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To complete requirements for the Wichita State University SCWK 404 Practicum II class.
I am interested in working in the field with children who are victims of neglect and/or physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.
Bethany L. Thimesch
1401 E Patriot #9201 ● Derby, KS 67037
To gain relevant experience in the social service field through employment in a social work position.
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work May 2012
Wichita State University, Wichita, KSOverall GPA 3.26/4.0; GPA in major 4.0/4.0
Bachelor of Arts in PsychologyAugust 2010
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS Overall GPA 3.1/4.0; GPA in major 3.2/4.0
Perspectives on Social WelfareSocial Work Research I
Social Welfare Development & Policy Analysis Person in Society I
Social Work Interviewing Person in Society II
Alcohol Use & Abuse Practicum I
Human Sexuality Practicum II
Generalist Practice with Groups Generalist Practice with Individuals
Generalist Practic with Children & Families Generalist Practice w/ Communities & Orgs.
Ethics and Diversity
Foster Care Worker
Wichita Children's Home, Wichita, KS January 2012-Present
▪ Relied on to conduct monthly home visits with resource families
▪ Ensure foster children are properly cared for
▪ Advise resource parents on critical issues
▪ Work closely with law enforcement and other agencies
▪ Maintain accurate documentation in foster child and resource family files
▪ Lead pertinent trainings for resource parents
Courtyard by Marriott, Wichita, KSSeptember 2011-Present
▪ Ensure lounge is open on time each day
▪ Relied on to keep cash drawer balanced
▪ Train new lounge employees
▪ Ensure lounge is stocked and organized
Teller promoted to Personal Banker
Emprise Bank, Wichita, KS September 2008-June 2011
▪ Advised clients on financial matters
▪ Assisted in branch auditing
▪ Ensured accuracy of teller drawers and customer information
▪ Worked closely with branch manager to develop team building exercises
▪ Stepped in to managerial position when branch manager was unavailable
Wichita Children’s HomeAugust 2011-December 2012
Microsoft office package
Academic commendation, Fall 2009
Dean’s List, Spring 2009
Dean’s List, Spring and Fall 2010
Academic commendation, Spring 2011
Dean's List, Fall 2011
Through a practicum placement at the Wichita Children's Home I have had the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of social work.
Child abuse has been around for ages, but is just recently coming to light in the media and being brought to the attention of the public.While it is important to consider every instance individually it is equally important to have effective intervention techniques in place to assist both the victim and the offender.Due to child abuse being a recently emergent subject to the public, there is not nearly enough research available to determine a completely effective treatment.However, there are various intervention techniques that have proven to be beneficial in at least some cases.
Keywords: child abuse, intervention techniques, research
Child abuse takes many different forms.Whether the abuse is physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, or simply negligence, it has far reaching detrimental effects on the development of the victim.Many cases of child abuse go unrecognized and unreported.Of the cases that are reported, many of the victims will experience reoccurring abuse throughout childhood and perhaps into adulthood.As victims grow into adulthood, they often times become the offenders and the cycle of child abuse will perpetuate.The detection of abuse and consequently provision of successful intervention for both the victim and the offender has importance not only to the individuals directly affected, but also to society as a whole.
Without the recognition of abuse, it is quite likely that the abuse will never be reported.The ability to correctly identify cases of child abuse is gravely important.In a study conducted by Pollak and Tolley-Schell (2003) it was found that physically abused children more quickly attended to angry or threatening visuals than did non-maltreated children.This may have significance in finding ways to detect abuse of a child, however, there are many risk factors associated with using this method alone.Caplan, White, Watters, Parry, and Bates (1985) conducted a study of child abuse cases in Canada.Although it is quite probable that much of the data collected is out of date, the researchers did point out the importance of correctly identifying a case of child abuse.Incorrectly accusing a family of child abuse can have extremely detrimental effects on the supposed victim and the accused family.On the opposing side, if a child is being abused and the case is not recognized as such, the child is in danger and has essentially been abused by the system as well.It has been suggested that the use of projective techniques such as use of the Rorschach, TAT, or human figure drawings can be harmful in detecting child abuse.Psychologists may incorrectly assess a child using these techniques and conclude that physical or sexual abuse has occurred when in fact the scores of the tests may be flawed (Garb, Wood, Lilienfeld, and Nezworski, 2002).While it is important to correctly identify or discount cases of child abuse, intervention of identified cases of child abuse is absolutely imperative.
I had the opportunity to attend a leadership team meeting for the Wichita Child Abuse Fatality Community Response Team on August 25, 2011. At this meeting, the leadership team discussed what steps have been taken and what the next steps will be in order to continue this initiative.
I also had the opportunity to attend a Program Committee Board meeting at the Wichita Children's Home on September 22, 2011. This meeting consisted of updates for each of the departments at WCH as well as a presentation by the education coordinator at WCH on what is being done to ensure every child who is able to attend school is attending and those who are unable to attend school are being educated through online programs.
These have allowed me the opportunity to experience a portion of the administrative side of the social work field that many BSW students do not have the opportunity to experience.
I began paid employment with WCH in the foster care department on January 4, 2012. Through this employment I have had the opportunity to learn skills such as writing detailed documents, collaborating with workers in other agencies, and effectively using supervision. Through working with both foster children and foster families I have been able to further develop problem solving skills and interviewing skills.