Working on the Capstone Project was enlightening. I was exposed to a wide variety of materials as I researched different projects. The literature review on the project was especially informative. I had to look for different sources, which talked about the subject. Most of these sources were peer-reviewed articles from scholars and other professionals in the industry. Reading and researching on what they have done instilled a desire within me to learn more. It exposed me to the societal trends and I was able to know more about the society’s influences. The program has been especially beneficial since I am now able to offer positive contribution to the society. By undertaking this project, I was able to realize that people are different and they ought to be treated differently. Technology has been a major influence in today’s society and it has especially changed psychology. I learnt about the various limitations of the project. As online therapy continues, these limitations will be minimized. It is a relatively new form of therapy and although much has been written about it, there is room for improvement and development.
Some of the limitations and weaknesses identified in the project are beyond the reach of the psychologist. As I researched more on this topic, I realized that the clients have the upper hand and they direct the therapist according to the direction they should go. One of the fundamental areas of therapy requires a close observation of behavior and this is not possible when the clients choose anonymity. This puts off some professional therapists, since they feel that they will not help their clients accordingly. I am committed to promoting change in the society. I identified many benefits of online therapy, such as the client’s ability to tell the therapist all his problems without fear of shame or intimidation (Suler, 2007). One of the most important elements of offering criticism is that it challenges a person to think beyond the obvious. In addition to offering criticism, critics often propose another solution to the problem. Some of the critics were only pointed out the weaknesses of the particular subject and they were not helpful in offering any meaningful solutions.
A scholar practitioner never tires of learning and looking for different ways through which he or she can contribute to the development of the society. Scholar practitioners usually form objective opinions based on the research they have conducted. Through their review of different literature materials and their research in many topics, they are able to distinguish between genuine and credible materials, and less focused and unfinished material. By doing this, they dispel some of the mistruths and unfounded beliefs. Critics should not offer unfounded views or offer their opinion on scholarly matters based on their personal preferences. Completing this project has made me realize the importance of literature review and practical application.
My advice to the future students is that they should take their time to research all the materials concerning their chosen topic of study. Not all sources can be trusted and it is important that a student take the time to identify reliable sources. Using credible sources such as scholarly journals and articles adds credibility to the students’ work and gives access to the latest research (Engle, 2011). They should be willing to look at both sides of an issue so that they can offer an objective analysis of the topic. Doing things practically is important as it exposes them to real situations. They should be willing to think with an open mind, and they should not let prejudices, biases and other barriers dictate their path. Barriers such as these are limiting and they deny the student a chance to make objective decisions.
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Suler, J. (2007). Online therapy and support groups. Retrieved from http://users.rider.edu/~suler/psycyber/therapygroup.html