In this paper I want to explain what I have learned and how I have used this to grow in my development towards becoming a Chemical Dependency counselor. I will explain the strengths, liabilities and resources that I use to help me in my journey to become a Chemical Dependency counselor. Then I will talk about the areas in my personal and professional life that need more work to obtain my goal. And I will also go over the changes in my personal professional life that I have made because of what I have learned.
My strengths in this area are: I tend to learn things quickly. I am good at relating to all different kinds of people and can get along well with most of them. I tend to be easy going and can adapt to changes when necessary. I do not lose my temper very often and can handle tough situations without falling apart.
I pay attention in class and can easily understand the instructor’s lessons. It is easier for me to listen and learn from someone else than to just read about it. I learn better by seeing something done too.
I have good leadership qualities. I can relate to all different kinds of people and do not judge them by appearance or their past experiences. I was a manager for many years and this helped me learn how to get along with most people.
Most of the time, I can go along with the flow of situations. I have learned this from being a manager in restaurants and fast foods businesses. I have had to deal with angry customers, busy meal times, employees not showing up or doing their jobs and this all helped me learn to adapt to what is going on at the time. This helped me in learning how to handle tough situations and to control my temper when dealing with other people. This will help me when I have to work with people who really don’t want to be in treatment.
I also have liabilities for the career of Chemical Dependency counselor. These include my lack of education, my handwriting and my spelling. I have a hard time retaining...