What kinds of action steps would make sense in the next few weeks or months?

Building a Professional Identity

Reflective Discussion

How can you take the information in this unit, using your professional interests and background, and factoring in your doctoral degree, and begin to create discrete action steps to proactively build your professional identity?

Begin by working through the Career Planning Checklist uploaded below in this unit’s second study:

  • In what areas have you already taken action? Briefly provide examples.
  • What areas have you not yet considered? Describe ideas that might work for you.
  • What kinds of action steps would make sense in the next few weeks or months?



Your Career Planning Checklist

Cross-Specialization Discussion

Customize the Career Planning Checklist to create an active, ongoing plan for your own career. Each aspect of the checklist represents a piece of the puzzle of building your professional experience and reputation, so that each aspect presents an opportunity for you to put yourself in a stronger position to pursue the kind of future that you want.

For example, for the second aspect of the checklist, professional affiliation membership and involvement, most learners in this course would include the APA. Depending on your career direction, though, you might choose to focus on a particular division within APA. If your specialization is educational psychology, you might naturally gravitate toward APA’s Division 15, Educational Psychology, and focus more of your efforts there. Choose at least two aspects of each time frame within the checklist (Early in Your Program, Mid-Way Through Your Program, and Late in Your Program) and customize their focus for your career direction.

For your initial post in this discussion, attach your customized Career Planning Checklist, along with a brief paragraph explaining how your customizations fit your career interests.



In each case, reflect on the learner’s analysis. Do you see a consistency between the learner’s analysis in Parts 1 and 2? If not, point out anything that appears inconsistent. If you do see consistency, what values seem to guide the learner in both parts? Your responses are expected to be substantive in nature and should reference the assigned readings or other professional literature, as applicable, to support your views.

Richild post

I am not surprised at the results of this study, Students have their own reasons for why they do what they do when it comes to plagiarism.  I do agree that there are three group types. Students who chose to cheat their way through tend to have excuses why they can not do their work on there own. As far as writing the proper citing it can quickly become a form of plagiarism. I myself have issues at times making sure that My citing is properly written. I think dishonest is world wide because we are all humans and sometimes under pressure we tend to want to take the easy way out. So it is important as students everywhere to have the awareness of learning the proper way to write a paper and cite. When you are writing and you decide to use words or information from a source it is important to give credit to the source. The reason it is world wide is because it is important for students all around and not just students but anyone who is researching information. My role as Capella academic community is to continue to spread awareness of the proper way to cite and write a paper. I have a duty to encourage my peers to continue to be honest and take pride in their work. For instance, at workI have to make a lot of ethical disussions. Each failure to practice value-based workplace ethics affects your self-image and what you stand for far more than it affects your coworkers. But the effect of your behavior on your fellow employees is real, tangible, and unpredictable, too. The solution? Change the behavior, of course. You may never have thought of these actions as problems with ethical behavior, but they are. And, all of them affect your coworkers in negative ways. On example where I may judge is if a person is doing something that they know is wrong and continue to victimize the situation. In my upbringing we were thought to learn from our wrongs and keep going, just don’t make the same mistake twice. I try my best to keep my opinions that are not so positive to myself , but still provide my peers or others with constructive criticism. I would come into the situation very open-minded and try to view the other’s point of view, than try to understand their concept. If others do not understand I will articulate it to the best of my abilities so that, that individual understands.



1 day agoSherita Freeman

RE: general- Richild Morgan


Richild, marvelous breakdown of why and how dishonesty exists. On an academic level, I do agree that many reasons exist behind why individuals do not adhere to guidelines. This week’s scenarios displayed how a sheer lack of knowledge behind many regulations can be the cause for the neglect in research as well. When it comes to writing, I believe your personal view aligns with the views made within this week’s text. What we do does affect those we engage with and this can be applied to our research and observations also. Without the consciousness to approach professional and personal situations with a particular mainframe, we are prone to making situations worse. Ruscio (2006) discusses how pseudoscience thrives because of the practitioners willingness to implement common treatment, for whatever reasons, despite the lack of or given evidence. Just as our behaviors affect those around us, the actions we take in our professions have influences and consequences when we forget to abide by our purposes and values (regulations, limitations, adequacy). The production of inadequate resources can be detrimental to practices and patients, alike.


The articles I read regarding ethics and unethical behaviors in research took me by great surprise. According to Langlais (2006 p 1), this has been continually increasing given the heightened amount of competition and demand placed on researchers to produce such findings to substantiate their work. I understand for graduate learners, still learning the concepts to understand best how both integrity and ethics play an impactful part in writing on a scholar-practitioner or practitioner-scholar level. The articles did propose ethical best practices on how to minimize and alleviate by providing sufficient empirical support when citing to avoid plagiarism.

I think dishonesty is so widespread due to researchers practicing improper behaviors, and they lack integrity by upholding the standards that were supported in the past. I believe not enough emphasis is placed on unethical actions and the consequences of its results. Additionally, Langlais (2006 p 3) noted that it would take the community of academia and graduate incumbents to understand and help share in the awareness to teach professionally ethical standards and the role it plays within the workplace. Dishonesty can also become widespread due to certain past beliefs and cultural upbringing that may contend with the practical teachings of ethics and the role it plays in research.

My role in the Capella academia community is to understand, practice, and uphold the professional standards of integrity set forth by the University as well within the APA Psychology community. It is a privilege to be able to learn and research within a doctoral learning program. Therefore, the role I play is to display best practices and use resources in the field to avoid any mishaps at it pertains to plagiarism. As part of my acceptance into the doctoral program, I acknowledged that I am accepting to be held accountable to the standards applicable in the APA community and I will follow the academic principles of ethical behaviors in interpreting written information as well as within my writings.

As a Human Resources professional, each day, I am confronted with decisions that entail the ability to assess and evaluate outcomes in an ethical manner. Employees are the fabric of organizations as an HR professional; it is my conscious duty to operate in the best interest of not only the employer but also as an advocate for the employees. For example, each year, our organization launches an annual, global employee engagement survey. As part of the survey process, practitioners are trained and responsible for ensuring a level of autonomy and confidentiality to uphold to provide a level of anonymity – in which trust is created.

One situation in which I might be vulnerable to judging others based on my values is to do what you say you are going to do. I am a proponent of accountability, and as discussed in the prior post, mindfulness comes to mind when if someone says they are going to do something my expectation is that it either happens or response is given in advance as to other alternatives and timeframe. Setting reasonable expectations will help minimize the risk for the right actions, which ultimately will allow for accountability.

Langlais, P. J. (2006). Ethics for the next generation. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 52(19), B11. Retrieved from http://library.capella.edu/login?qurl=https%3A%2F%2Fsearch.proquest.com%2Fdocview%2F214669186%3Faccountid%3D27965

Ruscio, J. Critical Thinking in Psychology: Separating Sense from Nonsense. [Capella]. Retrieved from https://capella.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781133637516/



1 day agoSherita Freeman

RE: U08D1 – IO Jimmie Jones


Jimmie, I enjoyed your explanation of the article you used in relation to how my personal understanding of the literature was conveyed in my own post. Ruscio (2006) heavily discussed how the beliefs of the field’s forefathers and practitioners still influence our approaches to modern application and understanding. This can be detrimental not only during engagements but also to how the field continues to develop, apply and justify…