Human Behavior in the Social Environment (SWK 5223)

A course at the University of Oklahoma Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work taught by Carrie Jankowski, MSSW, LCSW

Month: December 2016 (Page 2 of 6)

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Regarding the Mindfulness Practice homework assignment, please reflect on that process and share its impact: positive, negative, or neutral. How could you use this in your own life or how could it benefit your clients?

As we discussed in class closure last week, please state 2 things that you are taking away from this course in Human Behavior and the Social Environment.

Congrats on finishing your LAST BLOG for the semester. Hopefully you will continue to use your website for a professional showcase in the future!!

 

I watched the video posted and really enjoyed it.  I definitely think taking time out to do nothing when stressed could be beneficial in decreasing stress levels; however, when I tried this exercise I was not very successful for my first attempt.  My dog is extremely needy and I haven’t been home much, so when I sat to complete the ten minutes she wanted my attention.  She was whining, running around and trying to do whatever she could to obtain my attention.  I found myself distracted by her and interfering thoughts.  Work is extremely crazy around the holidays, my paternal grandmother is terminally ill and only has a few months to live, my maternal grandmother passed away a year ago this month, family drama and several things I needed to be doing.  I tried to acknowledge each thought and then push it away but I found that I was not very successful.  I think that with more practice and consistency I would improve and that this would be beneficial to incorporate into my life.

One of the biggest things that I am taking away is an overall general knowledge of development throughout the lifespan.  This will help me greatly in my current job and throughout my career. I also became more aware of how an individual’s environment plays a role in their development, social learning and even genetics.

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Mindfulness Practice 

Though I admit practicing mindfulness offers great benefits to those who continue using it, I do wonder if many will find it too closely related to meditation and not participate. I may require assistance with a better understanding and performing the practice correctly, but I can’t say I find it more useful than prayer and declaring Scriptures.

Class Takeaway

Two things I already practice are: allowing a child to “behave” according to age appropriation and offering guidance for acceptable behavior; and talking with parents and teens about risky behaviors, negative peer influences, and mutual respect.

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I have been working on my meditation practice since late August.  I started it in preparation for the upcoming semester.  I do yoga on a fairly regular basis and am familiar with the benefits of meditation.  I started out with just 5 minutes and I am still working on making it a full 10.  It seems the only time I can make it 10 minutes is after a good yoga workout.  My body is probably prepared to settle down at that point.  I know that it makes a difference in how I perceive the world around me and the day to day stressors that I encounter.  I have taught and shared this experience with my son who is a senior and he even shares video posts and information on this with me.  We both feel it makes a difference in how positive we are able to be and feel it helps us in setting goals.  I will continue to work towards this practice.  I read somewhere that we should teach all 3rd graders how to meditate and that we would be impressed with the individuals they become.  I would love to see this happen.

 

I am going to take away the epigenetics portion of this text to relate it to the trauma experienced by my children I work with.  I will also be taking away the functions of the brain and how different environmental stressors affect brain development and processes.  This is imperative in understanding the behaviors of children who have experienced trauma and/or have a disability of some type,  It gives me a broader perspective when working with them and allows me to educate others who come into contact with them also.  Also the life span developmental milestones have been very helpful.  I had this in my bachelors degree but now I am able to apply it to my everyday situations and view behaviors from that perspective.  It helps to let direct care providers and parents foster or biological know that what they are seeing is “ok” or “may need addressed”.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this class and learned a great deal that I will continue to improve upon as I move forward in my degree.

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Regarding the Mindfulness Practice homework assignment, please reflect on that process and share its impact: positive, negative, or neutral. How could you use this in your own life or how could it benefit your clients?

As we discussed in class closure last week, please state 2 things that you are taking away from this course in Human Behavior and the Social Environment.

Congrats on finishing your LAST BLOG for the semester. Hopefully you will continue to use your website for a professional showcase in the future!!

I thought the mindfulness practice homework assignment was positive. I use some aspects of the mindfulness well being in my daily life. When I get home from work on most days I sit in my garage for 15 mins to 1 hour. I find it helpful in not bringing stressful aspects from work into my home. I do not always sit in silence, but I find it positive to de-stress myself.  It is good for myself and clients to take at least 10 to 15 minutes per day on clearing one’s mind for clarity.  Some of our clients whom we encounter would most likely benefit from this especially since they will most likely have some form of stress they are experiencing in their lives. Mindfulness practice can help individuals to become more in tuned with themselves.

There are several things that I learned from this course. One example is that it is not the person who is the problem it is the different systems such as micro, mezzo, and macro systems that are the problems. I also learned the impact on trauma in the brain, in infants, and also during pregnancy.  The most interesting new concept that was introduced was Epigenetics. It all makes sense after being taught about how the environment and biology effects development. I was delighted to learn more about teens and the impact that their brain has on their egocentrism and decision making since it is still developing. This new knowledge caused me to be more open minded when working with adolescence.

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The mindfulness practice homework assignment was meaningful – it showed me how to open my mind and respond appropriately and effectively with client and even family members. The exercise also showed me how to relate to clients by being aware of my own attitudes and knowing how to remain unbiased.

Two things I took away from this class:

This was one of my first social work classes, so this is all fairly new to me. I enjoyed learning about epigenetics – it really helped explain why I am the way I am in regards to how my childhood was and how I was raised. It also explains a great deal about why my son is the way he is (which is great), I think everyone who is considering having children should take this class.

Most of what we learned this semester is very relatable to real life – which makes it a little easier to learn and to relate it to myself, family members and clients.

I also learned that there is a lot that I don’t know about social work – so I have a lot more to learn! But, I am sure that I made the right decision about returning to school to earn an MSW. I am looking forward to next semester.

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Regarding the Mindfulness Practice homework assignment, please reflect on that process and share its impact: positive, negative, or neutral. How could you use this in your own life or how could it benefit your clients?

Taking time to be present and mindful was really helpful in clearing my mind and great way to self care. Through this practice, it helps reduce stress and be more in tune with with your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. There tends to be a lot of distractions, busyness, and media around us all the time so taking the time to escape can be beneficial.

As we discussed in class closure last week, please state 2 things that you are taking away from this course in Human Behavior and the Social Environment.

One thing that I am taking away from this course is remembering to always consider the person in environment approach. Through using an ecological perspective when engaging clients, the provider can help identify the stressors that are in the individual’s life in order to then draw on the client’s strengths to find solutions. Second, I learned the importance of having an understanding of development throughout the lifespan when engaging and assessing clients and being aware of how their development and the environment interact.

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Regarding the Mindfulness video and exercise, it was rather enlightening to learn the importance of taking ten minutes per day to just allow the mind to relax and regroup.  What I found most helpful was the explanation of how meditation is believed to clear the mind and take everything away; however, when utilized correctly, it allows us the opportunity to step back from thoughts and emotions long enough to see them more clearly.  In addition, striking a delicate balance of focused relaxation allows thoughts to come and go.

 

I attempted to utilize the exercise and must admit that I experienced much of what the trainer stated was to be expected.  It was rather difficult to sit and attempt to do nothing and allow myself to just relax, as I am a person who is constantly thinking and re-evaluating things.  After some intense moments, my mind did focus, but it was on the upcoming final exam, and I found myself feeling anxious.  What was taken away from this exercise is the understanding that with any new tool, practice truly makes perfect.  I believe that it will be beneficial to learn to totally relax and see things in a much more clearly defined fashion, and it is something I will continue to work on in an effort to improve this technique and improve my overall well-being!

After completing the course on Human Behavior and the Social Environment, my two most important factors learned or taken from this course are as follows: (1) I am much more fascinated by human behavior and development than I ever thought previously, and am seriously considering changing my area of concentration from Administrative and Community Practice to Direct Practice; and (2) The information presented and learned is so vital and needed for so many people on a variety of levels that I would like to continue my educational pursuits and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to teach this information.  This was a difficult course with the vast amount of information presented; however, I found to be quite enlightening and beneficial!

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Regarding the Mindfulness Practice homework assignment, please reflect on that process and share its impact: positive, negative, or neutral. How could you use this in your own life or how could it benefit your clients?

As we discussed in class closure last week, please state 2 things that you are taking away from this course in Human Behavior and the Social Environment.

Congrats on finishing your LAST BLOG for the semester. Hopefully you will continue to use your website for a professional showcase in the future!!

 

In watching the Mindfulness video I was able to gain insight for the potential positive effects the practice could have on my own life. Utilizing a ten minute break of deep breathing and focusing on nothing else except my breathing can be helpful to manage stress in my personal life and my work life. I plan to utilize this strategy to help with getting away from the daily grind of child welfare services and to deal with any unexpected life stressors. I also plan to provide this practice of self care to the clients that I work with as it can be helpful in adding a little more control to their lives.

One of the things I plan to take with me from this HBSE course is the importance of utilizing authoritative parenting as evidence shows that this is the most effective parenting style. I not only plan to utilize this parenting style within my own life, but also encourages clients that I work with to utilize it as well. Being high on response and demand is beneficial for children in helping them learn right from wrong.

Another aspect I plan to take with me from HBSE is the understanding that life is an ever evolving process and people continue to change and adapt to new situations. Knowing this vital information will help me in understanding where the clients are developmentally. This will prove to be a great tool of assistance moving forward in my career of helping others.

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Regarding the Mindfulness Practice homework assignment, please reflect on that process and share its impact: positive, negative, or neutral. How could you use this in your own life or how could it benefit your clients?

For the Mindfulness homework assignment I feel as if it could be beneficial if used properly. For me personally it is hard to sit and think of nothing and do nothing. My mind was going in a million different directions. I do think it could be positive for clients who may be going through a lot. Even if during your session you complete the mindfulness with them. The time they have with you may be their only free time to sit and think of nothing and allowing them that time could be very impactful.

As we discussed in class closure last week, please state 2 things that you are taking away from this course in Human Behavior and the Social Environment.

On of the things I will take away from the course is being mindful of each person’s different life processes. Everyone grows and develops in different ways and it is important for us to know that everyone is different and develops differently. They may also go through stages of life a different times then others do. This is important not only for us to remember but to remind the parents as well. The second thing I will be taking away from the class is the importance of parenting and how it pertains to the child. When the parent shows a particular parenting style that may be inhibiting the child from learning or developing the way they should be. Not only is important to relate parenting with your clients but also in your own life. Being able to understand the importance of the relationship you create with your child is very crucial.

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Regarding the Mindfulness Practice homework assignment, please reflect on that process and share its impact: positive, negative, or neutral. How could you use this in your own life or how could it benefit your clients?

As we discussed in class closure last week, please state 2 things that you are taking away from this course in Human Behavior and the Social Environment.

Congrats on finishing your LAST BLOG for the semester. Hopefully you will continue to use your website for a professional showcase in the future!!

 

I had a hard time with Mindfulness Practice exercise. I made two attempts at it because the first time I tried it, I started to dose off. The second time I tried it, I caught myself constantly bringing myself back to focusing on breathing and not thinking about anything. My mind was on everything but relaxing. I do not believe it is something helpful for myself personally. I have many other ways I de-stress and this was not a successful one for me. I do think this exercise would be beneficial to my clients. They are always so stressed out and this could be such a beneficial way for them to practice coping skills and finding a positive way out or break from life even if it is for only a bit. I have identified that many of the people I work with are only able to de-stress in negative ways. I do believe I can teach them this positive exercise and see if it works for them.

I am taking away a lot of information regarding stress and what it does to your body physically and mentally. Much of this information was new to me and also frightening. It opened my eyes to how it affects adults, but now it has me thinking more about my children. I also learned a great deal of information about the adolescent brain and development. This will help me with my teenagers when I am speaking with their foster parents and school personnel about why they are acting the way they act. It has made me change my own personal views as well.

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