Accessing Information About Evidence-Based Practices

Assignment: Accessing Information About Evidence-Based Practices

The first steps toward narrowing the gap between research and practice are recognizing that one exists and educating oneself and others. Social workers must realize the benefits and eliminate the misconceptions surrounding evidence-based practice. In the Bradley episode featured in the resources, the social worker combines her assessment of Tiffani Bradley’s individual situation with her knowledge of research to evaluate her supervisor’s recommended intervention. Now that the social worker has recognized a gap, she/he/they need to access potentially relevant information for a specific case and critically analyze for its applicability to that case. This week’s Assignment allows you to practice these critical next steps in the Bradley family case.

To prepare for this Assignment, review Episode 4 of the Bradley family case study. Develop a list with 2–3 researchable questions that you could use to find evidence about the efficacy of 12-step programs or other treatments for substance abuse in adolescents. Then, using the resources provided, search for two evidence-based interventions that would be appropriate for Tiffani Bradley. Be sure to consider quality of research, readiness for dissemination, replications, and costs.

By Day 7

Submit a 2- to 3-page paper that includes the following:

  • Summaries of the two interventions and their respective research regarding effectiveness
  • Recommendations for Tiffani’s social worker that address the following:
    • Factors to consider when choosing between the two interventions
    • The social work skills that the staff would require to implement the intervention
    • The training required to implement each intervention
  • An evaluation of evidenced-based practice based on your reaction to the experience, in which you address the following questions:
    • Would you, as a beginning researcher, have enough knowledge to benefit from researching evidence-based practices? Why or why not?
    • How might the research that you conducted increase your confidence in the intervention with Tiffani?
    • Is the information provided enough to make a decision regarding interventions? Why or why not?
  • Appropriate APA citations in your writing

First, please take the following personality assessment (The Big 5):

First, please take the following personality assessment (The Big 5):

The Big Five Personality assessment is arguably the most widely accepted measure of personality broken into smaller subscales (OCEAN; Openness to experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism**). These traits are neither good nor bad, and everyone lands on a continuum on the 5 subscales. Answer the following questions on the Big 5 (and the personality chapter in Rathus):

  1. After reading the descriptions of your traits how well do you feel they fit your personality? What aspects of the test do not work as well?
  2. How does the Big 5 differ from the other personality theories discussed in your text (psychoanalytic theory; humanistic theory; Big 3; etc). Compare/contrast the Big 5 traits with one other personality theory mentioned in your text.
  3. What aspects of personality does the Big 5 overlook? Would you add anything else as a subscale?
  4. Finally, take a look at these researchers’ explanations regarding neuroticism as “mental noise.” How does “mental noise” differ from the Big 5 definition of neuroticism?

Article Critique


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2019, a new strain of the coronavirus disease was discovered. Also known as COVID-19, this strain of the virus had previously not been identified in humans. A worldwide pandemic ensued as the virus quickly spread across the globe, impacting countless lives, including many individuals in the United States.

In an effort to contain the virus, numerous countries’ leaders encouraged social distancing, which is an infection control strategy aimed to help lessen the spread of a contagious disease. This directive was given by leaders in the United States as well. Two schools of thought emerged. In fact, many people were skeptical about the authenticity of this pandemic due to perplexing and often conflicting messages that were received across social media and news outlets. Therefore, numerous Americans assumed business as usual and maintained their daily living and social rituals. On the other hand, scores of others quickly retreated to their homes, embracing the warning provided by some of the nation’s top infectious disease experts.

This assignment provides you with an opportunity to analyze a real-world, peer-reviewed, psychology journal article that contains research examining the social psychology aspects of motivation and emotion. You will then demonstrate your understanding of the article by relating the research and conclusions contained therein to current events.

Begin by visiting the CSU Online Library to locate and choose a journal article in which motivation and emotion are viewed under the lens of social psychology. The article must be peer-reviewed and should be no older than 7 years.

NOTE: You are not required to locate an article about COVID-19; instead, you must find a peer-reviewed journal article concerning research that specifically examines motivation and emotion. You will then be critiquing the article and framing the research and conclusions presented in the article in the context of how they can be applied to behavior and social psychology during such an event as the COVID-19 pandemic.

A good place to start your search is the PsycARTICLES database or the Academic Search Ultimate database. You can access these databases from the Databases box on the library homepage.

For assistance in locating your article, you may find the following tutorial How to Find Journal Articles helpful. Additionally, you may find this tutorial How to Search in PsycARTICLES useful.

Once you have chosen your article about motivation, emotion, and social psychology, you will write an article critique that addresses the following elements.

Explain the research methodology that was used in the study.

Discuss social factors that influence people or groups to conform to the actions of others.

Indicate how behaviors and motivation are impacted by the presence of others. (How does this apply to COVID-19?)

Indicate the structures of the brain that are involved in emotion and motivation. (How could a person’s emotions related to fear drive their behaviors during this pandemic?)

Examine the article’s generalizability to various areas of psychology.

Why would some people choose to follow the orders to avoid social contact and others allow desire for human interaction to be their driving force?

In addition, your article critique should clearly identify the article’s premise and present an insightful and thorough analysis with strong arguments and evidence. You should present your own informed and substantiated opinion on the article’s content and its relation to social psychology during the COVID-19 pandemic. You should use the textbook as your second source to support your analysis and to supplement any information that is not contained in the journal article.

Your article critique must be a minimum of three pages in length, not including the title and reference pages. All sources used must be properly cited. Your article critique, including all references, must be formatted in APA style.

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Applying Development Theories

STEP 1: Think of a specific memory from your childhood. Briefly describe the event or experience.

STEP 2: Analyze the experience using three developmental theories: psychodynamic, psychosocial, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, or evolutionary. Use appropriate vocabulary for each theory. Add supporting evidence from your text. Describe how each theory provides you with a new understanding of this experience.

STEP 3: Each explanation should be in a paragraph or two between 75-100 words. This will result in 300-400 words total.

Culture, Advocacy, And Sexual Practices

Project: Final Project: Culture, Advocacy, and Sexual Practices

For this assignment, you design a 1 hour psychoeducation training on a topic of your choosing related to sexuality. You may choose to develop a presentation on any topic related to human sexuality but must include a discussion of cultural diversity and advocacy as related to that topic. The project must include both PowerPoint slides and Facilitator’s notes that script out each slide, including identifying how much time should be spent on each slide and directions for group activities. Facilitator notes need to be detailed enough that a peer could use the assignment you submit to facilitate the session. References (must demonstrate a well-researched topic).

Submit the following:

  • PowerPoint Slides
    • 15-20 (not including title slide, objectives, or references)
    • You are not expected to present or record your presentation, simply submit the materials that you developed for the presentation.
  • Facilitator notes. Facilitator notes must include:
    • Purpose
    • Target audience
    • Objectives
    • Format of presentation
    • Scripted lecture or detailed directions for any interactive/experiential activities for each slide in presentation
      • Presentation must include discussion of cultural diversity and advocacy as related to topic.

Assignment 4 Psychology 102

In this module, you will be exposed to topics that include social cognition and social learning.

In this module, you will be exposed to topics that include social cognition and social learning. Throughout your life experience, you are constantly challenged to consider the world within and the world outside of you. The world within is characterized by your thoughts, assumptions, and attitudes; the outside world can present you with behaviors of others that are different from your own. Your behavior can be influenced by both your internal mental processes and your observations of others in the world.
We will explore your experiences with social and cognitive learning theory. To complete this discussion, use Chapter 6 and Chapter 8 of your textbook reading, as well as your life experience. Your response to each bullet below should be about 2 to 3 sentences in length.

For your initial post, answer the following questions:

  • What is an example of behavior modeling that you have experienced in your personal or professional life? Describe the behavior that was modeled and imitated. You can provide an example where your behavior was influenced or you influenced the behavior of someone else.
  • What were the consequences of that behavior? Were there any unintended consequences?
  • To what extent should anyone be mindful of or responsible for the influence of their behavior on others? Use an example to explain your response.
  • What was the relationship between the subject modeling the behavior and the subject imitating it? Why is that significant?
  • Select one of the following questions to answer that relates to the example you provide:
    • How do mental processes manifest in the behavior you identified in your example? How do cognitive and social cognitive theory relate to your example?
    • Did it provide order or clarity about yourself, others, or the world? How do cognition or personal constructs relate to your example?
    • Did it model an emotional response? How does cognitive theory relate to your example?
  • Explain the synergy between thoughts and behaviors in your example.

Finally, describe how studying behaviorism connects to one of the following programmatic themes:

  • Self-care
  • Social justice
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Career connections
  • Ethics

Remember to respond to two peers while being respectful of and sensitive to their viewpoints. Consider advancing the discussion in the following ways:

  • Post an article, video, or additional research to reinforce a peer’s idea or challenge them to see their point from a different perspective.
  • Consider asking a content-relevant question or discussing your personal experience.

To complete this assignment, review the Psychology Undergraduate Discussion Rubric. You will also need:

Psychology Movie Analasys

Identify the movie by title and year. Provide a 2-3 sentence overview of the movie plot. Identify the main characters and provide a 1-sentence description for each.Extrapolate from the movie the individuals that are influenced by the study of or practice of psychology, provide an explanation for the disciplines or sub-disciplines that are involved in the movie. Utilize appropriate vocabulary and terminology in the extrapolation.Identify the psychological disorder of the character(s) in the movie.


Consider a leader in a specific situation, real or imagined, such as the leader of a project team, the head of the marketing department, the CEO of a company, or the leader in a team sport. Based on the leader identified, detail the following.

 Discuss 3 types of power the leader has. How is it helpful in enacting change within the leader’s sphere of influence? Discuss 1 reason to know if the person’s leadership skill is inherent or developed over time?

Research the theories and policies of counterterrorism and prevention methods to combat organized crime.

You are a counterterrorism specialist with the Department of Justice.  You have been asked to summarize the potential responses to terrorism for a Congressional Briefing.

  • Research the theories and policies of counterterrorism and prevention methods to combat organized crime.
  • Create a written document that explains the options available in counterterrorism work, at minimum:
    • negotiation
    • preemption
    • retaliation
  • Use appropriate examples to discuss which options should be used and when.