Social PoliciesLocation: ONLN (Online)
- Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). 10/2019 - present. Position : Member.
- Phi Alpha/National Social Work Honor Society. 08/2019 - present. Position : Member.
- National Organization of Forensic Social Work (NOFSW). 01/01/2017 - present. Position : Member.
- Clinical Consultant 2017-present Independently Licensed and Insured Clinical Consultant Throughout Idaho and Utah. 08/2017 - present .
- Clinical Therapist 2014-2017 Vista Family Services, LLC. Idaho Falls, Idaho . 08/2014 - present .
- Clinician 2011-2017 Developmental Disabilities Crisis Prevention and Court Services Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Idaho Falls, Idaho . 12/2011 - present .
- Psychosocial Rehabilitation Worker/Service Coordinator 2010-2014 Vista Family Services, LLC. Idaho Falls, Idaho . 09/2010 - present .
“We think too much about effective methods of teaching and not enough about effective methods of learning.” -John Carolus S.J.
As a social constructivist, this expands into my philosophy of teaching, learning, and sharing knowledge with others. Learning is a process, there is more than one action that creates knowledge and understanding, which I incorporate into my classroom. The development of knowledge is a progression that happens over time, though obtaining firsthand information, personal observations, experiences, as well as interactions with others. Incorporating these facets into my classroom can be challenging, however it creates a more well-rounded education and understanding of once foreign concepts.
To integrate the social and interaction with others into education, students will work in small-groups, as well as within the larger classroom. This allows students to receive and incorporate other viewpoints to create a more balanced perspective of the world. These discussions help students observe different perspectives on important topics and creates a non-threating atmosphere of communication. Students learn differently, which is why I try to adapt my teaching and assignments to incorporate all learning styles. I adjust my instruction style by engaging students to acquire information in diverse ways, such as through course readings, presentations from other faculty or students, as well as requiring assignments that initiate individual actions, experiences, and observations. Through a regular integration of technology in the classroom, I will also challenge students to consider the importance, limitations, and ethical considerations of technology within the social work field, both in academia and clinical practice.
Corresponding with the core values of social work, I respect students right to self-determination, both within the classroom and externally, yet I will hold students accountable for requirements of each course. Ultimately, my goal as a teacher is to inspire students to pursue knowledge and understanding by thinking critically in all aspects of their lives.