Eric N. Self
The following paper will be a reaction to the experiences within the Psychology Internship. Several topics will be covered to include behaviors that were observed as well as reasoning for said behaviors. This paper will also encompass what the overall benefit was to the intern and what, if any, changes could be made to the experience to allow a more well rounded experience. The intern involved in the Internship requirement will outline a number of topics that were covered that were highly instrumental to the overall experience and how such an experience has changed him and his overall view of the next step in his process. The intern will attempt to impart the value and wisdom that was passed on to him through this challenging yet rewarding time as well as show the growth in his spiritual walk.
Behaviors observed during the internship
The internship that was experienced was done within a church setting, the church used in the internship was Fountain Creek Baptist Church located in Emporia, Va. The intern supervisor was Rev. David Mcnew, Sr. Pastor. Relating the internship experience to behaviorist or theorist was a struggle as one does not generally see any real behavioral issues unless in the confines of counseling in which this case there was no couple or individual counseling done.
Although there was no counseling performed during this internship experience, there were opportunities to witness the interactions between the Sr. Pastor and some young couples during a Revival. The young couple in question was contemplating making changes in their lives and putting Christ first but they seemingly not ready to give up the desires of the world. As the intern and his supervisor sat down with the couple the discussion quickly turned to what a Christian walk looks like and what changes would have to be made, along with what would have to be given up. It was interesting to watch the Pastor lead the conversation from one of subtraction to one of addition.
The Pastor brought the intern into the conversation to discuss what changes were willingly made and what changes were made with no effort. Watching the young couple, one could discern the questions and concern in their faces. The couple described how their family lives, before meeting one another, was very chaotic and self-serving, now since meeting and being taught about what Christ would have for them, they were seeking that type of life. The behaviors that were learned from watching their parents could have easily led to a destructive relationship and ultimate marriage.
There was another opportunity to observe behaviors in an environment where an elderly mother was in the hospital and one of the daughters and her husband were there visiting. The elderly woman was in her 90’s and had fallen and broken her hip and she was in obvious distress, watching the coping behaviors of the daughter was significant in that she had an uneasy laughter and the joking was very shallow. It was obvious that the daughter did not know how to show her mother compassion and love and after subsequent discussions it was revealed a very disconnected relationship between the mother and all of her children.
The area that brought a significant impact where the intern and supervisor were able to see the most change in behaviors was while working within the ministry known as Redline Ministry. This ministry introduces racecar drivers to Christ and how their love for a sport can be used to further the kingdom of God. This was such a great opportunity due to the fact that there was only a short time to talk to each racer between races and to be able to overcome the obvious adrenaline or disappointment within the racer and their team. The great thing is that most often the team included most of the immediate family, so the intern and supervisor were able to reach more than just the racer.