Undergraduate Studies ePortfolio David Morgan Sr. Psychology, 2011 1
Personal Statement I have struggle for 50 years to hear one man, my father to tell me that he was finally proud of me. This has instilled astruggle within me to be the best at whatever I do; I refuse to accept anything less out of myself. I come from an abusivehome as a child; I watched my mother beaten at least twice a week if not more by my father. At the age of twelve, Iintervene and my father turned his hate, anger, and rage upon me. Therefore, I became a child and later on an adolescentthat was physically abused. I felt if I could somehow make this man say that he was proud of me that it could change theabuse. However; as I grew into adolescences the abuse became worse, his weapon of choice became his fist, and I washospitalized twice for surgery on my sinus from sustaining his abuse. I became an accomplished musician and was offered a music scholarship to a university in Tennessee, which I turneddown because I was working in broadcasting at the time. I married my first wife at the age of 21. We have three lovelydaughters together however, I found myself in another abusive relationship with the exception that this was not physicalabuse it was mental and emotional. While married to my first wife, I left broadcasting and went into the U.S. Army in 1982as an Air Traffic Controller (ATC) during the controller strike of 1982. I graduated first in my class and was rewarded asmy first duty station, the very prestigious Pentagon Heliport. Still searching for those words from my father that seemed toelude me, I was named the Air Traffic Controller of the year award two years in a row 1986 and 1987. Additionally I wasaward an Air Traffic Controller save in 1985 in Korea. I left the Military in 1992, and began my career with AT&T as a cable installer. In five years, I had work my way upthe company ladder to the position of Directory Listings and Assistance Manager. I worked for AT&T for ten years, andthen I was laid off after Comcast bought out AT&T in Denver. At the same time, I was going through a horrible divorcefrom my first wife, and had to rebuild my life. Therefore, I decide to do something that I had always wanted to do and thatwas to drive over the road. I obtained my Class A Commercial Driver’s License and started driving with a majortransportation company based out of Arizona, and these is where I met the woman I am married to today.
Personal Statement (CONT.) We drove as a team for almost a year then she left the road so she could stay home with our son David Jr., and I starteddriving locally in Denver. Even though my wife is substantially younger than I am, she has the wisdom of a much olderand wiser individual. She taught me that in order to love again I must first love who I am, additionally she taught me that Ihad to be proud of who I am before anyone else would be proud. I now have a loving wife and a seven-year-old son whoare both proud of their husband and father. I am now 52 years-old and have become an individual that others admire and respect for who I have become. I haveinspired several individuals that I now work with to seek a higher education. I know work as a corrections officer, it maynot be a job with glimmer or a job that makes a lot of money however, it is a job where I can talk to the younger offendersand work with them so they do not return to prison. I enjoy inspiring people to seek their full potential and bring out thebest in them. This is why I have chosen the field of Mental Health Counseling. After so many struggles in my life, I am ready to work with others and share my experiences with them throughtherapy. I believe that with my now developed determination, I will be able to successfully complete My Master’s programand move on to my Doctoral program and began my own practice and with my heightened sense of compassion I will beable to assist those who, like me, perhaps began life with a shoddy foundation. Love who you are and be proud of yourself,your spouse, and your children.
Resume Education Sept 2008 — Dec 2011, Argosy University B.S. in Psychology (With Honors)Major academic courses: Advanced General Psychology; Substance Abuse and the Family; Substance Abuse Treatment in Criminal Justice System; Ethics in Psychology; Personality Theory ; Research Methods; Counseling Theories Aug 2007 — June 2008, Colorado Technical University Associates in Science and General Studies (With Honors) Positions Held July 2007 — Present, Correctional Officer Department of Corrections, State of North Carolina To maintain the safety of inmates that are in my custody, while safeguarding the general public, and maintaining state property.
Resume (cont.) Sep 2004 — July 2007, Tands Inc./ Bojangles Senior Training Co-Manager To assist in the training of newly hired managers in all positions with the Bojangles Restaurants. May 2003 — July 2004, Swift Transportation Inc. Over The Road Truck Driver To ensure the safe and on time delivery of all freight assigned to my vehicle. Feb 1993 — Nov 2002, AT&T Communications Manager of Directory Listings/ Directory AssistanceManaged a department of 30 individuals that were responsible for inputting the customers information for the phone books, Directory Listings (411) and for the (911) emergency operators. May 1982 — July 1992, U.S. Army Air Traffic Controller Provide for the safe and expeditious flow of air traffic into and out of all airfields that I was assigned to.
Resume (cont.) Fields of InterestI am interested in working with the mentally challenged, children, Family counseling, substance abuse counseling, couples and marriage counseling. Additionally, I am interested in working with troubled youths that have been or are being recruited by gangs. Collegiate Societies National Society for Collegiate Scholars Hobbies and Personal InterestFootball; Hockey; Golf; Classical Music; Motown Music; Christian Music and Computer games with my seven year old. Computer Skills I am well versed in Microsoft office Access; Word; PowerPoint; Excel; OneNote and Publications.
Reflection A self-appraisal should include professional, personal, and in some cases spiritual growth. The greatest thing that I willtake away from my experience at Argosy University is the ability to listen to people. I have learned that anyone can hearsomeone but not everyone actually listens. As individuals, we speak to each other several different ways, with words ofcourse, but also with emotions, actions, and body language. As psychologists, we need to be open to all forms ofcommunication to understand the true meaning or statement that our clients are trying to convey. Additionally, I havelearned never to judge a book be its cover, what I mean here is that although an individual may appear to have themselvestogether for the most part, we should not be foul be their outward appearance, pain and suffering are not always written onsomeone’s face, it usually lies deeper into their very soul. Argosy has also taught me the importance of doing my own research and always ensuring that my research is comingfrom scholarly sources. Additionally, it is important to be as diverse as possible and to understand different sexes, cultures,and religions, cultures also pertains to the different regions of the United States. Argosy has also taught me to learn from allthe theories of psychology such as, Freudian, Adlerian, CBT, Feminism, and the others, but the best psychologist are theones who do not profess only one of the fourteen theories, they learn and take away from all of them to formulate their ownstyle. I have enjoyed learning the many different ways to work with children such as play, music, and art therapy. By using,the different methodologies will assist the child in communicating what is going on in their world and brings us on an evenplan to communicate. I have enjoyed my time at Argosy university and have made many friends and learned under thetutelage of some of the most knowledgeable professor in their professions. I will attempt to make them proud of my futurework as I continue my education at Capella University, to obtain my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. ThankYou to everyone at Argosy University for giving me the ability to spread my wings and fly.
Table of ContentsCognitive Abilities: Critical Thinking and Information LiteracyResearch SkillsCommunication Skills: Oral and WrittenEthics and Diversity AwarenessFoundations of PsychologyApplied PsychologyInterpersonal Effectiveness
Critical Thinking The two halves or hemispheres of the human brain or connected and communicate through an area of the brain calledthe corpus callosum. The corpus callosum is a structure of the brain that is made up of some 200 million nerve fibers, and isthe major line of communication between the two hemispheres. (Gerrig, Zimbardo, & Hock, 2009). Once this line ofcommunication has been cut, the two hemispheres must function independently. What is important to remember here is thatwhat we see through our left eye is transmitted to the right hemisphere of the brain. What is being viewed goes through firstthe optical nerve and then the path gets switch to the right side of the brain at the optical chiasm. The same happens to whatwe view through the right eye and the way it is transmitted to the left hemisphere (Visual System, 2011). Hemispheric Lateralization is the conviction that the human brain has two relatively distinctive hemispheres and eachhemisphere is responsible for different functions. Lateralization is when a function such as speech is localized to onespecific hemisphere in this case speech is localized to the left hemisphere of the brain. The functions that are lateralized tothe left hemisphere of the brain are speaking, writing, mathematical calculations, and reading, and it is the primary centerfor language. The functions that are lateralized to the right hemisphere of the brain are facial recognition, solving problemsthat involve spatial relationships, symbolic reasoning, and artistic activities (Gerrig, Zimbardo, & Hock, 2009). Consider some of the difficulties the split-brain operation causes and the strategies you would recommend to help a patient manage them. The biggest hurdle for the patient to overcome is the fact that the two hemispheres do not communicate as the oncedid. However, it is believed that the two hemispheres still communicate on a subconscious level. Two examples displayedthemselves later on in the research; first when a male patient was ask “what profession would he choose he said verbally(left hemisphere) a draftsman however; he spelled using block letters with his left hand (right hemisphere) automobile racer(Gerrig, Zimbardo, & Hock, 2009). The second occurred when the researchers were working with a female patient andwanted to explorer an individual’s emotional reactions of a split-brain patient. They flashed a photo of a nude woman to theleft hemisphere of the female patient. She laughed and verbally confirmed she had seen a photo of a nude woman.However; when the same photo was displayed to the right hemisphere, she said that she saw nothing, but she almostimmediately get a sly smile across her face and started to giggle. When the researchers ask what she was laughing about,she said that see did not know (Gerrig, Zimbardo, & Hock, 2009).
Critical Thinking According to the research that has been conducted on the split-brain one could conclude that two different brains exitwithin each individual’s cranium, each brain with different complex abilities. It could also be concluded that an individualwith a split-brain possess the potential to process twice as much information, and have the ability to perform two cognitivetask as fast as a normal individual can perform one cognitive task (Gerrig, Zimbardo, & Hock, 2009). Was it ethical to do this study? Was it right to trade the suffering experienced by participants for the knowledge gained by the research? Ethically this type of research would never allow such drastic measures such as an actual surgery to sever theconnection of the two hemispheres, the corpus callosum. However, in the late 1950s the medical field producedpsychologist the opportunity to study the effects of a split-brain, in the form of individuals with a rare and extreme case ofuncontrollable epilepsy. It had been discovered that seizures could be greatly reduced or even eliminated by surgicallysevering the corpus callosum. However, this procedure was of a last resort for these patients (Gerrig, Zimbardo, & Hock,2009). Therefore, because the surgery was and is a success in these cases the proceeding research should not be affected byethical boundaries. References:Visual System. (2011). Retrieved November 5, 2011, from Posit Science: http://www.positscience.com/science/how- training-works/program-design/visual-systemGerrig, R. J., Zimbardo, P. G., & Hock, R. R. (2009). AN OVERVIEW OF PSYCHOLOGY: Its Past and Present, Your Future. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pentrice Hall.
My Future in Learning What it means to be a Life Long Learner Learning is a lifelong process and is something we begin at birth and we continue to learn until the moment of ourdeath. We learn to live, love, share, and hopefully pass on what we have learned to the next generation. We learn from oureducation, life experiences, and things we have attempted and succeed and with things we have failed in. Additionally, welearn how to turn our failures into successes. My goal is to continue my formal education and obtain my doctoral in family counseling. My life experiences willbenefit me as a counselor because of all the things that I have seen and all the different experiences that I have encounteralong life’s pathways.
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