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  1. 1. Argosy University Undergraduate Studies Tonita S. Clark BA – Psychology, 2011
  2. 2. Personal Statement <ul><li>Personal Development and Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Caring for others is in my nature and I’ve had a plethora of experience from my personal and professional life, which has always </li></ul><ul><li>encompassed assisting and having empathy for others. </li></ul><ul><li>Interestingly enough, I’m very practical and have a systematic approach to solving problems, which to me is the logical and realistic way </li></ul><ul><li>to obtain a desired outcome. </li></ul><ul><li>One of my first experiences of helping was a summer program at my local community center at the age of 16, where volunteers taught </li></ul><ul><li>illiterate adults to read. I insisted on being a part of this program for three consecutive summers which is how long this program </li></ul><ul><li>endured. My experience made me a better person and more well rounded but let me explain this vague statement. This experience of </li></ul><ul><li>teaching illiterate adults, which was such a diverse group of people, opened my eyes and I developed more foresight into others reality, </li></ul><ul><li>difficulties, sense of shame for lacking these basic skills needed and become more empathetic (as for a little while, I got to put myself in </li></ul><ul><li>their shoes and see through their eyes) which was like an epiphany! This one-on-one interaction gave me more insight into my own </li></ul><ul><li>sense of self. Helping someone obtain and learn techniques or skills that will enhance and better their lives forever, is a feeling I can’t </li></ul><ul><li>quite explain, except to say that this interaction changed me too “forever” for the better and enhanced my understanding of others </li></ul><ul><li>sense of self. </li></ul><ul><li>I have been a volunteer with Isaiah 58 Ministries for 5 years, which is a church that provides assistance, food and clothing to the needy </li></ul><ul><li>and received a Recognition Award for my dedicated services. </li></ul><ul><li>My experience in real life has taught and exposed me to people struggling with real life problems such as depression, anxiety, adult ADD, </li></ul><ul><li>substance abuse issues, stress, trauma and grief. This was the ultimate indication for me that the best way to care was to help others </li></ul><ul><li>have mental healthiness. Because of this and after much research, Psychology and the Mental Health field became an interest and need </li></ul><ul><li>that demanded I explore, in order to do what was rapidly becoming my passion and what I new I’d naturally excel at. People stimulate </li></ul><ul><li>and enlighten me and I have a thirst for knowledge. These two combined with advanced education will make me an awesome counselor. </li></ul><ul><li>With all my current responsibilities; school, sole caregiver to my elderly parents and brother, I find that my time management skills have </li></ul><ul><li>become phenomenal, I've honed my critical thinking skills and my priorities and goals are realistically in line with my career and life </li></ul><ul><li>aspirations. </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Development and Goals </li></ul><ul><li>While law and psychology are both indispensable to the proper functioning in society, when it comes to making a choice between those </li></ul><ul><li>two fields in which to pursue a graduate program, I decided to opt for Mental Health Counseling. My decision was motivated by the fact </li></ul><ul><li>that helping to care for others and their mental health is where my real interests lie, along with working with offenders in need of effective </li></ul><ul><li>treatment. </li></ul><ul><li>With my undergraduate program in Psychology from Argosy University with a Criminal Justice background and my Associates’ Degree </li></ul><ul><li>being in Criminal Justice; I have received extensive training and development through my courses. I know that my education and training </li></ul><ul><li>across these two fields have given me the necessary qualifications for pursuing a more advanced program such as a Master’s in Mental </li></ul><ul><li>Health Counseling with a specialization in Forensic Counseling. An advanced degree with specialization and Licensure would endow me </li></ul><ul><li>with a unique advantage across both fields which are both apart of my career desires and interests. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently my grade point average is 3.97. My professional goals are to attend Walden University’s on-line Master’s Program in Mental </li></ul><ul><li>Health Counseling; obtain the required additional courses to specialize in Forensic Counseling (5 credits each for 2 courses), and later </li></ul><ul><li>pursue my PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. I have researched my career path extensively and carefully. Walden’s Master </li></ul><ul><li>program was chosen because I could also specialize in Forensic Counseling; they are CACREP accredited which would prepare me for </li></ul><ul><li>licensure; and their PhD program would accept “all” my credits towards their Counselor Education and Supervision program. </li></ul><ul><li>I intend to use by Bachelor’s in Psychology degree to obtain a position as either a Volunteer Coordinator working with adolescents </li></ul><ul><li>community outreach) or seek an Assistant Counseling position with one of our many Health Care Facilities that offer free counseling </li></ul><ul><li>services. </li></ul><ul><li>With my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling (licensed), I intend to seek employment with one of the many great hospitals in the </li></ul><ul><li>St. Louis area or a correctional facility. I feel by the time I’ve obtained my PhD, I will have gained enough experience and expertise to </li></ul><ul><li>supervise other counselors or lead a Non-Profit Agency. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Curriculum Vitae <ul><li>TONITA S. CLARK Curriculum Vita </li></ul><ul><li>2628 Pennsylvania Avenue, St. Louis, MO, (314) 664-1177, e-mail - [email_address] . </li></ul><ul><li>EDUCATION </li></ul><ul><li>Argosy University – On-Line, PA August 2008 – April 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>BA in Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Honors: GPA 3.98 </li></ul><ul><li>St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO September 1984- June 1986 </li></ul><ul><li>Associates in Criminal Justice </li></ul><ul><li>Honors: GPA 3.5 </li></ul><ul><li>Fontbonne College, St. Louis, MO September 1986 – June 1988 </li></ul><ul><li>Paralegal Certificate </li></ul><ul><li>Independent Career Institute (ICI), St. Louis, MO November 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Missouri Real Estate Commission - Salesperson License # 2006038366 </li></ul><ul><li>AWARDS </li></ul><ul><li>Argosy University – Deans List 2 years 2008 & 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 58 Ministries – Food/Clothing Pantry for the Homeless </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition & Dedication Award for 5 years Volunteer Work 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiting & Staffing Careers 2010 - Present </li></ul><ul><li>Title: Executive Recruiter </li></ul><ul><li>Post job descriptions on various job posting sites to solicit qualified candidates. </li></ul><ul><li>Search resume banks for qualified individuals. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborated with hiring manager for screening the best-of-the-best qualified candidates. </li></ul><ul><li>Conducted all initial phone interviews with candidates. </li></ul><ul><li>Set-up, confirm and schedule qualified candidates with client after screening process. </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to establish rapport with a diversity of individuals. </li></ul><ul><li>Prudential Select Properties 2006-2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Title: Real Estate Salesperson </li></ul><ul><li>Solicited Buyers and Sellers for potential residential real estate business </li></ul><ul><li>Conducted Open Houses </li></ul><ul><li>Processed, created, and maintained all aspects of contracts, listings, closing documents and money transactions regarding the sell of properties. </li></ul><ul><li>Prepared market analyses, newspaper photo display ads, color brochures and buyer and seller presentation packets. </li></ul><ul><li>Attended weekly meetings, followed-up on internet lead generation, assisted and developed corporate business. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Curriculum Vitae page 2 <ul><li>TONITA CLARK </li></ul><ul><li>Katheryn Connor – Artist/Printmaster of Fine Arts and Illustrations 2005 – Present </li></ul><ul><li>Title: Artist Representative & Assistant </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness of art trends and opportunities within the community; requires negotiation skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for legal and business considerations such as licensing, contracts, copy rights and consignment. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain confidentiality of all business transactions, records and finances in an ethical manner. </li></ul><ul><li>Additional duties entail promotion and publicity and the physical installation of works in galleries and competitions. </li></ul><ul><li>Handled all payments for services rendered including predetermined flat fees to more often than not flexible fees as determined by the artist’s ability and capacity to produce viable works of art. </li></ul><ul><li>David Lucas Enterprises, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Title: Website Designer/Manager 2003-2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Created, edited and maintained all aspects of an On-line Internet Mall. </li></ul><ul><li>Solicited buyers and new partners via e-mail mailing listings for new business and sales. </li></ul><ul><li>Prepared sales reports, retail sales advertisements, search engines, navigation links and hyperlinks. </li></ul><ul><li>Html and graphic exp. for website creation/usage. </li></ul><ul><li>CitiBank/Universal Cards </li></ul><ul><li>Title: Customer Service Rep. April 23, 2001 – Sept. 31, 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain customer accounts. </li></ul><ul><li>Respond to and resolve customer questions and issues regarding credit/calling cards. </li></ul><ul><li>Process and place orders as a part of administrative duties. </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct telephone sales and services to reach team weekly and monthly goals. </li></ul><ul><li>AT & T Broadband (Formerly MediaOne) 1998 – 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Title: Provisioning Technician (team leader) promoted </li></ul><ul><li>Process and place orders to activate telephony services for internal and external customers. </li></ul><ul><li>On call trouble-shooter for outside techs with systems problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Team leader to 7 people daily, regarding technical database telephony issues. </li></ul><ul><li>MediaOne </li></ul><ul><li>Title: Administrator of Agencies ( promoted) 1997 – 1998 </li></ul><ul><li>Provided administrative support to Agent Sales Manager and Account Executives. </li></ul><ul><li>Gathered and analyzed data and reports for usage in contract negotiations. </li></ul><ul><li>Prepared and presented New Agent classes. </li></ul><ul><li>Continental Cablevision, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Title: Paralegal/Legal Assistant ( promoted) 1996 - 1997 </li></ul><ul><li>(Later to become MediaOne) </li></ul><ul><li>Researched, prepared, cataloged, filed, and retrieved legal documents and forms. </li></ul><ul><li>Gathered and analyzed data for Regulatory Counsel (FCC Tariffs). </li></ul><ul><li>Initiated correspondence/interoffice memos. </li></ul><ul><li>Created and maintained filing system for legal department. </li></ul><ul><li>Answer and direct phone calls from attorneys, vendors, company associates and others. </li></ul><ul><li>Utilized the Internet to research decisions and locate forms needed for document preparation </li></ul>
  5. 5. Curriculum Vitae page 3 <ul><li>TONITA CLARK </li></ul><ul><li>PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS </li></ul><ul><li>“ Electronic Waste – A New Environmental Concern” 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Course Project – The Ecological Perspective </li></ul><ul><li>“ Bullying- Nature or Nurture?” – Literature Review 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Class Project – Advance General Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>“ Refuse to Fill Rule” – Case Study 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Course Project - Ethics in Contemporary Society </li></ul><ul><li>VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 58 Ministries – Food Pantry that fed and clothed 2005-2011 </li></ul><ul><li>the hungry and homeless. </li></ul><ul><li>Tiffany Neighborhood Community Center – Summer Program 1986-1989 </li></ul><ul><li>Taught illiterate adults the basics of reading; acted as </li></ul><ul><li>volunteer teachers’ assistants. </li></ul><ul><li>LANGUAGES </li></ul><ul><li>English – native language </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish – beginner with basic competence </li></ul><ul><li>MEMBERSHIPS </li></ul><ul><li>National Society of Collegiate Scholars </li></ul><ul><li>Positive Psychology Coaching </li></ul><ul><li>United States Mental Health Professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology Linked </li></ul><ul><li>REFERECES </li></ul><ul><li>Kathryn Connor, M.S. Art Therapy </li></ul><ul><li>Artist/Printmaster of Fine Arts & Illustrations </li></ul><ul><li>2630 Pennsylvania Avenue </li></ul><ul><li>St. Louis Missouri 63118 </li></ul><ul><li>David Lucas </li></ul><ul><li>David Lucas Enterprises, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>P. O. Box 252131 </li></ul><ul><li>St. Louis, Missouri 63125 </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Dana Hardy, PhD </li></ul><ul><li>Licensed Psychologist </li></ul><ul><li>Argosy University (On-Line) </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  6. 6. Reflection of my education <ul><li>I have attended Argosy University’s online BA Psychology Programs since August of 2008, making my tour with them approximately </li></ul><ul><li>three years. </li></ul><ul><li>Areas that I feel I’ve exceeded in are: </li></ul><ul><li>Cognitive Abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking: I’ve a natural ability to want to explore issues dealing with psychology. With me being somewhat skeptical until research supports theories of interest and I employ a systematic, analytical, somewhat scientific approach to all inquiries of interest. I’m now better able to formulate reasoned opinions on a wide range of psychological perspectives and theories within written presentations. I have the ability to assess a given topic from multiple perspectives and evaluate the merits of each perspective. </li></ul><ul><li>Information Literacy: When given a research question related to psychology, accessing information from a variety of sources and selecting appropriate sources to respond to the question has always come easy for me. As known, the Internet has a plethora of information on practically any topic, but can also be time consuming. Preferably, I use previous text books from my course as references and for citations as it is easier and more readily available. Argosy’s Library has a wealth of information also, but I find it “not user friendly” therefore can also be time consuming. All three sources have been utilized and I’ve honed my research skills over the course of time. </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Skills (Oral): With this being an on-line course, there were only written communication skills needed. But, I have excellent oral presentation skills that I would like to utilize during the course of my chosen career. </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Skills (Written): I possess excellent written communication skills, which I have honed from business experience, courses/curriculum and personal writings. I possess the ability to develop and apply appropriate levels of conciseness and clarity in content, language use and grammar, in compliance with APA standards. </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics </li></ul><ul><li>I possess the ability to identify the issues and challenges related to ethics in the field of Psychology exceptionally well. </li></ul><ul><li>I can effectively engage in ethical thinking and action, evidenced by the ability to articulate best practices pertaining to case examples </li></ul><ul><li>and/or other specific problems associated with the field. I can recognize subtle breaches in ethical practice in psychology and can </li></ul><ul><li>construct alternative analyses and choices of behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity </li></ul><ul><li>From my course with Argosy, I am better able to effectively engage in multicultural-sensitive thought and action, evidenced by the </li></ul><ul><li>ability to articulate best-practices pertaining to case examples and/or other specific diversity issues and populations associated with the </li></ul><ul><li>field. </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>From my course work, I am now able to exhibit consistent recognition and exceptional comprehension of major concepts, theoretical </li></ul><ul><li>perspectives, empirical findings, applications and historical trends in psychology. I am able to synthesize and evaluate various </li></ul><ul><li>psychological theories and apply them to explain everyday events and experiences. </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of Applied Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>My ability to apply psychological principles to personal, social and organization issues have been honed through my course work in this </li></ul><ul><li>program. </li></ul><ul><li>Areas that I feel are in need of improvement: </li></ul><ul><li>Research – identifying the research design and the statistical tools used (including research design, data analysis and interpretation. </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve had extensive exposure to Research Methods through this course, but it is an area that I do not like (especially statistics). My </li></ul><ul><li>ability to understanding and recognize research designs is significant but my skills on analyzing the statistical data could be improved </li></ul><ul><li>upon. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Table of Contents <ul><li>Cognitive Abilities: Critical Thinking and Information Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Research Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Skills: Oral & Written </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics and Diversity Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Foundations of Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal Effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Note: See Box Net Files </li></ul>
  8. 8. Critical Thinking <ul><li>Bullying: Nature or Nurture? </li></ul><ul><li>Literature Review with Audio </li></ul><ul><li>See Boxnet: Research </li></ul>
  9. 9. REFLECTION ON BEING A LIFE LONG LEARNER <ul><li>Tonita Clark </li></ul><ul><li>Life itself is an excellent teacher, but I have always possessed this thirst for </li></ul><ul><li>knowledge. I want to absorb and learn from all that life has to offer. </li></ul><ul><li>From the cradle to the grave (the Koran speaks), that we should seek to </li></ul><ul><li>expand on what we know and actively pursuer knowledge in areas that we </li></ul><ul><li>do not know. </li></ul><ul><li>I am an avid reader and it is not so much because I am such a studious </li></ul><ul><li>person. I simply recognized early in life that there was “so much” I didn’t </li></ul><ul><li>know, so reading became my passion and avenue to learn, explore places I </li></ul><ul><li>will probably never get to see during my life time and to simply enjoy all </li></ul><ul><li>the aspects and issues of this world that I have yet to explore. Through </li></ul><ul><li>educational means, new experiences, and exposure to the unknown, I hope </li></ul><ul><li>to always be in a place mentally to absorb new and interesting information </li></ul><ul><li>that I will hold on to, share and use to help others. </li></ul><ul><li>My BA in Psychology is just the beginning for me! My Master’s next, then </li></ul><ul><li>my doctorate. Experience will hopefully be my teacher from that time on. </li></ul><ul><li>“ When you know you don’t know, you’ve gots to read!” </li></ul><ul><li>- Malcolm X while imprisoned </li></ul><ul><li>“ Live as if you were to die tomorrow - Learn as if you were to live forever.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Gandhi </li></ul>
  10. 10. Contact Me <ul><li>Thank you for viewing my ePortfolio. </li></ul><ul><li>For further information, please contact me at the e-mail address below. </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>