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DHS Intensive: Overview

DHS Intensives Overview

A DHS intensive is an optional experience for candidates in the Doctor of Human Services program. Participants will meet in person or virtually to focus on their doctoral study writing with a faculty member and other students who are at similar stages in their capstone writing process. Participants spend every day and evening drafting, receiving on-site faculty feedback, revising, and editing. 

Attendees will work directly with experienced faculty members who have expertise in qualitative and quantitative capstone study design as well as Form & Style Editors to develop and strengthen the writing skills required for doctoral study/capstone writing. 

Each doctoral study intensive is limited to approximately 25-30 participants (this is subject to change and depends on location and venue). The ratio of faculty to students ranges from 1:7 – 1:9 in order to allow for individualized attention and immediate feedback. 

Group and individual sessions provide detailed information about the requirements consistent with the Walden University capstone rubric. Program content will be specific to the DHS doctoral study writing. Attendees will spend time writing and meeting with faculty and writing staff members to obtain personalized assistance with their capstone writing. 

At the end of each day, participants “check in” with the faculty members on progress made, barriers and facilitators to effective and efficient writing, and goals for the next day. Many participants take full advantage of their time away from home, work, family, and other obligations by continuing to write during the evening. 

Participants will also network with peer colleagues who are in the capstone writing process and develop peer writing support groups that often continue to motivate and support each other after the conclusion of the experience.