Describe an intervention program that you might develop based on what you have learned throughout this module

  • Browse state-run Web sites to collect information about statistical estimates on family violence that is reported or that goes unreported.
  • Choose a specific area of family violence and hypothesize why there is such a variance between actual reported and unreported incidents.
  • Browse the Web to determine the state-mandated reporting requirements if treatment professionals learn about children in danger due to family violence in the home environment.

    You may choose to address your home state or any other state within the U.S.

  • Analyze the reporting requirements to verify if they are too lenient or too strict.
  • How might reporting rates be increased?

Write your initial response to each part in 3–4 paragraphs. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

In responding to your peers, compare and contrast the information for the state you picked to ones selected by your peers and provide insight into the reasons for the similarities and differences observed.

By Saturday, August 15, 2015, submit your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Use the same Discussion Area to comment on your classmates’ submissions and continue the discussion until Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

Assignment 3: Twin Behavior: Intervening

  • Amee and Aaron are 6-year-old twins of Josh and Lacy. Josh is an alcoholic and unemployed, and Lacy works two jobs to feed the family. When Lacy arrives home late from work, Josh is drunk after spending the day managing the children. Josh picks a fight with Lacy over petty issues and starts hitting her. Amee and Aaron try to protect their mother. As they tug on their father’s leg, he stops hitting Lacy, falls to the floor, and begins to cry. This has been a nightly ritual since Josh lost his job six weeks ago. Before losing his job, Josh used to hit Lacy on a sporadic basis, usually when he had too much to drink. The children have developed a morbid fear of their father, and they are extra careful not to annoy him.
    At a parent/teacher conference, Lacy is told that her twins’ aggressive behavior on the playground at recess is becoming an issue. Their teacher expresses concern and suggests that Lacy might want to investigate early intervention for her children. Without discussing the violence being experienced in the family, Lacy agrees with the teacher to pursue intervention for the twins’ behavioral issues
  • Identify and integrate various psychoeducational or supportive approaches that might be used at the community level, such as at community centers, schools, and social service agencies, to assist children like Amee and Aaron, who are at risk from family violence, to more effectively cope and develop resiliency.
  • Be sure to address whether there may be differences between the responses seen for Amee and Aaron and provide your reasoning.
  • Explore issues of gender, diversity, and ethics within the intervention approaches.

Submit your response to the W1: Assignment 3 Dropbox by Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Your response should be at least 2 pages long, and include a cover page and reference list.

Assignment 3 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Discussed the psychoeducational or supportive approaches for children witnessing family violence and are at risk of experiencing multiple problems at the cognitive, behavioral, developmental, and/or emotional levels. 32
Determined that although both children have been exposed to the family violence, there is no clear determinant of how they will respond to the situation due to mitigating internal processes. 24
Explored the issues of gender, diversity, and ethics within the intervention approaches. 24
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. 20
Total: 100

Assignment 1: Effects of Child Sexual Abuse

When Jamie’s mother, Arlene, attended the first-term Parent Teacher Association meeting, Carole, another parent who works as a case manager at a local community mental-health clinic, helped seat her. Over coffee after the PTA meeting, Arlene disclosed her concerns about the changes in Jamie. A little over a year ago, Jamie was kidnapped and sexually victimized over a 2-day period, after which he managed to escape. Arlene explained how Jamie’s life changed since that time: his grades dropped substantially, he started eating his meals alone at school, he stopped interacting with other children, and he has become a loner with no close friends.

After completing her narration of Jamie’s current condition, Arlene asked Carole for advice on his condition. She was not sure whether this is a phase. Carole promised to bring Arlene some literature on the developmental and psychological effects on a child who has been sexually victimized.

  • What would this literature indicate about the psychological and developmental effects on a child who has been sexually victimized?
  • What intervention strategies might Carole recommend to Arlene?

By Saturday, August 22, 2015, write your initial response to each part in 3–4 paragraphs. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

Assignment 2: Community Prevention Program

After hearing that a neighbor’s child, Jeremy, age seven, was sexually assaulted in the local park, the parents of Cherry Hill township decide that their community needs a program to prevent sexual abuse of their children in the future.

Prepare a presentation for the parents, providing pertinent information they might like to include in a Sexual Assault Prevention program aimed at the children in their community. Suggest the psychoeducational and supportive approaches that can be effectively used at the community level, such as in community centers, schools, and social service agencies, to provide this information to the children. Address issues of gender, diversity, and ethics in your presentation.

Submit your PowerPoint presentation to the W2: Assignment 2 Dropbox byWednesday, August 26, 2015. Your response should be at least 5 – 6 slides and include speaker notes for each slide.  In addition, make sure you have included a title slide and a reference slide.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Analyzed pertinent information they deem relevant to the development of a Sexual Assault Prevention program 25
Described the psychoeducational information and supportive approaches that the community can effectively use to deal with the issue of sexual abuse of children 30
Addressed the issues of gender, diversity, and ethics in the context of intervention approaches 25
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. 20
Total: 100

 

Assignment 1: Violence on Children’s TV

The National Television Violence Study found that in 1996-1997, 61% of television programs contained violence, and, of those selected, 75% showed no remorse, criticism of, or penalty for the violence. Forty percent of violent acts were committed by attractive characters.

For this assignment, you need to watch an hour of children’s television, preferably cartoons, and analyze the level of violence in the chosen children’s show.

  • Rate the aggressive acts using the following scale:
    • Mild: Verbal aggression with no physical contact
    • Medium: Physical contact with no blood, such as pushing, shoving, and hitting
    • Extreme: Use of force to cause bodily injury, such as guns, knives, and other weapons, where blood is produced
  • Determine if any of the following occurs after the violent acts:
    • remorse for the violence
    • criticism of the violence
    • any consequences of the violence
  • Analyze how the chosen show might influence the growing child, based on your readings. What messages is this show giving to the child?

Council on Communications and Media. (2009). Media violence. Pediatrics, 124(5), 1495-1503. Retrieved from http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/124/5/1495.full

By Saturday, August 29, 2015, write your initial response to each part in 3–4 paragraphs. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

Assignment 2: LASA 1: Protecting Children From Media

For his 10th birthday, Greg was given a handheld videogame system. His parents allowed him to pick any two games. They knew the games might contain violence, because there was a violence rating sign posted on the games, but rationalized that they were only games and other kids play them. Greg would quickly finish dinner and run up to his room to play his games.

His parents were pleased to observe that Greg enjoyed their present so much. After a week, his parents noticed that he wasn’t turning off the videogames at bedtime, and had begun turning homework in late. He was up so late playing that he would not get up for school without argument. His parents decided that enough was enough and took the video games away. Greg threw temper tantrums and persuaded his parents to buy him a computer after convincing them that it was necessary to keep up at school. Greg soon returned to the same pattern of behavior where he spent long hours and late nights at the computer. This time, his parents felt a false sense of security that he was doing his homework. One day, his curious parents decided to scan the computer history to see what Web sites Greg was browsing. To their horror, they discovered that Greg was spending many hours online playing interactive, sometimes violently graphic, games on the Internet. He was also chatting with other “gamers”. Before confronting Greg about his behavior, his mother and father agreed to investigate what types of intervention strategies might be available within their community. They have come to you, a behavioral consultant, for advice.

Click to Read the Kaiser Family Foundation Study: Generation M2. Media in the Lives of 8- to 18- Year Olds.

Describe the issue of exposure to videogame violence in today’s society as related to Greg’s situation. Explore issues such as:

  1. Prevalence (e.g., age, gender, racial diversity, etc.)
  2. Given Greg’s developmental level, what are possible dangers of exposure to media violence? Be sure to address this in the context of his cognitive and socioemotional development.
  3. Risk and protective factors, including predisposition to violence (e.g., are all children who play violent videogames likely to become more aggressive? What protective factors might mitigate the possible outcomes for Greg?
  4. Discuss the possible outcomes if Greg’s behavior continues unchecked.
  5. Discuss types of intervention strategies you would expect his parents to find at a community level, such as in community centers, schools, and social service agencies, to assist children like Greg who are at risk due to ongoing exposure to media violence.
  6. What would be a good plan to recommend to Greg’s parents?
  7. Compare the dangers of exposure to videogame violence with other forms of violence. What are similarities and differences between videogame violence exposure and the other type of violence you chose to compare?
  8. What are the costs of videogame violence to the family and the community and society at large and the other form of violence you chose for comparison?

By Wednesday, September 2, 2015, format your paper in APA (6th edition) style, using information you learned in your textbook and from the Kaiser Family Foundation Study to support your response.  Your paper should be between 4 and 5 pages in length. Include a cover page, abstract, and reference list, which should cite any information used from your assigned textbook, Kaiser Family Foundation reference, and other sources such as online course content.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Discuss issues such as prevalence (i.e., age, gender, and racial differences). 16
Discuss dangers of media violence in the context of Greg’s developmental level. 20
Discuss risk and protective factors, including predisposition to violence. 20
Discuss possible outcomes of continued exposure to videogame violence. 20
Discuss the intervention strategies/services his parents could find at the community level. 20
Recommend an intervention strategy for Greg. 20
Compare videogame violence to another form of violence. 20
Discuss societal costs of videogame and other form of violence chosen for comparison. 20
Style (4 points): Tone, audience, and word choice

Organization (12 points): Introduction, transitions, and conclusion

Usage and Mechanics (12 points): Grammar, spelling, and sentence structure

APA Elements (16 points): In text citations and references, paraphrasing, and appropriate use of quotations and other elements of style

44
Total: 200

Assignment 1: Discussion Question: Victim of Peer Violence 

At the age of nine, Anita moved from a small town to a big city because her father was transferred to a new job. Anita entered fifth grade in the middle of the term and was immediately ostracized by her female classmates. Anita begged her parents to send her back to her old school. Her parents assumed she was lonely and reassured her that things would get better soon.

Two girls began tripping Anita in the halls and taking items from her, starting with small items such as school supplies and graduating to larger items such as jewelry and clothes. They would “accidentally” elbow her in the stomach as they walked by, threw things at Anita when teachers were not looking, and whispered derogatory names to her. Anita started leaving for school in the morning, then circling back home when her parents left for work.

One day, Anita’s mother caught her in the attempt, but Anita refused to explain her actions. Reluctantly, she returned to school only to find the same two girls waiting for her in the restroom. They kicked her and pulled her hair. Anita returned to class teary-eyed and disheveled, but refused to talk to the teacher.  After class, her teacher encouraged her to talk to the school counselor, where Anita finally broke down and confessed what had been occurring.

We have learned that taking a social ecological approach (i.e., altering the environment) can be an important component to an intervention plan. As the school counselor, you must work with the school and Anita’s family to intervene on her behalf. Submit your response by Saturday, September 5, 2015.

  • Based on this scenario, what environmental alterations might you suggest based on what you have learned?
  • How will you foster resiliency as part of a community-intervention plan?
  • Include issues of gender, diversity, and ethics in your plan.
  • As the counselor meeting with Anita, how will you manage state-mandated reporting laws and maintaining Anita’s confidentiality within the community?
  • How will you incorporate Anita’s parents and school into your plan?

Assignment 2: Intervening With Peer Violence

Watch the following 18-minute video Bullies. Be sure to take notes as you watch as you will apply what you learn to the following questions:

  1. What did you find surprising in the video? Why?
  2. How did what you learned about the Cycle of Violence relate to what we have been learning about prevention and intervention for peer victimization?
  3. Compare the two intervention programs discussed in the video with what we have learned about best practices for intervening in peer victimization.
  4. Describe an intervention program that you might develop based on what you have learned throughout this module. Your program might include elements of either or both of the intervention programs you saw in the video.  Be sure to explain your rationale based on research for choosing the elements of your program.
  5. Based on what you learned in your readings as well as from watching the video, does research support inclusion of legal consequences for  intervening in bullying behavior?

Submit your response to the W4: Assignment 2 Dropbox by Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Your response should be 3-5 pages long and include a cover page and reference list.

Films Media Group. (2002). Bullies. Films On Demand. Retrieved fromhttp://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=9141&xtid=29938

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Explained surprising aspects of the video. 16
Related Cycle of Violence to what students learned this week about prevention and intervention for peer victimization. 16
Compared the two intervention programs in the video with best practices. 16
Fully described an intervention program that might include elements of the programs in the video and explained the rationale for selecting elements for the program. 16
Reached a logical conclusion regarding whether research supports inclusion of legal consequences for bullying behavior using evidence learned in class. 16
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. 20
Total: 100

 

 

Assignment 1: LASA 2: Cultural Considerations 

As a mental health worker in a large city, you have been asked to work with refugee children who have been relocated from central Nigeria to live with foster families in your city. The children are between the ages of 9 and 13, boys and girls. They were rescued from a refugee camp in Nigeria where conditions were very poor. People were cramped and slept in rudimentary shelters. Food was scarce, and disease was rampant. Prior to arriving in the camp, the children were exposed to brutal violence. They saw their families murdered, houses burned, and witnessed or experienced sexual assault. Some were also injured in the attacks on their villages.

Utilize the Culturegrams database in the Argosy Online library, the Ethics and Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2010), and your readings to write a paper addressing the following:

  • Describe the psychological effects of violence that the children from Nigeria might be experiencing? Be sure to consider issues such as gender and age.
  • Design an intervention program to address the children’s exposure to violence. Remember to consider individual, family, and community needs.
  • Describe the elements you would incorporate into a prevention program designed to foster resilience in the children from Nigeria, as well as break the cycle of violence that we learned can occur for children exposed to violence. You may research existing programs that utilize best practices as we have learned in this course, or design your own program.
  • Reflect on the debate between “cultural universality” and “cultural specificity”. How would you reconcile this debate within the context of the ethics code for psychologists?
  • Discuss why it is important to take into consideration cultural traditions when designing an intervention program. Describe at least two specific Nigerian cultural traditions and how you would use this knowledge in designing your intervention program.
  • Briefly describe at least 2 ethical considerations that one would need to take into account when intervening with children as victims of violence in general, as well as pertaining to cultural issues specifically

By Monday, September 14, 2015, format your paper in APA style, using research gathered from the sources above (i.e., module readings, Culturegrams, and the ethics code) to support your response. Your paper should be between 4 and 5 pages in length and include a cover page, abstract, and reference list.Submit your assignment to the M5: Assignment 1 Dropbox.

Assignment 1 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Describe the psychological effects of violence that the children from Nigeria might be experiencing. Be sure to consider issues such as gender and age. 44
Design an intervention program to address the children’s exposure to violence. Consider individual, family, and community needs. 44
Describe the elements that would be incorporated into a prevention program designed to foster resilience in the children from Nigeria, as well as break the cycle of violence that we learned can occur for children exposed to violence. 44
Reflect on the debate between “cultural universality” and “cultural specificity”. Discuss how to reconcile this debate within the context of the ethics code for psychologists. 44
Discuss the importance of cultural traditions when designing an intervention program. Describe at least two specific Nigerian cultural traditions and how this knowledge would be used in designing an intervention program 40
Briefly describe at least 2 ethical considerations that one would need to take into account when intervening with children as victims of violence in general, as well as pertaining to cultural issues specifically 20
Style (8 points): Tone, audience, and word choice

Organization (16 points): Introduction, transitions, and conclusion

Usage and Mechanics (16 points): Grammar, spelling, and sentence structure

APA Elements (24 points): In text citations and references, paraphrasing, and appropriate use of quotations and other elements of style

64
Total: 300

Assignment 2: Community Violence in the U.S.

In the increasingly violent times that the U.S. is experiencing, it has been observed that children in some areas are terrorized by street violence. Gang warfare can easily turn a quiet neighborhood into a war zone, where children might become inadvertent victims. Although some children can’t cope with the fear, a few are able to rise above it and confidently move ahead.

What are risk factors for children to become involved in gang activity?

Describe some of the effects of gang violence on children.

Describe some of the characteristics of children who grow stronger by surviving in these environments.

Discuss how parents in these neighborhoods could foster these characteristics in growing children.

By Sunday, September 13, 2015, submit your response to the appropriateDiscussion Area. Use the same Discussion Area to comment on your classmates’ submissions and continue the discussion until Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

Write your initial response to each part in 3–4 paragraphs. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

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