Career Planning

    Career Planning

    You have found an opening for your dream job in human services. For the application, you are asked to write a formal paper discussing the social problem that you are passionate about and conduct research on that topic. You must also show that you understand the roles, responsibilities, and functions/activities of this position, and be able to relate them to the social problem you identified.

    For this assignment, please respond to the following:

    Identify a social problem you are passionate about and one that is related to your concentration area, either Family and Community Services, or Organizations and Social Services. ( page minimum)

    Describe the purpose and history of major policies related to this social problem.
    For example, describe the significant policy or policies of child welfare, the main purpose of child welfare policy, and the key historical events or influential individuals. (1 page minimum)

    Research and briefly explain a human services job title/position in your intended career path. You may refer to the human service roles in Chapter 2 or the supplemental career resources in this unit to assist you in researching your career interests. ( page minimum)

    Explain the specific roles, responsibilities, and functions/activities of this identified position, including advocating for social change and leadership in diverse practice settings. ( page minimum)

    Explain how these roles and functions as an advocate and leader help to alleviate the identified social problem you explored in the first part of this assignment. ( page minimum)

    Assignment Guidelines

    Your Assignment should be a 3-4 page expository essay, not including the title and reference pages, and should include the following elements:

    Title page: Provide your name, title of Assignment, course and section number, and date
    Body: Answer all the questions in complete sentences and paragraphs

    Your responses should reflect professional writing standards using proper tone and language. The writing and writing style should be correct, accurate, and reflect knowledge of human service theories.

    Reference page: Sources in APA format

    Include a minimum of three scholarly, academic sources, with one of these references being the textbook.

    Use Arial or Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, and left-aligned
    Use standard 1″ margins on all sides
    Use APA Formatting and Citation style

    Web Resources

    Visit the links below for helpful resources on employment in human services:

    Human Services Resource Guide (ATTACHED)

    Alliance for Strong Families and Communities: National Job Board. Retrieved from
    Visit the links below for information on child trauma:

    Child Trauma Academy: CTA Library. Retrieved from
    The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: What is child trauma?. Retrieved from
    Watch the video below that discusses how trauma affects brain development:

    Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime. Retrieved from
    Library Resources

    Read the following chapters from 101 Careers in Social Work:

    Chapter 14: Careers in Community Practice
    Chapter 15: Leadership in Human Service Organizations

    TEXT: An Introduction to Human Services Edition: 9th (2018) Author: McClam, Woodside Publisher: Cengage Learning Book ISBN: 978-1337567176

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