For this assessment, think of an organization you are familiar with and imagine yourself as a psychology professional on the staff. Scenario Your employer expanded services to a new group of clientel

For this assessment, think of an organization you are familiar with and imagine yourself as a psychology professional on the staff.

Scenario

Your employer expanded services to a new group of clientele prior to reviewing the latest research. After an initial rocky start, your supervisor has asked you to research the new clientele and write a report on the research that can be shared with the team designing the services.

Make your document easy to read by using the following subheadings to organize content:

Executive Summary

Begin with a 1-page executive summary that briefly summarizes the issue, research findings, and the recommendations. Refer to the Resources for links to examples of executive summaries and resources for templates.

  • Identify the type of organization, clientele, and stage of development.
  • Identify the area of concern for the target group: language development, cognitive development, psychosocial development, or moral development.
  • Explain the specific topic or issue researched.
    • In 2 or 3 sentences, summarize the research findings.
    • In 2 or 3 sentences, briefly summarize the implications for developing services for this target group.

Lifespan Development 

  • Explain why is research on this topic important in the field of human lifespan development.

Theory and Research

  • What are the connections between the theory and the research?

Findings and Methods

  • What do the research findings mean in the articles you read?
  • What are some of the factors that influence research?
  • What research methods were used in the articles you read?

Implications for Service Development

  • How do the research findings influence professional behavior and values?
  • How can the research guide social thinking?

Recommendations

  • What are some research-based recommendations for serving the identified target group?

Example Assessment: You may use the assessment example, linked in the Assessment Example section of the Resources, to give you an idea of what a Proficient or higher rating on the scoring guide would look like.

Additional Requirements

  • Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message and is consistent with expectations for members of the psychological professions.
  • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to APA (6th edition) style and formatting.
  • Resources: Minimum of three scholarly or professional resources. Please note that popular resources such as Wikipedia or About.com are not appropriate.
  • Length: 4–5 typed, double-spaced pages of content in addition to a title page and a references page.

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