Policing America

  1. Read Week 4 Assignment: Policing in America [PDF], which is based on a true case scenario, for insight into the psychological factors that come into play between police and the community.
  2. Put yourself in the shoes of a criminal justice intern shadowing the forensic psychologist at your local police station. You’ve been asked to conduct research to help prepare for a workshop about the psychological aspects related to policing. In doing so, you will help police understand the value a forensic psychologist can bring to situations that the police must face in the field regarding mental illness and addiction.
  3. Refer to Chapter 4 in your textbook and the B.S. in Criminal Justice Library Guide for resources for completing this assignment.


Write a 2 page report in which you answer the following questions:

  1. What are the roles of police and law enforcement today when dealing with individuals with mental illness?
  2. How do these roles factor in the encounters between police and citizens?
  3. What are some of the stressors police faced in relation to the scenario you read?
  4. What are some assessments forensic psychologists conduct that help police learn to intervene and re-focus or de-escalate situations?
  5.  According to the text, the Joint Committee on Police Psychology Competencies has identified four general domains of proficiency that include the assessment domain, the intervention domain, the operational domain, and the consulting domain.  In what capacity was Maggie Hendriks working with Officer Smith to help his future performance?
  6. Use three academic resources to support your responses. Your textbook can be included as a resource. Consult Basic Search: Strayer University Online Library and the B.S. in Criminal Justice Library Guide for the other two sources.

This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:

  • Examine the psychological understanding and response to offending behavior, encompassing the police.
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Refer to at least three learning resources in your response to this topic. You may draw your references from the learning resources assigned for any week of this course:

  • Of all the issues we learned about in class concerning women’s issues, which did you find the most important? Why did you choose this issue? What do you see as the future of this issue in terms of gender equality and feminism?
  • What have you learned that you will take with you outside this classroom? Is there anything you will share with others?

Original Post: Provide your initial post which responds to the Discussion prompt by 11:59 pm on Friday. Initial question responses posted after Friday but before the end of the class week on Tuesday earn a maximum of 70/80 possible points for the original post. Your initial post should be at least 250-300 words in length, excluding the discussion prompt and the references. Posts should engage meaningfully with at least three assigned learning resources. 

We should all be feminist – https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_ngozi_adichie_we_should_all_be_feminists

NBCNews. (2020, July 23). AOC slams Rep. Yoho in House floor speech, says ‘having a daughter does not make a man decent’ [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSZcdMCHn2o

COVID-19 and its economic toll on women: The story behind the numbers. (2020, September 16). UN Women. https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2020/9/feature-covid-19-economic-impacts-on-women

Hasanagic, A. (n.d.). 25 organizations fighting for gender equality. Human Rights Careers Magazine. https://www.humanrightscareers.com/magazine/organizations-gender-equality/

LASA 2-Critiquing An Article

Assignment 1: LASA 2—Critiquing an Article

For this project, you will compose a researched response to Peter Singer’s article “America’s Shame.” This assignment allows you to assess and defend the reasonableness of personal beliefs through critical assessment of Singer’s arguments and the presentation of your own, original arguments on the subject.

Review the following:

Develop a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation summarizing the main points of the article. Complete the following:

  • Summarize the portions of Singer’s article you seek to engage/critique.
  • Using the tools of evaluation you have learned throughout the course, create an original argument to Singer’s article that advances your own thesis in light of Singer’s argument. Remember the nature of the stance is not important; you can agree or disagree with any point Singer makes within this article. The important thing is you construct a stance that clearly engages a portion of Singer’s text.
  • Support your argument with the use of original research. Use at least three credible, academic resources to support your positions.

Develop an 8–10-slide presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint format. Be sure to include two additional slides—one for the title and the other for references. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

Critiquing The Findings Section Of A Research Report

300 words

Select a research article from a social work journal. Critique the Discussion or Recommendations Section by addressing the following:

  1. Identify the recommendations in the discussion section as follows:
    • Identify each recommendation.
    • Identify the specific finding, if any, that supports each recommendation.
    • In your opinion, decide if each recommendation is adequately supported by a specific finding. If it is not, why not.
  2. Are the limitations of the study discussed? What are these limitations?
  3. What recommendations were useful to you as a social worker?

Interview And Background Research

Assignment 2: Course Project Part I: Interview and Background Research




Refer to the Course Project Overview in Module 1. Early in the course, you have selected a specific disorder. Research it using your textbook and Argosy University online library resources. A minimum of 5 sources in addition to your text book should be used. At least three of those sources should be peer-reviewed journal articles. The remaining 2 sources may be books, journal articles, or reputable web sites (like those from professional organizations or governmental agencies, not Wikipedia or similar sites).




Review the rubric, as it provides detailed instructions on how best to succeed on this assignment. In the rubric, you will find that you need to address the following in a paper:




  • Description of the selected disorder (Identify the DSM-IV-TR diagnostic category for the disorder and distinguish between diagnostic and commonly used terminology.)
  • Causative factors of the disorder
  • Diagnosis of the disorder
  • Treatment of the disorder
  • Survey of current research on the disorder




Write a 4–5-page paper in Word format. Remember to use the rubric as you write your paper. Apply APA standards to citation of sources, and include an APA style title/cover page and reference page. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M3_A2.doc.




By Wednesday, March 6, 2013, deliver your assignment to the M3: Assignment 2 Dropbox.




Working ahead Using the feedback provided to you by your peers and instructors, finalize your interview questions and conduct the interview with a mental health professional in preparation for the paper due in Module 5.




Assignment 2 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points
Description of selected disorder.
Causative factors of the disorder
Diagnosis of the disorder
Treatment of the disorde
Survey of current research on the disorder
Organization (12 points): Introduction, Thesis, Transitions, Conclusion

Usage and Mechanics (12 points): Grammar, Spelling, Sentence Structure

APA Elements (16 points): Attribution, Paraphrasing, Quotations

Style (4 points): Audience, Word Choice





The topic I chose for my course project is “PTSD” which stands for posttraumatic stress disorder. My focus will be as it relates to the military. This disorder is very important and to me because I am a combat marine with PTSD and the veterans that I will be working with through my non-profit suffer from the same disorder. I have referenced some statistics. One statistic that is not mentioned that is just arisen is a very saddening one, is the new dilemma of suicide on the battlefield. Research is showing that recently our military is losing more troops to suicide on the battlefield then they are in actual battles firefights.

The Ten questions for my health profession are:

1. What are the accepted diagnostic criteria for PTSD?

2. What would an evidence-based criteria set for diagnosis of PTSD include?

3. What constitutes a stressor?

4. How should stressful events be diagnosed and documented?

5. How can and should a patient document a stressful event?

6. What are the components of an evidence-based diagnosis of PTSD?

7. What would diagnostic criteria be, based on best evidence, either based on or apart from official standards?

8. What constitutes optimal evaluation of a patient for PTSD?

9. What neuropsychological evaluation or other testing should be included in an optimal evaluation of a patient for PTSD?

10. What are useful biomarkers?

PTSD and the Military

If you are in the military, you may have seen combat. You may have been on missions that exposed you to horrible and life-threatening experiences. You may have been shot at, seen a buddy shot, or seen death. These are types of events that can lead to PTSD.

Experts think PTSD occurs:

In about 11-20% of Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom), or in 11-20 Veterans out of 100.

In as many as 10% of Gulf War (Desert Storm) Veterans, or in 10 Veterans out of 100.

In about 30% of Vietnam Veterans, or about 30 out of 100 Vietnam Veterans.

Other factors in a combat situation can add more stress to an already stressful situation. This may contribute to PTSD and other mental health problems. These factors include what you do in the war, the politics around the war, where it’s fought, and the type of enemy you face.

Another cause of PTSD in the military can be military sexual trauma (MST). This is any sexual harassment or sexual assault that occurs while you are in the military. MST can happen to both men and women and can occur during peacetime, training, or war.

Among Veterans using VA health care, about:

23 out of 100 women (23%) reported sexual assault when in the military.

55 out of 100 women (55%) and 38 out of 100 men (38%) have experienced sexual harassment when in the military.

Even though military sexual trauma is far more common in women Veterans, over half of all Veterans with military sexual trauma are men. This is because there are many more male Veterans than there are females.


Kessler, R.C., Sonnega, A., Bromet, E. Hughes, M., & Nelson, C.B. (1995). Posttraumatic stress disorder in the National Comorbidity Survey. Archives of General Psychiatry, 52(12), 1048-1060.Kessler, R. C., Berglund, P., Demler, O., Jin, R., & Walters, E. E. (2005a). Lifetime prevalence and age-of-onset distributions of DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Archives of General Psychiatry, 62, 593-602.


Kulka, R.A., Schlenger, W.E., Fairbank, J.A. Hough, R.L., Jordan, B.K., Marmar, C.R., & Weiss, D.S. (1990). Trauma and the Vietnam War Generation: Report of Findings from the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study, New York: Brunner/Mazel.


Tanielian, T. & Jaycox, L. (Eds.)(2008). Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation.

GEN 103 Look to the Clouds or Ashford Student Playbook

Ashford 5: – Week 4 – Discussion 2


Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.


Two   Options: Look to the Clouds or Ashford Student Playbook


Two   Options: Look to the Clouds or Ashford Student Playbook

Option 1: Look to the Clouds

In the “Saving and Organizing   Information” discussion, several options for organizing information were   explored. One of those options was the cloud. This is a new and very viable   option for saving information so that it is accessible anywhere. In this discussion,   you will examine this storage option further as a possible method of   organizing information.


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Prepare: Read Best of the Cloud: 7   Top Cloud Storage Services Compared.


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Reflect: Now that you have explored the idea of a cloud storage   service, investigate two cloud storage services that interest you, making   sure to thoroughly evaluate each one.


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Write: In the discussion, complete the following:

  • Share your thoughts on the        two cloud storage services you selected, including which one you prefer        and why.
  • Based on your needs and        situation, share the advantages and/or disadvantages you see to saving        your research in the cloud, as opposed to the other methods discussed in        the Description: https://bridgepoint.equella.ecollege.com/curriculum/file/dd355181-8ff7-40ef-9ed9-0a81f0a483bc/1/HelpNowDocument.pngTools and Tips for        Saving and Organizing Research        handout.
  • Then, thinking back to the        story of Gina you read about in the “Saving and Organizing Information”        discussion, what might she have done differently to achieve a better        outcome?

To maximize the opportunity for   vigorous discussion, you must post to this discussion on at least three   separate days of the week, and your posts must total at least 600 words as   you address the questions noted above. Your first post must be completed by   Day 3 (Thursday), and the remainder of your posts must be completed by Day 7   (Monday). You must answer all aspects of the prompt at some point during the   week.


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Respond to Peers:As your reply to your classmates, extend the conversation   by examining their claims or arguments in more depth or by responding to the   posts that they make to you. Keep the discussion on target and try to analyze   things in as much detail as you can. For instance, you might consider sharing   your two cloud storage collections and comparing your choices with those of   your classmates. Also, share any additional advice your classmates might have   provided Gina.



Option 2: Ashford Student Playbook


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Prepare: Download the Description: https://bridgepoint.equella.ecollege.com/curriculum/file/7d5c49dd-e739-4b8d-9659-84080c020f97/1/HelpNowTemplate.pngMy Ashford University   Course Playbook. Apply what you have learned   about storing and organizing information to save this document so that you   can reference it as a helpful tool in future courses.


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Reflect: Use the document to gather resources, takeaways, and   reflections on progress in the course. You will see that a portion of the   playbook focuses on the Ashford Writing Center and resources for   communicating information legally and ethically, which will be a focus of   Week Five. Look ahead and use this as an opportunity to prepare for Week   Five.


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Write: Complete the section of the Description: https://bridgepoint.equella.ecollege.com/curriculum/file/7d5c49dd-e739-4b8d-9659-84080c020f97/1/HelpNowTemplate.pngMy Ashford University   Course Playbook for “GEN103: Information   Literacy.” This document is a way to gather resources, takeaways, and   reflections on progress in the course. In your discussion, share what your   biggest takeaways are for the course so far and how you think the information   you have added to “My Ashford University Course Playbook” will help you in   the future. Attach your playbook to the discussion. To maximize the   opportunity for vigorous discussion, you must post to this discussion on at   least three separate days of the week and your posts must total at least 600   words as you address the questions noted above. Your first post must be   completed by Day 3 (Thursday) and the remainder of your posts must be   completed by Day 7 (Monday). You must answer all aspects of the prompt at   some point during the week. Also, be sure to reply to your classmates and   instructor.


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Respond to Peers: As your reply to your classmates, extend the conversation   by examining their claims or arguments in more depth or by responding to the   posts that they make to you. Keep the discussion on target and try to analyze   things in as much detail as you can. For instance, you might consider   identifying takeaways from the course that were the same or different from   your own. Identify any resources that your classmates have identified in   their playbook that you also find helpful.

Paper on Character, Dignity, and Self-Respect

Paper on Character, Dignity, and Self-Respect

For your Unit 5 assignment, you will write a paper based on the themes of Character, Dignity, and Self-Respect. You will choose to view the movie A Man for all Seasons, the movie Glory, or another movie that has been approved by your instructor, and will interpret the movie and relate one or two of the movie’s characters to the philosophies of Aristotle, Epictetus, and Saint Augustine.

You will relate your character selections to the following:

  • Aristotle: Ethics based on personal virtue.
  • Epictetus: Ethics based on inner strength of the individual.
  • Saint Augustine: Ethics based on following a Divine Command.


Aristotle was a student of Plato and lived from 384 to 322 B.C. His ethical theory centered on the attainment of the Good Life and on his theory of happiness. This is not the type of happiness one normally thinks about as in the statement, “I am happy.” Rather, you should understand happiness as a sense of well-being or the overall quality of one’s life. Yet, this “happy” life does not just happen. It is the result of specific actions and qualities.

To accomplish the Good Life one should look at the nature of action. Aristotle wrote in his book the Nicomachean Ethics that all actions have both an excess and a deficiency. Accordingly, all actions have a mean between those two extremes that is suited to a specific individual. This is a mean that is suited to us as an individual, as a member of society, and leads toward the Good Life. And, it does not have to be the same for everyone. So, how do I find the mean suited to me?

To begin, Aristotle directs us to the nature of habits and the formative influence they have in our lives. He felt that habits have an essential role. They are the creators of one’s character, and ultimately one’s destiny. In other words, habits produce character and character produces a destiny. And destiny is our life. And what is more interesting, he believed that if we do not like the person we have become, we have the ability to change our habits, and therefore, our character and ultimately our destiny.

In your paper, address how the characters you have selected from the movie represent Aristotelian ethics. How have they demonstrated a mean between excess and deficiency? How have they demonstrated a change in habit or character? How have they made a conscious decision to change?


Epictetus was a Stoic philosopher and lived from 55 A.D. to 135 A.D. This was the time of the Roman Empire and the result had been a loss of personal and ethical control over one’s life as considered against the needs of the Empire. This sense of personal and intimate control over one’s decisions and actions had been a part of the small Greek City-States from the time of Aristotle and had formed the basis of ethical theory. Now, the Roman Empire had created events and actions that were no longer in the control of the individual person. One simply lived at the mercy of events no longer directly connected to the individual and over which one had no control.

Thus, the Stoic philosophy concentrated on the following:

  • What control did a single individual have over the events in life?
  • Would one’s personal choice even make a difference?
  • How can one maintain a sense of self-control and direction when I have no control over the events that happen to me?

Epictetus decided that he should control the only thing within his absolute power: His response. He believed that, while he could not control what occurred outside of himself, he could control how he responded: That was the only true freedom he had, and the source of his personal worth and dignity.

As you study the characters from the movie selection, identify those actions and scenarios that depict the philosophy of Epictetus. Ask yourself the following:

  • How have your characters decided to respond to their circumstances?
  • How have they exercised personal self-control?

St. Augustine

St. Augustine lived from 354 to 431 A.S. and authored a book titled Confessions. I think the title says it all. He is considered one of the founders of Christian Theology and his influence is felt in all aspect of our civilization. For St. Augustine, the foundation for the Good Life lies in the act of confession and the knowledge of God. He approached the ideas of dignity, character, and self-respect from a straight forward religious perspective. Meaning: We attain those personal qualities and live the Good Life through our relationship with God.

He believed that our souls are restless and cannot find character, dignity, and self-respect until they find the greatest good, and for him that would be knowledge of God. He believed that our relationship with God cannot be lost once it is attained, and no matter what befalls us we have a lasting relationship to the Greatest Good. As such, he believed that no one can take that God-given concept of self-worth from us.

As you look at the various scenarios and characters in your movie selection think about how a religious attainment of the Greatest Good or the knowledge of God inspired and motivated choices that lead to the Good Life.

As you write your paper, consider the following questions:

  • How have the characters you selected attained the values and virtues of the philosophers?
  • What obstacles did they overcome?
  • What hardships did they endure?
  • How did they demonstrate a life of character, dignity, and self-respect?

You are expected to use a minimum of 3 citations from your source reading and from the Capella University Library.

Assignment Requirements:

  • Paper Length:Approximately 950 words.
  • Written Communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA Formatting: Resources and citations should be formatted according to APA (6th edition) style and formatting.
  • Font and Font Size:Arial, 12-point, double-spaced. Use Microsoft Word.
  • Number of Resources:Cite a minimum of 3 sources.
  • SmartThinking Submission: Prior to submitting your paper, submit your work to SmartThinking for feedback from one of their e-structors.

Review the Paper on Character, Dignity, and Self-Respect Scoring Guide to ensure you have met all of the grading criteria for this assignment.

Submit your Paper on Character, Dignity, and Self-Respect in the assignment area.

Note: Your instructor may also use the Writing Feedback Tool to provide feedback on your writing. In the tool, click the linked resources for helpful writing information

Ethics The Responsibility Paper

The Responsibility Project


Resource: The Responsibility Project website


Perform an Internet search for the site called The Responsibility Project.


Select the link for this site.


View the short films on the Responsibility Project website.


Select one of the short films that addresses organizational issues.


Write 900-word paper describing how ethical principles can be used to address organizational issues. Include the link to the film you select and discuss the following:


·        Why are the issues in the film important?

·        What role do external social pressures have in influencing organizational ethics?

·        How might these issues be relevant to organizational and personal decisions?

·        What is the relationship between legal and ethical issues as shown in the film?


Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines

Power, Privilege, And Classism

Discussion 2: Power, Privilege, and Classism

Power, privilege, and classism are interconnected. The more privilege you enjoy, the more power you have to access opportunities that build wealth. The more wealth you can amass, the higher your social standing. It is important to note that having wealth is not an indictment. However, the privileges that have often led to inequalities in wealth distribution are real. As a social worker, you may find yourself working with clients who do not enjoy the privileges you knowingly or unknowingly enjoy. The more you understand your own relationship to power, privilege, and class, the better you will understand your clients’ realities. For this Discussion, review how classism is represented in the Hernandez family.

By Day 5


  • An explanation of how classism is demonstrated in the Hernandez video.
  • Identify specific barriers to social services that the Hernandez family experiences because of their class status (e.g., working poor).
  • Explain how the intersection of class (e.g., working poor), ethnicity (e.g., Hispanic), and migration history (e.g., move from Puerto Rico to mainland) may further impact the Hernandez’s experience.
  • Identity 2-3 strengths in the Hernandez family.
  • Provide recommendations for how social workers might address issues of classism present in the Hernandez case.
  • Explain how recommendations would address class issues.

What Is The Difference Between Reliability And Validity?

What is the difference between reliability and validity?  Please incorporate the following concepts into your response:

·      Test/re-test reliability

·      Internal consistency

·      Face validity

·      Content validity


Why is it important to consider reliability and validity in psychological testing?