Exploring your abilities, interest, skills, & values.

For this assignment, you will submit the second document to be included in your Professional Portfolio: Your personal statement or a cover letter. As you near completion of your undergraduate education, you have probably been reflecting on your personal and professional development and goals. Summarizing so much personal information on paper is not easy, but it’s important. Many employers complain that in interviews and job applications, students do not seem to know how to articulate the skills and strengths that they bring to the job.
In preparation for writing the personal statement/cover letter, review Dr. Margaret A. Lloyd’s Web site at: http://www.psywww.com/careers/index.htm.  Learn what you can do with your bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Determine if you will pursue graduate school or employment upon graduation. Note choices that seem to apply to you and why. If more than one, rank these choices. Describe any concerns you might have regarding your interests. What level of education will you need to pursue? Have you taken any previous courses or trained in this area? These links in particular should be helpful:

Exploring your abilities, interest, skills, & values www.psywww.com/careers/explore.htm#top
Graduate School Options: www.psywww.com/careers/options.htm
Entry-Level Positions www.psywww.com/careers/entry.htm

For this assignment, find a graduate program (if you are preparing your Professional Portfolio with the Graduate School focus) or a job opening that you would like to apply to (if you are preparing your Professional Portfolio with the Employment focus). Look up the details for the application requirements, and tailor your personal statement/cover letter to these specific graduate school/job requirements.
Personal Statement (for those with the Graduate School focus)
This essay may be the single most influential component of a graduate school application. The statement you write for this portfolio gives you a forum for presenting yourself to the admissions committee, scholarship committee, and others who want to know something about you. 
In preparation for writing the statement, read the document “Preparing Personal Statements” at: http://www.creighton.edu/soar/preparingapps/statements/. Here are a few of their suggestions:

find and use your voice
use concrete examples of what you’ve done
avoid generalizations, such as “I’m good with people”
proofread and edit (and ask others to proofread and make suggestions about) your statement to be sure it is free of grammatical and typographical errors, and informal language, “I’m okay with sciences but weak in math”

Cover Letter (for those with the Employment focus)
A cover letter is a way to introduce yourself to a potential employer. This letter should include details about yourself and why you feel you are qualified for the position. Summarize your undergraduate experiences, your strengths and weaknesses, the reasons you are applying and how they will help you meet your professional goals.
Write a cover letter to a prospective employer. The letter, which should accompany your resume, should summarize why you are interested in the job and what qualifications and skills make you an ideal candidate or match for the position. Limit your letter to one page.
Follow this link for advice on writing a cover letter: http://www.uwec.edu/ORSP/IRB/about/submit/Cover-Letter.htm.

focus on counseling.

Draft of Literature Findings .

Assignment 3: Review Paper—Draft of Literature Findings
Evaluate the evidence. Create a draft of the findings of the articles you have selected and how they contribute to our knowledge of this problem. Be sure to address each of the following items in your draft:
1.  Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each piece.
2.  If the articles talk to each other (that is, if they support or contrast with one another), explain how and why.
3.  What does the evidence tell us?
4.  Is there another possible explanation you can think of?  Based on what you have read, what is your hypothesis?  In other words, what is your explanation for the findings?
5.  How can you refine your question or topic even further, now that you have described the findings?
Your draft should be double-spaced and in 12 point, Times New Roman font with normal one-inch margins, written in APA style, and free of typographical and grammatical errors.  It should include a title page with a running head and a reference page. The body of the paper should be at least 5-6 pages in length. Submit your paper to the Submissions Area by the due date assigned.
You will submit your Review Paper next week, so be sure to incorporate the feedback you receive from your instructor on this assignment into your final paper for next week. You may also want to review the following documents that are available in the area of the course:

A sample literature review,
a PowerPoint document illustrating how to set up your word processor for APA style
a “Guide for Writing a Literature Review”

Develop a Personal Nursing Philosophy.

 Please  use the theories Hildegard Peplau

APA format only

Attach articles used PLS ATTACH

APA cite and reference  format

  
Purpose(s):
1. To develop a Personal Nursing Philosophy
2. Personally define what nursing is, by addressing the elements of a human being, health, environment and professional nursing. 
3. Consider nursing from the prospective of a philosophers’ concern with knowledge and the essential elements of nursing as a scientific discipline also concerned with ethics and aesthetics.
4. To strengthen graduate level writing skills. 
(Graduate level writing displays critical thinking skills. The writer demonstrates the ability to see various sides of an argument: he/she questions assumptions, avoids commonplaces and develops a clear argument from professional experience and/or the available literature on the subject.)
Assignment:
Write a reflective paper on your vision of professional nursing from your present perspective in time. 
You may consider the meta-paradigm concepts of nursing, human being, health, environment and nursing. 
Part I Do not consider a specific nursing theory at this time.
What do see as essential characteristics of your present nursing praxis. You may or may not choose to compare your present view with that of your view as a new graduate. 
Part II Revisit your original philosophy. Review and revise your philosophy if any of your thinking has changed during the semester. If there are revisions make them in your original Philosophy I paper. 
Reflect on the nursing theories you have been exposed to throughout the semester. Identify a current nursing theory that is aligned with your personal philosophy. Discuss the chosen theory as to why or how you see it, or parts of it (a current theory may not be a perfect fit) are aligned with your personal nursing philosophy.
Attach Part I to Part II for hard copy submission in class on the assigned due date for Part II
Requirements:  APA format required. 
 Maximum 5 pages 

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.

Behavioral risk factors in different populations.

 
When seeking to lessen behavioral risk factors in different populations, one of the greatest challenges is addressing the systemic issues within the population that enable the risky behavior to occur in the first place. Consider the health risks of school-age children not being immunized or drug users sharing needles.
 As Dr. Beilenson discussed in the Week 4 media program, these risky behaviors led to increases in individual and population health problems. Thus, when planning health prevention programs, it is important to consider how to effectively address risky behaviors at both the individual and the population level.
The Discussion this week focuses on the use of the Population-Based Intervention Model outlined in the course text Health Care Delivery in the United States, as well as how this model can be applied to strengthen advocacy programs.
To prepare:

Select one of the behavioral risk factors from the Healthy Population 2010 Objectives (listed in Table 7.1 on p. 122 of the course text) that is of interest to you.
Using the Walden Library and other credible websites, research how this risk factor is affecting your community or state.
With your selected risk factor in mind, review the information on the Population-Based Intervention Model on pp. 132-137 in the course text, Health Care Delivery in the United States. In particular, focus on the concept of downstream, midstream, and upstream interventions. Consider at least one intervention that could be put into place at each stage.

Post a description of the behavioral risk factor you selected and how this factor is impacting your community or state. Using the Population-Based Intervention Model, suggest at least one intervention that could be put into place at each stage (downstream, midstream, and upstream) to ensure that a health prevention program addressing the behavioral risk factor would have a greater chance at succeeding. Justify why each intervention you identified would be effective.

Social Security and Social Welfare Programs .

  
Social Security and Social Welfare Programs
For years, many working individuals in the United States have counted on Social Security as their primary retirement income. With the deductions from every paycheck to fund this future benefit, Americans looked forward to a comfortable retirement based on the assumption that these funds were being invested wisely. Is this a factual assumption, or is it another myth of the U.S. social welfare system?
Relying on Social Security as a sole means of support in retirement is uncommon. As society’s work habits and life expectancies change, Social Security has come to mean different things to different people. For those who are unable to save and/or invest on their own, it functions like a forced retirement program that provides a financial safety net for the future. For those who become unable to work, social security often is viewed by others as a public assistance program. For others who are financially secure and prepared for retirement, it is an entitlement program where individuals draw Social Security at retirement in an effort to recoup what they paid into the program by deductions from their wages. How might these perceptions of Social Security relate to the perceptions of public assistance programs that were discussed in last week’s resources?
For this Discussion, review this week’s resources. Then, consider how Social Security is different from public assistance programs. Finally, think about how these differences are important in terms of the general perception of Social Security benefits.
By Day 3
Post an explanation of how Social Security is different from public assistance programs. Then, explain how these differences are important, in terms of the general perception of Social Security benefits.
Support your post with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.

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.
  

How individuals’ gender identity affects their development through young and middle adulthood.

Gender identity—identifying oneself as male or female—is a critical component of an individual’s life-span development. Misconceptions and stereotypes abound with regard to gender, and you may bring personal misconceptions and stereotypes to your work with clients.
As you read the resources this week, what concepts seem especially relevant to you as a social worker? Are you able to identify any personal misunderstandings about the formation of gender identity? What strategies might you use to apply your new understanding to social work practice?
By Day 3
Post a Discussion that includes the following:

A new understanding you have gained in the resources about gender identity
An explanation of how individuals’ gender identity affects their development through young and middle adulthood
A strategy you might use to apply your understanding of gender identity development to social work practice

Conduct research to determine three types of computer crime.

 

For the Midterm Exam, the requirement is to write an essay that addresses the following items:

• Conduct research to determine three types of computer crime. Please provide a detailed description for all crimes, and share an example of where an organization was impacted by each of the types.
• Elaborate on how the impact of computer crime is quantified. Please share at least two examples.
• Include at least four (4) reputable sources.
• Your final paper should be 1,000-to-1,250-words, and written in APA Style.

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How does the new Russian Federation differ from the former Soviet Republic?

For the Midterm Exam, the requirement is to write an essay that addresses the following items:

• Conduct research to determine three types of computer crime. Please provide a detailed description for all crimes, and share an example of where an organization was impacted by each of the types.
• Elaborate on how the impact of computer crime is quantified. Please share at least two examples.
• Include at least four (4) reputable sources.
• Your final paper should be 1,000-to-1,250-words, and written in APA Style. 

Discussion separate topic:

 How would you build a CSIRT? What are the components to building an effective team?  

DQ requirement: Note that the requirement is to post your initial response no later than Thursday and you must post one additional post during the week. I recommend your initial posting to be between 200-to-300 words. All initial posts must contain a properly formatted in-text citation and scholarly reference.