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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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 2 changes that I made to my website was adding information about my short term and long term goals in my about me section and also adding information about the diversity fair. I was not able to change the arrangement of my blog post as suggested in my peer review because I was not sure how to do so. My peer suggested all of these changes. I was able to change these things because I thought that it was important to get some of my goal written down on paper. I also thought adding information about what occurred at the diversity fair was important to give an explanation instead of just including pictures.

Stress, mental health, and physical health all share some type of effective relationship. When individuals are stressed out it could affect both their mental health and cause physical health problems. However on the other hand, when one is stressed if one participates in physical activity it can lessen the affect of developing mental health or physical health problems due to effective coping. According to Broderick and Blewitt (2015), when there is a huge amount of stress on the body it can cause stress called allostatic load. Also according to the diathesis-stress model stress can effect individuals differently, which is why some individuals develop PTSD (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Having healthy ways to deal with stress can help individuals mental health, since the brain response to stress, this can lead to good physical and mental health (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015).

Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2015). The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

Blog Post 10

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




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

When reflecting on my own life a point in my life that reflected dualism according to Broderick (2015), was  when I was a moving out of my mom’s home and going to college. There was really no view of anyone else being right or knowing the right direction for me to go except for my mom. Anything that I thought about doing such as jobs or careers I always ran it by my mom. She would also talk to my grandmother about it. When anyone else told me something else I should do or try I remember having tunnel vision and thinking their ideas were wrong for me.  Next going back to college when learning more in dept about religions and sciences it made me think about all the things I was taught in high school or at church about religion and science. It contradicted my thoughts about some of the upbringings that I was use to. This is an example of multiplicity (Broderick 2015). This made me question what was right and or wrong or who was right or wrong. Once I got in my senior year in college and we talked about cults and some of their thinking, I knew that it was not right and there was no reason to question what was right or wrong within those religions. In my mind those ways of thinking were irrelevant and did nothing but hurt those who believed in those false idols or peoples. The ideas that the leaders of these cults possess were not acceptable and were very questionable. This is relativism according to Broderick (2015).

Two events that could help a young adult develop into their current level of thinking in my opinion is taking some type of college or education training course to challenge their current views. Another event could be reading books, setting goals, and having dialogue with their peers.

Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2015). The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ:     Pearson Education.

Terika Mackey 2016-10-27 23:38:18

Two part Blog Post:

Referring to the peer review process for student websites, please state three changes you would recommend for your peer’s website and justify reasons for those changes.
Citing the text for specific supportive evidence, name one positive aspect and one negative aspect that influenced your adolescent development.


It reviewing Amanda Roybal’s website there were several strengths and several critiques noted. The first strength was the professional background that she utilized. It was very neat and clean. The second strength was Amanda making her resume available to her website. The first critiques noted on Amanda’s website was for her to add more information such as goals or other educational work she has completed. The second critique was for Amanda to make her about me section the first page viewed when individuals view her website. The last critique was for Amanda to create more pages to her website.


One positive aspect that influenced my adolescent development was the fact that my mother allowing me to make decisions about personal issues on my own. My mother did not cause a huge conflict over something such as my hair, what I wore, or music that I listened to. This allowed me to develop my own autonomy, which is critical development for adolescence. One negative influence on my adolescent development was the idea that at time my mother was dismissive or permissive and she allowed my brother and I to get away with more things than she should have. We did not turn out to be terrible adults or individuals.

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