Then, explain at least one ethical, interpersonal, or financial implication of failing to correctly implement the agreed-upon plan in the scenario.

Week 3: Planning
Suppose you work in a community where there is a high incidence of juvenile crime, and your supervisor has tasked you with designing an afterschool program to help address this problem. Where do you begin? You might begin by gathering more information about the problem (i.e., juvenile crime), conducting an inventory of other afterschool programs in the area to determine how your program can address a gap in services, and brainstorming with stakeholders about how best to design the program. In summary, you would begin by engaging in planning. Planning is a crucial function in the human services profession, whether designing a program to address a community-wide problem or working one-on-one with a service user to restore their well-being. This week, you focus on the importance and use of planning in the practice of human services. Learning Objectives
Students will:
Explain why planning is an important function for an advanced human services professional practitioner
Evaluate the use of planning strategies, approaches, and theories in human services scenarios
Analyze the implications of failing to correctly implement human services plans
Justify steps to ensure that human services plans are implemented correctly Discussion: Planning Programs, Services, and Interventions
Advanced human services professional practitioners often encounter urgent individual and community problems. While it might be tempting to rush to a solution in order to provide much-needed relief, the failure to properly plan may prevent the practitioner from fully understanding the problem and devising the best possible solution.
In this Discussion, you consider the importance of the planning function to the practice of human services. You also evaluate the planning efforts of advanced human services professional practitioners in a Hart City scenario. Finally, you consider the implications of failing to correctly implement the agreed-upon plan in the scenario and the steps you would take, as a leader, to ensure that it is implemented correctly. To Prepare
Review your Course Announcements for possible information related to this week’s Discussion.
Review the Learning Resources on planning. Consider the strategies, approaches, and theories advanced human services professional practitioners may use for planning programs, services, and interventions.
Go to the Hart City virtual community using the link that is provided in the Learning Resources. Once you are in the community, visit the Hart City Community Center and view the scenario about planning a program to educate teens on the dangers of texting and driving.
Identify specific planning strategies, approaches, or theories the advanced human services professional practitioners used in the scenario and consider whether they were effective. Then, consider the ethical, interpersonal, or financial implications of failing to correctly implement the plan in the scenario and the steps you would take, as a leader, to ensure that it is implemented correctly.
Post a description of one effective and one ineffective planning strategy, approach, or theory the advanced human services professional practitioners discussed in the Hart City scenario and explain why each was effective or ineffective. Then, explain at least one ethical, interpersonal, or financial implication of failing to correctly implement the agreed-upon plan in the scenario. Be specific. Finally, as an advanced human services professional practitioner in a leadership position, describe at least two steps you would take to ensure that the plan in the scenario is implemented correctly and explain why.
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