Personal Statement I am seeking my Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a concentration in criminal justice. I feel that I sought this degree after realizing that I not only desire to help people, I am actually really good at it. I have a well-rounded history of personal experience that can benefit me in such a career choice. I have always had to fight harder than most to achieve the goals that I desired. Through personalexperience I have developed an unwavering confidence that anything is attainable. My experiences have undoubtedly shaped me into a very strong, compassionate person who yearns to make a difference in thelives of those who feel no difference can be made. The same resiliency that has helped me to achieve my past goals will certainly assist me in my determination to practice psychology. My experiences may not be entirely unique, but my response to these obstacles has shaped me into the strong, independent, and compassionately driven individual I am today. I realize that furthering my education and career will providemany more obstacles. Nevertheless, these barriers will help to mold me into the mental health professional that I strive to be.
ResumePROFILE I have achieved a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in criminal justice. I have knowledge of the DSM, physiological functions in psychology, and therapy practices. I have gained extensive knowledge about the APA and ACA Codes of Ethics. I have a variety of previous work experience, proving that I can succeed in any environment.EDUCATION Argosy University Nashville, Tn. Bachelor of Psychology Concentration in Criminal Justice Graduated: December 2011 David Lipscomb High School Nashville, Tn. High School Diploma Graduated: May 2006EMPLOYMENT HISTORY Metro Nashville Public Schools Special Education Substitute Nashville, Tn. Aug. 2010 – May 2011 Responsibilities: Assist absent teachers in daily routine Care for special education children Assist children in daily activities such as motor skill-building exercises, therapy, etc.
ResumeThe Appointment Desk, LLC Nashville, Tn.March 2009 – Aug. 2010Responsibilities: Organization of Real Estate Listings throughout Tennessee and Kentucky Customer Service via Telephone Making and organizing appointmentsLonghorn Steakhouse Cookeville, Tn.Jan. 2008 – Jan. 2009Responsibilities: Customer Service Lead Hostess Organization of Front-of-HouseSonic Drive-In Cookeville, Tn.Aug. 2007 – Jan. 2008Responsibilities: Food Service Customer Service Team LeadershipSonic Drive-In Nashville, Tn.Aug. 2004 – Aug. 2006Responsibilities: Customer Service Organization of Finances Train New Employees
Resume Belle Forest Animal Hospital Nashville, Tn. Aug. 2003 – Aug. 2004 Responsibilities: Caring for animals Assisting Veterinarians with medical procedures GroomingREFERENCES Dan Edwards – LPC/MHSP, NCC Kristi Thompson Kathy Gilliam Nashville Vet Center Vanderbilt University Pelham Elementary School Phone: 615-366-1220 Phone: 615-516-3571 Phone: 931-224-2103
Reflection The years that I have spent at Argosy University have been the best academic years spent to date. I have learned much about myself as well as the fields of psychology and criminal justice. I have learned toformulate reasoned opinions on a wide range of psychological theories. I am able to correctly summarize the research design, statistical and other evaluative tools, and findings of scholarly articles in my field. I have learned to excel in research, data collection, APA format, and written work, as well as preparing and presenting presentations. I have achieved extensive knowledge of the codes of ethics within the psychology and criminal justice fields, providing me with an understanding of the expected quality of care intended for these fields. As part of my education in ethics, I have also gained understanding of the importance of engaging in multiculturally-sensitive thought andaction. I am also able to synthesize and evaluate various psychological theories, and apply them to explain everyday events and experiences.Argosy was not the school at which I began my undergraduate studies, but I am certainly proud to finish my undergraduate work, as well as begin my graduate work, at Argosy University.
Table of ContentsCognitive Abilities: Critical Thinking and Information LiteracyResearch SkillsCommunication Skills: Oral and WrittenEthics and Diversity AwarenessFoundations of PsychologyApplied PsychologyInterpersonal Effectiveness
Cognitive Abilities This is an example of a research question that I completed on thesubject of cell phone use while driving Effects of Cell Phone Use While Drivingand the effects of distracted driving. I gathered information and narrowed Cognitive Psychologydown my sources in order to develop a strong, thorough, and accurate paper that resulted in support of my Rebecca Elkins hypothesis. (Click on the assignment to the right Argosy University to view paper)
Research Skills This is an example of a research question that I formulated personally. I researched peer-reviewed sources, formed a hypothesis, narrowed my references, and developed research data and potential experimental parameters. (Click on the assignment below to view paper)Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Military Veterans: Active Combat versus Non-Active Combat Rebecca Elkins Argosy University
Friday, June 24, 2011 Argosy University Rebecca Elkins Communication Skills Dual Diagnosis: Alcoholism and Depression This is an example of a handout and What is Dual Diagnosis? How Do I Cope with Dual Diagnosis? presentation on dual diagnosis that I When a person has been diagnosed with The first step towards treatment is going created in order to present theboth a substance abuse problem, as well as through a period of detoxification so thatan emotional or psychiatric problem, it is your body is allowed to clean out any alcohol or drugs from your system. information in two different ways thatreferred to as dual diagnosis. This is muchmore common that one may think. In fact,37 percent of alcohol abusers and 53 percent Detoxification can be made easier under medical supervision with medication, if are each informative while easy to necessary, to make the process a moreof drug abusers are dually diagnosed with atleast one mental illness; plus, 29 percent of positive experience (Mental Health understand. America, 2011). Once the detoxificationthose diagnosed with a mental illness alsoabuse alcohol or drugs (Mental Health process is complete, the mental and (Click on each to view)America, 2011). The following table based substance issues can begin to be treated.on a National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation is an excellent way to gostudy, lists seven major psychiatric disorders about the process of recovery. Rehaband shows how much each one increases an programs will teach you how to be happyindividual’s risk for substance abuse. and enjoy life without the presence of alcohol or drugs. “Rehabilitation for aPsychiatric Increased Risk For substance abuse problem usually involvesDisorder Substance Abuse individual and group psychotherapy,Antisocial 15.5% education about alcohol and drugs, exercise,personality disorder proper nutrition, and participation in a 12-Manic episode 14.5 step recovery program such as AlcoholicsSchizophrenia 10.1 Anonymous” (Mental Health America,Panic disorder 4.3 2011). Treatment for a mental issue such asMajor depressive 4.1 depression can include individual and/orepisode group therapy, being educated in all aspectsObsessive- 3.4 of the disorder, and even medication. Rehabcompulsive disorder does not always have to mean a stay in a Alcoholism + DepressionPhobias 2.4 hospital-like environment. There are(Mental Health America, 2011) different levels of rehab depending on the Often times, the psychological issue severity of the issues ranging from inpatientdevelops first. If you are depressed you may treatment, partial hospitalization, or evenattempt to use alcohol in order to feel outpatient treatment.happier and more care-free, or “self- Another important aspect of recovery ismedicate”. However, this can lead to one’s family and friends. It always helps tobecoming dependent on alcohol in order to Rebecca Elkins have a support group and there are ways,feel normal, leading to dual diagnosis. Self- such as family therapy, to help your familymedicating can lead to feeling as if you need get involved with your recovery.more and more alcohol just to feel happy.
Ethics and Diversity AwarenessACA and APA Codes of Ethics Multicultural Considerations Ethics in Psychology Ethics in Psychology Rebecca Elkins Rebecca Elkins Argosy University Argosy University These are examples of my work on the topic of ethics and diversity awareness. (Click on each paper above to view)
MIA NERVOSA AND DEPRESSION 1 Foundations of Psychology Insomnia and Alcohol Migraines and Contralateral Neglect Physiological Psychology Physiological Psychology Rebecca Elkins Rebecca Elkins Argosy University Argosy University Bulimia Nervosa and Depression These are examples of sample Physiological Psychology cases where I used critical thinking and the foundations of psychology Rebecca Elkins to assess the needs of the Argosy University “patients”. (Click on each assignment to view)
Applied Psychology Shooting at Jake’s Bar and Grill Forensic Psychology Rebecca Elkins Argosy University These are four different examples of applied psychology. Throughout my education I have learned the manyapplications of this field and I feel that this has given me a strong, well-rounded education in psychology. (Click each to view)
Interpersonal EffectivenessFriday, June 3, 2011 Argosy University Rebecca Elkins Things to Keep in Mind in our Professional Relationships with Inmates I have gained an excellent Hazards of Being Emotionally Involved Tips to Avoid Being Emotionally Involved Steps to Take if You are Emotionally Involved understanding of how to communicate with Inmates with Inmates with an Inmate with others effectively. These are“Countertransference In Section C: Introduction In section C.2.g. of thedistorts therapists’ of the ACA Code of Ethics it states that a counselor ACA Code of Ethics it examples of an unrelated handoutbehavior and perceptions states, “seek assistance forin terms of how theyrespond to clients. It is, must “engage in self-care activities to maintain and problems that reach the level of professional and presentation I created in order to promote their emotional,therefore, important fortherapists to be aware of physical, mental, and impairment, and, if necessary, they limit, present information to others.and to identify their own spiritual well-being to best suspend, or terminate theircountertransference in meet their professional responsibilities” professional (Click each to view)order to create a “reality- responsibilities until suchbased” empirical view of (American Counseling time it is determined thatthe clients” (Argosy Association, 2005). It is a they may safely resumeUniversity, 2011). counselor’s responsibility their work” (American to keep his or her personal Counseling Association,There are many hazards issues in check and to seek 2005). If a counselor iswhen being emotionally help if the circumstances emotionally involved withinvolved with inmates. require it. In section C.2.g. an inmate it is importantBeing emotionally of the ACA Code of Ethics that he or she recognize theinvolved creates a bias in it states, “Counselors are issue and take thethe treatment that is given. alert to the signs of appropriate steps to fix it.Treatment can be affected impairment from their own The first step to take wouldnegatively which is physical, mental, or be to address the issuesdetrimental to the inmate’s emotional problems and that you have and try to Active Combat versus Non-Active Combatprogress. Getting refrain from offering or work them out with aemotionally involved with providing professional colleague or supervisor. Ifan inmate can also make services when such you cannot work throughyou vulnerable to being impairment is likely to these issues then referringmanipulated by the inmate harm a client or others” the client to anotherin order to get what they (American Counseling counselor would be thewant. As counselors it is Association, 2005). If a next step. If there is ayour responsibility to professional is properly personal issue that isensure that the inmate is maintaining oneself then hindering your ability toreceiving the best they should be aware of perform as a professional, Rebecca Elkinstreatment available. If their own issues and it may be necessary to, in Argosy Universitycountertransference does should be able to recognize some cases, even limitoccur, it is always in the when their issues begin to your professionalclient’s best interest to be hinder their work with a responsibilities until ablereferred to another client. to perform them withoutcounselor. issue.References:
My Future in Learning The field of psychology is a vast ocean of mystery.There is so much that is unknown, one cannot expect to ever be done learning in this field. Psychology is advancing constantly and there is a wealth of knowledge to be had, regardless of how much experience one has within this field. I intend toalways keep an open mind and allow myself to learn,grow, and evolve along with my chosen field. If I werenot passionate enough about psychology to do such, I would not pursue a career in this field. I am willing and excited to continue learning throughout the rest of my life.
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