Issue Brief

As a member of the Executive Team for an organization serving vulnerable children, you have been tasked to prepare a report summarizing the development of a program to support these children. Your task as an experienced manager hoping to convince others to address the problem is to prepare an Issue. The brief should be between 4-6 pgs in length (not including bibliography); single spaced with one-inch margins using a 10–12-point sized font. It is to be presented in a format that clearly outlines content marked with headings for the following sections:

Topic: Dual Status Youth also known as Crossover Youth

Nature of the Problem: facts on the nature of this problem, (incidence, prevalence, special needs of this population)

Risk Factors: the individual, familial and community risks that have contributed to the problem,

Policy Implications: relevant policy initiatives or laws around the problem,

Case for Support: why it makes sense (and cents) for the community to support this population and fund programs to support the problem,

Collaborating Systems: other systems that may also be serving these children,

Protective Factors: the protective factors that may be lacking in the families of these children,

Program Models: at least three program models or evidence-based interventions to improve the outcomes for these specific children and families in the child welfare system,

Current Resources Available– resources already available to address the issue and support the population, and

Prevention: discuss ways that the problem could have been prevented from affecting children altogether.

Resources to get started:

Also, there are several resources attached including examples of a brief.

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Case Review

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This assignment provides an opportunity for students to complete a thorough case review of a client (Lisa). Students will assess Lisa’s case through a case study that provides several vignette’s regarding Lisa’s experience child welfare and substance usage. This case study illustrates the journey made by Lisa, a parent involved in the child welfare and addiction treatment systems. Students will follow Lisa through treatment program interviews and subsequent treatment, having to meet deadlines, and her recovery process with typical challenges and a relapse.

Lisa’s story illustrates clinical issues, observations and decisions made by child welfare and addiction professionals, confidentiality processes and procedures, and decision points related to her children and competing requirements.

After reading Lisa’s Case Study (attached), please adhere to the following guidelines:

For this assignment, students will be expected to answer a series of questions that correspond to each stage of Lisa’s progress through the substance abuse child welfare system. These questions can be found at the bottom of every page of the case study.

Please be sure that your answer for each section is supported with peer-reviewed resources or course literature. Also, please remember to integrate course material throughout your answers.

There must be a theoretical support section in which students must compare and contrast TWO theories and provide a through explanation and rationale for why one of the theories works best to support their work with the client. Please remember that you should specify the concepts and propositions from each theory that support, explain, and assist in your work with the client. Theories include: Respondent Learning theory, Operant Learning theory, Cognitive-Behavioral theory, Attachment theory, Psychosocial theory, Person-Centered theory, Genetic theory, Ecosystems theory, Small Group theory, Family Systems theory, Organizational theory, Racial Identity Theory, Ego Psychology, Trauma Informed Theories.

Please remember to integrate at least SIX peer-reviewed resources (outside of course material) to support your answers. Relevant course readings: Whitelaw-Downs, S. Moore, E. & McFadden, E (2009). Child Welfare Services and Family Services: Policies and Practice (8th ed) Boston, MA, Allyn and Bacon.; Sue, D. W., Rasheed, M. N., & Rasheed, J. M. (2015). Multicultural social work practice: A competency-based approach to diversity and social justice. John Wiley & Sons.; and Boyd-Webb, N. (2011) Social Work Practice with Children. Guilford Press, NY.

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Why Should I Stop Smoking? An Experimental Study On Successful Compliance-Gaining Strategies For Health Communication.

Schenck-Hamlin et al.’s Typology of Compliance-Seeking 

(Ingratiating, Promise, Debt, Esteem, Allurement, Aversive stimulation, Threat, Guilt, Warning, Altruism, Direct request, Explanation, Hinting, and Deceit). Explain the study that Schenck-Hamlin et al. conducted to develop the 14 typologies of compliance-gaining strategies. That is how they carried out the study, the results, the participants, and so on.

Review of Other Compliance-Gaining Strategies used in Health Communication

Here, we would get about 4-5 examples of health messages and review the communication style used in those messages.  It could include health campaigns, public service announcements, and health-related advertisements, amongst other things. The contents we would review will be anything trying to convince people to do health-related things.

Review of Campaigns Against Smoking

Here, we would be doing the same thing we did in the previous section, but this time we would focus on campaigns against smoking- just as a way to narrow down our scope.

The “How” of Communication.

We would talk about the fact that people also pay attention to how we present our messages and not just the content of the message. We would draw our hypotheses from this section. So, based on the content of this place, our hypotheses would look something like this.

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This data exercise requires you to choose an animated Disney movie and analyze it utilizing critical discourse analysis. Your learning from Module on Discourse Analysis and Critical Discourse Analysis will help you to conduct necessary analysis.You will primarily examine the way societal power relations are reflected and reinforced through language use (verbal or nonverbal means) in your chosen animated movie. You will pay special attention to issues of power asymmetries, and structural inequalities that has been explicitly or implicitly portrayed in the movie.

When watching the movie pay attention to the following:

-Language choices concerning accent use

-More specifically the use accents to express the nature of the characters

-Language-based stereotypes

-Gender roles and/or stereotypes

-Ethnic or racial-based stereotypes

-Pay attention to word use, nonverbal cues (clothing, colors, body postures, gestures, etc.), who is the main character, the ones that holds power, the ones that represent kindness, etc.

Your research report will be 3-4 pages at minimum. 11 or 12-inch, 1 inch margins, double-spaced. Report will include the following:

-Introduction (You can use the articles assigned for this module here)-1 paragraph

-Analysis and discussion of the findings (use excerpts from the movie to support your arguments and findings, cite articles assigned for this module in these paragraphs, each source needs to be cited one time at minimum)- Multiple paragraphs

-Conclusion- 1 paragraph

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Neurocognitive Disorders


250 words

The DSM-5-TR lists multiple disorders under the classification of neurocognitive disorders. For this research question, please identify one neurocognitive disorder and locate at least one peer-reviewed journal article that provides an intervention strategy for that disorder.

For your discussion post:

  • Define the neurocognitive disorder you are most interested in.
  • Discuss the intervention strategy you identified through your research and provide an APA-formatted reference. In addition:
    • Provide an analysis of this intervention.
  • Explain what you as a leader within the social work sector would recommend to your community as an intervention for this particular diagnosis, including your rationale for recommending it.

Working With Women

300 words

Use your Diversity, Oppression, and Social Functioning text to read the following:

  • Chapter 7, “Women and Sexist Oppression,” pages 90–106.

For this Discussion, your instructor has created a presentation that contextualizes practice with women. After you view the presentation, review the case study of Jean on pages 92–94 of your Diversity, Oppression, and Social Functioning text and consider the question “What do we mean by the oppression of women?” on page 102. Then use your post to discuss one or more of the following:

  • How do you define the oppression of women?
  • How might you apply the empowerment framework in working with Jean or other female clients?
  • What are the key issues to consider when working with women?

Jean is a twenty-seven year old half Korean and half American Caucasian woman. She is married to Tom, an American Caucasian, and the mother of three children: Brent, age six; Sarah, age four; and Tommy, age two. She recently sought counseling from a crisis service for battered women. Jean is depressed and withdrawn. She has a very small frame and reports that she has lost ten pounds in the past month. This weight loss, coupled with her flat affect, makes her appear quite ill. She denies any suicidal ideation, although she says that she doesn’t know how she will continue to take care of her children and Tom’s sick mother.

Jean’s husband, Tom, is given to bouts of heavy drinking and questionable drug use. He has violent episodes in which he alternately verbally and physically abuses her. He likes to bring his friends home after a drinking binge and make her serve them breakfast. He verbally abuses her in their presence, adding to her humiliation. During these episodes he calls her sexual names and tells her he wants to send her back to Korea and keep the children here.

Jean and Tom met and married seven years ago when he was in the army and stationed in Korea. They moved to the United States and settled near his family. Jean wanted to come to the United States to himself.

Jean reports to the counselor that the verbal and physical abuse is escalating and she often can’t sleep because she lies awake with fear. Jean sleeps with Sarah on the nights when Tom is angry and drunk. Jean asks the counselor what she is doing wrong to make Tom behave this way toward her.

Jean has a high-school diploma but little work experience. Tom went to computer school using the funds from his Army G.I. Bill. Jean always wanted to go to college, but worked during the first year of their marriage so Tom could get his degree. The children came quickly and there was no time for her to go to school. Now, when she and Tom discuss it, he tells her she isn’t smart enough and it’s not his place to watch the children. Her place is at home. Tom’s mother is very sick and Jean makes daily visits to her mother-in-law’s home. She feels it is her duty to care for her husband’s mother. Tom’s family often criticizes her mothering and lets her know that they wanted Tom to marry a Caucasian American.Jean feels very bad about herself, her mothering, and her place in the family. She blames herself for Tom’s drinking and possible drug involvement. She thinks she is causing him to abuse her. She has no family in this part of the country and feels that she doesn’t fit with the Korean community and isn’t really an American. She had one Korean friend whom she met at church, and with whom she discussed spiritual concerns. That friend recently moved away and Jean doesn’t feel comfortable discussing her beliefs with others. Therefore she has no one with whom to discuss her problems and feels culturally isolated. She feels completely dependent on Tom, who is getting more and more angry and drunk. In addition, he is missing so much time at work that his job is now in danger.

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What Do We Mean by the Oppression of Women?

To be conscious of external oppressive forces is the beginning of a sense of empowerment. Bartky (1990) states, “feminist consciousness is a consciousness of victimization” (p. 15). This consciousness is a divided consciousness in two ways. First, it is an awareness of unjust treatment of women by the surrounding environment that enforces an often stifling and oppressive system of sex-role differentiation. Victimization is impartial, and occurs on a macro, societal level. The damage is done to each one of us personally and is felt at a familial and individual level. Understanding this sense of victimhood raises one’s level of consciousness, and, through this increased awareness, one can begin to release energy and begin a journey of personal growth. Second, women of different colors and classes are privileged in ways that are uneven.

Lacking a culture of our own, we adopt the culture of our men and therefore subscribe to a truncated definition of the self, which either conforms to cultural stereotyping or sets parts of us struggling against each other. This is true for Jean, who leads her life through rigid cultural and gender role stereotypes. Her (1) lack of education, (2) economic dependence, (3) cultural proscriptions, and (4) lack of cultural and social supports inhibit her from articulating and meeting her own needs.

Linnea GlenMaye (1998) describes three general conditions that all women share as a result of being subject to psychological and structural gender oppression: (1) profound alienation from the self, (2) the double-bind of either meeting one’s own needs or serving the needs of others, and (3) institutional and structural sexism (p. 31).

Closely tied to gender roles and economic status is a term that emerged in the national consciousness in the 1970s and remains true in the 2000s. The feminization of poverty posits that women are poor because of the effect of their traditional gender roles on their ability to accumulate economic resources. The traditional coverture (femme coverte or covered woman) common-law marriage contract reinforces patriarchal structure and is reinforced by many social and economic institutions. This preferred family form fosters the woman’s economic dependency in the family. If she is divorced, a teen mother, or over age sixty-five, she is likely to be living in poverty. Women earn less than men for the same work, their share of national income is less, and income is stratified by both ethnicity and gender with African American and Hispanic/Latina women at the bottom—women’s job status is lower than men’s. If married, they earn less than their husbands. If single and the head of a family, their family income is lower than that of comparable families headed by men (McBride Stetson, 1997, p. 333).

6530 WK11 Assgn 2

Final Evaluation and Self-Assessment

Throughout the past nine weeks, you have had the ability to apply social work practice skills in a real-world setting. At the end of your placement, your supervisor completed a final evaluation of your practice skills.

Having had the chance to review your final evaluation, you will now synthesize the results of your evaluation to help you self-assess your field education experience. By performing the self-assessment, you will evaluate your professional development as a future social worker.

For this assignment, reflect on your field education experience. Consider the skills that you have developed and how they might contribute to your professional identity as a social worker. Reflect on what you had hoped to learn in your concentration year experience.

As you review your evaluation, the opportunity to engage in personal professional development should remain a consideration for the remainder of your program.

For this Assignment, reflect on your field education experience. Review the results of your final evaluation and reflect on what you would like to gain in future practice experiences.

Note: You should receive your final evaluation from you field instructor.

The Assignment (4–5 pages):

  • Explain whether you demonstrated social work practice skills throughout your field education experience, including a description of each social work practice skill and the measure(s) provided in the final evaluation.
  • Explain how participation in your field education course might help you prepare for a career in social work.
  • Describe potential areas where you might need improvement in relation to social work practice skills.
  • Explain how you might address those areas as you continue to develop as a professional social worker.
  • Explain how you have grown as a professional during this process.
  • Propose personal action plans that you can continue into your professional career.
  • Be sure to submit the results of your evaluation to this Assignment.
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6530 WK10 Assgn 2

A process recording is a written tool field education experience students, field instructors, and faculty use to examine the dynamics of social work interactions in time. Process recordings can help in developing and refining interviewing and intervention skills. By conceptualizing and organizing ongoing activities with social work clients, you are able to clarify the purpose of interviews and interventions, identify personal and professional strengths and weaknesses, and improve self-awareness. The process recording is also a useful tool in exploring the interpersonal dynamics and values operating between you and the client system through an analysis of filtering the process used in recording a session.

For this Assignment, you will submit a process recording of your field education experiences specific to this week.

The Assignment (2–4 pages): (LGBTQ+ community center, this session was the last session which ended in termination due to the field experience ending). 

  • Provide a transcript of what happened during your field education experience, including a dialogue of interaction with a client.
  • Explain your interpretation of what occurred in the dialogue, including social work practice or theories.
  • Describe your reactions and/or any issues related to your interaction with a client during your field education experience.
  • Explain how you applied social work practice skills when performing the activities during your process recording.
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  1. Week 5 Assignment – Strategic Financial Analysis
    The purpose of this assignment is to familiarize you with financial statements, the need to align the financials and the strategic direction of the firm, and the process of performing horizontal and vertical analyses of a company’s balance sheets and income statements.
    You will be provided with a scenario and a variances analysis. You will use the information in both to create a memo in which you demonstrate your audit financial statements and expenditures based on organizational priorities.
    You’re a healthcare administration fellow at the prestigious Stanford Healthcare. You have been rotating through the various departments over the past nine months and now you have the honor of working under the mentorship of Chief Financial Officer Linda Hoff.
    Stanford Medicine includes Stanford Healthcare, Stanford Children’s Hospital, and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. This organization uses an integrated approach to strategic planning, which incorporates jointly agreed upon strategic priorities from its various entities. It also ensures a high degree of congruence in strategic focus by each entity.
    Before outlining the strategic priorities for Stanford Medicine, it is important to note that a firm’s directional strategy comprises three discrete yet interwoven components: vision, mission, and goals (or, in this case, priorities). Armed with this knowledge, you have familiarized yourself with the vision, mission, and priorities of Stanford Medicine. Below is what you found.
    When examining a company’s financials, it is prudent to keep the directional strategy of the company in mind. After all, in order to advance many strategic priorities, which include fulfilling the mission and positioning the organization to achieve its vision for the future, proper management of the firm’s scarce resources is vital. Failure to properly manage the financial performance of the organization can compromise the company’s ability to maintain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
    Our Vision
    Precision Health: Predict. Prevent. Cure. Precisely.
    We will heal humanity through science and compassion by leading the biomedical revolution in precision health.
    Our Mission
    Improving Human Health Through Discovery and Care.
    Through innovative discovery and the translation of new knowledge, Stanford Medicine improves human health locally and globally. We serve our community by providing outstanding and compassionate care. We inspire and prepare the future leaders of science and medicine.
    Strategic Priorities
    A collaborative endeavor involving the entire community, the Stanford Medicine integrated strategic planning process yielded a framework that is human-centered and discovery-led, focused on three overarching priorities for our enterprise.
    By enhancing our strengths and achieving our goals in these priority areas, we will amplify our preeminence and remain uniquely positioned to lead the biomedical revolution in precision health, ensuring our continued ability to guide healthcare through significant global changes.
    Value Focused
    Provide a highly personalized patient experience.
    Ensure a seamless Stanford Medicine experience.
    Digitally Driven
    Amplify the impact of Stanford innovation globally.
    Deliver human-centered, high-tech, high-touch care and revolutionize biomedical discovery.
    Lead in population health and data science.
    Uniquely Stanford
    Accelerate discovery in and knowledge of human biology.
    Discovered here, used everywhere: advance fundamental human knowledge, translational medicine, and global health.
    Ensure preeminence across all our mission areas.
    Variance Analyses
    Normally, managers are expected to examine positive and negative variances, and then speculate as to possible explanations for the observed variances. Following this initial assessment, managers would be expected to dig deeper into those variances of greatest concern to the organization to uncover the actual causes for the variances, and then implement necessary corrective actions. Digging into all variances would be costly and, quite frankly, a misuse of time and energy.
    The CFO asked one of her financial analysts to conduct a variance analysis of the company’s consolidated balance sheets and income statements for fiscal years 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, which has been completed. The analyst determined the variances for each account (line item) captured in the financials. Now that this first step has been accomplished, the CFO would like you to pay particular attention to the negative variances contained in the spreadsheet and focus on those variances you believe to be potentially the most impactful to Stanford.
    The financial analyst completed your variance analysis over time, which is referred to as a horizontal analysis, and then proceeded to create a common size balance sheet and income statement of each of the four fiscal years (2015–2018). The common sized financials are captured in the provided spreadsheet.
    Financial Management and Strategic Direction
    Once you’ve completed your horizontal and vertical analyses of the financial statements, you should be able to get a sense of how well management has managed the financial resources of the company in support of its strategic direction. In business, the strategic direction should be evident in its vision and mission statements and strategic priorities. The strategic priorities should support the company’s mission, and the mission should help advance the firm’s vision for the future. Failure to effectively manage the company’s financial resources can seriously compromise the firm’s ability to fulfill its mission and, subsequently, the vision.
    Based on the provided scenario, create a 3–4 page business memorandum to Linda Hoff, Stanford’s CFO. For guidance on writing a memo, take a look at this Sample Memo [DOCX].
    In your memo, codify your findings and interpretations from the horizontal and vertical analyses and the level of alignment in the company’s fiscal management and its strategic direction. Include the provided Excel spreadsheet you used to complete your analysis as an attachment to the memo. In this memo, you will:

    1. Review the year-over-year variances contained in the audited Stanford balance sheets and income statements for fiscal years 2015–2018 in the  Week 5 Assignment Spreadsheet [XLSX]. You’ll be expected to pay particular attention to the negative variances (color coded in red) that you believe to be potentially the most impactful to Stanford and provide a rationale for that belief.
    2. Hypothesize as to the reasons for the negative variances. Be sure the hypothesis is supported by evidence from the scenario, the balance sheets, and income statements.
    3. Explain the proportional changes in the common size results over the four fiscal year time frame and identify notable changes in the ratios. Also include a hypothesis, supported by a rationale, to suggest why these anomalies may exist.
    4. Identify notable patterns and variances that warrant further investigating and justify both with evidence from the three- year period. Specify potential consequences of the variances to justify the need to examine these variances further.
    5. Assess whether the vision, mission, and goals of the organization are aligned with their current financial position and provide an explanation of why it does or does not align. Provides specifics from the variance analysis to support the assessment.
    6. 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 learning outcome associated with this assignment is:
    • Audit financial statements and expenditures for alignment with organizational strategic priorities.

Capstone DOC Outline

Capstone DOC Outline

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read Chapters 2, 7, and 9 from the text.  Looking ahead at your Capstone Pa per in Week 5, provide an outline highlighting the major points of your pa per for review and discussion among your classmates and instructor. In your outline, include all major ideas your Capstone Pa per will address, with brief two to three sentence explanations for each.


  • Revise your thesis statement that you created in Week 1, which identifies your social and criminal justice issue.
    • Incorporate any feedback that you received regarding your thesis statement from your instructor.
  • Summarize your chosen social and criminal justice issue.
    • Describe what makes this an issue.
    • Provide data to show how this issue has made an impact on society.
    • Explain which social justice principles need to be addressed and why.
    • List the cultural and diversity issues present in your chosen social and criminal justice problem.
    • Evaluate how addressing your chosen issue contributes to the goal of a more just society.
  • Analyze the empirical research on your chosen topic.
    • You may use your Week 1 Annotated Bibliography to complete this section of the pa per.
  • Propose a possible resolution to your chosen social and criminal justice issue.
    • Evaluate which branches of the criminal justice system are impacted/involved and how they either help or hinder the issue.
    • Analyze how the criminal and social justice theories (in relation to the United States Constitution) and landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions impact your chosen issue and support your resolution.
    • Examine how the judiciary, corrections, and law enforcement systems address social equality, solidarity, human rights, and overall fairness for all and how these essential concepts impact your issue and resolution.
    • Evaluate how poverty, racism, religion and other sociocultural variables may apply to contemporary social and criminal justice by drawing information among the fields of, but not limited to, criminology, law, philosophy, psychology, science, and sociology.
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