1 Undergraduate Studies ePortfolio Christina (Tina) Bender B.A. Psychology (Concentration in Substance Abuse Counseling), 2011
Personal Statement My interest in psychology began when I took my first psychology class at the local community college in 1979. Although my career path went in a different direction, I never lost the initial interest in trying to determine why human beings do the things they do and make the choices they make. When I decided to go back to college two years ago, substance abuse counseling promised to be a perfect fit. I grew up in North Dakota, spent my young adult years in Las Vegas, and moved to Florida in 2000. I appreciated the people, wide open spaces and natural beauty of North Dakota. I enjoyed the fast pace, excitement and momentum of Las Vegas. I love the peace, tranquility and often rustic beauty of Florida. Occupationally, my experience is likewise varied from waitressing in high school, dealing blackjack, roulette and craps in my early adult years to working as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Room.
Personal Statement (Continued) The two underlying themes in my life and experiences have been a sincere appreciation for variety and a desire to help people to meet their needs. My next endeavor, substance abuse counseling, follows along this same life course. I will be completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in substance abuse counseling with a 4.0 GPA at Argosy University on June 29, 2011. While I was in the process of attaining my degree in February of 2010, I became involved in a volunteer position with the Intervention Project for Nurses as a co-facilitator of a support group for nurses recovering from substance abuse. My next goal is to obtain an internship at a substance abuse rehabilitation facility. Working as a nurse at that same facility could provide a smooth transition into my new position and a knowledge of multiple components of the treatment process for clients. I bring a lifelong passion for psychology and a joy for interaction with people that will positively impact the field.
Resume Professional Profile Licensed Registered Nurse with comprehensive knowledge of nursing principles; Dependable and highly organized, with excellent attention to detail and follow-through; Personable, able to develop positive rapport and empathize with patient and family; Enjoy working as a team member or individually.Transitioning to substance abuse counseling field with Psychology, B. A. from Argosy University. Energetic, dedicated professional with strong interpersonal skills, extensive medical background. Proven ability to work effectively with people of various ages, cultural backgrounds, and socio-economic statuses. Long-time interest in psychology and emergency medicine. Well-developed assessment skills.
Resume (Continued) Educational Background Argosy University Online Bachelor of Arts with a Concentration in Substance Abuse Counseling (GPA 4.0) June 2011Community College of Southern Nevada, Associates of Applied Sciences, Registered Nursing, May 1993Capital Commercial College, Medical Secretarial Diploma, May 1979 Clinical Experience/Practicum Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center 6201 North Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34428-6712 08/2000 - 10/2004 & 03/2005 - Present Hospital (Emergency Department) Registered Nurse
Resume (Continued) In-House Home Health, Inc. 2225 East Flamingo Road, Suite 103, Las Vegas, NV 89119 01/1995-08/1995 & 01/14/1999-06/2000 RN Case Manager Primm Valley Corporation Whiskey Pete's Hotel & Casino, Primm, NV 09/24/1997-02/15/1999 21/Roulette/Craps Dealer Additional Experience Advanced Cardiac Life Support Presently Certified Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum Currently Certified
Resume (Continued) Licensure and Certificates Florida Registered Nurse 2000 Nevada Registered Nurse 1993 Nevada Licensed Practical Nurse 1991 Community Involvement Intervention Project for Nurses Volunteer Position Co-facilitator Nurse Support Group since 02/2010 Substance Abuse Monitoring Program Contracted Under Florida State Board of Nursing
Reflection I enrolled at Argosy in September of 2009 with dreams of changing career fields to psychology, one of my dreams since age 19. My experience at Argosy Online has honed my time-management skills, increased my technological and research skills significantly, further enhanced my critical thinking skills and bolstered my sincere belief that one can accomplish any goal with a positive mindset and dedication. My information literacy has been likewise honed through extensive exposure to the multiple available resources. Although further experience with technological resources will be helpful, I am confident that I will be able to learn any system required after experiencing the ability to apply and understand the multiple resources used during my time at Argosy University.
Reflection (Continued) The integration of my experience in the emergency room with the medical components of substance abuse and my recently acquired academic knowledge should provide a broad base upon which to build my skills in the substance abuse counseling arena. My weakness, at this time, is in the clinical experience arena of substance abuse counseling. I have been working in a volunteer position with the Intervention Project for Nurses (a substance abuse monitoring program contracted under the Florida State Board of Nursing) as a co-facilitator of a nurse support group since February of 2010 which has increased my awareness of the concerns of clients with substance abuse problems. I look forward to expanding that knowledge base in an intern position.
Table of Contents Cognitive Abilities: Critical Thinking and Information Literacy Cognitive abilities (critical thinking and information literacy): Demonstrates problem solving, analysis, synthesis, appropriate use of information resources. To view this work sample, please visit the link below: https://www.box.net/shared/myn8gisncpmuhxabrnzx Research Skills Research skills: Copies of a mock research project, a literature review and a PowerPoint. To view this work sample, please visit the link below: https://www.box.net/shared/g07tvc4uri11a8r5hoj9 https://www.box.net/shared/211hhftt4ynt6cdeenbn https://www.box.net/shared/aaio826sr8d59p9bx9kc
Table of Contents (Continued) Communication Skills: Oral and Written Communication skills (written and oral): A topic paper that demonstrates written communication skills. To view this work sample, please visit the link below: https://www.box.net/shared/p1uuifca28ane2nu4uoe Ethics and Diversity Awareness Ethics & Diversity awareness: A paper that demonstrates understanding and/or analysis of ethical and diversity issues in psychology. To view this work sample, please visit the link below: https://www.box.net/shared/577upgc7k7naz57zqufm
Table of Contents (Continued) Foundations of Psychology Knowledge of foundations of the field: Paper which demonstrates understanding of basic concepts, theories, and empirical findings in one or more of the domains of psychology, including biological, cognitive, developmental, personality, and social. To view this work sample, please visit the link below: https://www.box.net/shared/h9yfzyzoy1h1lcbimclr Applied Psychology Knowledge of applied psychology: Paper that demonstrates ability to apply psychology to personal, social, and/or organizational problems. To view this work sample, please visit the link below: https://www.box.net/shared/qvpb9zk1n1k4k4nxosrd
Table of Contents Interpersonal Effectiveness Interpersonal Effectiveness: PowerPoint presentation that demonstrates ability to communicate effectively, appreciate diversity and cultural sensitivity and awareness of impact on others To view this work sample, please visit the link below: https://www.box.net/shared/rdnm6y6sycdg21rv64m9
My Future in Learning I envision my future in learning exactly as my past has been. I have never stopped learning or seeking knowledge since age six. One of my original interests at age 19 was psychology. I have continued to read about, examine, and explore psychology since that time. Ultimately, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and plan to continue with my education as the opportunity arises. In a fashion similar to my pursuit of nursing, I will continue to read current journals, research and studies in psychology. In nursing, any continuing education opportunities have been taken as they arose. I plan similar with my career in psychology. I attend the Intervention Project for Nurses’ annual convention for the most current updates in substance abuse treatment and will continue to do so.
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