Applying Research to Practice

COUN 6626: Research Methodology and Program Evaluation

Final Project Worksheet

DIRECTIONS: As you proceed through this Final Project Worksheet, please carefully attend to each of the bullets within each section. Remember to include your specialization below.

If you are a CMHC student or a MCFC student you may select any of the case studies and the client(s) you are interested in working with.

If you are a School Counseling student, there are two case studies that address students in the school environment. Please choose either Case Study 1 or Case Study 2.

Be sure to choose one that you are passionate about and that will help inform your future work as a counselor!

Please identify your specialization by placing a “X” in the appropriate space:

CMHC ___X____

MCFC__________

SC_____________

PART 1: APPLYING RSEARCH TO A CASE STUDY

Please identify which case study you will use by placing a “X” in the appropriate space:

Case Study 1 _____ Case Study 2 _____ Case Study 3 __X___ Case Study 4 _____

Identify the client of focus by providing some basic information (e.g., age, gender, ethnicity, grade level, etc.):

Describe the presenting problem and the mental health concern you will address in your work with the identified client or student:

Name the counseling intervention(s) that you will investigate for use with this client:

Articulating the research question. Research questions follow a specific formula. Here is some information to help you in designing your research question below.

Here is an example of a research question: Is art therapy effective to improve communication in elderly people with dementia?

The format is as follows: Is ( name of intervention ) effective for treating ( name the population or category of your client ) diagnosed with ( mental health issue )?

Include your Research Question here using the suggested format from above:

PART 2: APPLYING RESEARCH TO A CASE STUDY

Using the Walden Library, search the professional counseling databases to identify current, peer-reviewed research articles which investigate the intervention and mental health disorder you have chosen to research. List three article citations (in APA format with links to the articles) that you have identified for use in your Final Project. Each article should adhere to the following guidelines:

· Use only peer-reviewed article published in the last 10 years.

· Include at least one quantitative and one qualitative research design.

· Do NOT use a meta-analysis type article. Meta-analysis articles include results by combining and analyzing data from different studies conducted on similar research topics. These are not helpful for purposes of this assignment.

· Include the permalink for each article. See the Week 5 resources for a handout on how to do this!

ARTICLE 1

Citation:

Permalink:

Please identify your which type of journal article by placing a “X” in the appropriate space:

Quantitative _________

Qualitative __________

Mixed Methods_________

ARTICLE 2

Citation:

Permalink:

Please identify your which type of journal article by placing a “X” in the appropriate space:

Quantitative _________

Qualitative __________

Mixed Methods_________

ARTICLE 3

Citation:

Permalink:

Please identify your which type of journal article by placing a “X” in the appropriate

Quantitative _________

Qualitative __________

Mixed Methods_________

PART 3: APPLYING RESEARCH TO A CASE STUDY (Evidence-Based Practice)

Using the following information as a guide, develop a polished APA formatted paper for the final project. A template is provided for the final project. Youwill submit the worksheet for Part 1 and Part 2. You will analyze three scholarly articles and apply the findings to your case study.

Annotated Bibliography

Write a brief introduction that identifies which case study, client, and mental health disorder you chose for your project. Identify the intervention you are investigating for use in evidence-based practice. For School Counseling students, identify the school-based intervention strategy you are investigating for use in evidence-based practice.

Research Question:

Insert your approved research question.

Search Strategy:

Describe the Boolean search strategies and key words you used to conduct your search. Be specific in reporting how you conducted your research.

Annotations

Article 1.

APA Article citation

Permalink

Write one or two substantive paragraphs and provide an overview of the article in your own words. Make sure to include the following elements:

Problem/Purpose

Research Question

Ethical and Cultural Considerations

Sampling

Methodology

Data/Analysis/Study Outcomes

Strengths and Limitations Article 2.

APA Article citation

Permalink

Write one or two substantive paragraphs and provide an overview of the article. Make sure to include the following elements:

Problem/Purpose

Research Question

Ethical and Cultural Considerations

Sampling

Methodology

Data/Analysis/Study Outcomes

Strengths and Limitations

Article 3.

APA Article citation

Permalink

Write one or two substantive paragraphs and provide an overview of the article. Make sure to include the following elements:

Problem/Purpose

Research Question

Ethical and Cultural Considerations

Sampling

Methodology

Data/Analysis/Study Outcomes

Strengths and Limitations

Evidence-Based Practice

In this section, give an overall summary of the findings for all three articles you analyzed. Describe the general outcomes of what the studies found in terms of how well the intervention worked with the population you selected, and how well the intervention addressed the counseling issue or disorder you were exploring. Answer your research question . If the topics/populations in your articles were related but do not match your research question, explain how you drew your conclusions to answer the research question. Describe how this information applies to the client in your chosen case study. Give one specific example of a counseling application of the intervention using a scenario that includes your identified client from the case study.

Treatment Goals (CMHC, MCFC Only)

With consideration for the presenting problem of the client and your chosen intervention, write one preliminary treatment goal for your client.

Action Plan (SC Only)

With consideration for the mental health issue of the client, create an Action Plan of next steps a School Counselor could take once the issues are identified. Discuss three different actions to help the client as applied to the role of a school counselor.

Implementation strategies are critical to effectively address the needs of our students. Discuss the Mindset Standard(s) and Behavior Standard(s) students will demonstrate through classroom lessons, activities and/or individual/small group counseling. Please see https://www.schoolcounselor.org/asca/media/asca/home/MindsetsBehaviors.pdf

Managing data is key. Consider how such competencies would be measured to assess student progress.

References

Cite all resources and use proper APA format.

Magic, M. (2017). Fascinating course resource that helps transform my opinions into scholarly

content. Journal for Brilliant Graduate Students, 98(12), 56–66.

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