This final assignment provides you an opportunity to transform your vision into reality by translating your exploration and brainstorming activities into a plan to actualize your vision and achieve your goals. By now, you are a practitioner-scholar with a lot of knowledge and insight about your interests in psychology and your career trajectory.
Throughout this course, you had opportunities to clarify your passions and interests in psychology practice and scholarship, to create goals to help you achieve your vision, and to explore the competencies and requirements for pursuing a career in your specialized field of psychology. To begin this assignment:
Take some time to reflect on all you have learned about the field and ways you can contribute to psychology, especially within your specialization.
Review work you have done in previous weeks that you could revise and incorporate into this final assignment.
Review the Your Career in Psychology Template [DOC]. You will need to use this template when writing your paper.
Use the Your Career in Psychology Worksheet [DOCX] to organize your ideas.
Read the Your Career in Psychology Assignment Exemplar [PDF] for an example of a completed assignment.
Complete the following in the Your Career in Psychology Template:
1. APPLICATION AND RESEARCH VISION
Describe your vision for your career as a practitioner-scholar.
Discuss how you would apply the findings from your literature review to your future professional practice in psychology.
What aspects of your research affected your vision or goals?
Given this, what topics do you think you would be interested in researching in the future?
Analyze how your work this quarter will help you accomplish the functions, responsibilities, and ethics required of a professional in your specialization. Remember to critically evaluate all information you use.
Describe how your vision was affected by the information in your readings from your Career Paths in Psychology text and in your exploration of the Career Center and other resources.
2. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES AND REQUIREMENTS
Understanding the competencies and responsibilities involved in your future career in psychology is essential for growing as a practitioner-scholar in your field. It is also necessary to understand any requirements needed for your specialized practice and scholarship.
For this step in the assignment, describe the competencies, responsibilities, ethical considerations, and other requirements needed for achieving your vision and goals as a professional in psychology. These include:
Capella program and specialization requirements.
Credentialing, certification, licensure, and accreditation practices and standards.
Analyze the role of the practitioner-scholar model in guiding professional development.
Skills, abilities, and attitudes critical to success in the field of psychology, such as those related to critical thinking, decision making, problem solving, evidence-based practices, ethical integrity, cultural competence, and conflict resolution.
Make note of skills, abilities, and attitudes related to the practitioner-scholar model and the experience you had in researching scholarly sources in your literature review.
Ethical codes, principles, laws, and policies applicable to your chosen career path.
3. ACTION PLAN
With all this knowledge of your vision and goals, and the competencies and requirements for the field in hand, you are ready to plot your course to making these aspirations a reality. The final step in this assignment is to create an action plan to achieve your goals. This means translating the requirements for your profession and the development areas you identified into specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timed (SMART) steps to achieve your vision.
Include these elements in your action plan:
Plan for completing your Capella program.
Possible opportunities for additional training or volunteer work to address gaps in your knowledge or skills.
Possible opportunities in your current position to develop additional skills.
Capella community groups and professional organizations that you could join for networking with others and completing additional informational interviews.
How you will stay current with the research, literature, and ethics in the field.
Steps you can take to become more inclusive in your professional life.
How you can apply what you have learned in this course about researching psychological literature and evaluating it in terms of reliability, credibility, ethics, and value.
How you will apply critical thinking and effective decision making in your specialization.
How you will use Capella’s support resources to develop the skills required to improve your writing and other competencies essential to the profession and to your role as a graduate learner.