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Focus of the Final Paper The Final Paper should demonstrate an application of your knowledge of Health and Human Services, by synthesizing the information from the readings, class work, and work and life experiences. Please discuss cultural competency in Health and Human Services work and how it can be achieved in the treatment of diverse groups or populations. You may also include information and examples from previous experience, as well as implications for future application In Week Three, you created a draft for either “Option A-Career/Occupational area to explore” or “Option B- Specific Need area”. Use the draft that you prepared as a starting point for your Final Paper. Research your topic to include all components of your selected area. The components of a research paper for “Option A -Career/Occupational area to explore” are: I. Cover Page II. Abstract III. Table of Contents IV. Introduction to your paper and thesis statement with specific objectives stated – i.e. – what you intend to explore V. Eight- to- ten pages (excluding title and reference pages), supported with reference articles, with the following subheadings to explore your main idea of a career/ occupational area: A. Career or occupational area B. Careers (See Chapter 6 of the text)
C. Basic functions of the career D. Education/ training requirements E. Typical work settings F. Culturally competent work with diverse populations G. Career development H. Future alternatives (Create an alternative career path, or option, related to the one that you selected that would meet a specific or future need. This should demonstrate the ability to apply and synthesize previous experience, accumulated insights and knowledge obtained during your program of study.) VI. Conclusion narrative VII. References Example of Option A - Career/Occupational area to explore: COUNSELING: oDetermine the different kinds of counseling careers and positions in HHS. o Determine the types of education, certification and/or licensure are required for each type of counseling career *Examples: LPT – licensed psychiatric technician, LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LMFT – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, etc. Note that there are some variations by state. Focus on the state in which you live. oDetermine the relevant employment factors (pay, benefits, long-term employment, self employment). oDetermine the nature of the work / variations based on program differences and typical activities in this career. This alternative topic, Option B, asks you to identify a need /problem related to health and human services (see Chapters 2, 8 and 9 of the text.) You can frame the need at the Individual, family, or community level. The components of a research paper for “Option B –Specific Need area to explore” are: I. Cover Page II. Abstract III. Table of Contents
IV. Introduction to your paper and thesis statement with specific objectives stated – i.e. – what you intend to explore V. Eight- to- ten pages (excluding title and reference pages), supported \with reference articles, with the following subheadings to explore your main idea of a need /problem related to health and human services: A. Discussion of history and changes to this problem. B. HHS responses to problem – program development. C. Example of a best practice for a program addressing this need area. D. Effect of changes in legislation (legal and/or health coverage) E. Cultural competence with diverse populations F. Future predictions regarding this need area VI. Conclusion narrative VII. References There is considerable latitude in terms of the topic selected. The key idea is not to select either a topic that is too broad, or one that is too narrow. Example of Option B - Specific Need Area: DRUG ABUSE: oDiscussion of history and changes of our recognition of drug abuse as a problem. oHHS responses to drug abuse – programs developed to address this issue. oExample of a best practice of a treatment program for drug abuse. oEffect of related changes in legislation (legal and/or health coverage). *Here you could even consider the number who are incarcerated as a result of behaviors while intoxicated, policy and legal issues that are related to this outcome. oEffect of drug abuse on specific cultures or groups. (Example: Is there a specific cultural group or population that has demonstrated increased consumption of alcohol leading to increased alcoholism and related problems? Is special or more specialized treatment needed for this particular population?) oFuture directions in drug abuse treatment and management.
Please also consider selecting topics other than drug abuse or counseling. Consider the examples as guides for your selected topic.