WEEK 6—FINAL ASSIGNMENT Professional-Development Plan

WEEK 6—FINAL ASSIGNMENT

Professional-Development Plan

In this 12- to 15-page paper (4,200 words, not including title page and reference page), review and discuss the state licensure and certification requirements for the professional practice of psychology. Be sure to specifically address the different occupations within psychology that are regulated by state licensure and certification; the specific requirements for a master’s- and doctoral-level clinician; your intended emphasis area, as well as what led you to become interested in this area; any anticipated potential career opportunities and ultimate goal for your degree. Address your own strengths and weaknesses at this time, and how you plan to enhance your areas of strength and address any areas of weakness.

Continuing your professional development is a vital component for maintaining your skill level and growing your knowledge base. Techniques widely utilized include multiple association memberships, advanced/continuing-education courses, and association with and in both student and professional resource groups. Identify and discuss two professional membership organizations you can join, and explain why each would be beneficial to your growth as a psychology professional. Then, identify and discuss one potential resource for you to utilize as a networking element, and explain the steps you plan to take to realize the opportunity so presented. This resource might include a local clinic, psychologist in private practice, volunteer group, your state psychological association, etc. Evaluate and discuss the benefits presented by networking among such groups and how they might support your vocational goals and objectives.

Point Value: 32 Points

Assignment Rubric

Description: Professional-Development Plan In this 12- to 15-page paper (4,200 words, not including title page and reference page), review and discuss the state licensure and certification requirements for the professional practice of psychology. Be sure to specifically address the different occupations within psychology that are regulated by state licensure and certification; the specific requirements for a master’s- and doctoral-level clinician; your intended emphasis area, as well as what led you to become interested in this area; any anticipated potential career opportunities and ultimate goal for your degree. Address your own strengths and weaknesses at this time, and how you plan to enhance your areas of strength and address any areas of weakness. Continuing your professional development is a vital component for maintaining your skill level and growing your knowledge base. Techniques widely utilized include multiple association memberships, advanced/continuing-education courses, and association with and in both student and professional resource groups. Identify and discuss two professional membership organizations you can join, and explain why each would be beneficial to your growth as a psychology professional. Then, identify and discuss one potential resource for you to utilize as a networking element, and explain the steps you plan to take to realize the opportunity so presented. This resource might include a local clinic, psychologist in private practice, volunteer group, your state psychological association, etc. Evaluate and discuss the benefits presented by networking among such groups and how they might support your vocational goals and objectives.

 

Total Possible Score: 32.00

Describes state licensure and certification requirements for the professional practice of psychology, addressing different occupations, licensure and certification, master’s and doctoral requirements, the student’s intended emphasis area, potential career opportunities, and goals.

Total: 3.80

5 – Comprehensively describes state licensure and certification requirements, emphasis areas, career opportunities, and goals.

4 – Thoroughly describes state licensure and certification requirements, emphasis areas, career opportunities, and goals.

3 – Adequately describes state licensure and certification requirements, emphasis areas, career opportunities, and goals.

2 – Minimally describes state licensure and certification requirements, emphasis areas, career opportunities, and goals, with errors and omissions.

1 – Fails to describe state licensure and certification requirements, emphasis areas, career opportunities, and goals.

 

Discusses personal strengths and weaknesses and how to enhance or manage these traits.

Total: 3.80

5 – Provides exemplary insights into personal strengths and weaknesses and specific actions taken to enhance strengths and manage weaknesses.

4 – Thoroughly explores personal strengths and weaknesses and describes specific actions taken to enhance strengths and manage weaknesses.

3 – Adequately explores personal strengths and weaknesses and specific actions taken to enhance strengths and manage weaknesses.

2 – Minimal insight into personal strengths and weaknesses and few actions described to enhance strengths and manage weaknesses.

1 – Fails to delve into personal strengths and weaknesses with no actions mentioned to enhance strengths and manage weaknesses.

 

Examines the benefits of joining two professional membership organizations in the field of psychology.

Total: 3.80

5 – Fully examines the benefits of joining two professional membership organizations in the field of psychology; offers exemplary details of the benefits of membership for both professional organizations.

4 – Thoroughly examines the benefits of joining two professional membership organizations in the field of psychology; offers detailed examples of the benefits of membership for both professional organizations.

3 – Adequately examines the benefits of joining two professional membership organizations in the field of psychology; offers examples of the benefits of membership for both professional organizations.

2 – Minimally examines the benefits of joining two professional membership organizations in the field of psychology.

1 – Fails to examine the benefits of joining two professional membership organizations in the field of psychology.

 

Identifies a potential resource to utilize as a networking element, and provides an explanation of the steps to take to realize that opportunity.

Total: 3.80

5 – Identifies a resource to utilize as a networking element, and strategizes extremely effective steps to take to realize that opportunity and includes follow up communication examples.

4 – Identifies a resource to utilize as a networking element, and describes very detailed steps to take to realize that opportunity.

3 – Identifies a resource to utilize as a networking element, and describes a few steps to take to realize that opportunity.

2 – Identifies a resource to utilize as a networking element, and offers minimal steps to realize that opportunity, with errors or omissions.

1 – Fails to identify a resource to utilize as a networking element.

 

Discusses the benefits of utilizing networking groups and how they might support vocational goals and objectives.

Total: 3.80

5 – Comprehensively discusses the benefits of utilizing networking groups and how they might support vocational goals and objectives. Excellent examples are provided to support personal goals.

4 – Thoroughly discusses the benefits of utilizing networking groups and how they might support vocational goals and objectives. Clear examples are provided to support personal goals.

3 – Adequately discusses the benefits of utilizing networking groups and how they might support vocational goals and objectives. Some examples are provided to support personal goals.

2 – Minimally discusses the benefits of utilizing networking groups and how they might support vocational goals and objectives. Clear examples are not provided to support personal goals.

1 – Lacks a discussion on the benefits of utilizing networking groups and how they might support vocational goals and objectives. No clear examples are provided to support personal goals.

 

Writing and Organization

Total: 6.50

5 – Demonstrates exemplary clarity and organization. The paper contains a well-articulated thesis statement, flawless mechanics, and precise APA formatting.

 

 

4 – Demonstrates effective clarity and organization. The paper contains a well-articulated thesis statement, proper mechanics, and correct APA formatting.

3 – Demonstrates adequate clarity and organization. The paper contains a clear thesis statement, adequate mechanics, and mostly correct APA formatting.

2 – Demonstrates some clarity and organization. The paper contains an unclear thesis statement, poor mechanics, and improper APA formatting.

1 – Lacking clarity and organization. The paper lacks a thesis statement, effective mechanics, and proper APA formatting.

 

Research

Total: 6.50

5 – Demonstrates exemplary critical analysis of the research materials.  The student comprehensively uses varied, scholarly, relevant, and current resources to inform analysis, evaluation, problem-solving, and decision-making.

4 – Demonstrates effective critical analysis of the research materials. The student fully uses varied, scholarly, relevant, and current resources to inform analysis, evaluation, problem-solving, and decision-making.

 

3 – Demonstrates adequate critical analysis of the research materials.  The student adequately uses varied, scholarly, relevant, and current resources to inform analysis, evaluation, problem-solving, and decision-making.

2 – Demonstrates some critical analysis of the research materials.  The student partially uses varied, scholarly, relevant, and current resources to inform analysis, evaluation, problem-solving, and decision-making.

1 – Lacking critical analysis of the research materials. The student fails to use varied, scholarly, relevant, and current resources to inform analysis, evaluation, problem-solving, and decision-making.

 

RESOURCES:

Resources

Required Text

Sternberg, R. J. (2016). Career paths in psychology: Where your career can take you (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Chapter 16 Forensic Psychologists
Chapter 24 Military Psychologists

Required References

Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. (n.d.). Path to licensure: What every student should know. [PDF]. Retrieved fromhttp://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.asppb.net/resource/resmgr/Mobility_/Path_to_Licensure_December_2.pdf (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Dittmann, L. (n.d.) What you need to know to get licensed. [Web page]. Retrieved from http://apa.org/gradpsych/2004/01/get-licensed.aspx (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Herman, M., & Sharer, N. (2013). Trying to summarize state licensure laws for psychologists: Burial by grains of salt. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 7(2), 123-133.

Recommended References

American Psychological Association. (2017) Careers in psychology. [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/careers/resources/guides/careers.pdf (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

American Psychological Association (2017) RSS from APA. [Web page]. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/rss/index.aspx#journals (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Davis, S. F., Giordano, P. J., & Licht, C. A. (2009). Your career in psychology: Putting your graduate degree to work. Boston, MA: John Wiley & Sons.
Chapter 13: Specialist versus Generalist Careers: Choosing Your Path
Chapter 21: Continuing Education and More Specialized Credentials

Plous, S. (2017) Psychology news service. Social Psychology Network. [Web page]. Retrieved from http://www.socialpsychology.org/rss/news.htm (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

 

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