6 peer responses due in 24 hours

6 peer responses due in 24 hours


Post Your Introduction [WLO: 4] [CLO: 6]

Guided Response: Respond to at least three of your classmates’ posts


Hello, my name is Arkia Brooks from Montgomery, Alabama. I’m 31 years of age and married, we have two sons together. I like shopping, going out to eat and doing my hair. I own a hairline which I sell hair and other hair products.

I am a graduate of Alabama State University of May 2015, currently working in the Social Work field as a Foster Care Mentor Specialist. I work for Georgia Family and Children Services as a Foster care Mentor Specialist which I train all new hire case managers, supervisors, and veterans case managers. Very excited about this class and meeting new people. The online class will fit better into my schedule. The benefit of online is I learned some very important things: time management, determination, and accountability for my education. I decided to attend Ashford University to further my education and obtain a master’s in human services. The curriculum really would work well with my career path as well as financially.  I want to help my community by starting a daycare that offers classes for special needs children.

My undergraduate academic experience was wonderful. I was on the Dean’s list and won several honors awards. I’m a very determined, hard worker and organizer woman. I intern at Seraaji Family Homes Inc., a private foster care agency. While there I work with foster parents, children suffering from severe, emotional, and behavioral problems with their families. I went into the home with children to prevent them from coming into foster care. I help managed children’s case files. We provide services to help enhance and empower families to build on their strength. My internship has helped me with the experience of learning so much about foster care. This internship has inspired me to continue my education further in Social work.

I can’t wait to get to know you all. I want to learn more about human development and use it in my everyday work. I only have 1 class left in I’m so excited about graduation.

Siblings: Three sisters and two brothers

Favorite Color: RED

Favorite Food: Pizza, Chinese, and Mexican

Favorite Music: R&B, Blues, and Gospel

Favorite sport: Football and Basketball

Pet: Rabbit ( Paw Paw)

What you are most excited to learn in this course? 

I want to learn about meeting new people, grant writing, and new information.

What you feel might challenge you the most in this course? I might challenge with writing and references. I feel that I am not a good writer.

What three (3) courses in your program of study you feel will help you with the completion of your Research Proposal Project assignment due on Day 7 of Week 6?

These are the three courses that I feel would help me with completing my research proposal project: HUMAN SERVICES ADMINISTRATION,  FISCAL ADMINISTRATION IN MENTAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS, AND APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS.

What one resource from any prior course in the MA Human Services curriculum that you have taken might assist you and your peers in completing Research Proposal Project assignment?

One resource I would use is Ashford Library 


Hello Everyone,

My name is Lisa Smith, and I was born, raised, and live in Austin, TX.  I have six beautiful children and a great husband who are significant support throughout my college adventures. My children’s ages range from 25-6 (yes, you can say wow), with two of them living at home. Two years ago, I graduated from AU with my bachelor’s in behavioral science. It was a very proud moment for not only myself but my family as well. I was the first person in my family to graduate college.

I have worked my way up for a non-profit over the past five years. Right now, I am in my second year as a Director of Club Operations, and I would love to become a Chief Director within the non-profit world. The goal to become Chief Director has pushed me into the next phase of my college career to work on getting my master’s in humans services with a specialization in non-profit.

I was a teen mom in an abusive relationship; I had to work two times as hard to get where I am today. I have a passion for making a difference and helping kids reach their full potential and meet their goals in life.

Siblings- two brothers I am the middle kid 

Favorite Color- changes with age right now it pink

Favorite Music-depends on the mood I like all genres right now I am listening to Metallica 

Pets- Family pets are all cats! I am a grandma to Pip, Milo, Max, Apollo, and Haru  

Favorite Food: Pizza, Chinese, and Mexican

Lisa Smith


Hello Everyone!

My name is Gloria Hammonds, and I’m excited about being in this HUM 5100 with every one of you.  This will be my second time taking this class.  My first attempt was not so good due to employment issues, but I believe in myself, and self-change is life-changing.  

I reside in a town within North Carolina, not much to do in the community I reside in, so I focus more time on school, and I also love to cook.  My favorite dish is Lazoniza, garlic bread, and corn on the cob.  I love animals in which I have two cats, 5 dogs. So, I guess I’m an animal lover.  I have two children grown, ages 25 and 20(boys), three grandchildren(one girl, she graduated from pre-K on Friday 14 of this month, and two boys, ages 2 and 1 month). I enjoy being a grandmother,  love them with all my heart.  

I hope to learn more about Drug and Alcohol counselors or case management.  I believe that everyone deserves a chance to improve their lives and to better themselves in life. 

The most challenging for me about this course is coming up with the wording for understandable and readable assignments and easy to understand.  I often find myself becoming frustrated if I’m unable to come up with topics that are easy to understand.  And that makes me feel as I’m not reaching my full potential.  But, I’m going to keep striving for my goals.

The three courses in my program of study that I feel will help with completing the research Proposal Project are collecting data for the assignment, choosing the right population and sampling to conduct the study, and coming up with background information about the proposal.  

In my prior course in MA, I believe human services might assist my peers and ask the right closed-end and open-end questions when completing the research proposal project assignment.  With the questions asked and closed-in questions, we will be able to complete the assignment with good references and questions in mind.  

Planning Theory [WLO: 1] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3]

Guided Response: Respond to at least three of your classmates’ posts


Planning Theory

Select two of the planning theories (i.e., synoptic, incremental, advocacy, transactive, or radical) which were discussed in Comparative Approaches to Program Planning.

Planning theory is very essential for human service providers as this help with decision making and problem solving. This week’s reading provided a great insight on some planning theories that can aid when attempting to advocate for programs, implement new services and even working on pilot programs to help stakeholders and policy makers understand the need of these services. The two planning theories that best relates to my current employer is advocacy and transactive. Advocacy is a macro approach to address issues. Advocacy allows groups to work together based on common interest, to help planners develop effective decision-making (Netting et.al. (2008). Working in groups with common interest help being in more ideas and effective problem-solving skills as the groups can brainstorm and strategize collectively. Transactive is another effective planning theory that helps with decision-making. This type of planning provides human service providers with in person insight of your client. This is important because you are able to gain insight on decisions made and how it affects the client. This face-to-face engagement with your clients allows you to learn what is effective and what needs to change.

How might the two selected theories relate or not relate to your current or desired line of work in the human services realm? Describe this relation or lack of relation in detail.

Currently, I am employed at CTSHealth as an IL Behavioral Health State Director. Our mission is to empower individuals to live independent lives in the community through person center thinking and strength-based approach. Our target population are individuals who struggle with unstable housing or homelessness with dual disorders. Within this target population advocacy plays a major role. Due to clients being vulnerable and lack of knowledge of resources. Advocacy allows us to brainstorm, strategized collectively to address problems and issues. For example, in my current employer we have strength-based meetings in which they are person centered whom discuss problems that present our clients. We discuss the presenting problem and brainstorm collectively in a team of eight to address the problem through problem solving. We implement the client’s strength to empower our client work on areas they can improve, we utilize community resources to advocate and link to services they might need. In addition, transactive comes to play because we engage with our consumers face-to-face on a regular basis. We are able to identify their needs, strengths, and weaknesses to better assist them with their recovery goals. Transactive allows us to utilize qualitative research in inquiring on services through interviews, questions, and surveys in which we can identify problem to problem solving effectively as a team. A great example of these two-planning theories are having a client who is struggling with homelessness and substance abuse. Through transactive engaging with the client, face-to-face orientation is able to identify triggers. This allows to have a better understanding of the clients struggle and what has worked well and what has not. Client can report that his triggers is when he feels depressed and anxious due to lack of housing which causes him to use cocaine. Through advocacy we develop a staffing utilizing the strength base approach and collectively present what is the clients presenting problem of his/her strength. In this case the client is goal-oriented, developed good communication skills, and artistic. As a group we are able to identify strength and utilize to techniques to help the client with interest in decreasing use of cocaine. Planner can develop a plan to work on with client such as linking to a primary care doctor to follow up on well-being, utilizing his artistic interest to link with schools to help as a coping mechanism and identify natural supports that can help client with interest in cutting down cocaine use. These two planning theories go hand in hand and are effective when working with groups and face-to face with client to develop good problem-solving techniques and decision making as it allows for more ideas to be shared (Mell et. al. (2014). Having more individuals in the group and allowing diversity brings more knowledge and ideas to better help our clients.


Mell, J. N., Van Knippenberg, D., & Van Gink, W. P. (2014). The Catalyst Effect: The Impact of Transactive Memory System Structure on Team Performance. Academy of Management Journal, 57(4), 1154–1173. https://doi-org.proxy-library.ashford.edu/10.5465/amj.2012.0589

Netting, F. E., O’Conner, M. K., & Fauri, D. P. (2008). Comparative approaches to program planning. Wiley.


Planning Theories discussed in Comparative Approaches to Program Planning 

Advocacy Planning

Radical Planning   

How might the two selected theories relate or not relate to your current desire line of work in the human services realm?

       According to “Ch1, Differences Between Lines and Circles (Planning Theories), the ability or inability to implement a

decision is rarely taken into account in the process of decision analysis”(Leedy, P.D. & Ormrod, J.E.(2019).  Obeying and

compiling with decisions passed down, making sure that decisions are being enforced is part of advocacy planning.  Along

with Advocacy Planning, Radical Planning would alien with Juvenile Probation officer’s ability to carry out policy and

program plans determined through community restrictions and the current system.  For Example, the Courts passed a

judgment of 1-year probation to John, who is  13-year-old.  John’s probation officers must carry out all sanctions and

recommendations allowed from the courts.  John gets into more trouble; John’s juvenile probation officer has to use radical

planning to advocate to impose restrictions within the juvenile court system.

        Within the Human Services realm, Juvenile Probation Officers are considered to be the voice of Juveniles within the

Justice system.  Probation officers use Advocacy Planning and Radical  Planning within the Justice System to carry out

sanctions handed out by court recommendations.  Juvenile probation officers, following compliance with requirements

from courts, focus on the community and ensure that youths will apply the sanctions of court recommendation. 

The negative impact from community providers could jeopardize the youth’s reform sanctions resulting in actions being

address resulting in probation being revolt(Gale-Bentz, Elizabeth, et al. (, 2019).  

Describe this relation or lack of relation in detail (cite a scholarly source in your discussion). 

       Becoming a Juvenile Probation Officer has been one of my goals.  Juvenile Pronation Officers use relations(a thing’s

effect on) juvenile over all ability to comply with regulations(Gale-Bentz, Elizabeth, et al. (2019).  Probation officers conduct

face-to-face interviews, gather information, documentation and use Qualitative research when asking open-end questions.

     The role of a juvenile probation officer within Human services can become be challenging.  With the justice system

today, juveniles may understand restrictions but continue to commit crimes.  


· Gale-Bentz, Elizabeth, et al. “Impact of Community-Based Provider Reports on Juvenile Probation Officers’ Recommendations: Effects of Positive and Negative Framing on Decision Making.” Law and Human Behavior, vol. 43, no. 2, Apr. 2019, pp. 193–204. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1037/lhb0000321.supp (Supplemental).

· Leedy, P. D. & Ormrod, J. E. (2019). Practical research: Planning and design (12th ed.). Pearson.


Planning Theory

Synoptic and incremental planning theories relate to my desired line of work in the human services world. They accomplish it by supporting both short and long-term plans because I understand that dealing with humans, a form of structure and flexibility, is necessary. Synoptic planning theory supports a step-by-step plan or an expert framework guiding the process (Netting et al., 2008). Human services require rationality, which the theory embeds to generate successive stages. Furthermore, the regulations and guidelines synoptic approaches introduce, allow programs to progress accordingly. If a barrier or change emerges, incremental planning theory can chip in and make the necessary compromises to drive projects. Ansari et al. (2013) similarly recognize both learning theories. While synoptic accounts for rational decision making, incrementalism assesses an organization’s decision-making approaches. Human services present complexities better solved by planning strategies.

The possibilities of conflicting or competing ideas occurring in the human service world are high. Although a synoptic approach will keep the general plan going, these distractions might disrupt its direction. Therefore, incremental planning fits in from various angles, including bounded rationality, muddling through, or logic (Ansari et al., 2013). Compromises are necessary even for systematic approaches designed to follow a step-by-step plan. For instance, when child support cases have crashing ideas between legal and moral terms, the established framework requires compromises to ensure that the program supports young ones, favoring their overall development. According to Netting et al. (2008), incrementalism occurs on a short-term basis, such as implementing new ideas. In most cases, the theory accounts for improvements, but in some cases, decision-makers apply it to create time to negotiate with individuals in power. For instance, social workers may implement a short-term solution in the child support case while delegating with the higher authorities for a long-term solution.


Ansari, F., Fathi, M., & Seidenberg, U. (2013). Combining synoptic and incremental approaches for improving problem-solving in maintenance planning, monitoring and controlling. In 9th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Intangibles, Intellectual Capital and Extra-Financial Information (pp. 26-27).

Netting, F. E., O’Connor, M. K., & Fauri, D. P. (2008). Comparative approaches to program planning. John Wiley & Sons.

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