Select a non-profit and/or social service program in your local area.


Select a non-profit and/or social service program in your local area.

Part I

Select a non-profit and/or social service program in your local area.  You will describe a brief history of the organization’s program and its  mission statement, and provide a brief overview of some of the programs  and services offered. Next, you will analyze current trends that  influence social policy and social change relative to the program you  selected. Describe current trends that impact the program you selected.  Then, describe how those trends will influence social policy and social  change.

Part II

Chapter 6 in your text describes three examples of program  hypotheses. As you review them you will get a better understanding of  the need and the process of formulating a hypothesis. Finally, you will  address one of the trends you researched and develop a program  hypothesis for the program you selected.

Provide appropriate citations and references in APA format when  referencing the text and any other outside source in your answers. Your  Assignment should be 3-4 pages long.



Describe the relational structure or other important dynamics of the family according to the theoretical orientations.

General Instructions:

1. Use double line spacing and font size 12 for your paper.

2. The length of your paper is expected to be 10-12 pages.

3. Attached is the case study that is going to be needed to write this paper


In this final paper, you are asked to apply all you have learned from the family systems theories in analyzing a case you have handled or are handling. It aims to help you to integrate the theoretical concepts in an actual case. The analyses and discussion of intervention should be drawn from you learning through the assigned reading, lectures, videos, discussions, etc. Address each of the following questions in your paper. You should give background information of the family, the agency setting, and the circumstance under which the family sought help or was referred for service.

1) State clearly and succinctly the presenting problem(s) of this family, that is, what caused them to come in for help or be referred by others for help.

2) Analyze the case and suggest some intervention strategies using concepts from at least two

schools of family therapy you have learned in this course addressing the following aspects:

a) The theoretical formulations of the “causes” of the presenting problem(s) or other problems you have noted in this family.

b) Describe the relational structure or other important dynamics of the family according to the theoretical orientations.

c) How may the flaws of the family dynamics/unmet needs/self-defeating narratives/negative interactional cycles/limited emotional repertoire/misguided attempted solutions/previous generational legacies, etc. relate to the presenting or other problems?

d) Based on the theoretical orientations, what are the treatment goals you have formulated accordingly, in addition to the reduction or eradication of the presenting problem(s)? Set specific and realistic goals as far as possible.

e) What specific intervention strategies have you tried or plan to use to facilitate the desired changes or goal attainment based on the theories you have chosen?

This section is the major bulk of the paper and should constitute at least 5-6 pages.

3) What are some of the strengths of the family that you have observed, which could be mobilized?

4) Address the impact of the ecological contexts or the larger systems on the family. What are some of its resources and limitations for this family?

5) How may diversity issues affect the functioning of the family, if applicable?

6) Do you see issues that warrant advocacy for the family, which otherwise would be a violation of the basic human rights of the client/family and social justice?

7) What are some of the interface issues, including your own background (cultural or otherwise, similar to or different from the family) and counter-transference that you have to face in working with this family? Are there ethical dilemmas you may have to face as well? How have you handled them or plan to do so?

Family Oriented Treatment


You may give the background information of your case by integrating it into your paper as you address the above questions. Or, you can write the case summary first, then analyze it according to the above guiding questions. The APA style of citation is expected if you cite references. Do not give detailed explanation of the concepts, the main point is to apply the concepts in analyzing your case. You can cite references if it is appropriate and helpful in advancing understanding of the point you are making in relation to the case situation. If you have not worked with a case with which you know enough about the family to address the above questions, you should request for a case summary provided by the instructor.

Describe the three stages of non-REM sleep and compare non-REM sleep with REM sleep

Assignment: Sleep

Circadian rhythms regulate many aspects of our daily life. They influence when we get hungry, when we need to use the bathroom, and when our internal temperature goes up or down. New research suggests they even influence your susceptibility to disease (Edgar et al., 2016). There are “clocks” in each and every cell in your body, but the master clock is found in the suprachiasmatic nucleus in your hypothalamus, and this is synchronized to external factors, the most important being light. The most obvious of these rhythms, and the one that you will focus on this week, is sleep.

Sleep is a universal phenomenon. Research suggests that most adults need about 7–9 hours of sleep per night to be fully rested and functional (National Sleep Foundation, 2015), although studies suggest that the average adult gets about 6.5 or fewer hours of sleep per night (American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2014). Despite this universal need for sleep, we do not really know why we sleep. There are many theories, ranging from REM sleep playing a key role in shaking the fluid inside your eyeballs in order to deliver oxygen to the cells of your eye, helping with memory, and washing cellular debris out of your brain. This question of why we sleep has received a significant amount of research attention. One form of this is the 2015 Flame Challenge, coordinated by Alan Alda and Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. In this, scientists are challenged to answer the question “What is sleep?” in a way that can be understood by an 11 year old. While we may not understand as much as we would like about sleep, what we do know is that sleep is governed largely by genetic factors, and is “hard wired” into your brain.

In this week’s Assignment, you will first analyze and describe the stages of sleep and then discuss the theories of why we sleep.


Edgar, R. S., Stangherlin, A., Nagy, A. D., Nicoll, M. P., Efstathiou, S., O’Neill, J. S., & Reddy, A. B. (2016). Cell autonomous regulation of herpes and influenza virus infection by the circadian clock. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113(36), 10085–10090. 

National Sleep Foundation. (2015, February 2). National Sleep Foundation recommends new sleep times. Retrieved from 

American Academy of Sleep Medicine. (2014, December 11). Sleepless in America [Video file]. Retrieved from 

To prepare for this Assignment:

  • Review Chapter 15 in Brain and Behavior, paying attention to stages of sleep and the brain regions associated with the promotion of sleep.
  • Choose ONE of the following articles that applies to the biological basis of sleep:

“Sleep Drives Metabolite Clearance from the Adult Brain”


“Testing Sleep Consolidation in Skill Learning: A Field Study Using an Online Game”


“Impaired memory consolidation in children with obstructive sleep disordered breathing”


You may choose your own article; however, it must be approved by your instructor by Thursday before the assignment is due.

The Assignment (2–4 pages):

  • Describe the three stages of non-REM sleep and compare non-REM sleep with REM sleep. As part of your response, include the behaviors and patterns of brain activity that characterize each stage of sleep.
  • Explain the role of different brain regions and neurotransmitters on promoting sleep and wakefulness.
  • Summarize your chosen article about the biological basis of sleep in enough detail that your reader will understand what was done in the study and what the results of the study were (similar to the articles you found in in the first week).
  • Then, apply the findings of your research to one of the sleep disorders described in Chapter 15 by either proposing a new hypothesis about the cause of one of the disorders or by explaining a new treatment for one of these disorders.

Support your Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You should include in-text citations in the body of your Assignment as well as complete references in APA format at the end of your Assignment

Phenomenology and heuristic inquiry paper

Phenomenology and heuristic inquiry paper

  • focusing on the differences among the following four types of qualitative research approaches:
    • Generic qualitative inquiry
    • Qualitative case study
    • Grounded theory and realism
    • Phenomenology and heuristic inquiry
  • Locate the Qualitative Research Approaches Matrix Template in this week’s Learning Resources.
  • Read the examples of research studies provided in this week’s Learning Resources.

Qualitative case study

grounded theory

Phenomenology and heuristic inquiry

Complete the Qualitative Research Approaches Matrix Template for the four approaches highlighted this week. Some of the cells have been pre-populated with sample entries or with prompts to help you focus your comparisons.

Create a 1 page (about 10 questions) personality test for your construct

Create a 1 page (about 10 questions) personality test for your construct

In a short paper (1-2 pages) write about which approach to personality(psychoanalytic approach, trait approach, biological approach, humanistic approach, behavioral/social learning approach, and cognitive approach) best helps us to understand the personality construct you chose, and WHY. Use three academic sources to support your position.

·  Create a 1 page (about 10 questions) personality test for your construct, based on that same approach to personality (i.e., if you think that the psychoanalytic approach best helps us to understand “vanity” then create a personality test “How vain are you?” based on that same approach. Please note that you should include a way to score your test (e.g., if you score 70 points out of 70 on a vanity test, you should explain what this means)

·  In a 1 page reflection, outline which approach do you feel has best helped you understand yourself, and why.

Other important things:

·  Use your notes and three other sources (preferably journal articles, but books are allowed).

·  You must submit the paper in APA. You do NOT need an abstract, but you DO need a title page, in-text citations that match your reference list, and a reference list.

which is the more dominate and impacting sense for the Psychological make-up of an individual?

which is the more dominate and impacting sense for the Psychological make-up of an individual?

Discussion Thread topic: Of the Five Sensory receptors named in the text, which is the more dominate and impacting sense for the Psychological make-up of an individual?

In this thread you are to build the discussion from the topic above. Each student is to address the conversation with ONE full thought in a well designed and complete paragraph. Each student will be graded on the ONE paragraph, additional paragraphs are welcome in the conversation but only the first paragraph issued will be graded. The grade per-paragraph/discussion will be five (5) points.

Rules of the thread for students: Comments are remain in the realm of the conversation/topic. No comments are to attack, put down, or criticize other students. Academic rules still apply in all threads. Proper and good academic wording is to be used (no slang or fowl language). Comments are to be well thought out and in a complete paragraph. A complete paragraph in a thread has at least 5 complete sentences with the following components. Introduction sentence, 3-5 sentences of the conversation/discussion, Conclusion sentence.

Thread should be completed by the due date and no late thread/conversations from students will be accepted

Different cultural practices in childhood might relate to outcomes in adulthood.

Cultural behaviors and practices vary dramatically around the globe, though no one practice is more effective than the other. These cultural behaviors and practices not only enrich the lives of children but also impact child development, group dynamics, and all aspects related to thinking (e.g., decision making). Thus, all domains of psychology—affective, behavioral, and cognition are impacted by culture.

For this Discussion, you will explore the impact of culture from birth to adolescent’s socio-emotional development. You also will examine cultural practices in childhood development and the impact on adult outcomes.

To Prepare:

  • Different cultural practices in childhood might relate to outcomes in adulthood. Consider one of the following aspects that you have experienced or you may know of an experience for this Discussion:
    • child-rearing practices
    • discipline
    • attachment
    • co-sleeping
    • emotional management
    • peers and play
  • This week’s Learning Resources provide you with different sources related to different cultural practices in childhood. From your readings, select a different culture other than your own to complete this Discussion post.

Post an explanation of how the cultural practice you personally experienced or that you know of an experience from a socio-emotional development perspective is similar to or is different from the practice you read about in your Learning Resources. Further, explain how different cultural practices in childhood regarding this practice might lead to different or similar outcomes in adulthood.

Credit Line: Chiu, C. (2011). Language and Culture. Online Readings in Psychology and Culture, 4(2). Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources and identify current relevant literature to support your work.  APA style

Consider your intrinsic motivation for pursuing your chosen research topic.

Consider your intrinsic motivation for pursuing your chosen research topic.

  • Read about using reflective journaling in the article by Ortlipp (2008), found in this week’s Learning Resources. >>>>
  • Consider your intrinsic motivation for pursuing your chosen research topic. In other words, ask yourself why you have chosen to pursue this topic
  • Progress: What have you discovered about the development of your research topic and research problem? Discuss the link from your prospectus to the research problem that you will be working on in this course. Alternately, describe how and why you’ve changed topics.
  • Problems: What obstacles or challenges do you see in evolving your research question? Is it a question of doing more research and reading? Do you need to get more familiar with qualitative studies in your topic area?
  • Plans: Look toward the next week. What are your next steps for evolving your research question and choosing the approach to use for your Final Project in this course?

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)


Danny is a 22-year-old college student, who has been brought into your office by his parents. Danny has agreed to let his parents be involved in his counseling. You first meet with Danny’s parents who explain to you that Danny has never been involved in counseling prior to this incident. They stated they felt his problems were not serious enough to bring him into counseling.

His mother reports that Danny can be the real life of the party and that most people find him very charismatic. She says that there was one incident in which Danny tried to harm himself due to a girlfriend cheating on him. She said that her husband felt that it was a pretty typical response for an adolescent. She said lately he has been staying up late playing video games and getting on the average of 2-3 hours of sleep per night. She said she worries about his lack of sleep but he doesn’t seem to show any signs that the lack of sleep is impacting his ability to function normally. He is currently getting all A’s in his college courses, but his recent incident has jeopardized his place at the university.

Danny comes into the office and explains to you that the whole incident is a big misunderstanding. He said to you that he doesn’t want to come to counseling because he is not crazy. He said his parents and the college administrators are requiring that he comes in for evaluation and commits to the recommendations of the counselor regarding if there is a need for therapy.

You ask him to tell you a little bit about the incident that caused him to come into your office. He explains to you that he really likes fast cars, but his parents don’t have a lot of money. He said he received a scholarship to a private university due to his outstanding grades. He said the only problem is that the other kids have a lot of money and can afford the items that he desperately wants but can’t afford. He said he saw another student leave his car running in the parking lot and went into the student center building. He said he was feeling like he was on top of the world and this was his golden opportunity to take that car for a spin. He said he had no plans for stealing the car, he was merely taking it for a test drive. When Danny came back to the building, campus security was interviewing the owner of the car. When he tried to explain to the other student and campus security he was taking it for a quick test drive, he was escorted into the building to talk to the administration. Since it’s a small private university, the student and administrators agreed not to press charges but he was placed on probation and had to commit to psych evaluation as well as following any recommendations made regarding therapy.

When you were speaking to Danny, you asked him if he was really trying to steal the car. He replies to you how dumb would he be to take the car back to the scene of the crime if he really had intended to steal the car. Then you ask him if he ever feels depressed. He says of course he does but he believes everyone has weeks or months where they just feel sad. You try to get him to engage further in the discussion, but he says he’s not here for you to diagnose him with depression. The session ends, now you need to figure out his diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

Part 1: Please use the DSM-5 to research further about each disorder below and choose one diagnosis that would best fit the scenario provided above and explain why? Support your answer using information from the DSM-5 and the scenario.

  • Bipolar Disorder I
  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Anti-Social Personality Disorder

Part 2: Based on the diagnosis you made in part 1, please also address the following questions:

  • What differential diagnosis do you need to consider in this scenario?
  • What further questions would you want to ask Danny to make a proper diagnosis?
  • What type of treatment recommendations would you make for Danny and why? Please support your answer with information from DSM-5

800-1000 words

Please cite the DSM-5 and any other resources used in proper APA style.

chapter 3

Can you please explain what you mean when you explain that conformity does not seem to differ between genders?

Within Sociology as well as in social psychology, it is noted that an in-group basically is a social group whereby an individual gets to identify themselves as a member psychologically. On the other hand, an Out-group basically is defined as a social group which a person is not able to identify with. For instance, individuals are in a position of identifying themselves with same peer group, a political party, community, family, religion, sports team nation or even gender. It is evident that with the membership that is psychological regarding social groups in addition to classifications happens to be linked to a phenomenon that is of a wide range. There is the presence of stereotypes within interactions in between various social groups in addition to gender stereotypes being considered as prevalent. (Buss, 2015).


It is known that the automatic in-group bias of women is evidently stronger as compared to that of men. This is because only women are in a position of showing balance that is cognitive across in-group identity, self-esteem as well as bias. This is an indication that men do not have any mechanism in place for bolstering preference for own group automatically. There is bias that is pro-female to a point the individuals tend to favor their own mothers as compared to their fathers, there is also the association of the gender that is male with violence which is an indication that bonding that is maternal as well as intimidation of male have an influence on the gender attitudes. (De La Cerda and Warnell, 2020).


Additionally, within in-group bias as well as Out-group bias, it happens that the men who are experiences sexually, have an attitude that is more positive in addition to favoring women implicitly. In addition, through the adoption of an approach that is evolutionary to the race bias psychology, it is possible to posit that conflict that is between intergroup which has been perpetrated by aggressors who are men all through the evolutionary history of human, has played a role in shaping the modern types psychology in relation to Out-group bias whereby, the psychology is a reflection of the unique adaptive challenges differing in between women as well as men when trying to cope with the aggressors who are male from the out-groups.

In conclusion there tends to be very minimal differences in between women as well as men as the conformity they tend to exhibit, in addition, these differences are said to be impacted by the social circumstances where the conformity happens to take place through the differences in gender. On an average basis, women in addition to men have levels that are different in relation to self-concern in addition to different concern. Men basically on averagely, are said to have more focus on their appearance of having a status that is high in addition to having the capacity to illustrate the status through independent acting from other people’s perceptions. (Harvard,, 2021).


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Harvard,.C,.T,.Ferrucci,.P,.&Ryan,.T,.D (2021).Does messaging matter? investigating the influence of media headlines on perception and attitudes of the in-group journal of Marketing Communications, 27(1). 20-30,162038

Reply QuoteHide 1 reply 4 hours agoRichard Mendelson KEISER PROFESSOR MANAGER RE: Discussion Question for Week 5COLLAPSE

Hi Barbara,

Good post! Can you please explain what you mean when you explain that conformity does not seem to differ between genders? What are people conforming to? Why would there be a difference based on gender to begin with? What does the literature say about this?

Dr. M.

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