Robert E. Brown
November 15, 2012
I am interested in the Mental Health program at Webster University. I am a veteran of the United States Navy and spent the last ten years of my career as a Navy Career Counselor. I have worked in the public school system for numerous years and have mentored many of my students. I am also the father of a child with both physical and mental challenges and have nurtured her through many of life’s ups and downs. I feel that this has given me the opportunity to experience different aspects of the mental health field on a very personal level. It is my belief that these experiences will heighten my abilities as a mental health counselor.
My background is varied and extensive. As a Navy Career Counselor I guided the military careers of the sailors under my charge. I also counseled the sailors and their spouses on the benefits of remaining in the navy. As a facilitator for the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program I educated the students and families on the dangers and consequences of experimenting with and abusing these substances. As the father of a young adult daughter with special needs, I have worked tirelessly to help her get the best education possible. I have also worked to help her learn deal with the psychological challenges that arise from being extremely intelligent but having a body that does not cooperate.
Though I have had the position of educating, my jobs as a Navy Counselor, drug and alcohol facilitator and father have also taught me alot. This as well as working with the school social worker and guidance counselor have provided me with the knowledge to accommodate the physically, emotionally and cognitively challenged students in my classes.
The Mental Health Program at Webster was highly recommended by the mental health providers with whom I have worked. After researching several universities, both online and on campus programs,...