Discussion 1 : Academic Values and Professional Ethics – A Comparison

The first sentence of the Preamble to the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers states that “the primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people…” (NASW, 2008). This statement very much aligns with the Walden University mission that as an institution “…provides a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change” (Walden University, 2013). Social workers are often called change agents as they address the needs of marginalized and oppressed groups, by enacting change on many different levels. How might Walden University’s mission and vision compliment the social work code of ethics? How might you be able to meld the two together to become your own social change agent? 

1. Post  an explanation of the similarities between social work core values and the Walden Mission and Vision.

2. Describe the potential ethical dilemma you identified from the course-specific case study you selected.

3. Then explain the decision you might make in response to that ethical dilemma. Include an explanation of how the Walden Mission and Vision and the principles you selected from the NASW ethical standards influenced your decision.

4. Finally, explain how the mission, vision, and values might inform your role as a social change agent.

Support your posts and responses with specific references to the Resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.


 Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, G. H., Jr. (2015).  Understanding generalist practice (6th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning. Chapter 11, “Values, Ethics, and the Resolution of Ethical Dilemmas” (pp. 395-441)National Association of Social Workers. (2008). Code of ethics of the National Association of Social workers. Retrieved from http://www.naswdc.org/pubs/code/code.aspPlummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. M. (Eds.). (2014).  Social work case studies: Foundation year.Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].

Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence: The Case of DebraWorking with Clients with HIV/AIDS: The Case of Pedro[removed]Walden University. (n.d.). Mission and vision. Retrieved June 16, 2013, from http://waldenu.edu/about/social-change/mission-and-vision

 Working With Clients With HIV/AIDS: The Case of Pedro

Pedro is a 58-year-old, heterosexual, Dominican male who is HIV positive. He is married to his second wife and is the father of three sons. Pedro lives with his wife in a modest two-bedroom apartment in a major metropolitan area. Pedro completed high school and has a long work history as the manager of multiple food stores in his community. Pedro is currently on disability. He collects Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and is covered by Medicare and the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). ADAP is a state-sponsored insurance program for low-income individuals with HIV/AIDS that provides assistance with access to medication and primary care services in the state. Pedro does some work “off the books” to keep himself busy and earn extra money. While Spanish is Pedro’s dominant language, he is able to communicate well in English. Pedro identifies as a Christian, and his faith is a very important part of his life.

Pedro has a long history of substance abuse, including intravenous drug use (IVDU). Pedro spent a good part of 20 years using both cocaine and heroin. Despite his drug use, Pedro kept a full-time job and provided a safe home and moderate lifestyle for his family. When I met Pedro, he had been clean for more than 15 years. He reported that he stopped using drugs “because I got tired of being strung out.” He stated, “One day I grabbed my Bible and locked myself in a room for a week. I haven’t touched drugs since.” Pedro denied ever attending a formal drug rehabilitation program.

Pedro was diagnosed HIV positive in 1988. His risk factor for contracting HIV was IVDU. Pedro’s first wife contracted HIV from Pedro and died of AIDS. After her death, Pedro raised his sons as a single parent until he remarried about 10 years later. Pedro’s youngest son was infected with HIV through vertical transmission (from mother to baby). His HIV disease was controlled until he was 17. At that time, Pedro’s son developed AIDS and, after a long battle, died before his 19th birthday. Pedro never left his son’s bedside during his illness. Pedro harbors significant guilt about his son’s death. Pedro’s HIV/AIDS is moderately controlled on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), although he has a history of poor compliance with his HAART regimen. HAART should be taken on a consistent schedule, but Pedro stops and starts his HAART, which can be very dangerous. In addition to HIV/AIDS, Pedro is diagnosed with hepatitis C (Hep C). His doctor has indicated that Pedro’s Hep C should be treated, but Pedro is very reluctant to begin treatment.

The treatment setting where I met Pedro was an outpatient comprehensive care clinic affiliated with a city hospital. The clinic was created to provide interdisciplinary care to adult patients living with HIV/AIDS. The backbone of each patient’s clinical team included a social worker and a primary care physician with a specialty in HIV care. For the most part, visits with the social worker were paired with routine doctor appointments. When I met Pedro, he was an established patient at the clinic, having gone there since his initial diagnosis in 1988. As a result, he had worked with a string of social workers over the years.

During our initial visit, Pedro greeted me by saying, “I really don’t need another social worker who is not going to help me, so there’s no point in me talking to you.” I urged Pedro to sit down with me so I could at least introduce myself. During our visit, I validated Pedro’s feelings about having another new social worker and attempted to explain how I viewed my role at the clinic. Pedro “yessed me to death” politely, but his ambivalence and resistance were palpable. This type of exchange continued for several visits. During these visits, I tried to build a rapport with Pedro. We spoke about his family and his social and medical history. The visits were casual, and I was nonconfrontational. After each visit, I thanked Pedro for talking to me and told him that I hoped I would be able to help him if something came up. My intent during this period was to build a clinical assessment of Pedro. Pedro had a strong personality and was reluctant to show his true emotions. His presentation was consistent with machismo, and I realized that Pedro’s Latino cultural background was embedded throughout his life. Pedro was profoundly committed to his family and their well-being, he had strong views toward male and female gender roles, and religion played a very important role in Pedro’s life.

One day, Pedro surprised me by greeting me and saying, “Ok, I need your help.” Pedro was having difficulty filling his prescriptions. In short, Pedro’s Medicare and ADAP had to work together, but neither Pedro nor the pharmacy could figure out how to make the process work. It became plainly obvious that despite Pedro’s ability to manage many complex issues in his life, dealing with this issue was overwhelming and almost paralyzing for him. After multiple phone calls to Medicare, ADAP, the pharmacy, etc., I was able to decipher the process that Pedro needed to follow. I realized the only way Pedro was going to be able to succeed was if I broke the problem down into manageable pieces. Ultimately, Pedro and I figured out a suitable plan that worked for him and got his prescriptions filled. While my initial task was to help Pedro come up with a plan of action, my ongoing role was to provide support and encouragement so that Pedro felt empowered to face a task that was once inapproachable.

Engaging Pedro around this concrete issue opened the door to our future relationship. In his eyes, I was no longer “another worthless social worker,” and he was able to address more emotional issues with me, such as his feelings about his son’s death and the progression of his own HIV/AIDS and Hep C illnesses. In our future work, we spoke about Pedro’s noncompliance to his medication, and while Pedro’s behaviors around his HAART did not change, he did begin and successfully complete treatment for his Hep C.










You work for county social services, child welfare division, and you are working with Lisa, who recently had her three young children (April is 5, Joshua is 6 and Justine is 9 years of age) removed from her home for physical and emotional neglect. You arranged for Lisa to have parenting classes and individual counseling so that she can learn how to better manage her frustration with her children. You also arrange to have her admitted to a drug rehabilitation program to help her with her addictions to alcohol and cocaine. You meet with Lisa once a week to discuss her progress and you also monitor her weekly visitation with her children. Successful completion of Lisa’s parenting plan will enable her to regain custody of her children. You will continue to monitor Lisa’s progress and her children’s progress who are in a foster care placement.

Address the following:

Part ADetermine what issues were addressed from a counseling perspective for Lisa.Describe the plan you will implement to begin working more effectively with Lisa’s three children while in foster care.

This section should be written as a formal paper 2-3 pages. You should cite sources using APA format, and include a reference section at the end of your submission.

Part B

Address the following:

Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Clinicians conduct an initial meeting with their potential clients to assess what types of problems the client is dealing with. They also use this interview as a way to gather information to help determine the appropriate course of treatment.Prepare an intake form to use during your initial meeting with the children to access what types of problems each child is dealing with. Intake forms range from 5-20 or more pages. For this assignment the form should be at least 2-4 pages. Make sure the form captures relevant information for you to implement an effective treatment plan.Provide a summary of the information gained from the initial meeting with Lisa’s three children and develop a diagnosis, intervention, and treatment plan for the three children while in foster care. This should be 3-4 pages.

Please submit your assignment.

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.


*****Paper should be 7- 11 pages not including title or references pages

Assignment 1: The Problems of Evil and Suffering

All human beings encounter pain and suffering in life. This can present some difficult questions to organized religions.

On some level, all religions answer fundamental questions of human existence, including, “why are we here?” Pain and suffering complicate these basic questions of human existence, whether the religion is monotheistic, polytheistic, or atheistic.

Some people endure much more pain and suffering than others. Why is this so? What is the origin of suffering? Is evil external or internal? Does it have any meaning? How should we respond to it?

Even more difficult is the problem of moral evil: some people deliberately cause other people to suffer. Why? If there is meaning in the universe, and especially if the universe is ruled by a beneficent deity, how can this be?

Write an essay of 1,000 words that examines the basic positions of each of the five religious traditions considering these human questions

In your essay, address the following questions:How does each religion respond to the problems of evil and suffering?How are those responses similar?In what ways do the responses differ?What factors account for these differences?Which way of addressing evil is the most similar to your own? What role does reason play in your personal understanding of evil? How does that overlap or contradict with the major religions’ uses of reason in explaining evil?

Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M5_A1.doc. For example, if your name is John Smith, your document will be named SmithJ_M5_A1.doc.

By Monday, May 2, 2016 deliver your assignment to the M5: Assignment 1 Dropbox.   Assignment 1 Grading Criteria Maximum Points Introduce how each of the five religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism) responds to or address the problems of evil and suffering.68Compare the five religions and identify commonalities or similarities between them in addressing both the problem of evil and the problem of suffering.40Compare the five religions and identify differences between the five religions and how they address the problem of evil and the problem of suffering.40Discuss the factors that account for these differences in how the five religions address the problem of evil and the problem of suffering.40Describe which way of addressing evil is the most similar to the student’s personal belief system. What role does reason play in your personal understanding of evil? How does that overlap or contradict with the major religions’ uses of reason in explaining evil?48Style (8 points): Tone, audience, and word choice

Organization (16 points): Introduction, transitions, and conclusion

Usage and Mechanics (16 points): Grammar, spelling, and sentence structure

APA Elements (24 points): In-text citations and references, paraphrasing, and appropriate use of quotations and other elements of style64Total: 300


1: Participation


2: Imagine you want your current company to enact a policy change that will function to increase employee morale. You may use one of the following examples or seek approval from your faculty member for a different policy change.  Allowing employees to bring pets to workIncreasing the amount of vacation/personal time allotted to employeesAllowing employees to telecommuteProviding free massages at workServing free drinks/food 

Write a proposal to the leadership in your organization, suggesting your selected change. Be sure to apply effective writing methods you learned in Excellence in Business Communication. 

Support your proposal with at least 3 relevant and credible sources that support your message. 

Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Source Evaluation Matrix for each source you use.



Assignment 1: LASA 2: Memory Training in Older Adults

One of the cognitive changes older adults worry about and fear most is memory loss. Some older adults may assume that any memory loss means that they are developing dementia. However, some memory loss that occurs with aging is normal and can be managed by understanding why it occurs and using memory-training exercises to reduce its impact.

Use your module readings and the Argosy University online library resources to research memory training for older adults. Select an authoritative research article for use in this assignment.

Based on the article and one of the cognitive theories covered in your readings, design your own study that tests a program for memory training in older adults. In your paper include the following:An overview of the changes in memory abilities that occur with aging. This overview should include a description of the difference between normal memory loss that occurs with aging and memory loss that is due to dementia. Review at least one cognitive theory discussed in the readings.

A summary of the research article you chose. The article should provide evidence in support of memory training programs for the elderly such as the one you are proposing.

The hypothesis of your study.

Described the methodology of the proposed study including the age range of the participants, and participant variables such as: 1) age, 2) gender, 3) level of education, 3) SES, 4) level of cognitive functioning, etc.  Ethical considerations should also be discussed. 

The details of your memory training program, such as: 1) the specific aspects of memory loss your training would target, 2) how long the training sessions would last, and 3) the measurements you would use to determine whether your training resulted in significant improvement in memory.

Your expected results.

A discussion of whether you would expect any differences based on individual variables such as gender, socio-economic status, level of education, race, ethnicity, etc. Provide reasons for your answer.

Your paper should include a title page with a running head, an abstract and a reference page. The body of the paper should be at least 5 pages in length. It should be double-spaced and in 12 point, Times New Roman font with normal one-inch margins, written in APA style, and free of typographical and grammatical errors.

Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M5_A1.doc.

By Monday, May 2, 2016, deliver your assignment to the M5: Assignment 1 Dropbox.Assignment 1 Grading Criteria Maximum Points Discussed the trajectory of memory skills in adulthood, and described the difference between memory loss that is normally associated with aging and dementia. Reviewed at least one cognitive theory discussed in the readings.44Provided a summary of the research supporting memory training programs for the elderly.44Described the hypothesis of an original research study.20Described the methodology of the proposed study including the age range of the participants, and participant variables such as: 1) age, 2) gender, 3) level of education, 3) SES, 4) level of cognitive functioning, etc. Ethical considerations should also be discussed.44Described the details of your memory training program, such as: 1) the specific aspects of memory loss your training would target, 2) how long the training sessions would last, and 3) the measurements you would use to determine whether your training resulted in significant improvement in memory.44Addressed issues of diversity as they might impact the participants, methodology, and/or results of the proposed study.40Style (8 points): Tone, Audience, Word Choice

Organization (16 points): Introduction, Transitions, Conclusion

Usage and Mechanics (16 points): Grammar, Spelling, Sentence structure

APA Elements (24 points): Attribution, Paraphrasing, Quotations When appropriate or assigned64Total: 300 

Upon completion of reading Shephard’s “A War of Nerves,”  discuss which part of his book captured your attention most, and why.

This book was published in 2000.

What do you believe should be added to it in 2015?

Please provide examples (and citations!)


400 word minimum APA format NO PLAGARISM!! 100% ORIGINAL WORK!!




I don’t expect the person who completes this to read the whole book. Here are some references: http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674011199 https://mindhacks.com/2007/12/28/a-war-of-nerves/ http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8637329&fileId=S0025727300069453 http://historyfootnote.blogspot.com/2009/01/review-ben-shephard-war-of-nerves.html http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/408200

Hi the assignment will be due on friday.

Select and review an episode of a television show or a film depicting a character that represents a psychology professional.

Review the following:ACA Code of Ethics Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct: Including 2010 Amendments

Using the readings, analyze the selected episode or film and complete the following:Describe the character and the character’s role in the television show or film. Cite the source (include the citation of the show or film).Evaluate the credibility of the character portraying the psychology professional (job title, credentials, level of experience, etc.).If information on credibility is not clearly provided, identify the character’s role (psychologist, counselor, etc.) and describe the likely level of education, type of licensure, and estimated number of years of experience. Does the character seem well trained, professional, and experienced?Do you have any concerns regarding the ethical behavior of the character? Be sure to cover the following:Identify at least one ethical dilemma encountered by the character as well as one example of the character behaving unethically in the episode or film.Either discuss how the character made the right ethical choice or describe the ethical behavior the character should have demonstrated.Provide the relevant ethics code or standard in quotation marks from the readings.How realistically has the show or the character depicted the profession of psychology? Does the show harm the image of psychology or help it? Be specific in your response.Identify any multicultural issues that arise in the show or film. Does the character demonstrate multicultural competency? In what ways? If not, how does the character demonstrate a lack of sensitivity and what should the character have done instead?Support your statements with information from academic sources, such as your textbook and assigned readings and articles you find in the Argosy University online library resources.

Explain the process for each of the following in one paragraph. In addition, provide an original example of how you use each. Lastly, answer the following: Of the memory aids provided in the chapter and lesson, which can assist you in improving your memory? Why?

The memory aids in the chapter said, “Rhymes and Sayings, The Link System, The Loci System, and The Phonetic System. 


Short term memory process:

Short term memory example:


Long term memory process:

Long term memory example:


Sensory memory process:

Sensory memory example:


Memory aid analysis:

Imagine  you are a consultant for an organization, and they would like you to work on developing their core values. The organization would like their core values to reflect key attributes of their culture.


Select  an organization, such as a company, community group, or nonprofit organization.


Create  a 10- to 12- slide Microsoft®  PowerPoint®  presentation describing cultural, research-based models and how they help clarify the organization’s core values.


Include  at least three credible, peer-reviewed references.


Format  the citations in your presentation consistent with APA guidelines.