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"Analysis of Experiences"


Tiffany Smith

Mr. John Williams

PSY 4543

May 2nd, 2005

Tiffany Smith

Mr. John Williams

PSY 4543

May 2, 2005


Part 1

I have taken several psychology courses at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. I believe that SOSU is a very prestige school and the Psychology Department. The Psychology Professors' are outstanding teachers and mentors. The Psychology courses that I believe have helped me the most through my Field Experience at the Crisis Control Center would have to be, Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Interviewing Skills, Social Psychology, and Psychology of Adjustment.

These courses that I have listed have helped me through this internship more than I could have ever known. Being at the shelter on a daily basis, you will experience different personalities, abnormal behavior, and many adjustment problems with our clients and their children.

Not only have the courses prepared me for my field experience, but I have to admire my professors, they have helped through this internship tremendously. If I ever had any questions to ask or just someone to talk to these professors in the Psychology Department were always there to lend a hand, or just to listen to what I had to say. They would help in anyway that they could.

I also have to brag on the Communication Department for their hard work. I believe that Psychology and Communication goes hand in hand with one another and if I had not taken courses such as Listening, Group Communication, and Family Communication I would not have come as far as I have in my internship.

Part II.

Going into my field experience I was certain that I would want to be a counselor, and work with people in an office setting on a daily basis. After completing my internship at the Crisis Control Center I have found what I would like to do as a career.

I now like the legal part of the Crisis Control Center. This semester I have mainly worked with our court advocate for the Crisis Control Center. Although the support counselors at the shelter are wonderful, our court advocate goes beyond her call of duty. She helps victims of domestic violence everyday. She is on call 24/7 and has made many trips to the hospital for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She will try to get them the Justice they deserve. We go to court every week with our victims to help them with protective orders, and to give them advice on what to do next. We even go to court for the suspect's arraignment so we are able to let the victim know what is going on with their case.

This is what I would like to do. To be able to help these women and their children makes me feel good. It is a very personal career. You have to be able to separate yourself from work and home although it is very difficult to do.

At times I have felt like I needed to cry, scream, and I am always worried about our client's well being. It is very hard to get an image of a victim out of your head that has been so severely beaten that you cannot recognize her. At times you are in such a daze, asking yourself "Did I just really see this."

It is a dangerous job at times. I was told coming into my internship to have a fake name ready to use. Why? I asked. Because you will run into these client's and/or their assailants at Wal-Mart, Restaurants, and many other places in Durant. The assailants are always mad at you for helping their girlfriend, or wife that they may start coming after you. These men will try to hurt you if they find out who you are.

This internship has taught me so many things. I am so glad that I chose the Crisis Control Center. The people there are great and they will help you with whatever you need. I will miss them dearly. G


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