SOCW 6060: Research on Special Population

Hello, class!

Please follow the directions carefully.

1. Identify the special population you chose to research. The article MUST BE A RESEARCH-BASED STUDY!! That’s what EMPIRICAL means.

2. FOUR PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS related to the population your chose. It should be very clear what the TWO psychological factors are and the TWO social factors.

3. Specify which psychosocial factor your intervention will target.

4. Remember that outcomes should be measurable goals or objectives your intervention seeks to attain. How will the client’s functioning be improved as a result of intervention? 

5. From what you’ve read and explored about the psychosocial model, how is it beneficial to use? 

Be sure to integrate support throughout your post. Cite and reference, following APA style guidelines.

(2) a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) individual,

The Impact Of Race, Culture And Ethnicity On Human Behavior

You are a school social worker who has been assigned to work with a 12-year-old boy recently placed into your school.  He is exhibiting disruptive behaviors in the classroom and appears depressed and disengaged with his peers.  You learn he just came from Haiti with his family to start a new life in the United States.  The student also disclosed that he feels overwhelmed by his new home and school environment while being one of only a few minority individuals in both settings.  During a school conference, you openly discuss the issues with the boy’s family and his Father indicated that in response to his son’s troubles, he exercises corporal punishment on him, grounds him, and does not allow him to participate in any activities in the community.  His Father is refusing to accept counseling services for his son or any outside support.  The student actually tells you he is not allowed to associate with others in the community, even when he is not being punished, as he works with his father which is causing him to feel upset, depressed and wishing he could return to Haiti where he had friends, more freedom and felt happier.  Given the cultural aspects here, how do you handle working with this family?  What impact does race, culture and ethnicity have on this boy and his family?  What supports would you suggest for the family?

Gender And Age In Magazines – 4 Pages

In this project, you will investigate gender and age stereotypes in magazines. Look at two widely circulated
magazines and evaluate how ads depict males and females of various ages (adolescence, early, middle, and late
adulthood). You should evaluate physical appearance, personality, and behaviors as they are depicted in the
magazine ads. You can use the attached data sheet to help organize your impressions. After completing the data
collection, write a brief report that answers the following questions. Make sure to include a literature review
concerning the importance of media influencing gender stereotypes.
 Are all age groups represented in advertisements?
 Who is underrepresented and overrepresented? Why do you think that is so?
 Compare the various groups in terms of the characteristics you observed portrayed for each in the
advertisements. What generalizations about age and gender do these portrayals convey?
 Compare your findings between the different magazines. Are your findings similar or different?
 What do you conclude if they are similar? Different?
 If they are different, do the differences sensibly relate to differences in the apparent purpose or style of the

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Personality Theory

One of Freud’s insights was that language processes are key to understanding the many ways “personality” expresses itself or “hides” (resistance). What did Albert Ellis’ REBT therapy add to this insight? Discuss.

Additionally, you can also discuss the relationship between language processes, affirmations, self-hating, and agency.

Oswego Outbreak Investigation

Read the “Oswego Outbreak Investigation,” located in the Topic Materials.

Part 1

Complete the following:

  1. Using the line listing in the Excel “Oswego Line Listing Workbook,” calculate the attack rate ratios for each food item using the table in the Excel “Oswego Attack Rate Table.” Create a separate 2×2 table for the food item you think is responsible for the outbreak and interpret the attack rate ratio for this food item. Refer to the “Creating a 2×2 Contingency Table” resource for guidance.
  2. Using the line listing in Excel “Oswego Line Listing Workbook,” construct an epidemic curve by the time of onset of illness. What does this curve tell you regarding the average incubation period, source, and transmission?
  3. Using the incubation range and clinical symptoms, identify potential infectious agents that could be responsible for the outbreak (refer to the Topic Material, “Compendium of Acute Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases”). Discuss your rationale.

Part 2

In a 500-750 word paper, evaluate the situation and present your findings. Including the following:

  1. Does this case meet the definition of an “outbreak?” Why or why not?
  2. Identify the steps required to investigate an outbreak. How did these steps help in investigating the Oswego event? Include the relevant information needed for each step to be successful.
  3. Discuss the possible routes of transmission for the expected agent.
  4. Based on this information, what control measures would you recommend? State whether they are primary, secondary, or tertiary prevention strategies.

General Requirements

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

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The Expected Behavior Of The Clinical Social Worker In A Mediation Process.

Make analysis about how you should be the expected behavior of the clinical social worker in a mediation process.

  1. Professional Conduct and the Mediation Process.
  2. Express how the therapist’s style affects the process of mediation of family or couples.
  3. State the positive or negative consequences of the therapist’s style in his or her role as a mediator

Developmental Psychology

Review the changes that occur during puberty. Complete the following:

  • Reflect on this period of development.
  • Describe observations you have made about these changes in one male and one female (you or someone you are close to). For each example, discuss the following:
    • Did the changes of puberty occur early, on-time, or late?
    • Describe how the changes affected the individual’s psychosocial development.  
    • How might a different timing of puberty change the individual’s psychosocial development?       
  • Related to your examples: What are some concerns and things that parents/caregivers should look for during this time of change for an adolescent?
  • Using an external source, provide a recommendation that could be offered to parents whose child is struggling with this stage.

Please be sure to validate your opinions and ideas with citations and references in APA format.

This topic is valued at 40 points. Please review post and response expectations. Please review the rubric to ensure that your response meets criteria (Read Me First Section of the Course).

SOCW 6070 Responses

SOCW 6070 wk 4 responses for discussion 1

Respond to at least two colleagues post separately in the following ways:

Address a colleague’s post that differs from yours with regard to at least one cultural lens and expand upon the colleague’s interpretation of Paula’s needs.

Explain whether you might use your colleague’s strategy for addressing multiple perspectives when treating clients, and explain why.

Support your post with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.

Peer 1 post

Jasmine Dixon

RE: Discussion 1 – Week 4

Case of Paula: Cultural Lens 

Reviewing Paula’s culture and her strengths/weaknesses as the social worker I would take those factors into consideration to address Paula’s needs, well as to develop a plan with the team on how to approach Paula. Through the Future and Performance orientation I would interpret Paula needs as her positive plan for her future with a newborn. This will include making a decision to continue her pregnancy first. If so she would need to begin making plans to have items in place for the baby. In addition to the Future Orientation, Performance Paula’s needs will be interpreted by her changing her lifestyle and adhering to her treatment set by the team. Once these performances are carried out she can expect rewards for a better quality of life, well as the ability to take back over her life, health,and relationships.

Stakeholders Perspectives and/or Human Services Professionals 

While stakeholders’ perspectives are important to take into consideration I would also be sure to employ humane-oriented leadership emphasizes being supportive, considerate, compassionate, and generous. This type of leadership includes modesty and sensitivity to other people. This particular leadership style will aid in making sure the treatment of the clients are still in their best interest and does not impose harm or deny the client their basic rights. Every individual has their own culture and beliefs, which is fine, however, as Paula’s social worker it’s my responsibility to ensure those factors do not impose negatively on policies that will affect her and her treatment.

Fong & Gibbs (1995) found that the changes needed to create a culturally responsive organization can threaten the core culture of an agency, foster resistance, and compromise the effectiveness of an ethnically diverse workforce that must conform to preexisting services, rules, and procedures that may not be appropriate for serving diverse communities.

Fong & Gibbs (1995, p. 16–18) offer the following recommendations to avoid these negative outcomes at the organizational level: 1) The organization should recognize the impetus for the desire to hire multicultural staff and to clarify desired outcomes (e.g., improvement of service delivery or contract accountability issues); 2) the organization should become proficient in receiving and integrating divergent forms of input from all parts of the community and within the organization itself as it hires and incorporates culturally diverse staff; 3) the agency should strive as a whole to improve diversity; 4) the organization should consider optimal ways to cluster culturally diverse staff to create a critical mass so that they are no longer singled out as tokens in various units; and 5) agency administrators and staff must share a clear understanding about the required level of cultural skills and knowledge necessary to deliver effective services to the target population, to develop community ties, and to recognize the need for bilingual language skills.


Chun-Chung Chow, J. & Austin, M.J (2008). The Culturally Responsive Social Service Agency: The Application of an Evolving Definition to a Case Study, Administration in Social Work, 32(4), 39-64.

Fong, L., & Gibbs, J. (1995). Facilitating services to multicultural communities in a dominant culture setting: An organizational perspective. Administration in Social Work, 19(2), 1–24.

Northouse, P.G (2013). Leadership: Theory and practice ( 6th e.d.) Los Angeles: Sage Publications

Peer 2 

Emily Heare 

RE: Discussion 1 – Week 4

Two Cultural Lenses Selected

After reviewing the Cortez case study, the cultural lenses one selected to interpret Paula’s needs are mental health and socioeconomic lenses.

As stated in the case study, Paula has a bipolar diagnosis and is dealing with paranoia while admitting to not taking her medications regularly (Laureate Education, 2014a). She has been put on a 72-hour psychiatric hold due to her decompensating during a social worker visit. The social worker stated she feared for Paula’s safety and the unborn child Paula is pregnant with (Laureate Education, 2014a). With the mental health lens, one would interpret Paula’s needs as to ensure safety as number one for Paula. Once it is determined Paula’s immediate safety is no longer an immediate threat, the next step is to work with Paula’s mental health needs to stabilize her symptoms enough to be a functioning adult outside of a psychiatric unit.

Looking at the Cortez case through a socioeconomic lens, one would interpret Paula’s needs as her lack of financial supports. Depending on what Paula’s decision regarding her pregnancy will depend on if Paula needs to quickly become enrolled in the WIC program for financial assistance with food while pregnant and assistance for the child after birth. Paula will also need help looking into other socioeconomic areas such as assistance for obtaining resources for the baby, including bedding, clothing, diapers, etc. The case study stated that Paula’s right hand is semi-paralyzed, and she has a limp when she walks (Laureate Education, 2014a). It was also noted that Paula suffers from foot ulcers that result in Paula not putting pressure on her feet. Based on this information, Paula may qualify for government assistance such as disability. The aid is another avenue that Paula should be looking into to aid in her financial stability.

Incorporating Multiple Perspectives While Treating Clients

When working with stakeholders and/or human services professionals, I would incorporate multiple perspectives. Of those perspectives, I would focus mainly on gender egalitarianism, future orientation, performance orientation, and humane orientation. Gender egalitarianism promotes gender equality, which is very important when treating clients from all cultural backgrounds (Northouse, 2013). Future Orientation perspectives focus on planning for the future (Northouse, 2013). Being future-orientated in perspective allows professionals to treat clients in a solution-focused and prevention perspective. Performance orientation perspectives reward individuals for their improved performance (Northouse, 2013). This perspective is essential when working with clients as individuals tend to continue praised behaviors instead of ignored behaviors. Therefore, if a client is making progress, then using a performance orientation perspective can motivate the client. Finally, the humane orientation perspective “emphasizes sensitivity to others, social support, and community values” (Northouse, 2013). Such a view can lead to clients’ treatment through being “fair, altruistic, generous, caring, and kind to others” (Northouse, 2013). Clients need professionals to treat them with generosity and kindness to have a better working therapeutic relationship for increased positive treatment outcomes.


Laureate Education (Producer). (2014a). Cortez case study [Multimedia]. Retrieved from

Northouse, P.G. (2013). Leadership: Theory and practice (6th ed.). Los Angeles: Sage Publications

Career Research Essay

Use the research you have gathered to write an eight paragraph essay about your chosen career.

Click HERE to watch this video for help setting up your paper with MLA/APA. (Links to an external site.)

  1. Click HERE to watch this video for help with paragraphs 1 & 2. (Links to an external site.) Begin with an introductory paragraph stating who you are and your career plans.  Explain why you are interested in your career. When did you become interested in this career? What events in your life have led you to have this career goal? What major will help you reach your career goal? Explain your choice of career and what qualifications you feel you have for your chosen career? What is unique about your background?
  2. Using the information you received from the any of the assessments you took this week (multiple intelligences survey, learning styles, Career Coach), explain how your results might help you as you pursue your career and as you enter your profession.

Click HERE for help with paragraph 3 (Links to an external site.) Your third paragraph should summarize the national information you found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) (Links to an external site.). Give the annual salary, job outlook, a brief description of the job’s responsibilities and the required education.  Describe your educational goals, will you need a certificate, bachelors, master or doctorate degree? What are the skills you will need to reach this career goal? Include your plans for financing your education. Please note this information is to be written in your own words. You are required to cite this information in your research paper and on the reference page.

4.  Click HERE for help with paragraph 4 (Links to an external site.) Paragraph 4 should summarize the LOCAL information you found about your career using Career Coach (Links to an external site.)Career OneStop (Links to an external site.), or another reputable local source. Give the annual salary, job outlook, a brief description of the job’s responsibilities and the required education for the HOUSTON area.

5.  Click HERE for help with paragraphs 5 & 6 (Links to an external site.) Now it’s time to talk about your financial future according to the Texas Reality Check (Links to an external site.) report. Use the information from your financial assignment to write a paragraph that addresses the following. Give the amount of money you will need to earn to maintain the lifestyle you desire to live in the future.  Describe the lifestyle you intend to live and explain whether the expected annual salary (local or national) for your career will allow you to live that lifestyle. If it doesn’t, describe what steps you will take to deal with this situation. If you will have excess income, discuss what this will mean for your future.

6.  Compare the annual salary you will need to live in Houston to the salary you would need to live the same lifestyle in two other cities. Use the information your financial assignment and the CNN Money Calculator. (Links to an external site.) Discuss the differences in the cost of living in the two other locations versus the cost of living in Houston. Identify and report the largest percentage differences between the cities. Discuss whether family, groceries, housing or transportation are significant factors. Discuss whether your career is dependent upon location. Based upon your analysis, write a final statement that explains where might you decide to live.

7.  Click HERE for help with paragraph 7 (Links to an external site.) Think about how you can help your community as you learn the transferable “soft skills” employers find valuable as you study. Find two places where you could possibly volunteer in the future that could use the skills you will acquire from studying and working in your profession.  Use the information you found at Volunteer Houston (Links to an external site.) or another volunteer website to write this paragraph.  List the two places and explain what type of help they are requesting. Finally, explain how this volunteer experience could help you build your professional network. What personal characteristics, skills, etc. will enhance your prospects for success in this career? What specific experiences (including work experiences) have furthered this interest? What impact do I want to have on society?

8.  Click HERE for help with paragraph 8 (Links to an external site.) In conclusion, write your long-term career goal as a SMART goal. Refer to Goal Setting in Chapter 1 (Section 1.2/Pages 9-12) State your goal and what date you plan to achieve it. Tell the reader three specific steps you will take to make the goal a reality. Acknowledge obstacles that will get in your way and say what you plan to do about those obstacles. End your essay with a narrative statement describing how your life will look and how you will feel when you reach your goal. What are my short-term and long-term career goals? Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Your essay must be typed, 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and formatted according to MLA or APA style. You must create a reference page according to MLA or APA style. When you use data from your research, you must follow that data with in-text citations. See the examples provided and use the citation generators suggested.

SOCW 6070 Responses

SOCW 6070 wk 4 responses for discussion 2

Respond to at least two colleagues post separately in at least 1 of the following ways @ posts are provided must be different feedback for each peer

State whether you think the strategies your colleague identified would be effective in advocating for social change through cultural competence, and explain why.

Identify a strategy social work administrators might use to address one of the challenges your colleague identified, and explain why this strategy might be effective.

Support your post with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.

Peer 1 post

Nakesha Morgan

RE: Discussion 2 – Week 4

There are several strategies that are important for social workers to use when advocating for social change. When a worker is advocating for social change they must be knowledgeable with what they are advocating for. A person must have cross cultural awareness as they understand how everything act and interact with one another in the cultural environment’s (Northouse, 2013). Another strategy a social worker may use to advocate for social change is being humane orientated which help to focus on the worker demonstrating sensitivity behaviors to other people. With displaying sensitivity it allows clients to feel more comfortable and build a rapport as they feel the worker understand their issues and concerns (Northouse, 2013). With utilizing these two strategies it allows the social worker to be open-minded able to understand the social change and focus on the views for future.

There are many challenges that agencies face when it relates to developing cultural competency within their organization. One of the biggest challenges within an organization may face is addressing the needs of different groups or individuals and how it will impact the agency relating to cultural competency (Chun-Chung Chow, 2008). Another challenge the agency may face is with the staff having to change their style of work. With the staff having to switch up to become more culturally competent they may become less efficient with their work ethics (Chun-Chung Chow, 2008). This may cuse the agency to shift in their work performance adapting to new change.

Chun-Chung Chow, J., & Austin, M. J. (2008). The culturally responsive social service agency: The application of an evolving definition to a case study. Administration in Social Work, 32(4), 39–64.

Northouse, P.G. (2013). Leadership: Theory and practice (6th ed.). Los Angeles: Sage Publications

Peer 2 

angela slaughter

RE: Discussion 2 – Week 4

Two strategies

Two strategies a social worker may use to become an advocate for social change through cultural competence are taking an empowerment approach to become advocates for social change. Taking an empowerment approach, having self-awareness of my own experience of oppression, and sharing power and responsibility with a client can empower them. Once developed with this technique, according to Lauffer (2010), this “practice is aimed at increasing the capacity of individuals, groups, organizations, and communities to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes” (p. 256-257). Also, this method enables a social worker in a variety of ways to address “problems of stigma, exclusion, blame, and discrimination” (p. 257). By implementing this method, a social worker can advocate by being culturally competent to advance clients to receive quality services to improve their lives.

Another strategy a social worker may use to become an advocate is through cultural competency is cause advocacy. The social worker develops knowledge about social action and ways to create social change by engaging with a variety of other players such as “environmental and civil rights groups, faith-based organizations, neighborhood councils, unions, corporations, foundations, and professional associations” (Lauffer, 20101116, p. 20). Taking social action being involved in diversity as a social worker brings on social change in advocating for policy and program changes with organizations, communities, and society She also notes that social advocacy is both necessary and exceedingly difficult (p. 20)

Two challenges administrators may face

Administration may face challenges in developing cultural competency within their organization. One of the challenges administrators face is when taking a top approach instead of a top-down approach. Chun-Chung Chow (2008) as cited Fong and Gibbs (1995, that “diversity should not be managed from above but rather fostered through the use of “core groups” of staff members who meet regularly to create new values and assumptions about people, their behaviors, and how work gets done. The approach to facilitates top management needs to demonstrate a commitment to change so that staff-set agendas, continuous assessment, open discussion and the celebration of diversity can operate amidst a multicultural workforce (p. 45-46).

Another challenge an administrator may face when an organization experience resistance to change. If the organization’s culture unwilling to adapt, it “can threaten the core culture of an agency, foster resistance, and compromise the effectiveness of an ethnically diverse workforce that must conform to preexisting services, rules, and procedures that may not be appropriate for serving diverse communities” (p. 43). Social agencies are not closed systems. When this happens, it can cause an organization to lack support externally and cause damage to the integration of cultural competency. However, when an organization is open, according to Lauffer (2010) their goals are influenced by environmental expectations—especially those expressed by outside organizations and individuals with significant access to both needed resources and to legitimacy (p. 28). When an organization recognizes culture and provides useful services, and develops a bond with the communities, management “share a clear understanding of the required level of cultural skills and knowledge” (p.44).


Julian Chun-Chung Chow PhD & Michael J. Austin PhD (2008) The Culturally Responsive Social Service Agency: The Application of an Evolving Definition to a Case Study, Administration in Social Work, 32:4, 39-64, DOI: 10.1080/03643100802293832

Lauffer, A. (20101116). Understanding Your Social Agency, 3rd Edition. [[VitalSource Bookshelf version]]. Retrieved from vbk://9781452239460