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

Author: clast


I see graffiti culture as a means of taking back the decaying and underfunded landscape of an inner city and reclaiming it as our own. If I am forced to see boarded up windows and closed down store fronts, I am going to carve my identity and make my mark wherever I can. The perceived imprisonment of an impoverished neighborhood will not suppress my spirit, my culture, or my dreams. If the world of our parents gave us trash, we will sculpt it into art, and if we cannot, we will invent songs to sing as we burn it down. The adolescent spirit is one which rejects established wisdom, demanding  there is a new and better way.

Census Tract 10.19 Community Assets and Interventions

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BP 12 – Freedom in Contemplation

The mindfulness exercise of sitting idle for 10 minutes was a chance to see where my mental state was at that current moment. As I sat noticing my thoughts, I recognized the racing, anxious clamors jab their way in like tiny saboteurs. As I let them enter and fade, the unimportance and irrationality of each thought become somewhat humorous. What really matters, everything? nothing? I surrendered to the futility of fighting against or for any particular thought. My attachment to my pressure filled stream of plans and images, loosened its grip. I settled on plainly imagining the color blue; simply the color blue. I experienced senses of freedom and moments of relief.


Two things I will take away from my Human Behavior / Social Environment class:

The perception someone has about their own identity is crucial to experiencing a purpose filled life. By helping individuals find a role which makes them feel connected to themselves and their community can lead to overcoming a myriad of social problems. The idea of knowing and believing in who you are, can impact your ability to rise above your station, and create a narrative counter to the one handed to you at birth.

The case study project we completed opened my eyes to the importance of rigorous attention to each child connected to my caseload. Although there may be many service providers encountering a given family, If I see a yellow or red flag of concern, it becomes my responsibility to take action.

BP11 -Body Mind Soul

I added my resume and video content to my blog. The resume was suggested and will help in using the site as an employment tool. I added the video in order to showcase my creative abstract thinking skills.

According to the text (Broderick and Blewitt, 2006), stress can be attributed to major life events or daily hassles. The ability to adapt to stressful events or mitigated daily stress is a strong predictor of mental, physical and emotional well being. Although stress is a natural and necessary function of the human body, the regulation of stress load, directly impacts an individuals ability to navigate daily life. Role strain or dissatisfaction with our daily work, intimate relationships, and community activity, may increase chronic stress levels. The effect of daily internal turmoil can take an adverse toll on an individuals physical condition. The body has several physiological systems which utilize stressors to release body regulating hormones, including systems which manage our immune system (Broderick and Blewitt, 2006). Stress hormones (cortisol) in elevated levels, overtime, can increase the likelihood of cardiovascular problems immunity dysfunction (Broderick and Blewitt, 2006). Through healthy coping skills and stress regulating self-care, the mind, body, and spirit can experience a greater sense of well-being.



Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2006). The life span: Human development for helping professionals. Upper Saddle River, NJ:    Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.

BP 10: From Duality to Relativism

Give one example of your own thinking at one or more points in your life that reflect the following:


When I was around fifteen years old, I believed that any status quo life of school, marriage, and career was a fraud, believing that individuals who were on this path were all equally misguided.


After the romantic indulgence of my nomadic teen years dwindled, I lead myself into a young adulthood of resource challenges. My struggles and experiences began opening my mind to the simplicity of a working man’s life. I saw that authentic lives can have many different faces.


In my late twenties, my desire for a sense of purpose caused me to initiate a commitment to social work. After experiencing the implications of this commitment, I began to establish a substantive identity.

What are two marker events that could help a young adult to develop into their current level of thinking?

When young people first read non-assigned literature and discover varying viewpoints, which differ from their family and peers.

Another important marker event, is the first time a young adult goes away for a weekend, vacation, or summer, without their family.



Interpretations of Perry’s Post-Formal Stages

BP Adolescents

reviewing my peer’s website, I was struck simple but effective look and design. I believe the site would be more attractive to employers if it offered links to a resume, contact information, as well as, a page with a personal bio. By having a balance of professional information and some glimpses of individual personality, the employer can see who you are, and how to get in touch with you.

I have had many colorful experiences as an adolescent which shaped who I am. In a period of where cliques played a major role, I engaged in self destructive behaviors in order to be a part of the group. The benefit was that I learned how to have spirit and take risks when trying new things, but the consequences caused me to drop out of school.

My mother and the role of parenting greatly shaped my identity. My mother exposed me to various races, cultures, and individuals in same sex relationships. This let me know it what okay to be myself, and it was okay to be different.

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