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Rockies 4: Week 4 – Assignment
Written Assignment
Resource Analysis on Substance Use and Abuse
Identify and analyze three resources that provide information regarding services for dealing with and treating substance use and abuse. Two out of the three resources should come from the sites listed in the recommended websites for this course. If you choose, you may use specific resources unique to your community as the third resource. Write a 4-6 page paper which discusses the availability of the services, the requirements for accessing those services, and the human service professionals involved in the service setting. Benchmark the service chosen against these standards (see YouTube video on Benchmarking under Required Multi-Media for Week 4):
a. Is the source an acknowledged authority on the resources?
b. Does the source provide detailed information about services and professionals involved in services?
c. What type of information is there on requirements for accessing services?
d. Is there information about the number of people served, and what type of people?
e. Who is sponsoring the website?
f. In your opinion, is the available service adequate for treating the needs of the group to be served? Why or why not?
g. What other professionals might need to be involved in the service setting to make the service more effective?
Week Four Written Assignment Grading Criteria
Content Criteria
5 Points
All components to the assignment are thoroughly addressed. The content of this paper is interesting, based on current literature, presented logically, and builds upon existing knowledge in breadth and depth with a substantive assessment and analysis of substance abuse resources.
All key elements of the assignment are covered in a substantive way.
The paper meets minimum requirement for outside references.
The paper meets minimum page length requirement.
The paper demonstrates a clear understanding of the subject matter.
Arguments are organized logically and supported by specific details, examples, or
Writing and Organization Criteria
2 Points
The central theme/purpose of the paper is clear.
The structure is clear, logical, and easy to follow.
The tone is appropriate to the content and assignment.
The thoughts are clear and include appropriate beginning, development, and conclusion.
Paragraph transitions are present, logical, and maintain the flow throughout the paper.
Sentences are complete, clear, and concise.
Sentences are well constructed, with consistently strong, varied sentences.
Sentence transitions are present and maintain the flow of thought.
Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed.
The paper uses words and language that are inclusive, clear, and unambiguous.
Spelling is correct.
Research Criteria
1.5 Points
The paper includes a summary and analysis of at least three professional/scholarly articles, internet sources, and information obtained from an organization.,
Professional/scholarly journals are peer reviewed and focus on the profession/application of psychology (located on Proquest, EBSCOHost, PsycNET, etc.). Non-scholarly articles include newspapers, periodicals, secular magazines, etc, and are not peer reviewed. Websites not approved include and
Research focuses on the most current information (past five to ten years) except when citing seminal works (e.g. Freud, Erickson, etc.).
Paper includes the appropriate number of references required by the assignment.
When appropriate, the paper addresses ethical considerations in research.
Style Criteria
1.5 Points
The paper is in the appropriate APA format used by the institution/program (e.g. the 6th edition).
The paper is double-spaced and in the appropriate length required by the assignment
The paper includes an APA style cover page.
The paper includes an Abstract that is formatted to support the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).
The paper properly uses headings, font styles, and white space as outlined in the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).
The paper includes an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
The paper addresses the topic of the paper with critical thought.
The paper concludes with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
Citations of original works within the body of the paper follow the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition) guidelines.
The paper includes a References Page that is completed according to the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).
Total Possible Points
10 Points
Course Materials
Required Textbook
Martin, M.E. (2014). Introduction to human services: Through the eyes of practice settings. (3rd ed.) Boston, MA: Pearson. eText: ISBN-10 0-205-84868-0, ISBN-13 978-0-205-84868-3, Print: ISBN-10 0-205-84805-2, ISBN-13 978-0-205-84805-8
Required Article
Curtis, T.S. (2008, May 1). Unstable Situation. Fire Chief, 52(5), 30-34. (Document ID: 1487610591).
Miller, S.E., Tice, C.J., & Harnek-Hall, D.M. (2008). The generalist model: Where do the micro and macro converge? Advances in Social Work, 9(2), pp. 80-90. Retrieved at:

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