Personal Statement<br />The greatest influence in my life has been the many people who raised me. This was not a good influence, however; it was<br />The influence that had me from a young age saying that I would always help others and never treat others unkind. These<br />People were my biological parents, my many foster parents, and finally my adoptive parents. As unkind as they were they <br />Also created a drive in me to help others and accomplish things in life. I have always tried to look for the positive in others and<br />Build on that. Because of my background I have always pushed myself to do better. All this happened as the adults around me<br />Kept telling me I would never amount to anything and look at me now.<br /> The greatest achievement and experience in my life has been the being the mother of six children. My husband and I have<br />Been foster/adoptive parents since 1993. We have adopted four of our six children, two of which are special needs. I have<br />Always had the drive to help those less fortunate and to try to make their life a little better. We are in the process of adopting<br />Our oldest grandson, who is also special needs. I have no greater joy than helping others. Because of this experience I<br />Decided to go to school, which was not an easy task for me, and get a degree in Psychology. Once I started to go to school,<br />I found out that I could do it and now have a strong desire to go on and get my Masters in Social Work. My instructors through<br />Argosy University and the students were always encouraging and helpful. <br /> Another great achievement in my life was being persistent and finding my siblings. I was the second oldest of seven children<br />And we were all separated. I would not give up when everyone else said that I could not do it and I might as well forget about<br />Them. I found them all in 1990. This was a great joy for me and them.<br /> I work for Renew Consulting in a group home for the developmentally delayed. This job has helped me realize that I have a <br />Passion for working with the developmentally delayed. I enjoy going to work and I have always felt that I learn more from them<br />Then they learn from me. I believe in empowering them to make the right decisions. I praise them for their strengths and work <br />Work on their weaknesses to build them up. I believe that everyone can change if they are in the right environment and given<br />Encouragement. <br /> From my earliest memories, I can always remember wanting to help others and becoming a Social Worker. Even when I was<br />Being abused I was protecting my siblings. As a result of my past environments I have moved ahead of what people in my life <br />Told me I could. It is now my turn to help empower others to change for the better. We were never promised that life would be <br />easy however; we get out of it what we put into it. I have chosen not to let my past hold me back but to move forward and help <br />Others who are struggling. <br />
Resume<br />Debra J. Murphy<br />B.A. Psychology<br />1004 SE 24th Ave 541-979-0953<br />Albany, OR 97322 email@example.com <br />Focus: Career Services for Higher Education<br />Certified Care Provider and Licensed Foster/Adoptive Parent<br />Expertise in career services, program development, implementing programs and presentation and training<br />Professional Qualifications<br />Coaching and Mentoring Program Development<br />Employer Relations Training & Presentation<br />Goal Oriented Community Involvement<br />Networking & Search Strategies Employment Interviewing<br />Professional Experience<br />Linn County Foster/Adoptive Parent Albany, OR 1993-Present<br />I work with children in our home. These children ranged from babies up to eighteen years-old. These children also ranged from<br />Within normal range of intelligence and social skills to developmentally delayed. We adopted four of our six children two of which<br />Are developmentally delayed and are adopting our special needs grandson. For part of this time we were therapeutic foster<br />Parents and worked with children who were in the juvenile criminal system. We have continually advocated for these children<br />to make sure their needs were met in all areas.<br />Renew Consulting Albany, OR 2008-Present<br />I work in group home with the developmentally delayed. I help with their day to day needs and appointments. I also help with Individual<br />Support plans and Behavioral Support Plans. I work directly with the clients and assist them in life skills in the home and out in the<br />Community. I help train new staff and make sure the client’s plans are being implemented. Above all I make sure the client’s needs are <br />Being met and they are being treated with respect and dignity.<br />Certified Pharmacy Technician Lebanon, OR 2004-2008<br />I worked with the customers., medical staff, and insurance companies to make sure the customers got their prescriptions in a<br />Timely manner. I also typed in prescriptions, ordered, counted medications, pulled outdates and recalls and sent them back. <br />Acorn Cabinets/Murphy’s Barbering/Pade Property Management Albany, OR 1988-Present<br />These are all owned by my husband and I. We own and manage three rentals. We do all the repairs, interview potential renters,<br />Do background checks, handle evictions, do the taxes, and handle any problems with renter. On the other two businesses we<br />do the taxes, interviewing new employees, bids, customer service, and handle any problems that may arise.<br />Professional Development/Certifications/Affiliations<br />I have received a B.A. In Psychology and will continue my education to receive a Masters in Social Work. I have extensively worked<br />With the special needs and enjoy working with those who are special needs.<br />Memberships: National Honor Society, Community Emergency Response Team, Linn County Foster/Adoptive Parent<br />Affiliations: Linked to Autism, Adoption from US Foster Care, Jake/s House for Children with Autism, and Parents of Special Kids<br />Education<br />Argosy University, On-Line<br />B.A. Psychology<br />I am a member of the national Honor Society, and have maintained an above average GPA while going to school full time, working <br />Fulltime, and taking care of our special needs grandson and brother. <br />
Reflection<br />Student Self-Appraisal of Learning<br /> <br /> I have been really impressed with Argosy University over all. There are some things that I felt could have been done <br />however; overall it was a great learning experience for me. The one thing I would have changed had I had the power to<br />be that when instructors comment on work they try to say positive things also. When we only hear negative we tend to stop<br />trying. Overall this class has been a wonderful and positive opportunity for me. I have realized that I can do this and I can<br />go on and get my masters. Thank you professor Viventi for providing a positive environment for learning.<br />I have really gained confidence in my abilities and I through my time at Argosy and this have really excelled during this<br />class. Being told all your live you would never accomplish anything and then finishing up a degree has brought my <br />self-esteem up. I believe this class I have excelled in because I was given more positive feedback.<br /> <br /> I have learned from attending Argosy and especially this class to better manage time. I have learned what works for me<br />in studying and what does not. I have learned that I can ask for help and where to find the information I need to excel.<br /> All of my classes have helped me develop team skills through the discussions and to realize that it is ok to have a <br />different view on things than others do. The lectures have been wonderful and because I do all my classes on-line I can keep<br />keep going back and reviewing. The classes are all set up to help each one in their learning experiences.<br />set up to help each one in their learning experiences.<br /> <br /> I would say that I have been able to get rid of some of my weaknesses and work on improving the others and build on my <br />strengths. Some of my weaknesses have now become strengths for me and others. I have learned that I learn from my <br />mistakes and it is ok to make a mistake however; I still have a very difficult time when I do not hear any positives and just<br />hear what I am doing wrong, some of this is why I did not do well in some classes. This is a work in progress. I have learned <br />I am worth something and I am smart. I have continued to build on my strengths of listening, helping others, being dependable, <br />and being a hard worker. My study habits which were poor due to the fact that I always said I could not do it, have drastically<br />improved due to the fact that I now tell myself I can do it. All in All I have really enjoyed this class and my experience at Argosy <br />University.<br /> <br /> <br />
Table of Contents<br />Cognitive Abilities: Critical Thinking and Information Literacy<br />Research Skills<br />Communication Skills: Oral and Written<br />Ethics and Diversity Awareness<br />Foundations of Psychology<br />Applied Psychology<br />Interpersonal Effectiveness<br />**Include work samples and projects with a Title Page and organized accordingly to demonstrate each of the Program Outcomes above<br />
Critical Thinking<br />Present Work that exemplifies each outcome–can incorporate pictures, video, audio, etc. <br />
My Future in Learning<br /> I envision myself, in the near future, finding a school that I can take classes on line and receiving a <br />Masters In Social Work. I have enjoyed learning so much that I want to continue learning throughout my life. I<br />Know that a lot of that is due to my family, my faith, my friends, and my experiences at Argosy University. I<br />Have learned that learning is a life long process and you are never too old . Too set in your ways, or not<br />Smart enough to learn. I hope to be able to teach others my love of learning so that they can be empowered to <br />Learn also.<br />
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