Statement of Personal Goals

I am writing to express my interest in the Master’s of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling program. For the last 11 years, I’ve chosen to dedicate my time and energy to the service of individuals with disabilities of various kinds. All too often, these valuable individuals are not afforded the opportunity to enrich their lives, nor do they receive the support they deserve to succeed.

Adults with various mental health diagnoses often have a hard time finding much needed support services on their own. I experienced this first hand as a Community Psychiatric Support and Treatment Case Manager for a community mental health agency. Many of my consumers didn’t have support in their personal lives and lacked the knowledge of what types of support were available to them in the community.  Many of them were also dually diagnosed with a substance abuse issue as a result of the time they spent self-medicating in an attempt to cope with their mental health issues.

My experience has also included mentoring people with disabilities in a college setting through the Pathway Grant. I worked closely with BVR counselors to develop reasonable vocational and educational goals which follow them through to graduation and into job development. In this setting, I worked with individuals with physical and learning disabilities, vision and hearing impairment, mental health diagnoses, and drug and alcohol abuse issues.

I have also worked many years with people with Developmental Disabilities. I’ve provided direct care as well as managed a direct care staff. As an Intake Specialist for a large intermediate care facility for children and adults with severe disabilities, I used a multi-disciplinary team approach to assess individuals for long-term placement and respite. It was in this setting that I began researching Autism Spectrum Disorders for some social programming we were developing. I met parents and children with ASDs and learned of their personal struggles with getting their children the help they needed to succeed.

My involvement with children with disabilities became much more personal a year and a half ago when my son was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder and ADHD. I have seen him struggle in school, the community and at home with multiple issues. I have been working, unsuccessfully to date, with his school to implement an appropriate IEP. After almost 3 years of working with speech therapists, counselors, and school officials, we are finally making some progress. I see how this struggle affects my son and our family on a daily basis. I know this is only a precursor to the difficulties he will encounter later in life.

At this point in my career, I have found that without a Master’s degree, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from<blank>in May of <blank>, I am unable to provide an increasing level of care and service to the community.  It is for this reason that I now hope to enroll in the Master’s of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling program at <blank>.

 


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