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The purpose of your Signature Assignment is to apply the forensic psychology diversity information obtained throughout the course to the development of a culturally competent forensic psychology program. Your program must address diversity, but you can choose which setting you want it to be implemented in. Examples include cultural diversity curriculum for law enforcement, culturally competent forensic interview format, remediation or intervention for a specific population (women, children, minorities, mentally ill, substance users, etc.).
Your program proposal should:
Explain the purpose of your program, specifying the need for services. Identifying a current gap in services may be helpful, or you can model your program off an already developed approach.
Provide background information (population served, problem it is addressing, etc.) about the program.
Describe the organization of the program. Who will run it? Where will services be implemented? How long is the program? Who is incorporated (parents, family, community engagement)? If it is an intervention, provide the structure of the sessions.
Develop a plan for implementation. How long will it take to implement?
Discuss any ethical, legal, and moral concerns that may arise
Support your proposal with at least ten peer-reviewed references. Remember to incorporate your professor’s feedback from your outline submitted in Week 5 into your final proposal.
(Week 5 feedback)
In your outline, you provide good information for what you will discuss in the background section of your signature assignment; however, there is a major component missing. The main purpose of the signature assignment is to propose a culturally responsive program that will address the issue you discuss in this outline. From your outline, you diversity factor is age or developmental stage (i.e., juvenile offenders are unique from adults because they are in a different developmental stage – adolescence). From your discussion, it appears that it would make sense for you to propose a family-based intervention. There are current family-based interventions with juvenile offenders, most notably Multisystemic Therapy (MST). What you will want to do is look at this program and any other existing family-based interventions for juvenile offenders to see how you might adapt your program so that it is an original program as required by the signature assignment.