Personal Statement On The Learning Goals Essay

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1. Where am I in relation to the learning goal(s) I established for myself for this course?
The three main learning goals I established for this course was to gain self-awareness and examine ethical issues that arises in mental health practice, learn interventions and evidenced-based practices that I can incorporate when engaging my clients, and to heighten my knowledge of cultural disparities in mental health. Ultimately, I wanted to feel and identify professional and personal growth after completing this course. I believe I exceeded my learning expectation.
I have been working in the mental health field for 5 years. I was often faced with ethical issues; however, they were either overlooked due to what the agency considers as “norms” and I did not feel confident with discussing them. Through readings, discussions, and feedback from my peers and the professor, I’ve gained more confidence in advocacy for myself as the social worker and more importantly my clients. The book report allowed me to expound my awareness upon ethical issues stemming from the state and government surrounding mental health; for example, the criminal justice system currently holds most of our mental health population, which leaves their mental health untreated. Furthermore, I found myself interested in learning the impact of state and federal laws on the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.
Becoming informed about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was very helpful. This course was its first introduction…

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