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This is a Professional Portfolio created for Advanced General Psychology to include: a personal statement, a summary of my SSAL, etc.

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Professional Portfolio

  1. 1. Professional Portfolio Lydia T. Chapman Argosy University
  2. 2. Personal Statement <ul><li>Greetings!!! I would like to introduce myself as a bona fide professional scholar destined for success. My name is Lydia Chapman-Whitehead and I have been in the mental health field for about five years now. I started out in this career field as an office manager at a local mental health agency. This venture is what compelled me to pursue a degree in psychology. I found it most rewarding that I could have a positive impact on the life of a child and my interaction with these children and their issues encouraged me to learn as much as possible about the severe issues that holds them hostage and makes them outcasts in society because of their abnormal behavior. </li></ul><ul><li> I am currently employed as a behavioral aide/transporter for a local mental health agency who is contracted with several county area Department of Family and Children Services.  As a Behavioral Aide, I basically assist families with personal issues and observe how families interact with children who have been placed in custody. Also, I observe the family setting and make sure the children are not in an inappropriate environment or partake in inappropriate behavior while visiting their families. I am very passionate about my job and find that many professional and business relationships develop and mature by interaction with foster parents, Case Managers and other professionals in the business. Previously, I worked as an Office Manager for this agency as well as three other agencies in the Atlanta Metropolitan area and I feel as though this position laid the foundation for a career in the Mental Health field. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Personal Statement (con’t) <ul><li>My immediate long-term academic and career goals are to continue with my program studies in the psychology arena and pursue a master’s degree in community counseling. A master’s in this field will open the door for many opportunities in the field of Psychology and allow several options for my career. This will also afford me an opportunity to progress in several different aspects of the mental health field and broaden my knowledge and experience of children and families with severe and more persistent mental challenges and inadequacies. In addition, I would like to complete the necessary credits to obtain my certification as a marriage and family therapist. This is personally an important area of expertise that I have interest in due to the recent statistics about the marriage divorce rate and how we as a society can overcome the odds. A career in this area will also allow me to teach couples and families how to live their lives as a wholesome family in the twenty-first century and guide couples to learn how to appreciate and respect the sanction of marriage. A master’s degree in this field will also pave the way for potential licensure as a LPC to open the door to a private business in the Mental Health arena. </li></ul><ul><li>These goals are appropriate because of my level of experience in the mental health field is evident by my past experience as well as my determination to succeed as a professional in this field with every ounce of my being. The level of knowledge and skills acquired throughout my employment history has equipped me as an expert in this field of study and given me a solid foundation to be successful due to extensive training and instructional guidance. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Critical Analysis <ul><li>In the area of Critical Thinking : Given a psychological issue, I employ skeptical inquiry and a scientific approach, and possess the ability to recognize and describe a wide range of psychological perspectives and theories within written and oral presentations. When presenting (in written work or orally), I have a clear understanding of a given topic from multiple perspectives and can define and discuss the complexities in a given issue. </li></ul><ul><li>In the area of Information Literacy : Given a research question related to psychology, I access information from a variety of sources and select appropriate sources to respond to the question. Able to collect and arrange information from a variety of sources pertinent to the chosen topic, integrating reasoned appraisals of such information into the work of a project in psychology. </li></ul><ul><li>Research: Understanding Research Methods : Given an article about research findings in the field of psychology from a scholarly journal, I identify the research design and statistical tools used (including research design, data analysis, and interpretation), and the findings of the article. I also possess the ability to correctly summarize at least two of the following: the research design, statistical and other evaluative tools, and findings of the article. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Critical Analysis (con’t) <ul><li>In the area of Communication Skills: Oral : As a communicator, I effectively presents psychological concepts orally as appropriate to the audience I also possess extensive ability in creating, organizing and delivering oral presentations. Additionally, I have the ability to design, develop, and defend appropriate levels of organizations and clarity of presentation, thus allowing the listener to following the line of reasoning, as well as design, develop, and defend appropriate level of presentation for audience, correct use of grammar, word choice for precise meaning. </li></ul><ul><li>In the area of Communication Skills: Written : I have the ability to effectively present psychological information, in writing, using software and style appropriate to the audience. Able to recognize and apply higher levels of organization and clarity, able to identify, select, and apply appropriate levels of written work for specific audience(s), and/or is versed in correct usage of language, grammar, and organization. I also possess the significant ability in formal academic writing with clarity in content, language use, grammar organization, and sentence structure using APA formatting. As well, I exhibit the ability to identify, discuss, and apply psychological concepts in written work. </li></ul><ul><li>In the area of Ethics : I have learned to identify the issues and challenges related to ethics in the field of Psychology, including the understanding of the importance of ethical guidelines and is able to identify key elements therein, but can also analyze and apply ethical concepts and ideological frameworks to specific psychological issues. I also claim ownership over the prescribed ethical principles for the field, and works to promote ethical decision-making and activity accordingly. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Professional Work Samples Table of Contents <ul><li>Cognitive abilities sample………………………………..…………7 </li></ul><ul><li>Research skills sample…………………..…………………………..8 </li></ul><ul><li>Communication skills sample………..…………………………….9 </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics & Diversity awareness sample…………..……………...10 </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of foundations of the field sample……………….11 </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of applied psychology sample…………………….12 </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal Effectiveness sample………………….…………13 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Reflection on being a Lifelong Learner <ul><li>Being a lifelong learner is as important as learning to walk, talk and speak as a child. It is said to “learn everything you can, anytime you can, and from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did (Sarah Caldwell, nd). One is never too old to learn and, regardless of how knowledgeable or how intelligent they may be as long their mind is kept open and allows new information to flow through. Sometimes people look at learning as a task or a tedious process, however, this is how our minds were designed and we are doing ourselves an injustice if we allow our brain to exist outside of its full potential. We as adults can even learn from children…..yes, children. They are consumed with a innocence which allows their minds to thrive without much influence from society and the world. Many of us can also gain knowledge from the elderly because they have learned a lifetime themselves, and have a wealth of knowledge. So, wherever you are and in whatever you do, please make sure you make learning a part of the process. It will benefit you and, inevitably, you will be able to pass the learning to others to come. </li></ul><ul><li>Lydia Chapman </li></ul>
  8. 8. Critical Analysis (con’t) <ul><li>In the area of Diversity : I identify the issues and challenges related to diversity in psychology field by effectively engaging in multiculturally-sensitive thought and action, evidenced by the ability to articulate best-practices pertaining to case examples and/or other specific diversity issues and populations associated with the field. I also recognize more subtle forms of discrimination and prejudice within and around psychology and can construct alternative analyses and choices of behaviors. As well, I claim ownership over personal biases, and work to increase awareness and respect for diverse populations. </li></ul><ul><li>Under the Knowledge of Psychology: Recognizes the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, applications, and historical trends in psychology. Exhibits the ability to analyze and apply the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, applications and historical trends in a psychology or within a specific area of study in the field. </li></ul><ul><li>In the area of Applied Psychology : I have the ability to apply psychological principles to personal, social, and/or organizational issues. I also provide comprehensive explanations that incorporate psychological principles, as well as, empirical data and best practices, and demonstrate the ability to use psychological principles in solving problems, explaining social issues, and dealing with everyday life situations. </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal Effectiveness: Active Listening Communication Skills: I have the ability to develop and improve positive relationship skills via effective communication, respect for others, appreciation of diversity and cultural sensitivity, and awareness of their impact on others. I am also able to consistently and effectively apply active listening communication skills in interpersonal and organizational scenarios to establish empathetic, collegial relationships that facilitate consensus building in working toward common goals and is appreciative of diversity and culture. I also possess the ability to consistently analyze the importance of effective nonverbal communication skills in developing strong interpersonal and organizational relationships that are culturally sensitive and respectful of diversity. Actively solicits and utilizes feedback to develop adaptable strategies of facilitating dynamic interpersonal and organizational relationships. I consistently & actively demonstrate an understanding of the impact of technological advances on communication within interpersonal and organizational relationships. Lastly, I demonstrate strong utilization of effective communication and relationship skills in order to promote the growth of others and effect change.   </li></ul>