Reflection For Community Mental Health

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Starting this course I thought it would be really interesting to learn more about how other countries do school. I feel like attending the Japan trip has made me very curious of different aspects and priorities each country has towards education. Even before our first session of class began, I started to feel a sense of inadequacy while doing the reading in preparation for class. At first, while engaged in the reading, I felt myself getting upset and annoyed at how the “Finnish Lessons” sounded. I thought they were full of themselves and putting down other countries including ours. As I continued to read, I realized that I was overreacting and they were not tearing us down but really trying to build us up. I do not know exactly what…show more content…
Personally, I think because I do not work in education I have very different perceptions on several topics than my peers. Working in the field of community mental health for the last nine years has given me personal and professional strengths that I never imagined I would have. One of the strongest advantages it has given me is the ability to work in the homes of a group classified as the lowest socio-economic members of our community. The clients and families I have served have honored me and grown me by allowing me into their homes to teach their children behavioral skills, as well as teaching parenting skills. Working so closely in such an intimate place as a family’s home has given me insight into cultural diversity, awareness, and a better understanding of the needs of the community we serve. Those gifts I could not have gotten working anywhere else. The experiences of working in the home of the families in our community has also changed my own personal perspective on education and on life. These experiences and perspectives are something I hope to share with my peers in the…show more content…
I don’t know if I just had never really truly thought about this before, or if I just had not realized the profound impact that this rudimentary concept could have? The “Finnish Lessons” book helped me realized the true importance and correlation power of how highly regarded a society esteems education, has a strong profound impact on how the education system will perform and succeed. This to me is the lynch pin on how and why policy is created, and how education functions systematically, and politically. These very important concepts are the drivers of change and impact not only what we teach but how and why we teach

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