Session 3 SMART Goal Reflection and Planning Assignment A major focus of Behavioral Psychology is on self-management, or development of one’s own behaviors to reach goals and increase skills and strengths. As you move through this course and your psychology program as a whole, please complete the following three-part assignment: Part One: Reflection and Planning Reflect on your own personal and professional growth in your psychology program and in this course. As you prepare for working in the field of psychology, answer the following questions in a one- to two-page reflection: How can self-management support effective career development and behavior in the workplace? Provide at least three examples (review Miltenberger, 2016, p. 413-428 if you need help brainstorming for these). Consider self-management in relation to academic performance, research, and integrity in higher education. What might some pitfalls of poor self-management be for a student enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programming? Provide at least three examples with suggestions on how to avoid these situations. Part Two: Setting a SMART Goal As you near the end of your program and prepare for entrance into the field of psychology, it is essential to set personal, professional, and academic goals. SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) are helpful in developing these targeted plans for growth and success. Review this link for an explanation of SMART goal planning: SMART Goals. Remember that goal setting is a part of self-management, allowing you to target your behaviors to achieve the goal. Most goals have a price tag on them, and school costs are often at the top of our expense lists. We know that the Lord calls us to use His provisions wisely, so how can we still accomplish our goals while honoring the Lord? Explore these resources for an explanation of how CCU provides opportunities to save you money and time during your educational journey: Website: Guaranteed Tuition for Undergraduate Students Website: CCU’s Bachelor’s Degree Program in Psychology (5th-8th paragraphs) Website: CCU’s Testing for Credit Information Website Website: CCU’s Using Prior Learning Credit at CCU Information Website Education and Research This goal could address plans to obtain specific certifications, apply for a graduate program, or research in a specific area during or after the completion of your program. Identify and explain three of the four CCU debt-reduction and time-saving opportunities that could efficiently utilize the Lord’s provisions in your life and further prepare you to fulfill your calling (Guaranteed Tuition, 3 PSY graduate dual credit programs). After reading through the webpages provided, create a SMART goal list for yourself for either of the following areas: Career Planning This could include a plan to obtain a volunteer position or a paid job in your area of interest. It is highly recommended that you complete some volunteering or work in the field of psychology during your program in order to determine your interests and solidify your career goals during and after your program. The following is a list of examples for volunteer opportunities in the field of psychology: Milieu counselor aid positions Church mentorship programs Homeless shelter support work American Red Cross Detention centers Community mental health centers Senior recreation centers Nursing home community care/visitation Alternative/crisis pregnancy centers Specialty therapy programs (play therapy, equestrians, neurofeedback, EMDR, etc.) Boys and Girls Club Mentors School volunteers/Paraprofessionals Education and Research This goal could address plans to obtain specific certifications, apply for a graduate program, or research in a specific area during or after the completion of your program. Identify and explain three of the four CCU debt-reduction and time-saving opportunities that could efficiently utilize the Lord’s provisions in your life and further prepare you to fulfill your calling (Guaranteed Tuition, 3 PSY graduate dual credit programs). Your goal should be written in one to two sentences followed by a one-page reflection detailing your plan and addressing the following points: S: Specific – What is your specific goal? Avoid general terms here. M: Measurable – How will you measure your progress and determine when you have met your goal? A: Achievable – How have you determined that your goal is achievable? What other factors need to be taken into consideration? R: Relevant – How does your goal selection relate to your greater purpose (education, research, or career calling)?
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