation, an older American or some of a different religion would also find it surprising? Why or why not?
Both Elliott and her former students talk about whether this exercise should be done with all children. What do you think? If the exercise could be harmful to children, as Elliott suggests, what do you think actual discrimination might do? Use an example, different from the example you used to describe labels, from what you have learned about people with disabilities, older people, sexual minorities, or people of differing religions.
How can negative and positive labels placed on a group become self-fulfilling prophecies? Use an example from what you have learned about people with disabilities, older people, sexual minorities, or people of differing religions.
Based on what you have learned in this course, discuss an example (either from the video or from your experiences) that illustrates each of the following statements:

Dimensions of diversity may be hidden or visible.
Dimensions of diversity are in a constant state of flux.
Dimensions of diversity are not always clear-cut or easily defined.

Discrimination Paper Part II: Personal Interview
For Part II of this assignment, you will have a conversation with someone who you feel may have faced discrimination. Examples include someone with a disability, an older American, someone who is a sexual minority, or someone who lives in a multicultural family. After choosing an individual to interview, explain to this individual what you have seen in the Class Divided program. Invite them to watch the program, or parts of the program, with you. After watching or discussing the program, pose the following questions to the individual. Be sure to explain the reason for your questions and why you have selected them to participate in the interview:

What, if any, discrimination do you experience?
How have you coped with this situation?
What do you think needs to change at the cultural level to reduce discrimination?

Following your refection (Part I listed above), add 2 pages to your paper which addresses the following:

A description of the individual you chose to interview and why. Explain how you went about approaching this individual for the interview.
What are your observations about the person’s view of discrimination and how it affects his/her daily life?
Did the interaction with the person change your view of discrimination? If so, explain how the interaction has affected you either positively or negatively. If it did not change your view of discrimination, explain why.
How well do you think you would cope with discrimination from this person’s perspective?
Finally, what is the best manner in which to advocate for those facing discrimination? What actions will you change based on what you have learned in this course and how will you serve as an advocate for those individuals who face discrimination?

Your final assignment, consisting of both Part I and II, should be approximately 6  pages. Be sure to address each topic listed above and, as appropriate, cite the online course, the textbook, and other credible sources to substantiate the points you are making. For example, when discussing an example of how diversity may be hidden or invisible cite sources, which you have referenced to substantiate the points you are making.