Imagine you are applying for a researcher’s position in the psychological services department at a large health care organization. You are among three finalists for the job. The next step in the hiring process is to submit a brief white paper that discusses a specific area of applied psychology that interests you. A white paper is an authoritative report intended to help readers understand an issue, solve a problem, or make a decision.
Prepare a 3–5 page white paper discussing one aspect of applied psychology (applied behavioral analysis, counseling psychology, sports psychology, I/O psychology, legal psychology, or human factors psychology). To prepare for this paper, choose from the articles below or research your own. You may use these as sources for the assessment:
Lester, J. N., Wong, Y. J., O’Reilly, M., & Kiyimba, N. (2018). Discursive psychology: Implications for counseling psychology. The Counseling Psychologist, 46(5), 576–607.
Oh, J., Stewart, A. E., & Phelps, R. E. (2017). Topics in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, 1963–2015. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 64(6), 604–615.
In your paper, do the following:
Describe this area of applied psychology.
What does it focus on?
What does it do?
What are the key ideas, figures, or psychological theories?
Analyze the societal or cultural needs that led to the development of this area of psychology.
Analyze how the history of this area of psychology informs professional behaviors.
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