Bethany Thimesch

  • Derby US-KS

Work History

Work History
Sep 2011 - Present


Courtyard by Marriott
Jan 2012 - Present

Foster Care Worker

Wichita Children's Home
Jul 2011 - Sep 2011


Granite City
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011

Teller promoted to Personal Banker

Emprise Bank


Aug 2010 - Present

Bachelor of Arts

Wichita State University
Aug 2007 - Aug 2010

Bachelors of Arts

Wichita State University
Aug 2005 - May 2007

Associates of Arts

Hutchinson Community College



Microsoft Office Package

I have had many years of experience with most of the programs included in the Microsoft Office Package.  Namely, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Publisher.


I am interested in working in the field with children who are victims of neglect and/or physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.


To complete requirements for the Wichita State University SCWK 404 Practicum II class.

Additional Experience

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.

Practicum Experience

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.

Writing Sample


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.


Bethany L. Thimesch

1401 E Patriot #9201 ● Derby, KS 67037

(316) 208-4317


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

Relevant Coursework:

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

Work History:

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

Additional Experience:


Wichita Children’s HomeAugust 2011-December 2012

Computer Skills:

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



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