This portfolio work project will allow you to present your findings academically and showcase your ability to design and implement a strategy that will benefit individuals and, hopefully, society in general.
You are working in a setting where individuals could benefit from a program or resource that would increase their life satisfaction, fulfillment, and mental health.
Use information from the material presented in this class, the Foothill College library, any additional credible resources like journal articles, university studies, non-profit organizations, and government resources to create an analysis and program design that includes the following:
Set the stage for your project at the societal level. Explain the macro or broader perspective of what the issues are in achieving life satisfaction, fulfillment, and mental health within the community you serve. In other words, what is the background of your population as it relates to this objective? Where is your group today versus generations prior regarding these principles? What is the setting for people today, and what are individuals up against at the societal level? What has been the emotional and personal cost been of this dynamic? How might society benefit if true life satisfaction, fulfillment, and mental health were achieved within the community you serve? Is it merely that certain costs would be avoided, or would this unleash new potentials for life and society?
Explain the micro or personal perspective of your topic. How does this impact the individual? What are some ways that society can help or hurt the individual concerning your topic? How do individuals today perceive themselves with these objectives? What are the potential struggles and limitations of individuals managing this process? What are the potential benefits to the individual if this objective was achieved? What is the long-term outlook for the individual concerning should a program like this work?
What can neuroscience and physiology tell us about this? Where are its psychological routes, and how does it impact an individual’s mind, psychology, and personality? What are some of the main physiological limiters? What does science suggest regarding achieving these goals for the individual?
Detail the proven techniques from the academic literature behind people better understanding their psychology concerning your chosen focus. Do you need to educate and inform, or would you aim to attempt change through guided activities and practice?
Find a program that has implemented these findings or other strategies to impact people’s lives, attitudes, and behaviors. What have the challenges been for this program or group? What have the unforeseen impacts been of a program like this? What further research needs to be done within these areas for your program to be maximized?
Explain the program you wish to develop, and how would it be unique to the population you hope to serve? For example, maybe there is a great program to model yours after for people in midlife, but you want to focus on children or adolescents. What things would you do to customize it to the population you serve? What hurdles are unique to your demographic, and how will you best address these concerns?