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Week 1 Journal

Prior to completing the journal this week, read Chapter 1: Professional Applications of Psychology (INCLUDED IN ATTACHMENTS) in the course textbook, read the APA’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (Links to an external site.)  https://www.apa.org/ethics/code/ (Introduction and Preamble), and watch Samantha Agoos’s TED-Ed Animation, com/lessons/5-tips-to-improve-your-critical-thinking-samantha-agoos“>5 Tips to Improve Your Critical Thinking (Links to an external site.). https://ed.ted.com/lessons/5-tips-to-improve-your-critical-thinking-samantha-agoos  Keep these resources handy, because we will be referring back to them throughout your assignments in this course.

Several areas are identified in the chapter as applicable to the requirements of a psychology professional. These include application of critical thinking, professional writing and communications, and codes of conduct. Specifically in the preamble of the APA’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (Links to an external site.), it states that instructors are obligated to encourage ethical standards by students. Hence it is important that you illustrate that you understand the importance of these ethical practices in this course.

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With this in mind, reflect on your own journey in academics by considering the following sentence starters as you write your journal:

  • Do you believe you have improved your level of critical thought during your time with University of Arizona Global Campus? In what ways?
  • Do you believe you have improved your level of professional writing standards? What improvements can you identify?
  • Do you utilize software that can help you edit your writing? If so, what software works best for you? YES, GRAMMARLY
  • Do you double check that you have sufficiently given credit to outside authors? Was there a resource that was most helpful to you?
  • Do you use your own voice rather than just writing exactly what someone else said with quotes?
    • When you do this, do you still cite where you learned the information?
  • How about ethical standards associated with giving advice: Are you more careful now to not give psychological advice, without having additional education, or supported evidence?
  • What do our reflection resource readings tell us about applying ethics?

There are many additional considerations you may include, but the key to this reflection is to

  • Demonstrate a broad understanding about the importance of the responsibilities associated with graduating with knowledge in the area of psychology.
  • Explain the potential applications of such knowledge to your future goals.
  • Discuss implications associated with ethical writing practices.
  • Discuss the implications of offering psychological advice to others, with limited knowledge and without credentials.

(Please do NOT list these sentence starters in your reflection. You should simply make sure that you discuss each in a way that reflects your understanding of the significance and applications of having a psychology degree.)

The Week 1 Journal

  • Must be two to three double-spaced pages in length (not including the list of references) and formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the University of Arizona Global Campus Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.)
  • Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
  • Must use at least the required websites in addition to the course text, when applicable. Feel free to use additional scholarly sources. Note that your personal experiences/opinions do not need to be cited.
  • Must document any information used from sources, if applicable, in APA Style as outlined in the University of Arizona Global Campus Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)
  • Must include a list of your references

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Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to

Explain the types of preparation needed to obtain a career in a field of interest.

Apply the elements of thought to critical thinking scenarios.

Compare and contrast representations of the scientific method.

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Scientifically critique claims published in popular and scholarly sources.

Understand the importance of written communication skills.

Distinguish credible resources for obtaining information about APA professional ethics.

Nellia, about to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in psychology, says, “I’ve always been the friend that people talked to about their problems. I’m passionate about helping people and I also want to have my own private practice. I would love to earn a PhD or PsyD in clinical or counseling psychology to become a licensed psychologist. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll get my LPC [Licensed Professional Counselor].”

Marcus has worked with his company for eight years and has been promoted twice. His supervisor is pleased with his work and believes Marcus would make an excellent manager, but Marcus must have a bachelor’s degree to be promoted to a management position. He chose psychology because his job requires him to work with people, and he has found that the extra insight has helped him improve his performance. None of the upper management positions in his company require a master’s degree, so he is not interested in a graduate degree.

Janine is graduating in less than two months and is still not sure what she wants to do with her psychology degree. Her grades are average and she is comfortable taking online classes and enjoys engaging with the instructors and her classmates. She ponders, “I think I would enjoy teaching online classes.” She is planning to apply to an online graduate psychology program to earn her master’s degree. She is not yet committed to earning a doctorate degree but is open to the possibility depending on how she does in the master’s program.

Kyle is planning to open his own business eventually. “Before starting my own business, I’ll earn my MBA while obtaining sales, marketing, budgeting, and leadership experience in a retail chain business. Having a psychology background will help me understand my customers and the market.”

Ariel is earning her bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in criminal justice while on active duty in the Air Force. She has a successful military career and is looking forward to her retirement in three years. She tells her instructor, “I am preparing for a position in the justice system, most likely a probation officer. Occasionally, I think I might be interested in law school—my husband says I love to argue and debate like an attorney—but I don’t know. I’ll probably just look for a job in juvenile probation.”

Five different stories, five very different career paths, each one relevant to psychology. Each of these graduates will utilize the knowledge and skills obtained from basic and applied psychological research in unique ways, as will you. This book is designed to assist you in synthesizing information you have learned throughout your degree program to prepare you for a variety of career trajectories after graduation. As you think about these stories, consider the following questions:

Which of these stories do you relate to most, and why? What ways have you applied psychology in your everyday life? How might a degree in psychology help you navigate your personal and professional life more

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effectively?

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Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to

Explain the types of preparation needed to obtain a career in a field of interest.

Apply the elements of thought to critical thinking scenarios.

Compare and contrast representations of the scientific method.

1Professional Applications of

Psychology Yolanda Harper, PhD—AshfordAshford University University

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Scientifically critique claims published in popular and scholarly sources.

Understand the importance of written communication skills.

Distinguish credible resources for obtaining information about APA professional ethics.

Nellia, about to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in psychology, says, “I’ve always been the friend that people talked to about their problems. I’m passionate about helping people and I also want to have my own private practice. I would love to earn a PhD or PsyD in clinical or counseling psychology to become a licensed psychologist. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll get my LPC [Licensed Professional Counselor].”

Marcus has worked with his company for eight years and has been promoted twice. His supervisor is pleased with his work and believes Marcus would make an excellent manager, but Marcus must have a bachelor’s degree to be promoted to a management position. He chose psychology because his job requires him to work with people, and he has found that the extra insight has helped him improve his performance. None of the upper management positions in his company require a master’s degree, so he is not interested in a graduate degree.

Janine is graduating in less than two months and is still not sure what she wants to do with her psychology degree. Her grades are average and she is comfortable taking online classes and enjoys engaging with the instructors and her classmates. She ponders, “I think I would enjoy teaching online classes.” She is planning to apply to an online graduate psychology program to earn her master’s degree. She is not yet committed to earning a doctorate degree but is open to the possibility depending on how she does in the master’s program.

Kyle is planning to open his own business eventually. “Before starting my own business, I’ll earn my MBA while obtaining sales, marketing, budgeting, and leadership experience in a retail chain business. Having a psychology background will help me understand my customers and the market.”

Ariel is earning her bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in criminal justice while on active duty in the Air Force. She has a successful military career and is looking forward to her retirement in three years. She tells her instructor, “I am preparing for a position in the justice system, most likely a probation officer. Occasionally, I think I might be interested in law school—my husband says I love to argue and debate like an attorney—but I don’t know. I’ll probably just look for a job in juvenile probation.”

Five different stories, five very different career paths, each one relevant to psychology. Each of these graduates will utilize the knowledge and skills obtained from basic and applied psychological research in unique ways, as will you. This book is designed to assist you in synthesizing information you have learned throughout your degree program to prepare you for a variety of career trajectories after graduation. As you think about these stories, consider the following questions:

Which of these stories do you relate to most, and why? What ways have you applied psychology in your everyday life? How might a degree in psychology help you navigate your personal and professional life more

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effectively?

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