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 Presentation

Community Intervention

Blog Post 12

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?

 

After watching the mindfulness video I went to YouTube to look up some actual mindfulness techniques. I found a few that were different types and different lengths. One was a guided meditation for 10 minutes that was focused on breathing and being mindful of my breath. At first it was easy and if my mind wondered the speaker in the video (which also played calming music and showed a gentle sea) would say to redirect your focus back to the breathing and to do so without judgment. I was only able to do this for a little over 4 minutes. I had a lot of trouble keeping my mind focused and the more time that went by the harder it was to focus. I realized this may not be the mindfulness exercise that will work best for me. I tried another video that talked about just taking 2 minutes out of the day to focus on a small physical object, whether it be a leaf or something like that. It talked about really focusing on the object’s shape, size, color, etc. To really make sure one is present and then to take in the other elements around us. I liked this one a lot. It is one I will try to incorporate into my routines at least a couple times a week. Overall I would say the impact was positive. In a profession of helping others I will always need ways to take care of myself. Using this in in my own life will be a positive form of safe care. Teaching this to clients will help them add to their own coping skills and would be a great benefit for them to know and learn about.

 

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 I will be taking away from this course is how important our genetics are and how they factor in to the way we are whether it is our temperament or response to stress. Another thing is the affects of trauma and stress from the mother and what she experiences (or has experienced in her lifetime) and how that will cause measurable problems to her child. Whether that leads to cognitive delays or difficult temperaments.

Blog Post 11

Please respond to the following:

  • Share 2 changes/additions you made to your website (note if they were peer suggested or your own ideas) and explain your reasoning behind it. If you did not make any changes, please state as such.

My blog was reviewed by Willie who suggested I add a resume to my site, add bullet points or some way to draw the eye to know that one should scroll down when on my “About me” page and to add a page stating my goals. As I did not want my resume out there for all of the internet I added a spot on my “Contact me” page stating a resume could be requested. I could not add bullet points to my “about me” page and it still flow so increases the letter and bolded the headings so it was more eye catching. I also didn’t want to devote an entire page to goals as I knew it would only be a short couple of sentences, so I added my goals to the “about me” page.

  • Explain the relationship between stress, physical health, and mental health as it relates to subjective well-being as concretely evidenced by the text. (a client needed the explanation between stress level and how it affects their overall well-being)

When speaking with a client about the affects of stress, physical health and mental health as it relates to their subjective well-being I would emphasize the need for coping skills and strategies to help them adapt. Blewitt and Broderick (2015) explain how having coping skills and the ability to adapt to difficult situations cause a person to become resilient. This resilience is a protective factor. Having protective factors like resilience, or a good social and cultural support system prevent a person from lingering in a depressive or stressful state.

 

Blewitt, P., & Broderick, P. C. (2015). The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.

Blog Post: Chapter 11

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

Dualism: In middle school when much of the world was still foreign to me. Anything I learned or heard from my parents or teachers was taken as correct and never questioned. They were the authoritarian’s and masters of the world around me.

Multiplicity: This type of thinking did not begin for me until high school. When I started having a wider view of the world and was exposed to more information. Whether it be from news broadcasts of other states or countries, or assignments which caused me to conduct research for school projects. Also, parents and teachers were likely to express different opinions on subject matter presented in high school which may not have been presented in earlier learning. There was a struggle at this stage to determine who was correct and who was wrong as I still did not have the ability to realize there are more views and interpretations and there is not just one correct viewpoint.

Relativism: I am not quite sure when I was able to start appreciating other people’s viewpoints on subjects and understanding that, though it is not my own that does not make it wrong. I am aware of it now and it likely began near the end of high school or leading into college.

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

Entering college is a large marker event which will expose young adults to more viewpoints and theories that they thought was imaginable, reject the “idea of absolute truth” (Blewitt & Broderick, 2015, p. 423). Another marker event is when one enters the workfore and a person is exposed to more people from all walks of life.

Blewitt, P., & Broderick, P. C. (2015). The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.

Blog Post: Chapter 9/Peer Review

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.

I reviewed my peers website and have a few suggestions that an employer would appreciate. The website was in need of an “About Me” page. The actual page was present but there was no information on the page. An employer would also appreciate a resume to see any work history or experience. Lastly and employer would should be able to navigate the website easily to find this information and the posts which can only be accessed, at this time, by scrolling all the way to the bottom of the page.

Citing the text for specific supportive evidence, name one positive aspect and one negative aspect that influenced your adolescent development.

One positive aspect that influenced my adolescence was my peers. I was, mostly, surrounded by like minded peers who were interested in academic progress, but also in school activities to increase social awareness. Also, my access to many school groups widened my perspectives and allowed me to find acceptance in the fact that I was not easily fit into one box or one type of group. One negative aspect that influenced my adolescence was often myself and my battle with hormones and lack of maturity, while I felt my maturity level was much higher than it really was at the time. My egocentric tendencies had waned but were still prominent. My mother used an authoritative parenting style and was wonderful though at the time I did not think so (and have since apologized for my behaviors at that time in my life) and helped me to learn better perspective taking.

Blog Post 8: Midterm Assessment

Reflecting on our mid-term class self-assessment and mutual problem solving exercise, name at least one thing that YOU will do for the rest of the semester in this course to contribute to your personal learning experience and at least one thing that you will contribute to the collaborative learning experience.

 

One thing I will do for the rest of the semester to contribute to my personal learning is to slit up my readings of the chapter from the end of class on Thursday to the next Thursday class. Instead of trying to get the reading done between Tuesday and Thursday classes. I was afraid of forgetting the material if I started reading it too early. However, the blog post, presentations and reviews serve to help me retain the information I had read.

One thing I will do to contribute to the collaborative learning experience is to continue the quizlet and flashcards I developed the first half of the semester. It was a great help with memorization and recall as the chapters have so much information it is very difficult to process it all. As I did prior to the midterm exam I will share the quizlet web address with my cohort to help with study for the final. This is a website that uses the flashcards I have made to create tests and matching games that I find very helpful and I want to share my successes.

Blog Post: Chapter 8

Blog Post: Chapter 6 & 7

Referencing the text, name 2 positive outcomes and 2 negative outcomes that come from visual electronic media use in childhood. Also referencing the text/research, if you were working with a parent who needed guidance on screen use for children, what information might you share?

The authors report one positive outcome of electronic media is that some screen time, such as playing video games, can help develop our improve important motor skills. Another positiveis the overall increase in cognitive functioning. Some negatives are possible short attention span and delays in some areas like speech and language learning. Working with a parent who needed education about screen time, it would be important to teach them the effects it has on their children and how they can cover those effects. Those include: limiting screen time, having quality screen time and using the information to scaffold the child’s learning. It would also be helpful to provide the parents with names of organizations to help educate them further.

 

Blog Post: Chapter 5

Blog Post 4

Reflecting on the New York Longitudinal Study (1977) of behavioral traits of infants, how might the effectiveness of caregiving behaviors be different for children with each temperament (name and address 3 traits specifically)? How could that affect level of attachment between caregiver/parents and child?

 

The effectiveness or ineffectiveness of caregiving can lead a child to develop certain temperaments. Some of these temperaments include: activeness, rhythmicity or adaptability. Children that display a high activity levels or rhymicity and are determined to be “high reactive” can show a personality which is rooted in shyness (Blewitt & Broderick 2015, p. 144). Children that show high adaptability are about to adapt to situations and handle stress better which will help them in future situation and relationships.

By having a sensitive and responsive parent, children are more likely to be have adaptive characteristics. Those children without such sensitive parenting are more likely to become avoidant or anxious, creating a more insecure bond and leading the child to be effected in future relationships in negative ways. This includes the attachment between parent and child. If the mother is not giving quality and sensitive care then the child is not getting the bonding that is necessary for them to have strong abilities to form quality bonds with others.

 

Blewitt, P., & Broderick, P. C. (2015). The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.

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