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Assignment: Career In Psychology

Assignment: Career In Psychology

Assignment: Career In Psychology

This final assignment provides you an opportunity to transform your vision into reality by translating your exploration and brainstorming activities into a plan to actualize your vision and achieve your goals. By now, you are a practitioner-scholar with a lot of knowledge and insight about your interests in psychology and your career trajectory.

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Preparation

Throughout this course, you had opportunities to clarify your passions and interests in psychology practice and scholarship, to create goals to help you achieve your vision, and to explore the competencies and requirements for pursuing a career in your specialized field of psychology. To begin this assignment:

Instructions

Complete the following in the Your Career in Psychology Template:

1. APPLICATION AND RESEARCH VISION

  • Describe your vision for your career as a practitioner-scholar.
  • Discuss how you would apply the findings from your literature review to your future professional practice in psychology.
    • What aspects of your research affected your vision or goals?
    • Given this, what topics do you think you would be interested in researching in the future?
  • Analyze how your work this quarter will help you accomplish the functions, responsibilities, and ethics required of a professional in your specialization. Remember to critically evaluate all information you use.
  • Describe how your vision was affected by the information in your readings from your Career Paths in Psychology text and in your exploration of the Career Center and other resources.

2. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES AND REQUIREMENTS

Understanding the competencies and responsibilities involved in your future career in psychology is essential for growing as a practitioner-scholar in your field. It is also necessary to understand any requirements needed for your specialized practice and scholarship.

For this step in the assignment, describe the competencies, responsibilities, ethical considerations, and other requirements needed for achieving your vision and goals as a professional in psychology. These include:

  • Capella program and specialization requirements.
  • Credentialing, certification, licensure, and accreditation practices and standards.
  • Analyze the role of the practitioner-scholar model in guiding professional development.
    • Skills, abilities, and attitudes critical to success in the field of psychology, such as those related to critical thinking, decision making, problem solving, evidence-based practices, ethical integrity, cultural competence, and conflict resolution.
      • Make note of skills, abilities, and attitudes related to the practitioner-scholar model and the experience you had in researching scholarly sources in your literature review.
    • Ethical codes, principles, laws, and policies applicable to your chosen career path.

3. ACTION PLAN

With all this knowledge of your vision and goals, and the competencies and requirements for the field in hand, you are ready to plot your course to making these aspirations a reality. The final step in this assignment is to create an action plan to achieve your goals. This means translating the requirements for your profession and the development areas you identified into specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timed (SMART) steps to achieve your vision. Assignment: Career In Psychology

Include these elements in your action plan:

  • Plan for completing your Capella program.
  • Possible opportunities for additional training or volunteer work to address gaps in your knowledge or skills.
  • Possible opportunities in your current position to develop additional skills.
  • Capella community groups and professional organizations that you could join for networking with others and completing additional informational interviews.
  • How you will stay current with the research, literature, and ethics in the field.
  • Steps you can take to become more inclusive in your professional life.
  • How you can apply what you have learned in this course about researching psychological literature and evaluating it in terms of reliability, credibility, ethics, and value.
  • How you will apply critical thinking and effective decision making in your specialization.
  • How you will use Capella’s support resources to develop the skills required to improve your writing and other competencies essential to the profession and to your role as a graduate learner.

 

Additional Requirements

  • Written communication: Should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • Writing style: APA expectations for scholarly writing include the use of third-person narrative, unless it is awkward to do so. However, because you are talking about yourself in this paper, you may write in the first person.
  • APA formatting: References and citations should be formatted according to current APA style and format. Include a title page, abstract, and references list.
  • Resources: Minimum of five resources with at least three of them from course readings. Your references may include both scholarly literature and practitioner sources. All references need to be cited in-text, according to current APA standards. Remember that citations are to support your thoughts, not take the place of them!
  • Length: 5–7 double-spaced pages, not including the title page or references page.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12-point.
  • Template: Use the Your Career in Psychology Template [DOC] to format your assignment. Also see the Week 9 Assignment Exemplar for an example of a completed assignment.

**** I can also send a copy of my literature review for reference since this has to be based off the findings from the review****

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    Replace this text with your own abstract. The text is already formatted for you. The abstract must be double-spaced and in block format with no left indentation. The seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (the APA manual) stipulates that an abstract should not exceed 250 words. The abstract is not an introduction to the subject. It is a summary of every main point in the paper. For more information about the abstract, see Section 2.9 in the APA manual.

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    Use this space to create an introduction to your paper that explains your passions and interests in psychology and how they relate to your previous personal and professional experiences. You may use your introduction from your Unit 6: Literature Review assignment as a starting point. For more information about the introduction and body of your paper, see Section 2.11 in the APA manual.

    Application and Research Vision

    Use this space to develop a description of your future career vision as a psychology practitioner-scholar. Be sure to include individuals you wish to impact, the setting in which you would like to practice psychology, and specialized areas for research and scholarship in psychology. Also, use this space to formulate personally meaningful and relevant educational, career, and life goals to achieve your vision.

    Discuss how you would apply the findings from your literature review to your future professional practice in psychology. Analyze how your work this quarter will help you accomplish the functions, responsibilities, and ethics required of a professional in your specialization. Describe how your vision was affected by the information in your readings from your Career Paths in Psychology text and your exploration of the Career Center and other resources.

    For more information about organizing your paper with headings, see Sections 2.26 and 2.27 in the APA manual. Remember to integrate your scholarly references throughout your paragraphs. For more information about citing references in text, see Chapter 8, “Works Credited in the Text,” in the APA manual. Delete this comment before submitting your paper.

    Professional Competencies

    Use this space to describe the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for success in your career path. Be sure to include common skills critical to success within psychology, such as those related to critical thinking, decision making, problem solving, evidence-based practices, cultural competence, and conflict resolution. Also, include ethical competencies related to your specific profession. Finally, include any key responsibilities associated with positions related to your future career.

    Professional Requirements

    Use this space to outline the requirements for your future career including high-level Capella program and specialization requirements, credentialing, certification, licensure, and accreditation practices and standards, additional training, et cetera.

    Action Plan

    Use this space to create an action plan to achieve your goals. This means translating the requirements for your profession and the development areas you identified into specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timed steps to achieve your vision.

    Conclusion

    Use this section to explain the benefits of becoming a practitioner-scholar in the field of psychology and explain the importance and relevance of your vision and goals to your personal and professional aspirations.

    References

    Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume#(issue#), xx–xx.

    Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume#(issue#), xx–xx.

    Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume#(issue#), xx–xx.

    Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume#(issue#), xx–xx.

    Sternberg, R. J. (Ed.). (2017). Career paths in psychology: Where your degree can take you (3rd ed.). American Psychological Association.

    Your references for this paper should be scholarly articles but may include practitioner sources. Follow this template for the reference list. Be sure to alphabetize your references here, and remember to use in-text citations where you use them in your paper. For more information about references, see Section 2.12 and Chapter 9, “Reference List,” in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Delete this text before submitting your paper.

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