Population Selection and Research Program Designs


Unit 1 Discussion 1: Select a Clinical and Multicultural Population

Native Americans: Barriers to Seeking Addiction Counseling

The population selected for this research is the Native Americans addicts. This population was selected because although it has a higher addiction rates, it has low access to addiction counseling services.   Research evidence shows that although Native Americans have a higher than average addiction rates, they have lower rates of successful addiction counseling (Venner, Greenfield, Vicuña, Muñoz, Bhatt, & O’Keefe, 2012). Most of them do not seek addiction counseling, and those who seek rarely complete their addiction therapy

Unit 1 Discussion 2:  Population Selection

This research will demonstrate my knowledge, skills, and best practices related to addiction counseling.  In addiction counseling, counselors are required to adopt the best practices that that includes adherence to the ethical standards, procedures, cultural competence, and other important aspects of counseling. Being a multifaceted practice, counseling requires application of different skills and knowledge in one setting. This research will therefore show competence in counseling.  First, it will show my knowledge and skills of identifying addiction challenges and providing possible solutions to the challenges.


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Unit 1:

Population Selection and Research and Program Designs


Research activities are often influenced by the researcher’s personal and professional experiences, knowledge, interests, or expertise. In this course you will be examining some aspect of addictions counseling through your research activity. Population Selection and Research Program Designs.

Researchers are motivated and committed to investigating a problem, testing out hypotheses, determining possible answers, reexamining the problem from a new perspective, or proposing or conceptualizing a theory, clinical model, or therapeutic program. These are the core elements of effective clinical research.

Population Selection and Research Program Designs

Today, there is an emphasis on multicultural research, and investigating or proposing clinical or therapeutic programs that take cultural factors into account.

Regardless of what motivates researchers, they must adhere to accepted standards in their selection of a clinical population, proposal of a research problem and research hypotheses, and selection of an appropriate research methodology. Hence, researchers should be able to clearly identify the purpose of their research and have a vision for their proposed research projects. They must also have a good working knowledge of research methodologies.Population Selection and Research Program Designs.


To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

1.      Evaluate various research methodologies, and select an appropriate methodology for your proposed research project.

2.      Propose a research problem, or a clinical or therapeutic program, specifically related to some aspect of addictions counseling.

3.      Identify a specific multicultural population, different from your own, for your research.


Unit 1 Studies Readings

Read the following in Royse, Thyer, and Padgett’s Program Evaluation: An Introduction to an Evidence-Based Approach:

4.      Chapter 1, “Introduction” pages 1–37.

5.      Chapter 4, “Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Evaluation,” pages 93–117.

Read the Reid and Kampfe chapter, “Multicultural Issues.”

Consult the Library to locate three peer-reviewed journal articles that are relevant to your final project. Use these articles to complete this unit’s “Select a Clinical and Multicultural Population” discussion.

Optional – Library Articles Population Selection and Research Program Designs

You may choose to read these articles, available in the Capella University Library, to augment your understanding of this unit’s topics:

    • Baetz and Toews’s (2009, May) article, “Clinical implications of research on religion, spirituality, and mental health,” fromCanadian Journal of Psychiatry, volume 54, issue 5, pages 292–301.
    • Gelo, Braakmann, and Benetka’s (2008) article, “Quantitative and Qualitative Research: Beyond the Debate,” fromIntegrative Psych Behavior, volume 42, issue 3, pages 266–290.
    • Zalaquett, Foley, Tillotson, Dinsmore, and Hof’s (2008) article, “Multicultural and social justice training for counselor education programs and colleges of education: Rewards and challenges,” from Journal of Counseling & Development,volume 86, issue 3, pages 323–329.Discussion 1: 1 page needed with minimum of 250 words and 2 references.Select a Clinical and Multicultural PopulationFor your final project, select a clinical and multicultural population that you have the least experience with in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, spiritual or religious differences, or ethnic issues. This population must be an addictions population. Based on the required readings and the three peer-reviewed journal articles you located, identify and commit to a specific research or program methodology. Summarize why you selected the population and the specific methodology, and what you specifically wish to learn or provide for that population.Discussion 2: 1 page needed with minimum of 250 words and 2 references.

      Population Selection

      Articulate how researching your selected population will clearly demonstrate your knowledge, skills, and best practices related to addictions counseling



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