Preparing Participants for Practice & Evaluation
with Diverse Populations
The Institute for Positive Growth is offering a free standing Ph.D. Program to
prepare helping professionals for highly advanced practice and evaluation of
practice with diverse populations. While our conceptualization of diversity is
all inclusive of populations at risk, we emphasize race, gender, and ethnicity
as our core client group.
The program will meet three times a year in blocks of eight (8) days from
Saturday through the following Saturday and coinciding with national holidays
to limit the number of day’s participants will miss work. The Institute will provide
low cost housing and meals to keep costs at a minimum. Families are welcome
to join participants. Classes will be taught at appealing locations to provide
as much convenience and enjoyment to participants and their families as
possible. Currently, Sun Valley, Idaho, Park City, Utah and Cuernavaca,
Mexico are sites to be utilized.
Students must have a Master’s Degree in the helping professions (psychology,
social work, counseling, psychiatric nursing, etc.) and must take 2 courses in
statistics (parametric and non-parametric statistics) before the program begins.
Statistics courses taken during the Master’s Degree experience are acceptable.
Students must also have completed 2 research courses with a research thesis
or project demonstrating their ability to do social research.
While classes will meet for 8 days in 3 blocks of time throughout the year,
assignments will be done after the block meetings and communication with
instructors will take place using e-mail, regular mail, and phone conversations.
The curriculum emphasizes advanced practice and evaluation with diverse
populations utilizing the strength’s perspective and evidence-based practice.
There will be qualifying examinations, a defense of the dissertation proposal,
a dissertation, and a defense of the dissertation, as in most Ph.D. Programs.
Faculty for the Ph.D. Program will consist of well-known educators,
practitioners, and researchers who currently teach in doctoral programs.
Each course may have more than one instructor presenting course material.
Instructors will have backgrounds in social work, psychology, anthropology,
human development, social research, or other areas closely aligned with
practice. All instructors will posses the doctoral degree and will have
published books and articles in prestigious journals.
There are a number of benefits of the Institute’s Program.
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