Creating a Single-System (Subject) Design Study

    To prepare for this Assignment, imagine that you are the social worker assigned to work with Paula Cortez (see the case study, Social Work Research: Single Subject in this weeks resources). After an initial assessment of her social, medical, and psychiatric problems, you develop a plan for intervention. You also develop a plan to monitor progress in your work with her using measures that can be evaluated in a single-system research design. As a scholar practitioner, you rely on research to help plan your intervention and your evaluation plan.

    Complete the Cortez Family interactive media in this weeks resources. Conduct a literature search related to the chronic issues related to HIV/AIDS and bipolar mental disorder. Search for additional research related to assessing outcomes and theoretical frameworks appropriate for this client. For example, your search could include terms such as motivational interviewing and outcomes and goal-oriented practice and outcomes. You might also look at the NREPP database identified in Week 1, to search for interventions related to mental health and physical health.a 5- to 7-page proposal/research plan for single-system (subject) evaluation for your work with Paula Cortez. Identify the problems that you will target and the outcomes you will measure, select an appropriate intervention or interventions (including length of time), and identify an appropriate evaluation plan.

    Include a description of:

    The problem(s) that are the focus of treatment
    The intervention approach, including length of time, so that it can be replicated
    A summary of the literature that you reviewed that led you to select this intervention approach
    The purpose for conducting a single-system (subject) research evaluation
    The measures for evaluating the outcomes and observing change including:
    Evidence from your literature search about the nature of the measures
    The validity and reliability of the measures
    How baseline measures will be obtained
    How often follow-up measures will be administered
    The criteria that you would use to determine whether the intervention is effective
    How the periodic measurements could assist you in your ongoing work with Paula

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