Assignment: Implementing an action plan.

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Assignment: Implementing an action plan.

Assignment: Implementing an action plan.


If counseling is all talk and no action it is not effective counseling. The problem is that clients encounter many barriers in carrying out actions they identify in the counseling process.

Write a 750-1,000-word paper discussing action planning and overcoming barriers for client treatment. Please use headings and include the following in your paper:

  1. Discuss the principles for effectively implementing an action plan.
  2. Describe at least five barriers that might interfere with client implementation of the action plans that are created. Include a case example of each barrier.
  3. Outline a counselor intervention that would help to overcome each barrier.
  4. A list of your local community resources for different types of needs.
  5. Outline an aftercare plan that utilized local community resources.

Include at least three scholarly references in your paper.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

Assignment #2 – Break-a-Social-Norm

For this assignment, I want everyone to break a social norm. Then you will discuss how

breaking the norm made you feel, and how it might have made other people feel.

Step 1:

First you need to identify a social norm. Some examples are:

• Appearance (you can wear pink slippers to school or around town instead of shoes; put a blue dot on the tip of your nose; wear your shirt backward / inside-out; overdo your makeup)

• Interpersonal Behavior (stand too close or too far away from someone you are talking too; avoid eye contact; scoff at a person’s every comment)

• Social Etiquette (violate elevator norms – that is, instead of turning around to face the elevator doors when they close, face the other people in the elevator and stare them in the eye!; eat with your mouth open; talk loudly in a library; fly a kite inside the mall, something one of my former students actually did!)

• These are only examples. Please try to be creative and come up with some original ideas on your own. Another one of my former students stood behind people at water fountains chanting “Chug! Chug! Chug!” loudly.

Note: You may want to do the behavior several times in different places to note any

interesting patterns. Do people’s reactions may differ as a function of sex, age, location?

Step 2:

Incorporate the following points in a short paper (400 words minimum, 700 words


1). What implicit norm(s) did you violate? (5 points)

2). Describe how you violated it (them). (6 points)

3). Analyze your thoughts and feelings while you violated the norm(s). (6 points)

4). Analyze what other people were probably thinking about your violation (6 points)

5). Did you gain any insight into your own or others’ behavior? What about the power of

the situation? (6 points)

6). Include at least one key social psychological principle in your paper. You may want to include something about role-playing, conformity / nonconformity, normative

social influence, cognitive dissonance, self-monitoring, etc. Your choice, but have At least one! (6 points)

Step 3:

Submit the assignment. Use the assignment dropbox to submit this assignment to me by

the due date. Note: I want to make some of the funniest papers available to the entire

class, so don’t mention your name in the text if you would like it to remain anonymous

(or tell me if you would rather others not know what you did and I will make sure to keep

your assignment private)! Cut and paste the assignment directly into the assignment

dialogue box. Do not add it as an attachment

Your paper can take on either a paragraph format or you can list out what you did (“This is the norm I decided to break. This is how I broke it. This is how I felt. This is

what I think other people thought as I broke the norm. This is the insight I gained. This is

an aspect of social psychology that is applicable.”)

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