Select the topic for your Critical Review, which is due in Week Six,  and briefly analyze its key features and pathophysiology. You may select  from any of the following psychiatric disorders: schizophrenia (or  schizotypal disorders), bipolar disorder, depression, any of the anxiety  disorders, PTSD, chronic pain disorders, Alzheimer’s disease,   Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorder, seizures, ADD/ADHD,  autism, OCD, any personality disorder, brain trauma, stroke,  encephalitis, meningitis, or migraines.  Other topics may be chosen,  with approval of your instructor.

Other topics may be considered but require prior approval by the  instructor. However, addiction is not the emphasis of the course.  Critical Reviews focusing on addiction, or drugs of addiction, will not  be accepted. Your paper must focus on drug treatment and not on other  modes of treatment. Papers that discuss psychotherapy, other than in  passing, will not be given credit. Ask your instructor for  clarification.

Explain your chosen psychiatric disorder in terms of neurotransmitter  and receptor theories. Describe the symptomology of the disorder and  its relationship with the neurotransmitters involved. Discuss the  anatomic changes seen with the disorder. Explain the relationship  between neurotransmitter and anatomic features and resultant symptoms.  Summarize the interaction(s) between the behavioral, neuroanatomical,  and neurotransmitter changes seen within the selected disorder.

The paper: Must be three to five double-spaced pages in length (not including  title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as  outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.  Must include a separate title page with the following: Title of paper Student’s name Course name and number Instructor’s name Date submitted Must use at least three peer-reviewed sources from the Ashford  University Library. These may include the required articles for the  assignment. Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Top 3 qualifications to be a hacker in your field

As evidenced by websites such as Instructables and HackThis, hacking isn’t exclusive to information technology and networking.   Define hacking. Give an example of how you hack something in your daily life. What is hacking within your field? Is this a valuable skill?  Why? List 3 qualifications to be a hacker in your field of study.


  Assumptions About Human Behavior

Select one of the schools of thought from the readings for this week  (physiology, experimental psychology, voluntarism, structuralism,  functionalism, Gestalt psychology and other early approaches). Discuss  your chosen school of thought in terms of these four attributes: Principles: Rules and standards associated with the school of thought. Values: Core beliefs, ideals, and priorities that distinguish this school of thought from others. Subject Matter: Content, the issues focused on by practitioners of this school of thought. Research Methods and Other Applied Methodologies: Questions asked and problems solved by those using this school of thought.

Write a 1,750- at least -word paper in which you examine the legal aspects of recordkeeping and providing expert testimony. As part of your examination, address the following items:

 Analyze the ethical issues related to documenting informed consent and ethical issues related to release of treatment and assessment records.Which enforceable standards are relevant to the release of treatment-related materials and disclosure of information arising out of treatment?Provide specific examples of what each enforceable standard requires or prohibits.Provide a rationale for your proposed actions in your example and why they are consistent with ethical guidelines.Evaluate the legal issues associated with assessment, testing, and diagnosis documentation in professional psychology.

 What specific legal issues can arise in documenting assessment, testing, and diagnosis?

 Provide specific examples that support your evaluation.

 Provide a rationale for your proposed actions in your example and why they are consistent with legal requirements.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines

  Identifying Your Assumptions

Your initial post in this discussion has two parts; be sure to address both of them.

First, describe your own assumptions about human nature and behavior,  using the questions below to help clarify your theoretical assumptions.  Next, choose from the schools of thought presented in the multimedia  piece, Introduction to Schools of Psychological Thought. Is there one or  more school of thought that seems to match your own assumptions? How?  Be specific and use the four attributes outlined in this unit’s  Assumptions About Human Behavior discussion to discuss how your personal  theory aligns with a school of thought.

In preparing your response, you may use these questions to help define your existing assumptions: What is the importance of biology? How much animal heritage remains in humans? Are people basically good, bad, or neutral? Is human behavior determined by past events and training, or by genetics? Is there free will? How much influence is exerted by nature and by nurture? How are the mind and body related? What is the relative importance of feelings, thoughts, and actions  in human behavior? How should we go about finding answers to questions  about human beings?

Question/Prompt: Discuss 2 human growth and development theories that have been supported by research. Discuss 1 theory that has continued to be examined but has no empirical support. In addition, discuss what research is suggesting about the importance of spiritual development. How is it connected to the other areas of development (physical, emotional, and social)? the thread must include 2 scholarly references and 2 biblical principles in current APA format.

You are a staff member for a state legislator. Many issues in your state have recently become a hot topic. The legislator has formed a committee to address some of the issues brought to them by staff. The legislator’s intention is to hear policy briefs and then implement action to begin solving some of the hot topic issues in the state. You have decided to present a policy brief on an issue that you are passionate about. You will need to prepare a short presentation to present your brief to the committee. Do the following:

Review the following to help you structure your policy brief correctly:—Policy-Brief.pdf

Part I:

Write a 500-750 word policy brief that analyzes the problem you chose specifically for your state. The policy should be concise and follow the general structure of such a policy brief. At a minimum, your policy brief should contain the following:

A title

A summary of the problem

At least 3 possible solutions

Statement and explanation of the recommended solution with rationale

The implications and benefits of the recommended policy

Brief conclusion

At least 3 sources used to support claims

Graphics and/or other visual elements so it reflects the formatting of a professional policy brief

Part II:

Create a presentation that briefly outlines the policy. Include your decision making process for presenting the information contained in the policy.

Use two to three scholarly resources to support your decision making process, some of the sources may be the same as sources used to support your recommendations in the policy brief.

You will turn in both your policy brief and presentation. See the document “submitting multiple attachments” for assistance in attaching multiple documents to the assignment dropbox.

Your presentation will require an outline of your presentation speech or speaker notes depending on the format chosen for the presentation. For PowerPoint, 8-12 slides are required with speaker notes of 50-75 words for each slide. Reference information must be provided at the end of the presentation. Reference and title slides do not count as part of the slide count.

Per our conversation

 Piedra and Engstrom (2009) noted how the life model “remains general and unspecific regarding factors that affect immigrant families” (p. 272). Recall that there will never be one theory or a model that can fully explain a phenomenon or lay out all the steps and procedures when working with complex issues that clients present to social workers. Recognizing this, Piedra and Engstrom selected another theory in the immigration literature—segmented assimilation theory. They identified concepts from segmented assimilation theory to “fill in” the gaps that the life model does not address. 


To prepare: (No More Than 500 words) Review the life model. Review this article in the Learning Resources: Piedra, L. M., & Engstrom, D. W. (2009). Segmented assimilation theory and the life model: An integrated approach to understanding immigrants and their children. Social Work, 54(3), 270–277.


Using an example from your fieldwork experience and a diverse population you encountered at the agency (for example, in Piedra and Engstrom’s article, it was immigrant families), respond to the following: Identify and describe the diverse population and the unique characteristics and/or the distinctive needs of the population in 3 to 4 brief sentences. Explain how the life model can be applied for the population. Explain where the gaps are in applying the life model for this population. When looking at the gaps, explain which theory might be helpful in filling the gaps of the life model when working with this population.

This is an ongoing assignment please use attachments:

Please label assignment 12

Using the articles from previous activities or 4 new quantitative studies create a chart to provide a visual graphic of dependent and independent variables and align with the selected theory in response to the research question. Following the Prospectus description for the Statement of the Problem in the Doctoral Project Manual, use the criteria and information from previous activities to draft your Statement of the Problem. Use your Research Question as your focus for the discussion. Clearly identify the parameters of your inquiry using the current literature. Establish what is known and unknown, using current literature from the last 5 years, relevant to the variables you have identified.

Submit chart using points of emphasis above. 1 or 2 pages.

In separate document labeled assignment 13: 

Submit Quantitative Studies Paper: Write a 3-5 page paper using six research articles using one of the charts designed during the class. Refine the chart as needed to reflect the focus of your paper and new articles. Include charts, tables, and graphs as an appendix at the end of the paper.The main purpose for this activity is to present an issue via the exploration of clear factors and applicable theory as they relate to your research interest. This academic discourse will allow you to use your critical thinking skills to analyze the different factors and then draw conclusions based on the evidence you present. Prepare a 3-5 page quantitative studies paper on a specific topic of interest. Assert your research question and applicable theory.  Select the predominate factor and provide insights for two perspectives. Provide evidence from quantitative research to support your position. Use the following outline:

Provide an introduction (include research question, hypothesis and applicable theory)Follow with the background of the problemPresent the statement of the problemProvide a discussion of two perspectives regarding the selected predominate factor and link to the applicable theoryFinally, draw conclusions based on what you have presented·  Again, include one of the graphs, tables, or charts to reflect the statistical significance of the factors you have identified. Include them as an appendix to your paper. Your discussion does not include the cover page, references, or appendices.

Submit paper of your discussion using points of emphasis above. 3-5 pages.


American Psychological Association    (2010).   Publication manual of the American Psychological Association .   (6th Edition).   Washington, D.C.  

Creswell, J. W.    (2013).   Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches.   Sage.     9781452226101