write a 700-1000 word
narrative to serve as a preface to the Professional Work Samples section. This narrative should consist of a
clear and thoughtful analysis of how each work sample reveals your strengths
and areas for improvement, according to each of the seven areas addressed in
the program outcomes/competencies. Make
sure you also address how you intend to strengthen your competencies in all
areas as you graduate onto the next step of your professional career. On which
areas will you focus most and why?
These outcomes are listed below,
along with the assignments that could be included to demonstrate mastery of the
- Cognitive abilities (critical
thinking and information literacy): Assignments or projects that
demonstrate problem solving, analysis, synthesis, appropriate use of
information resources, etc.
- Research skills: A
copy of a research proposal, a survey developed, etc.
- Communication skills (written
and oral): A topic paper, presentation outline, or PowerPoint that
demonstrates your written and oral communication skills.
- Ethics & Diversity awareness: Papers that demonstrate your understanding and/or
analysis of ethical and diversity issues in psychology.
- Knowledge of foundations of the field: Assignments, papers, or projects that demonstrate your
understanding of basic concepts, theories, and empirical findings in one
or more of the domains of psychology, including biological, cognitive,
developmental, personality, and social.
- Knowledge of applied psychology: Assignments, papers, or projects from courses and/or an
internship that demonstrates your ability to apply psychology to personal,
social, and/or organizational problems.
- Interpersonal Effectiveness: PowerPoint presentations, videos of your presentations
that demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively, appreciate
diversity and cultural sensitivity and awareness of your impact on others.
These are my work samples:
Car Accidents Using Cell Phones
This sample applied critical and
creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and a scientific approach to solve
problems related to behavior and the mental processes. It was able to share
multiple perspectives on the subject of car accidents because of cell phone
operation. It was also able to recognize the underlying assumptions, and judged
the rationality of these justifications by comparing them to a range of varying
interpretations and prospective. The article provided positive as well as
negative appraisal of the use of cell phones while operating a vehicle. It was
able to uncover and judge scientific evidence for psychological claims. The
topic paper, presentation outline demonstrated written and oral communication
skills. It was able to demonstrate the understanding of basic concepts,
theories, and empirical findings in one or more of the domains of psychology,
including biological, cognitive, developmental, personality, and social. The
sample demonstrated the ability to apply psychology to personal, social, and/or
organizational problems. The sample recognized the essential elements of the
cell phone problem, issue, or argument; however, some aspects of hypotheses or
conclusions were confused or incorrect, details or nuances are missing or
glossed over, multiple points of view were taken into account but
contradictions are not resolved.
Cultural competence describes the
ability of an individual or organization to interact effectively with people of
different cultures, SHAMAHA, (2014). Culture competency is often described as
the combination of a body of knowledge, a body of belief and a body of
behavior. It involves a set of congruent
behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or
among professionals that enables effective work in cross-cultural situations.
‘Culture’ refers to integrated patterns of human behavior that include the
language, thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values, and
institutions of racial, ethnic, religious, or social groups, OMH, (2013). This sample analyzed the
importance of effective communication skills in developing strong interpersonal
and organizational relationships that are culturally sensitive and respectful
of diversity. The article provided a definition for cultural competence and
provided some examples of what it means to be culturally competent. It
identified psychological principles and started to examine and analyze
personal, social, and organizational issues, but was unable to integrate or
generalize applications beyond the examples that were given.
Schedule 2 Drugs
Cocaine and adderall are both stimulants that
are classified as DEA schedule 2 drugs. Both drugs are potentially high for
abuse, serious psychological problems, and physical addiction, DEA, (2014).
Stimulants affect the central nervous system and those areas that are
responsible for movement and pleasure (the dopamine) in the brain. Stimulants
make dopamine build up in the synapse (space between neurons) by stopping these
stimulants from being recycled. The built up of dopamine interferes with the
normal communication of the brain causing a euphoric feeling. If abused
consistently stimulants can cause permanent alterations in the reward and other
systems in the brain. The more stimulants are abused; tolerance increases as
the user attempts to emulate their initial experience, but cannot. Stimulant
abuse can cause constriction of veins and arteries, pupil dilation; overall
escalation in body temperature, it can increase the heartbeat and cause
dangerously high blood pressure. Stimulants, when abused, can give the user
headaches and causes problems with indigestion (cramps, nausea, and stomach
pain). The user often looses their appetite and as a result is underweight and
malnourished. Stimulants can render users vulnerable to fatal cardiac arrest,
stroke, and cause an inability to breathe properly. As with any manner of drug
abuse, abusers find themselves at HIV risk with unsafe behaviors. Inhaling
stimulants may cause lesions in the nasal cavity, an inability to smell things,
sore throat, and other chronic nasal problems. Stimulants with other drugs such
as alcohol or depressants can cause many different kinds of severe problems,
NIH, (2013). This sample found and evaluated scientific evidence for
psychological claims. It explains major
concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends
in psychology. It applied psychological principles to examine and analyze
personal, social, and organizational issues.
Behaviorism is also referred to as
behavioral psychology. It is a theory of learning that implies that all
behaviors are obtained through conditioning. Conditioning is enhanced by
interactions with the environment. Behaviorists deduced that our behaviors are
molded by our responses to environmental stimuli. Popular behaviorists included
Pavlov, Watson, and Skinner. This sample was able to explain major concepts,
theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in
psychology. It examined and compared theories by three psychologists, Pavlov,
Watson, and Skinner, in their contributions to psychology.