My corrections should be self-explanatory. Let me know if you want anything explained.Going through different life experiences
,[no comma between the subject and the verb] has made me the person I am today. I have dealt with adversity in both positive and negative ways. I have continued to use the positive coping skills and learned to do away with the negative ones. This class has allowed me to write about some of those experiences and will help me answer the question, “What am I currently bringing to my role as a pre-professional social worker?” I will use the papers I have written along with my other life experiences to answer this question. My strengths [Don't use an apostophre for a plural] as a pre-professional social worker are my: self-confidence, focus, passion, protective instincts, beliefs, experience, and perseverance.
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My liabilities or weaknesses are my: fear, doubt, frustrations, burn-out, and being stagnant. I will discuss how I will use my strengths and how I will combat my weaknesses to be the best pre-professional social worker I can be.
First, I will share about my greatest influence. I was in my early twenties and just recently ended my career in the military. I moved to Indiana and was away from my family. I was full of fear and doubt. I had no direction either. I started to attend a local church and met a man named Denny Howard. He was an elder in the church and agreed to meet with me concerning my problems of fear and doubt. Denny told me his story and how he had obstacles in his life. He would listen to me share about my fears of the future and what I should do with my life. After [no comma] we had met many times, Denny sat me down and told me, “Pat, I never gave you anything, I just helped you see ... faith, hope, and courage ... what was
was asking me to perform such a dangerous task, especially when I had no previous experience in this area. I eventually realized that if I did not pursue an education, I may end up becoming injured like my boss was. I used my strength of
When I looked at the area of social work, I knew what degree I wanted to pursue. I was given an award for hardest worker and best team player. I was doing the
Now, I will explain my core beliefs. I have grown up the suburbs and the city and have seen people in all different economic positions, cultures, classes, and races. I have experienced times where people got along and were different [no comma] races creeds, and religions. I have also seen people judge, condemn, and be prejudiced against certain people. My number one core belief is that every person in the world deserves to be treated fairly. I will give an example: I witnessed three African American children beating up a Caucasian child when I was in elementary. I also have seen people who were skinheads talk about burning crosses on African Americans front lawns. These behaviors cause me great distress. There is nothing I can do about these people’s actions. I can, as a social worker, strive to be fair and just with people of all races, creeds, colors, and religions.
This experience has pushed me to not only prepare to be the best social worker I can become, but fight and even go to war for this broken, hurt, down trodden population.
But I cannot tell my client about my personal life; it would be against the code of ethics. It would also be a boundary issue. I can teach my clients the skill of resiliency. I can encourage them to move forward in the face of adversity. I can impart self-confidence the way Denny Howard passed it on to me. I can take the gifts that were given to me and impart them to my clients. I can do this without disclosing personal information and enable them to overcome their circumstances the same way others helped me.
perseverance. Now, I want to take these strengths that were imparted to me by caring individuals and teach them to my clients. This is who I am today as a pre-professional social worker. I am someone who has faced adversity and overcome it. I now want to teach my clients to overcome and succeed like I did.
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