This class was tough.
I thoroughly enjoyed this course and this professor. Being an online student requires much more commitment both from students and professors. I experienced a much greater hands on approach from Dr. Torey Portrie-Bethke's who is one of Walden's University 200 core faculty members. In on line weekly postings she overtly reached out not only to me but to every class member. Her care and presence were consistently remarkable. One time I posted a metaphor representing attempting to express that when we attempt to get something emotionally from another person, they often times are incapable of giving us what we want or need. I used the example of a person pumping a water pump in the middle of the desert only to find the pipe was rusted and not connected. Dr. Torey posted a picture of a water pump to validate my point and example. Incredible educator; she was by far the best and most engaged out of 24 professors I enjoyed at Walden University.
I learned the importance of being present in real time and being in the moment when working with clients. I was also engage in examining the group theory, process, and dynamics. Current literature, multimedia resources, and a scholar-practitioner model, allowed me to develop an acute understanding of culturally and contextually relevant group practice, group leaders’ roles and responsibilities, the relevance and purpose of group work, and strategies for using groups to foster social change. I was also encouraged to participate in a group experience in their community.
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Advice for students:
Be willing to study hard, apply yourself and reach out to as many library and online research as you possible can.