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Undergraduate Studies ePortfolio Christina Alexander Bachelors of Art: Psychology 2010
Personal Statement Having majored in Business Management and psychological studies as an undergraduate, I would now like to concentrate on juvenile criminal justice. I am especially interested in children’s advocacy, the juvenile justice system, children and violence, and the psychological welfare of children. My personal child advocacy projects have involved some combination of these subjects. For the oral section of my comprehensive exams, I specialized in current day cases on children and violence. The relationship between "children" and war became the subject for my final project, which examined Ishmael Beah's use of innocence, fear, determination, and resilience in his memoir. I plan to work further on this project, referencing other authors and perhaps preparing a paper suitable for publication. In my studies toward a doctoral degree, I hope to examine more closely the relationship between children and violence. My private studies of psychology and the criminal justice system have caused me to consider the question of where the divisions between crime and cause lie. I would like to resume my studies of psychology, with special attention to juvenile criminal justice elements. Humanity also figures prominently in my personal, academic and professional goals. I have begun mission journals and am gradually building a working manuscript for a collection. The dominant theme of this collection relies on experiences that draw from travel, cause of mission, and people on other end of mission, as well as everyday experiences, celebrating the process of giving, and one’s purpose in life. My humanitarianism draws from family values and influences my academic studies. Much of what I read and study fosters my creative work and helps me ascertain what may be needed in various situations. I study psychology by taking part in discussions, group sessions, experimenting with the tools used by psychologists, authors in the past and other creative processes. In terms of a career, I see myself consulting, writing, and counseling within the criminal justice and law enforcement industry. Doctoral studies would be valuable to me in several ways. First, a counseling internship program would provide me with the practical experience I am eager to acquire. Further, earning a PsyD. in Psychology and Criminal Justice would advance my career goals by adding to my skills, both critically and creatively, in working with law enforcement. Ultimately, however, I see the PsyD. as an end in itself, as well as a professional stepping stone; I enjoy studying psychology for its own sake and would like to continue my studies on the level demanded by a PsyD. Program.
Objective My career objective is to obtain an executive level position or its equivalent with the opportunity to
exercise my skills and abilities allowing room for advancement.
Professional 2007 – Present Universal Electronics, Inc. Nashville, TN
Experience Marketing/Government Sales – Director of Diversity
Diversity Certification/Diversity Compliance
2005 – 2007 Our Place Dry Cleaners Detroit, MI
Human Resources: payroll, accts receivable, accts payable
Customer account management/solicitation
Daily operations, (i.e. time sheets, business to business
contact, equipment purchases, implementing business
1996 – 2000 Detroit Teachers Credit Union Detroit, MI
Coordinator, Partnering in Education/HR/LI/Special Events Chair
Create and implement financial programs within Public School system
Employee record and time management
Cash Management, transact member account business
Train new Tellers
Education 2007 Argosy University Nashville, TN
Psychology/Criminal Justice Bachelors
2004 Davenport University Warren, MI
Business Management/Human Resources Bachelors
Resume Presentations Alexander Christina (2008). Fatherless in America. Speech presented at the AME Church Annual Conference at the Greater Bethel AME Church. Publications Alexander, Christina (2005). Edward Foxworth: The Six Routines of Self Discovery. Journal of Self Help and Psychology, 23 - 24. Grants and Fellowships The Education Foundation Scholarship/Grant (Argosy University, 2010) Workshop Grant (Argosy University, 2008) Awards and Honors Argosy Scholar 2007 Argosy Academic Excellence Award 2007 Certificate(s) of Appreciation, Meals on Wheels & Room in the Inn Homeless Program 2007-2010 Salvation Army, Volunteerism Award 2008 Skills and Qualifications Microsoft Office, Publisher, Programming, Internet Exceptional Cognitive Abilities, Written and Oral Communications Skills, Sensitivity to Ethics and Diversity, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Listening Skills References Ms. Novella M. Page, Supervisor of Student Teachers - TSU Anitoch, TN Mr. Joe Turner, President, CEO – Universal Electronics Inc Nashville, TN Mrs. Shelley Hudson, Instructor – Argosy University Nashville, TN
Heredity plays an important role in the onset of alcoholism and depression. Family history
increases the propensity to develop either or both disorders. In addition, each condition has
the potential to exacerbate the other:
Heavy, frequent drinking increases the vulnerability to become depressed, considering alcoholism’s debilitating impact on overall health and emotional well-being, work and relationships. Add to this the fact that alcohol is actually a depressant, and it’s easy to see why alcoholics may become depressed.
Individuals who suffer from stress, anxiety, or depression may use alcohol as a way to relax and escape from their problems. Yet, over time they will need to drink greater quantities to achieve the same results. This can lead to alcohol abuse or dependence.
People with depression and alcoholism have a heightened risk of suicide, vehicular
accidents, as well as other harmful and risk-taking activities. Together, the illnesses can
advance an existing depressive state, impair judgment and increase impulsiveness. Alcohol
These programs are designed to raise awareness of the impact drugs & alcohol has on their lives, as well as the lives of family, co-workers and society. They are encouraged to accept responsibility for past actions and make a commitment to change future behavior. Therapists help clients understand and accept the benefits of abstinence, review treatment options, and design a treatment plan to which they will commit.
Cognitive-Behavioral Coping-Skills Therapy
Comprised of a group of therapeutic approaches, cognitive behavioral therapy helps clients acquire skills to recognize, cope and change problem-drinking behaviors.
By understanding what needs are filled by drinking/drugging, a therapist is able to work with the client to find new ways to address needs that don’t include drinking/drugging -- and modify psychological dependence on the drug.
During therapy sessions, clients are taught essential coping skills to:
Recognize what triggers the urge to drink
Manage negative moods and emotional vulnerabilities
Change social outlets and friendships to focus on something other than drinking
12-Step Facilitation Therapy
This peer-support approach encourages clients to become involved with a 12-step or related program that complements professionally supervised therapy.
Programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, Smart Recovery, SOS and Women for Sobriety are typically recommended with all forms of alcoholism therapy because they provide alcohol-dependent individuals with an encouraging, supportive environment.
Support group meetings focus on abstinence and fosters each individual’s physical, mental and spiritual health.
The following outlined report is based on AIC’s recommendations for Labolg’s upcoming global expansion: the why’s
and benefits of suggested implementation plan.
I. If Labolg want to be successful with its global expansion, here is why AIC’s recommendations are crucial.
AIC suggested to, know your global market, conducting an audience analysis will help Labolg understand the culture, interests, morals, values, and goals of those whom you want to influence to do business with you.Defining your audiences: the people you want to act, the consumers who are more likely to buy your product, the boss whose sign-off you need, as well as the employees who could achieve greater productivity in desired markets are all vital pieces to the puzzle of any expansion. Defining your audiences or knowing your global markets are essential for communicating with foreign business partners and consumers, your advertising campaigns and your business approach. (Argosy 2010)
Understanding cultural diversity is also a key element in Labolg’s success.Labolg must know all cultural barriers in order to operate smoothly. Understanding these cultural barriers from an organizational stand point, will be significant for Labolg’s audiences, to include, clients, constituents, global suppliers, global competitors, global media, and the global public at large. Communicating successfully internally and
externally depends on understanding the cultural diversity of your audiences. The audiences, as well as Labolg, as a whole, will benefit from the result. (Argosy 2010)
Foundations of Psychology To: Supervisor April 19, 2010 From: Christina Alexander, PSY494 –Spring II (2010) Subject: Handout on Dual Treatment sessions Per our conversation, I have attached a copy of both the recruitment handout as well as the power point presentation for your review. It is my plan to focus primarily on the circumstantial causes of depression that lead to drinking and/or drugging. By pointing out the causes, the inmates will be able to identify them and relate their feelings to the circumstances. We will then suggest alternative coping skills for the inmates. As you will find in the power point presentation, we have planned an outlined treatment plan to include motivational enhancement programs, cognitive-behavioral coping skills therapy, and 12 step facilitation therapy. The attached brochure is an example of one of the enhancement programs offered. I look forward to your reply in this matter. It is my hope that we are ready to move forward with this exciting, new, innovative plan. # # #
Mission Statement: The mission: To sow "the Seed of Hope," in the hearts of many. Hope focuses on those who are seeking a "new beginning.” Help develop them into responsible, productive, successful, law abiding, well equipped citizens. We take the service to others seriously. Our goal is to provide opportunities for outreach, and improvement. Foundations of Psychology The Program Program is designed to divert clients into treatment, breaking the cycle of crime, addiction and incarceration. This alternative program is an option to address the overwhelming need for substance abuse treatment, psychological attention and to equip the individuals with the tools to re-enter society. Through the program, diversion specialists screen clients as they approach their release date from prison. Intake interviews are conducted to determine if they are program candidates and are eligible for social services. Those eligible for the HOPE’s Diversion program include non-violent crime offenders with drug abuse problems and a diagnosed psychological disorder. The whole idea is to try to get people into treatment and community-based services as an alternative to normal case processing, and adjudication. The Team Judicial Review Coordinator Determines if eligible for release consideration Psychologist/Counselor Treats for mental disorders Nurse Assist Doctor with treatment, as needed Doctor Treatment, when needed. Physicals at release Drug Counselor Drug treatment program Judge Determines sentence and release Officers/Guards Crowd control and oversee daily activity Parole Officer Monitor upon release Volunteers Assist in area of expertise Program Director Oversee program
Foundations of Psychology Psychological Services - Intensive monitoring - Depression treatment - Drug and Alcohol treatment - Anger management - Coping skills - Illness Management - Recovery Program - Wellness self-management programs Other Services - Life-Skills training - Housing placement - Vocational training - Job placement - Health care Through HOPE’s collaboration with law enforcement, the court system and correctional agencies and facilities, our staff provides services designed to prevent incarceration, help individuals while they are incarcerated and successfully reintegrate offenders back into their communities . About H.O.P.E. H elping O thers P ursue E xcellence was derived from the deep seeded love to help others embrace their full potential and be successful in life. Everyone deserves a second chance and often excel when given that chance. H.O.P.E. is the second chance that will help many in their pursuit of excellence. Created By: Christina Alexander PSY494 Substance Abuse Treatment in the Criminal Justice System Week 7 Assignment 2 References: Thomas, F. (2008) 400 diverted into treatment, freeing courts, jail space, retrieved April 17, 2010 from http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/29594564.html
Listed are nine team roles categorized into three groups: Action
Oriented, People Oriented, and Thought Oriented. Each team role is
associated with typical behavioral and interpersonal strengths. Also
defined, characteristic weaknesses that tend to accompany team-
Action Oriented Roles:
Shapers (SH) Shapers challenge the team to improve. They are dynamic and usually extroverted people who enjoy stimulating others, questioning norms, and finding the best approaches to problems. The Shaper is the one who shakes things up to make sure that all possibilities are considered and that the team does not become complacent.
Shapers often see obstacles as exciting challenges and tend to have the courage to push on when
others feel like quitting.
Their potential weaknesses - they're argumentative, and may offend people's feelings.
Implementer (IMP) Implementers are the people who get things done. They turn the team's ideas and concepts into practical actions and plans. They are typically conservative, disciplined, work systematically, efficiently and very well organized. These are the people who you can count on to get the job done.
On the downside, Implementers may be inflexible and somewhat resistant to change.
Completer - Finisher (CF) Completer-Finishers see that projects are completed thoroughly. They ensure there have been no errors or omissions and pay attention to the smallest of details. They are very concerned with deadlines and will push the team to make sure the job is completed on time. They are described as perfectionists who are orderly, conscientious, and anxious.
Completer-Finisher may worry unnecessarily and find it hard to delegate.
Coordinator (CO) Coordinators take on the traditional team-leader role and also referred to as chairmen. They guide the team to what they perceive are the objectives. They are often excellent listeners and they are naturally able to recognize the value that each team member brings to the table. They are calm and good-natured and delegate tasks very effectively.
Potential weaknesses - may delegate away too much personal
responsibility, and may tend to be manipulative.
Team Worker (TW) Team Workers provide support and make sure the team is working together. These people fill the role of negotiators within the team and are flexible, diplomatic, and perceptive. These tend to be popular people who are very capable in their own right but who prioritize team cohesion and helping people getting along.
Weaknesses - tendency to be indecisive, and maintain uncommitted positions during discussions
Resource Investigator (RI) Resource Investigators are innovative and curious. They explore available options, develop contacts, and negotiate for resources on behalf of the team. They are enthusiastic team members, who identify and work with external stakeholders to help the team accomplish its objective. They are outgoing and are often extroverted, meaning that others are often receptive to them and their ideas.
On the downside, they may lose enthusiasm quickly, and are often overly optimistic.
Plant (PL) The Plant is the creative innovator who comes up with new ideas and approaches. They thrive on praise but criticism is especially hard for them to deal with. Plants are often introverted and prefer to work apart from the team.
Because their ideas are so novel, they can be impractical
at times. They may also be poor communicators and can
tend to ignore given parameters and constraints.
Monitor - Evaluator (ME) Monitor-Evaluators are best at analyzing and evaluating ideas that other people (often Plants) come up with. These people are shrewd and objective and they carefully weigh the pros and cons of all the options before coming to a decision. Monitor-Evaluators are critical thinkers and very strategic in their approach.
Perceived as detached or unemotional. Sometimes they are poor motivators who react
to events rather than instigating them
Specialist (SP) Specialists have specialized knowledge that is needed to get the job done. They pride themselves on their skills and abilities, and they work to maintain their professional status. Their job within the team is to be an expert in the area, and they commit themselves fully to their field of expertise.
Limited contribution, preoccupied with technicalities at the expense of the bigger picture. Among teams of people that do the same job, a
few team roles often prevail. For example, within a research department, the team roles of Specialist and Plant may prevail. A team of
business consultants may mainly comprise Team Workers and Shapers. Such teams may be unbalanced, in that they may be missing key
approaches and outlooks.
If the team is unbalanced, first identify any team weakness that is not naturally covered by any of the team members. Then identify any
potential areas of conflict. For example, too many Shapers can weaken a team if each Shaper wants to pull the team in a different direction.