These are the selected artifacts that demonstrate ways I have met Wake Forest Counseling Department’s five program objectives, as described below
Objective 1: Acquire knowledge and skills to practice effectively and ethically.
Narrative Research PowerPoint: This PowerPoint is four slides describing the rational and benefits for the use of Narrative Research. This project exhibits my ability to review and find value in various modes of research.
Wellness Model and Motivational Interviewing- Compare and Contrast: This is a short review of the similarities and differences between the Wellness Model and MI and the benefits for practice with a bereaved population. This piece demonstrates deep thinking about the differences between practices and how to practice effectively as an eclectic practitioner.
Theories and Disability Counseling: This PowerPoint presentation systemically reviews different counseling theories and the pros and cons in respect to disability counseling. This demonstrates thoughtful considerations to what theories provide the most benefit to my identified client population.
Objective 2: Value professional diligence and life-long learning.
Creative approaches to counseling: This is a list of creative ideas, in collaboration with fellow WFU student Matthew George, on how to approach counseling and help clients visualize and work through problems. This demonstrates and adherence to thinking creatively- broadening tools and theories to help clients better deal with their presenting issues.
Wellness, Grief and Spirituality: This presentation tied together the role of the Wellness Wheel in promoting resiliency in grief and importance of understanding and tending to spirituality for the bereaved. This presentation deepens prior research and ties it together in a way that shows a deeper connection and duty to studied materials.
Fathers Who Love: A Counseling Group for Bereaved Fathers of Suicide: This group project thoroughly outlines the rational, modes and methods for creating a support group for fathers of children who have committed suicide. I am particularly proud about being part of this group work, as it demonstrates a deep commitment to thorough research and development of programs and groups.
Objective 3: Excel as community leaders, advocates, and practitioners.
Special Topics Paper: This paper is a review on how strength-based theories, namely the Wellness Model in addition to Mindfulness and how these interventions build-up, create or maintain patient resiliency. This paper puts forward the benefit of Strength based theories as well as the need for integrated care/palliative care in a medical setting. Further, this paper provides insight into my intended career path and data/research to confirm this direction.
Emotional Intelligence Assessment Tools: This paper evaluates how Emotional Intelligence assessment can benefit understanding it’s role in patient resiliency and practitioner burn out. This paper demonstrates how I will be actively looking for opportunities to improve integrated care and clinician and patient outcomes.
Drug Divergence in Pediatric Hospice care: This paper reviews the issue with drug divergence in hospice care service and demonstrates my awareness on related complicating mental health factors with my identified patient population.
Objective 4: Possess a deep awareness of themselves and of their impact on others.
Literature Review: This piece is a Literature review on the various barriers to the effective implementation of palliative care programs in the NICU setting and their costs to patients and staff. This paper provides insight into the role of Moral Distress in NICU nurses and how integrated care and how counseling services could help.
Bereavement Services and African American: PowerPoint presentation looks at the implications and reasons for low African American use of bereavement services. This shows my awareness to the multicultural implications on services I plan to provide.
Final Essay Questions: My answers explore the implications for counselors expanding their awareness and understanding of spirituality for clients and multicultural counseling. This demonstrates my commitment to continued development and understanding of spiritual implications for multicultural counseling.
Objective 5: Commit to the compassionate service of humanity and foster the well-being of people at the local, state, national, and international level.
Article review: This article is a review of an article on Bereavement Among African Americans and Latino/a Americans and the implications for practice. This demonstrates my commitment to expanding my understanding of multicultural counseling.
Assignment 2.1: This artifact is a mock consultation paper on the importance of integrating hospice and palliative care practices and training in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This demonstrates my ability to advocate, organize and articulate the importance of counseling and integrated care in a consultant role.
Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder- Fact or fiction? A review of the literature: This is a poster on a detailed literature review on the rational to not pathologize grief. This poster demonstrates deep thinking and diligent review on critical diagnostic criteria. Poster selected and presented at the 2017 North Carolina Counseling Association Annual Meeting.
Beyond the requirements specific to the WFU objectives, I have had the opportunity to collaborate and research material I find inform practice.
Capstone for Counseling Master's Program
Final capstone review of Wake Forest Counseling program and personal development; reflects on my personal journey to counseling.
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2015 Bioethics/Medical Ethics Master's Program Final Thesis
For my thesis project for my Master's in Bioethics, I studied the intersection of religion, medicine and ethics. Specifically I wanted to understand "what to do" in health care communications when a family in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) says "We are praying for/waiting on a Miracle" in the face of limited and potentially end of life outcomes. These findings were presented at the 2015 Conference on Medicine and Religion in Boston, Ma.
Hall, M. S. (2015). Decoding miracles: The ethics of engaging religious and spiritual perspectives in the neonatal intensive care unit (Order No. 1593050). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Wake Forest University; ProQuest Central; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I. (1780988699). Retrieved from http://go.libproxy.wakehealth.edu/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.go.libproxy.wakehealth.edu/docview/1780988699?accountid=14868