2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

LAN 265 Professional Writing for the Helping Professions

Building upon the introduction to academic writing in LAN 101, this writing-intensive course prepares undergraduate students in the helping professions to complete professional writing tasks successfully. Professional helpers interact with diverse populations in their professions, demanding the skill of accurate documentation to describe behavior and other social relationships. They also engage in research-informed practice, requiring precise writing and documentation. Topics include addressing the expectations and standards for scholarly writing, conducting searches of professional literature, using effective paraphrasing and summarizing skills, writing logically and coherently, and citing references correctly by adhering to the theoretical frameworks provided through the American Psychological Association (APA) format and case documentation. The course supports students’ efforts on writing tasks assigned in future helping profession program courses. (3 credits)