HUMAN SERVICES PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY ASSESSMENT
Name (Print) _____________________________________________________________
SELF-AWARENESS & PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY
Life is a journey. This paper is self-directed learning which allows students to reflect on their growth at the beginning phase of developing a professional identify. Start becoming aware of how your values, attitudes, beliefs; emotions and past experiences that affect your thinking, behavior and relationships.
Every individual, group, family, and community has strengths.
1. Name three (3) major strengths and describe.
A (Strength #1 with description and example)
B (Strength #2 with description and example)
C (Strength #3 with description and example)
2. Name three challenges and describe.
A (Challenge #1 with description and example)
B (Challenge #2 with description and example)
C (Challenge #3 with description and example)
3. Could you tell me a story about a success you have had in your past?
4. Could you tell me about a time in the past when someone supported you and what he/she did?
5. Who supports you now? (Emotionally, not financially)
SELF-KNOWLEDGE ABOUT YOUR CULTURE & DIVERSITY
Self-awareness of your cultural identity is a prerequisite to building cross-cultural skills and knowledge.
6. What is your race and ethnicity and cultural identities?
7. What is your socioeconomic status?***
8. How is “family” defined by my culture? Some families stress being an individual while others stress collective behaviors. What does your culture stress?
9. What are your spiritual/religious beliefs?
10. How do these beliefs influence the way you perceive others who hold different beliefs?
11. Please give your definition of social justice.
12. Gender roles are culturally constructed. What was it like for you to grow up as a female or male in this society?
Being impartial in evaluating clients and their situations is essential, that is, being non-judgmental. How do you self-assess?
13. A question often asked in an interview is: How do you measure success?
14. Describe a light-bulb moment that was meaningful to you?
15. Describe two ways to handle stress.
16. Where would you like to be in five years?
***Socioeconomic Status (SES): An individual’s or group’s position within a social structure that depends on a combination of variables that includes occupation, education, income, wealth and place of residence that sociologists use as a means of predating behavior (upper class, middle class, working class, working poor).