Personal Statement As an individual with a mother diagnosed with bipolar disorder I have been raised surrounded by professionals within the field as well as experienced the roller-coaster that mental illness can often derive. Assisting my mother, now as an adult, through her disorder and being involved in her treatment and care grants me insight into the challenges and feelings individuals suffering from mental illness encounter. As a daughter of a bipolar woman I understand the effects this disorder can have on others within the family. As a developing student of the field I am beginning to understand how the theories and practices of therapy can assist individuals experiencing these challenges. Learning to apply those theories and practices is the next step in my journey. The achievement of a Master’s degree as well as a Psy.D. will be the method to achieving that step in my journey. The lessons which will be garnered along this journey are the parts I am looking forward to most. Onward and upward!
Resume Education Argosy University, Phoenix, AZ 8/2008 – 6/2011 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology GPA – 3.94 National Society of Collegiate Scholars 6/ 2010 – Present American Psychological Association – Student Affiliate 7/2010 - Present
South University, Pittsburg, PA. 11/2006 – 8/2008
Resume Work Experience Assistant – Pastoral Services 1/2011 – Present Pitt County Memorial Hospital (Greenville, NC) Intake patient, family, and visitor referrals for Chaplains. Soothe patients, family, and visitors emotional needs until Chaplains arrival. Orientate volunteers and clergy members to the department. Secretarial responsibilities; answer multi-line phone, paperwork, filing, et cetera. Receptionist 3/2010 – 1/2011 Pitt County Memorial Hospital (Greenville, NC) Assist in organizing training sessions for new employees. Assist in team building and staff development as a part of the Organizational development team. Create new ways of presenting information to be most effective in communicating to new and existing employees. Providing directions and assistance visitors as well as copy and scan educational course programs. Greet persons entering department and provide directions to destination. Patient Transporter 11/ 2007 – 3/ 2010 Pitt County Memorial Hospital (Greenville, NC) Establish and maintain rapport with patients before, during and after transport. De-escalate and defuse difficult patient and family situations. Increase patient satisfaction by using adaptable communication skills. Taking initiative to problem solve ensuring a safe and comfortable environment for patients. Demonstrate a clear understanding of HIPAA and organizational policies and procedures Implemented excellent people skills and good physical fitness to perform required task. Interaction with staff and patient families to provide utmost patient care.
Reflection The culmination of the past four years of earning this Bachelor’s degree has been an exhilarating one. The self-motivation required to maintain a strong academic standing within the online learning environment has shown me that I am more than capable of achieving academic and professional success. My time at Argosy has also improved and honed my writing and communication skills. The curriculum, professors, and my peers pushed and encouraged me to continuously strive to expand upon my critical thinking and analytical skills as well. There is much I am proud of accomplishing during my time at Argosy University. Academic and personal success which have prepared me to continue to pursue my goal to become a Counseling Psychologist. Entering graduate school and securing employment within the field to garner experience and broaden my learning experiences are my immediate goals.
Table of Contents Cognitive Abilities: Critical Thinking and Information Literacy Research Skills Communication Skills: Oral and Written Ethics and Diversity Awareness Foundations of Psychology Applied Psychology Interpersonal Effectiveness **To view work samples, please visit: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=80193300&trk=tab_pro
My Future in Learning As an aspiring Psychologist, it is imperative that my academic journey continue. It is my hope to achieve both a Master’s degree as well as a Psy.D. Upon completing those degree’s education will continue to be important to both my future as well as my potential clients. Keeping updated on all of the licensure requirements as well as new diagnostic tools and treatment theories.
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