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BSHS 312 - Week 3 - Site Visit

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BSHS 312 - Week 3 - Site Visit

Individual Assignment - Site Visit Report       

Visit a site (a physical location) such as a women’s shelter, a halfway house, a hospital, an agency, or the human services department of a company, where behavioral or cognitive-behavioral techniques or programs are used. Alternately, a phone interview may be conducted, however you will miss out on the opportunity to network professionally. Reviews of websites are NOT sufficient.

Talk with human services workers or the contact person about their programs that employ behavioral or cognitive interventions or models. Some areas to explore:

Make a physical visit to a site that you have no prior association with – you have not worked there, have no personal contacts there (family or friends) nor have you been a client there [unless prior approval from faculty]. Some sample sites include a women’s shelter, a halfway house, a hospital, an alcohol or drug treatment agency, or the human services department of a company, where behavioral and/or cognitive-behavioral techniques or programs are used.  It is NOT sufficient to research a facility online. Talk with human services workers or the contact person about their programs that employ behavioral and/or cognitive interventions or models. If you are unable to visit in person, then you need to schedule a phone interview. By scheduling the interview, you are assured the person will spend time with you to answer your questions as opposed to catching whoever answers the phone and hoping they can answer one or two before hanging up. Some areas to explore:

o       What population participates in the program?

o       Who presents the program or interventions? Who provides the services and what are the qualifications of the service providers?

o       How is the effectiveness of their interventions measured?

o       How did they determine a need for the program? Were any needs assessments conducted?

o       Do they have plans for other programs or interventions which use behavioral or cognitive models and techniques?

o       What other models and theories are represented in their programs?

Submit a 3-4-page (350 words per page) report on your visit, detailing the information you gathered and briefly describing your reactions and feelings about the program including any recommendations you may have. Write in APA format and be sure to use personal communication citations for data obtained through the interview or site visit.

As professionals in the field, we have ALL had to conduct interviews with agencies, we have all had to conduct site visits and we have all had to learn about services available in our community. Therefore, if you present yourself professionally and give your audience a guideline of how much time you need, they often will try to make time for you. However, because of our accelerated program, they may not realize it has to be completed this week. Be informative, highlight that you are in an accelerated program and are hoping, “as busy as they are” that they can accommodate your request this week.