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

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Community Intervention Census Tract 1068.03

Community Intervention

Community Intervention for Census Tract 4848

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Presentation on Census Tract 2019.03

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Click on me for a visual presentation/slide show on Census Tract 2019.03 in Cleveland County.


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.

When I did my mindfulness practice I had an overall positive outcome. prior to doing my mindfulness exercise I turned off my phone, laptop, T.V. and closed my bedroom and laid on my bed and close my eyes. Although the stress of school and work kept creeping into my thoughts I knew that I had to tune out everything including thoughts would have distracted my mind body and soul. Once was able to tone everything out I was able to be in tune with everything around me. I took deep breaths every second and once I finished my mindfulness exercise I felt relaxed and claim. I can definitely see myself incorporating the mindfulness excercise in the future.

The first thing I took away from this class is remembering how the social, environmental, biological development greatly impacts others when working with vulnerable clients. The second thing i will take from this class is epigenetics plays an important role in our overall behavior and perspective in our life.

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Mindfulness practice is very important. I suffer from both anxiety and depression. I read a couple books and deceived to give mindful meditation a try. I have practiced this technique for almost two years now.  Mindfulness is a very useful technique for those who suffer from stress, anxiety, and depression. Generally,  anxiety and depression symptoms increase when they reflect back on past events or project into the future. These habits increase the symptoms of depression and anxiety.  Mindfulness allows you to focus on the “right now” and leave both the past and future behind.

I found this technique useful. There are several other techniques such as: Thai chi, yoga, and imagery meditation. I think each person has to find a model that works for them.

From this course I am taking away the stages of older adults and the ecological perspective.  This will allow me to really focus on stressors in the environment that are keeping my clients from reaching their goals, help them find meaningful ways to change those.

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.


I took 10 minutes the other day, in complete silence, to myself…and it was amazing. I am actually quite interested in mindfulness practices and try to implement them into my life as often as possible, but life often gets in the way. Over time, I have become quite practiced as meditative breathing, body scanning, and relaxation. The most recent experience, of a few day ago, reminded me of the importance of taking those 10 minutes to dissolve the stress of daily life, and reminded me that I should allow myself those 10 minutes more often.

The previously mentioned exercise is very closely related to one of the most important points I am taking from this class: self-care. Stress is an ugly and destructive monster that can lead to a variety of mental and physical health concerns. But more importantly, it diminishes one’s quality of life. With that said, whether it be meditation, exercise, or bungee jumping, it is critical for people to allow themselves time to enjoy life. Self-care is particularly important for people in helping professions, as we tend to experience burnout a little more frequently, and a little more quickly than most other professions.

The second lesson I will take with me from this class is the importance of understanding where people are at in their life cycle, and how critically that impacts their current state. Going forward, remembering to pay attention to where my clients are at in life, and what they may have already been through, will be extremely useful in providing the best quality of care.

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In our closure discussion last class time; I will take with me; grief teachings and concepts and all concepts of getting older in adulthood. I will use these helpful practices in my future adult day center to help all participants live a more meaningful and remainder of their golden years while in their late adulthood.

I am most appreciative of the cognitive and brain development as it is the science that helps me to understand the beginning developments of life as it pertains to this development to the end of life. (Cradle to Grave)

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After watching the TED Talk on mindfulness I realized how I do not incorporate time to “just do nothing”. Even the first time watching the video I was eating and semi-listening to my son explain a Pokemon’s power. Needless to say, I had to watch the video again. This time more focused and alone. After internalizing the lack of self-care I take for my mind; I took the next ten minutes and tried to meditate. I found this hard to do since this is not something in my everyday practice. However, I can understand the need and have the motivation to include this into my everyday life. This would be a simple task to complete between driving from one client’s home to the others, right before bed etc.

Wow, what a success in completing the first semester of grad school! I am beyond impressed with myself and my abilities. This class has helped me understand a lot and put some personal challenges (in work and personal life) into perspective. Two main things I will be taking with me from this class will be the entirety of information over the ageing population. This is a population I have not had a chance to work with, let alone take the time to acknowledge. The information provided over this population will allow me to not only assist any client at any age, by either explaining what is possibly going on in their own family or what is going on to themselves, but also allow me to be more patient with my own family. The second main thing I will take with me if the holistic approach that is needed for this profession. By assessing the biology and environment of each person allows for a different approach and perspective that the individuals deserve and need.


I loved the mindfulness practice, I have always found related activities successful. I would like to add this and yoga to my regular practices, I feel that both are very useful. I actually wrote part of a paper on mindfulness being used with sexually abused victims in my summer class, as an option to use if the individuals were not ready for therapy yet, or in conjunction with therapy. I feel that most Americans would benefit from taking the time to calm down with mindfulness. I have explored this on my own a bit, after attending a seminar last summer.

I am very thankful for this class overall.  I am glad to have just read chapter 15 in regards to my Mom moving here from Colorado 3 years ago to be near me, and ultimately for me to care for her. I am glad that she is here and will have better knowledge towards helping her now. I also have 2 teenagers and thus putting that knowledge to use will be great as well..

Thank you for being a great instructor.


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