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Personal Journal: Past Experiences Shaping Future Career And Life

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Understanding the impact of past experiences, the resulting feelings and beliefs and the resulting impact on how individuals view the world effects the way individuals in a social work perspective approach practice (Chenoweth & Mcauliffe, 2005). Gambrill (2005) argues about the importance of self-knowledge in understanding an individuals own strengths and limitations, while Thompson (2000) expanded on this idea including understanding how the use of self impacts on theory and knowledge. This essay will provide a reflective description and analysis of the impact of important personal and professional practice on my future practice in the social work profession. First a descriptive overview of key past family issue will be provided and a reflective analysis of the resulting impact on my personality development and implications for future practice will be stated. Second a brief overview of volunteering, work and education experience will be described and linked to personality traits and possible influences on future practice. Third using theory, personality traits will be described analysed in regards to implications for practice. Forth theory will be used to link personality traits with potential conflict management styles and the impact this will have on future practice. Finally potential practice frameworks will be identified and justified in relation to my individual personality traits. The impact of spirituality will not be examined in this essay as I do not feel spirituality is an important part of my life. The impact of extended family members will also not be examined because they live interstate and as a result I only see them once a year.

Past Family Issues
Single Parent Family- Absent mother
My parents married when I was 2 years old, separated when I was 3 years old and divorced when I was 10 years old. The court awarded full custody to my father and the court allowed my mother to see me every second weekend requiring that she paid my father $5 petrol money, she refused. From when I was young my mother has been in and out of my life. She would see me once or twice a month for several months, then would inform me that ‘seeing me was too hard’ or ‘she wasn’t my mother anymore and I should find a new one’. After the birth of my sister these statements changed to ‘I don’t want ‘Kasey’ to get hurt, this is not fair on her’. The final contact I had with her was when I was 17 (2008), having just graduated high school I chose to have no further contact with her.
Lack of parental affection and family instability has been linked to an increase in negative effects for an individuals personality development, with neglect and abuse increasing an individuals likelihood to express avoidant and antisocial personality changes (Johnson et al., 1999). I believe that having an unstable mother figure has had a negative impact on my anxiety levels. I experienced a lot of aggression between my parents, which I believe resulted in me having more...

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