BSHS 465 Week 3 Individual Assignment Professional Skills Paper

Choose one of the human services populations from the list below and conduct research using peer-reviewed journal articles from the University Library. Suggested databases include the ProQuest® social sciences or the PsycINFO® databases on the chosen population.


Client Populations


  • Homelessness
  • At-risk older adults
  • Mental illness
  • Developmental disabilities
  • At-risk youth
  • Substance abuse
  • Victims of domestic violence
  • Physical disabilities


Include human services as part of your search. The more specific criteria you choose, the more relevant your paper will be.


Write a 750-1,050-word paper that addresses the following:


  • Address the interpersonal skills needed to work with this population.


  • Address personal and professional qualities that help human services professionals successfully work with this population.


  • Does this population require differential treatment? Why or why not? Is there anything that warrants a change in the human services worker’s style, behaviors, or attitudes?


  • Include strategies to use and actions to take to improve your professional skills in this area.


  • Address potential challenges and how you would meet and overcome them.


  • Reference at least three peer-reviewed journal articles that support your statements and ideas.


Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.