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Capstone Final Assignment

Assignment 1: In writing your paper, it is very important to explain all your concepts to your reader and avoid assuming that your reader is an expert on your topic. Note, regarding your resource, The Many Faces of Research in the 21st Century, though you are only asked to read the Introduction because it addresses all the elements to consider and organize in writing an effective scholarly Literature Review Paper, feel free to look through the chapters of the literature reviews included, as these can serve as prototypes for your own literature research paper/Signature Assignment.

Remember to address any EBP based on the research and draw conclusions accordingly to present recommendations to the field accordingly. The findings and implications will mirror the second part of your Signature Assignment in your presentation, as you will elaborate on the gap/problem and implications to educate your audience through either a training or webinar presentation. 

For your final paper, examine and report on approximately 15-20 articles of importance in your area of interest. As you are writing, you may find that you still must support some parts of your argument better with more research, or that some research does not really fit with your overall organization and plan. Write a coherent, well-organized paper.

Be sure that your paper contains:

  • An introduction
  • The main body, which is subdivided by topic and subtopic
  • A summary of your findings. Your summary (synthesis) should draw a conclusion (implications) based on your review of the research concerning the problem you focused on within the population you chose. 

Length: 15-18 pages, not including title and reference pages

References: Support your assignment with at least 15-20 scholarly resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including older articles, may be included.

Assignment 2: As part of your Signature Assignment, you have addressed key elements relevant to your Research Topic; you will now finalize the application of those materials accordingly (training or webinar). Refer to your previous presentation assignments to finalize this presentation, and use any feedback/feed-forward provided by your professor and additional materials you have researched further. Be sure to include any activities you will have your audience complete, along with any resources, handouts, etc. in accordance with your training or webinar.

Key points that should be evident in your presentation, at a minimum, are listed below:

  1. Identify the need (prevalence/extent of the problem/gap/issue/concern) for the presentation (training or webinar):
  2. Specify target audience (who will benefit from this presentation about children or adolescents? Parents, teachers, school administrators, mental health professionals etc.);
  3. Identify EBP in addressing the topic/problem you are presenting on and the population as well;
  4. Address ethical, cultural and diversity needs and issues;
  5. Identify what you are proposing based on research findings and implications (the take away (treatment approaches/interventions needed, testing of tools/assessments, need for a program, need for systemic collaborations on how, etc.)), which will be presented differently depending on your topic, purpose, and style of presentation (training versus webinar)); and
  6. Address collaborative efforts needed and their purpose (people: doctors, counselors, parents, teachers, families, communities, etc.).

You have the option to present your oral presentation to your professor or submit embedded audio clips in each slide as if presenting. Remember, you are presenting to an audience you are either training or conducting a webinar for, therefore consider your language and tone accordingly.

Length: 15-20 slides, not including resources

Your PowerPoint presentation should reflect professionalism in your usage of appropriate and appealing images and colors. Note: Good presentations do not contain too much information in the slides/transitions. They include enough information to “whet the appetite” of the participants, and then the presenter completes the presentation with his or her narration.  

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