CNSL/502- Graduate Portfolio 1
March 02, 2013
University of Phoenix
Analytical and Written Communication Skills
I was instructed by the facilitator to prepare a 10-page paper demonstrating my analytical and written communication skills. I was also instructed to explain my reasons for seeking a counseling degree. These reasons must be rational and well thought out. There are at least three reasons for me seeking a counseling degree. I must admit, not all three reasons are very noble. Nevertheless these are the true reasons which caused me to truly consider and then seek a counseling degree. * Past transgressions.
* The need to be effective and serve as a counselor.
* A fair wage that supports me.
My name is Rickey Stoker; I would like to share my reasons for seeking a counseling degree at this late stage in my life. My first reason has to do with past transgressions. What I mean by past transgressions is, bad decisions I made early in life, and even worse choices. I grew up without a mother or father and was raised by my grandmother. My grandmother was a very evil and abusive woman. Needless to say I basically raised myself. As time went on my life seemed to spiral out of control, making one bad decision and choice after the other. I found myself in trouble and was mandated by the courts to seek counseling. Allow me to go back about 12 years ago. I went to see a counselor whom I will call Mr. Help. After a few meetings with Mr. Help, I realized that he was a very patient man. The reason I speak specifically to his patience is because during every meeting I rebelled against his counseling tooth and nail. One day I went to his office for one of my bi-weekly meetings. And as we began discussing a few things of importance, Mr. Help ask me a question which seemed to freeze my brain. He asked me this question, “Rickey what are you going to do with the rest of your life concerning employment? “Immediately after my brain freeze, I became angry. I didn't know if I was angry at him for asking the question that I could not answer, or because I could not answer the question. The only honest answer I could give him was, I don't know what I am going to do with the rest of my life concerning employment. I don't even know what I want to do with the rest of my life concerning employment. The very next meeting we began to discuss jobs, positions and settings. Because of my life's past experiences, (past transgressions), my ability to communicate (articulate), we began researching addiction counseling. Knowing I would have to go back to school to acquire at minimum a bachelor's and master's degree in science, I made a decision and a choice which I am proud of today. I began to realize the good that is truly in me. I realized I wanted to help people, actually wanted to serve. I really wanted to be effective in the lives of those who unfortunately found themselves on the crowded highway of substance addiction. We also discussed the wages an addiction counselor could make which pleased and helped encourage me to go forth with higher education. These are my reasons for seeking a counseling degree. This is the reason I have chosen clinical mental health as a professional vocation. I believe that we are currently in the midst of a societal, ethical dilemma. That is the disassociation of community. I feel a social responsibility to alleviate this dilemma by assisting children and families to negotiate the barren terrain that encompasses dysfunctional community living (drug addiction, poverty, teenage dropout, etc.). I chose addiction counseling because I wanted to be one of many who made positive efforts that impact communities in which we live. As a master level clinician, I have several career objectives. In obtaining my master’s degree, I want to provide didactic group and individual therapy to children as well...