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HMS 103 Theories and Tech in Human Services

Introduces philosophies, theories for intervention, and the problem-solving process.

HMS 103

Theories and Techniques in Human Services

This course introduces philosophies, theories for intervention, and the problem-solving process. It emphasizes the development of a skill base used in counseling techniques and client intervention. It also enhances interpersonal relationship skills through knowledge of communication techniques and provides activities in which the student will apply this knowledge and these skills.

Critiquing a Journal Article

Find an article from a peer-reviewed journal written about one of the theories, theorists, or techniques we have discussed in class. We will break upthe assignment into pieces due week by week. Once you have identified your article, list the article citation in APA format on the Blackboard Blog for practice. Example:

Carlton-LaNey, I. (1999). African American Social Work Pioneers’ Response to

Need. Social Work. 44(4), 311-321.

Then offer a summary of the article, as well as your critique of the content. Organize your paper as outlined below, and consider using some of the following questions to guide you as you write:


  • What is the purpose of this study or paper?
  • What is the research question? What question or issue does the author hope to answer?
  • What hypothesis does the author propose in this study?

Research Design

  • What is the research design?
  • Include a brief description of the sample (number, gender, race, age, socioeconomic status, special characteristics).
  • In a brief paragraph, describe how the sample was obtained.
  • Describe the method of data collection.


  • Summarize the major results or findings of the study.


  • What are the study’s limitations?
  • What suggested areas of new research were identified?
  • In what ways could the presentation of the material have been improved or built upon in future research?


  • How will the research findings impact social work practice or social welfare policy?

Assignment should be typed, double-spaced, and 3-5 pages in length of content and written from a professional, third person voice. The paper should also contain a title page and a reference page. Note: the title page and reference page do not count toward this page limit. All assignments will be evaluated based on the research award rubric and the instructor’s rubric.

General Services

Library Tutorials

Here you will find self-paced video and print tutorials on how to find and use the resources available to you through the Gateway Library, as well as how to perform all the proper steps in the research process.

Citation and Style Guides

Here you will find information on how to properly utilize the two citation styles used within Gateway classes, as well as example papers and other related resources.

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Research databases
***Adapted from Ashford University***

State your topic

Your topic is the essential idea of your paper. It is usually a few words or a phrase that summarizes the subject of your paper. For your thesis statement, try to make your topic as specific as possible.

State your main idea about this topic

What are you trying to state or prove about your topic? What are you trying to persuade the reader to believe? When stating your opinion, be sure to:

  • express one major ideal
  • name the topic and assert something specific about it
  • take a stance on an issue that you can support with facts and reasons.
  • state your position on or opinion about the issue.

Give a reason that supports your main idea

Write your reason as a clear statement. Be sure that you can support this reason with logical facts and evidence.

Give another reason that supports your main idea

Write your reason as a clear statement. Be sure that you can support this reason with logical facts and evidence.

Give one more reason that supports your main idea

Tell us one reason that supports your opinion. Write your reason as a clear statement. Be sure that you can support this reason with logical facts and evidence.

Include an opposing viewpoint to your main idea, if applicable

A good thesis statement acknowledges that there is always another side to the argument. So, include an opposing viewpoint (a counterargument) to your opinion. Basically, write down what a person who disagrees with your position might say about your topic.


Click the button to generate your thesis statement!



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