1 Undergraduate Studies ePortfolio Robin Dedmond-Thompson Psychology, 2009-2011
Personal Statement Personal Statement I have been through a lot of joyful experiences as well as a few setbacks in my live. This by far is one of the most joyful experiences I could ever experience. Completing my Bachelor’s degree is a great accomplishment for me. In elementary school I was an average student. I had no hopes of going to college. My focus was graduating from elementary school then going to high school and just enjoying being an adult. Once I went to high school my grades improved and I had a new outlook on education. I was a straight a/b student in high school. I seemed to have much more freedom and not a lot of people looking over my shoulder. At the end of my junior year I became pregnant and was pregnant just about my entire senior year. I became even more determined to prove everyone wrong who said I couldn’t make it out of high school and go to college. Throughout my younger years college didn’t interest me but the more mature I got I knew without college I didn’t have a bright future. I felt that with becoming a mother I needed to better myself for me and daughter. I finished high school on time, ranked number 6 in my class, and was awarded the national honors society. It was a great feeling. After high school I went to a community college full time some semesters and part time others. I had another child when my daughter turned two years old. It made me more determined to get a college degree. I went into the childcare field because it was easy at the time and I needed a job. I worked in childcare for the past 8 years. The last few years of working in childcare I knew I needed a change because I was burned out. I decided to go back to school at Argosy and obtain a degree in psychology. I think what interest me the most about psychology is reading people and trying to understand why they feel a certain way or figuring out what they are thinking. I’m really interested in the field of substance abuse. My B.A is in psychology and the concentration is substance abuse. I would like to work with people who suffer from substance abuse because I know so many people who suffer from this ugly disease. It is really painful to watch someone you love in pain. My goal is to get a job in a substance abuse clinic but as of right now I recently gained employment in a mental health hospital. They deal with children who have mental illnesses and there is an adolescent and adult substance abuse clinic on the other side of the hospital. I am really looking forward to working with this group of people. I believe I will be good at this job because my background is childcare and my education is in psychology/ substance abuse. I will be dealing with both. In this hospital there is room for growth and that really excites me. My abilities and are that I’m very outgoing, compassionate, dependable, hardworking, and driven. My plan is to continue my education. I am going to grad school this upcoming semester. I am continuing in the psychology field. I am getting my master’s in forensic psychology. I really would like to study the minds of criminals. I already know that most crimes are committed because of substance abusers and mentally ill individuals. However, I want more knowledge on the topic and I’m looking forward to learning more.
Resume Robin Dedmond-Thompson 417 valley view circle Apt 417 Bloomington, IL 61705 773-653-3554 email@example.com Objective: To obtain a fun and exciting position. A full time job setting and utilizing my abilities developed through experience and education with latitude for advancement and growth based on performance. Education: Sept 09-June 11 Argosy University B.A in Psychology Aug 97- June 01 Richards Career Academy National Honors Society Studied Business Marketing Sept 04- July 07 Kennedy King College Associate Degree in General Studies April 06-May 07 Meca Seton Associate Infant/Toddler Credential Work Experience: May 11-Present The Pavilion (Mental Health Tech) Working with teens who suffer from mental health illnesses. Using therapeutic technique to redirect children’s negative Behaviors. Using positive reinforcement and rewarding good Behavior. Doing paper work such as flow sheets, school reports, And insurance billing. Feb 08- Aug 10 Chicago Public School (CWA) Child welfare attendant Chicago, IL Worked as a classroom assistant dealing with children With special needs. Duties included assisting classroom Teacher with academics and discipline in the classroom. Duties also included potty training and assisting on the Bus. Other duties were to assist with regular ed students. Sept 04- Dec 08 All Day Montessori Sept 04-May 06 Teacher Assistant May 06- Dec 08 Teacher/Director Assistant Chicago, IL Duties included working with children between the ages of 2-6. Work time (teaching alphabets, colors, shapes, and Numbers. Reading stories and singing songs. Doing baking Projects, and art projects with the children weekly. Doing Parent teacher conferences twice a year. April 03- Aug 03 A Child’s Space Daycare center (Lead Teacher) Chicago, IL Duties included working in the infant classroom. Changing diaper, feeding children, reading and singing to Them and playing games. Awards: Certified Montessori Teacher Credential Certified Food Service Manager CPR Certified OSH Trained HIPPA Trained Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Trained (TCI) References: Upon Request
Reflection Argosy University has been a wonderful experience for me. I have learned anything from college math to how to properly write a English essay. I have also been taught things such as how the mind works to how the addiction process works for addicts. I have taken over 15 courses here at Argosy University. While some courses have been challenging others have not been as challenging, I have enjoyed them all. I have gained great knowledge and I have furthered my education. The professors here have been very knowledgeable, helpful, and flexible for me. The courses were very fast pace but they have made me more disciplined, organized, and focused. I have learned how to use my time wisely here at Argosy. The professor’s I believed have well prepared me to close this chapter and move to the next one. Throughout my time spent here I have developed some great skills and at the same time I still need some additional works in some area’s. My strengths are (Cognitive abilities): Critical thinking skills, Information Literacy, (Communication skills): Oral, Written, knowledge of psychology, and knowledge of applied psychology. My weak area’s are (Research: Understanding research methods, Ethics, diversity, (Interpersonal effectiveness): Active learning communication skills.
Table of Contents THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK Robin Dedmond-Thompson April 20, 2011 Modified June 20, 2011 Theoretical Framework 1 Working with Steve will be a challenge but I don’t think it would be too hard. I think that Steve was overwhelmed and wanted to be accepted but couldn’t handle the pressures of his life in general. I would use the cognitive and behavioral theory and also reality therapy which both go hand and hand. In creating my own framework I would have REALITY in mind a basic concept. We need to be honest and stick to reality. I want to be sensitive to what he has been through, but I also want to use TOUGH LOVE, I feel that it is needed. In the lives of many addicts people walk on eggshells around because they understand they have been through a lot and don’t want to further cause them to continue to use. I feel that that is a major problem with addicts. They don’t have anyone to tell them the truth from fear of hurting their feelings. I feel that it’s not want you say but how you say it. Reality therapy approach to counseling and problem-solving focuses on the here and now of the client and how to create a better future. Typically, clients seek to discover what they currently doing (how they are choosing to behave) are actually bringing them nearer to, or further away from, the goal. Reality therapy is a problem solving method that works well with people who are experiencing problems they want help solving, as well as those who are having problems and appear to not want any assistance (en.wikipedia.org). The cognitive and behavioral theory planned short term therapy focuses primarily on the present, with an assessment of current problems, establishment of goals, reduction of pressure from problems, increase of client’s self-efficacy (bloom, 1997/argosy, 2011). I would use these techniques because I feel that we need to get to the root of his addiction. I feel that we need to discuss his addiction, where it started, why it started, how it started, and where it is presently at now. I want to get into Steve’s head because the answers lie there. Theoretical Framework 2 I would omit the task oriented theory. I would omit this theory because I don’t feel that he shouldn’t be doing any activities besides discussing how he got to such a dark place. I feel that Steve doing the task oriented theory would be moving in the wrong direction in his recovery. I feel that he should do that once he is sober and has been for a while. At this point we need to work on reality and get into the mind to see why the addiction began and what he has been through during the addiction. I would use all the aspects of the reality theory. I wouldn’t discard any of it because recovery is a process and in order to have a successful recovery he needs to go through the entire process of detox, treatment, and the 12 step program. I feel that all the steps are necessary for any addict. TRUTH ABOUT HPV Robin Dedmond-Thompson Human Sexuality Psy 304 UA February 2, 2011 Modified June 20, 2011 Truth about HPV 2 Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a term used to describe a family of more than 100 viruses, some of which cause warts and are physically transmitted. In fact, thirty of the one hundred viruses can be through person to person contact, particularly sexual contact. Some HPVs come and go over the course of several years, while others remain with the patient indefinitely, causing random “flare- ups” of symptoms. There are some versions of HPS that cause cellular abnormalities while others do not, and some people are not even aware that they have contracted it (www.associate.content.com). HPVs are usually designated into two categories: low risk and high risk. Low risk HPVs rarely cause cancer or secondary infections and although they may cause the development of abnormal cells, the risk of secondary illness is low. High risk HPVs on the other hand, are most commonly known to lead to cancer very rarely, a mother who is infected with the HPV virus can infect her newborn baby during the delivery (www.associate.content.com). Treatments for genital warts range from acid, medicines, to creams, to laser therapy. The treatment will remove visible warts and unwanted symptoms such as itchiness. Researcher used to believe that if you had HPV you would always carry the virus, but because of new medical research, we now believe that in most cases a person who has a normal immune system will actually clear HPV without treatment. This means that the virus can no longer be detected (www.youngwomenhealth.org). Marsha and Liam can use condoms to prevent future outbreaks. They need to be very caution and not have skin to skin contact if they do experience an outbreak so that the other doesn’t contract the wart. There is no actually treatment for HPV at this time. CORE THEORY Robin Dedmond-Thompson Substance abuse treatment 2 Psy XB March 13, 2011 Modified June 20, 2011 What helps someone heal from addiction is a feeling of belonging. What helps someone to heal from addiction is to want to be clean. If someone is being pressured to get sober the sobriety won’t last. If the person is doing it because they are ready to change and live a better live it would be a better chance of lasting. A person overcomes addiction when they have support from others who love them. A person overcomes addiction when they feel loved and they feel they have the power to continue their sobriety. Going to 12 step meetings, getting outpatient treatment in the earlier stages after treatment would also help. This theory can be used in my core theory by giving suggestions to the addict. This theory can also be used to help the addict stay clean or have a lesser chance to have a relapse. Some therapist feels that medication is a better option. I believe medication can also be a method of staying clean depending on the addiction and how deep it goes. Medication and behavioral therapy especially when combined are important elements of an overall therapeutic process that often begins with detoxification, followed by treatment and relapse prevention. Easing withdrawal symptoms can be important in the initiation of treatment; preventing relapse is necessary for maintaining its effects. As with other chronic conditions, episodes of relapse may require a return to prior treatment regimen-addressing all aspects of an individual’s life, including medical and mental health services-and follow- up options can be crucial to a person’s success in achieving and maintaining a drug- free lifestyles. Medications can be used to help with different aspects of the treatment process (www.nida.nih.gov). I would use the questioning method first. Getting the addicts childhood, family, and current history. I would ask about their past and present substance abuse issues. I would then evaluate the person from that point on. I would then suggest a detox program, then a 12 step program along with therapy sessions. Then outpatient treatment. I think the person should also continue to stay in contact with a sponsor and participant in a sober living house. This goes along with my core theory perfectly. This goes along with it because I feel this is what all substance abuse counselors should do to help their patients to get sober and stay that way. The truth about HPV 3 References Human Papillomavirus. 2011. Retrieved from www.youngwomenhealth.org The truth about human papillomavirus. 2011. Retrieved from www.associated.content.com/article/30034_the_truth_about_human_papillomarvius_pg1.html?cat=5 BIPOLAR DIS Robin Dedmond-Thompson February 28, 2011 Modified June 20, 2011 Peter is making excellent progress in his the treatment progress. He is finally clean and sober. He has gone back to his job and most importantly he has a positive outlook on his life. He seems to be very happy about being clean. He is now getting treatment for his HIV as well. Peter has been diagnosed with ADHD. ADHD symptoms include inattentive, impulsive and hyperactive behavior. ADHD can be managed with a drug called Concerta. Concerta is a prescription product approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as part of a total treatment program that may include counseling or other therapies (www.treatmentadultadhd.com). Peter has also been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder (manic depression) is usually two fold medications and therapy. Geoden is a prescription medicine. It is used to treat acute manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder. Geoden is also used as maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder when added to lithium or valproate and to treat schizophrenia (www.geoden.com). Peter will now have to get a number of treatments. He now needs treatment for HIV, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Substance abuse, and psychological therapy from his childhood abuse. Having a dual relationship with Peter maybe rewarding to him for a number of reason and also could be damaging to him as well. Pros: Already knowing Peter’s diagnosis, background, and personality. Peter is comfortable in his treatment environment Peter will be able to function outside of treatment and won’t relapse. Cons: Relapsing after leaving treatment because he was too comfortable with his surrounding and case manager/therapist Peter will take advantage of the dual relationship and stop making progress because of his comfortable level with the case manager/therapist Peter will discontinue working with the case manage/therapist because he feels that he doesn’t need any more help The case manage May not be able to help him anymore because of all his different disorders, he may need additional treatment from someone who handles all the different disorders. Peter needs to continue with his 12 step treatment for substance abuse treatment. He needs to also continue to see his therapist to deal with his childhood abuse issues. He then needs to continue with his HIV treatment also. FILM INVESTIGATION Robin Dedmond-Thompson Psychological Statistics Psy 210 XB March 30, 2011 Modified June 20, 2011 Film investigation 1 Does viewing a film change their minds? Showing the film does seem to significantly change the minds of the students after watching the film. The null hypothesis states that the research measurements data gathered will not support a difference, relationship, or effect between those variables being investigated. Based on a statistical data analysis, nothing takes place, or any differences, effects, or relationship is found (argosy, 2011). We know that in this case that is not true. When the students watched the film it did have a significant impact on the way they interpreted the information prior to seeing the film. Alternated hypothesis states that there is a difference, relationship, or effect in the variables being investigated (argosy, 2011). We know that in this case the alternated hypothesis is the hypothesis that applies to the students and their scores after watching the film. When someone does not have prior knowledge of an event or any type situation they form and opinion. Once the person is given correct knowledge of the situation or event their mind frame may change because it was or wasn’t correct information. They are going off of information that may not be accurate. Critical region or rejection region is the area that indicates there is a significant difference so the null hypothesis should be rejected. This means that if we have a z score that falls within the area, we reject the null and report that we have found statistically significant differences between our groups (argosy, 2011). It’s obvious that in investigation people in general had a higher mean of 75 which lets us know that there was a significant change in the opinions forms once they viewed the film opposed to the 36 students. With us seeing this significant change in people in general and also in the 36 students this would support our alternative hypothesis. The null hypothesis led us Film investigation 2 to believe there even after the people in general or the 36 students view the film they wouldn’t have a change of heart about people institutionalized. The level of significance is the maximum probability of rejecting the null hypothesis when in fact, it is true. When a = 0.05, there is a 5% chance of rejecting the null hypothesis (argosy, 2011). We are going to reject the null hypothesis in this investigation because it serves us no purpose. We cannot use it because it is not true. There was a change during the investigation so the information that the null hypothesis states is incorrect. We decided that we were going to use the alpha level of 5% in this investigation so therefore we would use the two tailed hypothesis. The region that is being rejected needs to be split into two tails and both will end up equaling .05. CHARLIE’S ADDICTION Robin Dedmond-Thompson Substance Abuse Treatment 2 Psy XB March 13, 2011 Modified June 20, 2011 Charlie’s addiction 1 When taking information from Charlie he seems to show signs of alcohol use. He has obviously been abusing alcohol. Charlie will not take responsibility for his addiction. Charlie can’t fully get the help he needs until he first admits he has a problem. Charlie seems to be in denial about the issue and also ashame. Charlie’s alcohol abuse can be one of the reasons for his homelessness. Charlie will continue to be homeless without the proper help to first deal with his addiction. Once Charlie is clean he can then make the proper steps to get employment and housing. The interviewer should focus on questions surrounding past and present alcohol consumption. Alcohol addiction should be the main and only focus. The interview needs to ask questions pertaining to his family and past employment and reasons for separation. The interviewer needs to show empathy as a way to gain rapport. If Charlie feels the interviewer wants to help him he will open up more. Charlie would need reassurance by the interviewer that they want to help and get him clean. If Charlie feels he is being attacked then he will continue to be defensive and shut down. The interviewer should have concerns about the accuracy of Charlie’s alcohol history because that could be a possible reason for his homelessness and the reason he has no family, friends, or a job. MI Robin Dedmond-Thompson Substance Abuse Treatment 1 Psy UA 482 February 24, 2011 Modified June 20, 2011 MI 1 I have reviewed George’s case. He definitely has a substance abuse problem. He is in denial about his addiction and he feels that he shouldn’t quit. He has been abusing Vicodin for the past 8 years. He is so deep into his addiction that he wants a licensed therapist to lie for him. He wants a licensed therapist to validate him so he can continue to keep using. His addiction is making him behavior in this way. He is not evening thinking about his future as a trial lawyer. He is bringing his drugs to work not thinking about getting caught or the consequences of him getting caught. He is not in his right mind and he actually shouldn’t be working on legal matters under the influence of drugs. He signed a consent form to share the findings of his drug test with his employer only because he knows the law. He is aware that he cannot be fired for his drug use. He is aware that they will just require him to seek drug treatment, which is what they just asked him to do. Motivational interviewing is a directive, client centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. Compared with nondirective counseling, it is more focused and goal-directed. The examination and resolution of ambivalence is its central purpose and the counselor is intentionally directive in pursuing this goal (www.motivationalinterviewing.org). Harm reduction is a pragmatic and humanistic approach to diminishing the individual and social harms associated with drug use especially the risk of HIV infection. It seeks to lessen the problems associated with drug use through methodologies that safeguard the dignity, humanity and human rights of people who use drugs (www.soros.org). George would really benefit from both motivation interviewing and also harm reduction. Whatever the problems are in George’s life can be address and working with both of these treatment programs will help him to get clean and understand why he begin using in the MI 2 first place. These treatment programs will motivate him to get clean to stay in his professional position and kick his drug addiction. George can’t see that he is doing a lot of harm to his body as well as his career. His life will be on a downward spiral if he continues to use and not get the appropriate treatment. References Argosy University online classroom. 2011. Retrieved from http://myeclassonline.com
Critical Thinking Example of work and outcome: The Effects of Social Networks on Personal Relationships Robin Dedmond-Thompson Argosy University References Bargh, John A. (2002). Beyond Simple Truths: The Human Internet Interaction. Journal of Social Issues. 58.1, 1-8 Brignall, Thomas Wells; Van Valey, Thomas. (May-June 2005). The Impact of Internet Communications on Social Interaction. Sociological Spectrum. 25.3, 335-348. Boneva, Bonka; Kraut, Robert; Frohlich, David (Nov 2001). Using E-mail for Personal Relationships. American Behavioral Scientist. 45.3, 530-549. Colley, Ann; Maltby, John. (Sep 2008). Impact of The Internet on Our Lives: Male and Female Personal Perspectives. Computers in Human Behaviors. 24.5, 2005-2013. Kvaut, Robert; Patterson, Michael; Lundmark, Vicki; Kiesler, Sara; Mukophadhyay, Tridas; et al. (Sep 1998). Internet Paradox: A Social Technology That Reduces Social Involvement and Psychological Well-Being? American Psychologist. 53.9, 1017-1031. Massauri, Luisa (Sep 2010). Analysis of Myspace User Profiles. Information Systems Frontiers. 361-367. Neyer, Franz J; Voigt, Daniel. (June 2004). Personality and Social Network Effects on Romantic Relationships: A Dyadic Approach. European Journal of Personality. 18.4, 279-299. Subrahmanyama, Kaveri; Kraut, Robert E; Greenfield, Patricia M; Gross, Elisheva F. (Fall 2000). The Impact of Home Computer Use on Children’s Activities and Development. The Future of Children. 10.2, 123-44. Tesk, J.A.(2002). Cyberpsychology, Human Relationships, and Our Virtual Interiors. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. 37.3, 677-700 Tyler, Tom R. (2002). Is The Internet Changing Social Life? It Seems The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same. Journal of Social Issues. 58.1, 195-205.
My Future in Learning My envision as a life long learner is simple “you can always teach a old dog new treats”. My thoughts behind that is everyone learns something new everyday. Whether I continue my education or just decide to go out into the work field I will still be learning. As individuals we continue to learn no matter the situation. Everyone doesn’t see learning from that light. They believe once they have completed some level of education they are done learning. That couldn’t be furthest from the truth. I plan to be a life long learner. I would like to further my education into the Master’s level program and even once I’m done with that I will continue to take trainings and educate myself in my area of study along with other things as well.
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