1. The first step
is to choose a topic of interest to you from our assigned reading
chapters in the text. Be sure stick with the assigned reading chapters
so that your paper is relevant to our course objectives and material.
Consider researching a topic that will also be of some use to you,
either personally or professionally. This will allow you to yield some
personal benefit from your research outside of class. Also, keep in mind
that in a latter section of the final paper (Assignment #3) the focus will be about the application of your topic in relationships, whether personal or professional.
topics can include any major topic from the course competencies in the
syllabus or from one of the chapters in our text.
Assignment 2 is the first major section the of the final paper, but for
the purposes of this paper, it will read like a stand alone paper about
your chosen topic from the assigned reading chapters. This first paper
will deal with the â€œwhatâ€ regarding your topic. Simply introduce,
define, and describe your topic in detail. Be sure to use multiple
scholarly and academic sources, textbook, books, and peer-reviewed
journal articles in psychology, counseling, or related disciplines.
Avoid websites in general, unless they are from expert sources, list
authorâ€™s name with doctoral credentials, and affiliated with a
professional organization. Use of bogus or non-expert sources can result
in loss of points in the final paper. There is no strict length
requirement, but typically this Assignment #2 will be anywhere from 4-6
pages in length. I do not mind if you go longer, I applaud a thorough
3. Always include a title page, abstract,
and reference section with each assignment (appendices if needed). Again
each assignment will look like a stand-alone paper. However, when you
combine them for the final paper (Assignment 5) you will do some final
editing to make it all flow as one paper with one title page, reference
section, appendices, etc.