I earned a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology and have published doctoral research in Adult Career Change issues. I have 30+ years of expertise in career development issues of all types and have worked teaching, coaching, mentoring and counseling people from age 14-74 in career issues.
I have a fine tuned awareness of the interrelatedness between career goals, personal identity and the reality of the marketplace. I am skilled in helping people navigate to refine their goals and understand how educational/preparation goals and career goals are best connected. I have helped many hundreds of people create and refine resumes, personal statements, and networking letters. I have trained hundreds in networking and job hunting skills, including interview preparation, advise calls and more.
Study of English includes all skill sets and understandings that enable the learner to comprehend and use the English language in a meaningful, clear way to communicate thoughts, ideas and feelings consistent with conventions and standards, for the purpose of educating, entertaining, influencing or otherwise relating interpersonally. This includes writing skills, including how to compose meaningful, elegant sentences, paragraphs, essays and longer presentations, such as research dissertations. IT also includes skills of reading comprehension, such as identifying meaning, themes, conclusions through organized thought and analysis.
Study for the GED involves learning or improving study skills and habits and applying these to a wide range of general knowledge areas sufficient to pass the high school equivalency test.
Grammar study includes learning and understanding the parts of speech, rules of punctuation, and sentence structure in order to construct meaningful verbal and written communications that are consistent with standards and conventions.
Study of literature includes reading, comprehending and the ability to communicate one's responses to great works of fiction. This includes the capacity to identify story structure, writing styles and conventions,themes in story, character structure and motivation,and relate written works to one's own life experience in a clear and meaningful way through written essays.
While I do not have formal art education in terms of college art degrees, I am a full fledged artist. My skill level with technique or realism would not be appropriate for a college student or professional trying to finish a project involving realism, but would be more than adequate for a hobbyist or younger artist or child wanting mentoring in basic and , dare I say it, "intermediate" skill levels.
I have been painting since I was a young child. I had the unusually good fortune to participate in "family art classes" from the age of 6 where each person in the family chose their own project , and was tutored by a professionally trained art teacher. As a teenager I took live figure drawing at The Art Institute of Chicago, not your typical teenage adventure...unless of course, that teenager is an artist.
My high school (Oak Park and River Forest High) was one of the top schools in the nation and boasted an Art Dept. that would be enviable in many small colleges and I took full advantage of this resource, taking art classes every semester and spending all my free time in the art studios.
In college I acquired my own silk screening supplies and continued developing on my own. I learned calligraphy, acrylics, watercolors various graphic mediums.
Over the most recent past 6 years I have studied silk painting (painting on silk, with dyes, brushes...) with a world class full time professional working artist. I have my own home studio where I pursue this. Also in these past five years I have taught art to children, using the family art classes model I was exposed to in my own childhood; these classes are out of my own home studio.
For my "day" job is as a psychologist I have studied art as therapy for over 20 years now. What I may lack in knowledge of technique for some people, I more than make up for in terms of helping individuals to self express and explore through art, in creative, beautiful and fulfilling ways.
In more general terms:
Painting is the art of applying paint ,pigment or other mediums to surfaces to communicate and idea or a feeling.Skills include understanding theory of color, hue,tone and principles of perspective, line ,form, motion,balance. Painting skills also include understanding one's medium(s) and tools/techniques for applying the mediums.
Skill and understanding enhance and support free expression and communication through painting.
Philosophy is a broad field encompassing the history and conceptualization of reason & logic, epistemology (how we know/how we know what we know, the nature of things, of existence), metaphysics, the nature of beauty (aesthetics) and the study of ethics (value systems) through historical spiritual traditions and through secular wisdom traditions. The field engages in hypotheses and the testing of hypotheses through lived out , enacted experimentation (not controlled experimental studies). Overall the field seeks to uplift the quality of individual cognitive/thinking and society choices, by aiding in determining the right or good life.
Proofreading involves application of the understanding grammar, spelling and analysis of intended meaning to best correct written work for maximum effective communication in the most elegant manner possible.
Study of Psychology can include various facets of the field including history of the field, foundational and current/cutting edge research in various branches of psychology (including biological basis, developmental, abnormal, clinical, social, organizational psychology), and theories of personality development and psychotherapy. Study can include how to analyze research results, how to design research studies, and basic statistics related to the field. The field is fast changing and growing and increasingly overlapping with both philosophical studies and with physical sciences or biology, chemistry, brain science.
I did public speaking for over ten years as a storyteller of traditions folktales from around the world. My very first public performance was in a nursing home. My 2nd one was for the 1986 World EXPO in Vancouver Canada at The Canadian Pavilion. I held the stage and drew people to me all day long... for days on end. At that same festival I also performed at an outdoor theater on a large green, with audiences of up to 500 people. That was my beginning in public speaking. After that, I performed for school groups, museums, festivals, libraries, The Winter Olympics in Calgary, and many conferences. I also developed and facilitated many workshops and seminars on metaphorical thinking, a skill which is extremely useful in all forms of communication and essential in order to present as a public speaker in an engaging manner. My audiences were both children and adults, though mostly adults. Although I told traditional tales, these were NOT scripted.
My public speaking experience was within the ancient oral tradition that includes improvisation. I developed my own introductions, transitional material, designed presentations around themes, and told stories. Presentations had to relate to the purposes and themes of the event or organizations to whom I presented. I had to organize my material and adhere to a timeline. I had to work with mics, with interruptions, with our mics. Once my gown caught on fire (there were candles on the stage), and I put out the fire and carried on, incorporating the event into my presentation.
My programs were always both entertaining and educational.
I also taught public speaking to developmentally disabled adults, as a means to increase self confidence and enhance daily communication skills.
In addition to my unique public speaking experience as a Storyteller, I also have considerable experience presenting as a educator with adults at Universities, synagogues and yoga studios. While this is a smaller more informal contest, nonetheless public speaking is involved.
The full resume of my public speaking engagements as a Storyteller, and as an Educator is available upon request.
In much more general terms:
Public speaking is the set of skills that enables someone to speak effectively in front of groups , large or small, with confidence towards the ends of educating, influencing or entertaining. Essential skills include mastering social or presentation anxiety, (or having tools to keep going anyway) , clear enunciation, pronunciation and projection (awareness and use of speech patterns, breath, pauses, and meaningful ,relevant organizing of content.
Reading requires a complex set of skills including vocabulary skills, the cognitive skills of analysis and inference, as well as the imaginative capacity to visualize what the writer is attempting to communicate. The level of skill required to read with comprehension depends upon the complexity of the writing, in both content and style.
Spelling skills involves learning both the rules of spelling, and the exceptions to the rules. Often it requires reading skills to sound words out also. Improving skill in spelling may require improving or developing study skills relevant to spelling skills. Skill in spelling also requires the willingness to conform to rules and conventions.
Vocabulary studies involves understanding word meanings sufficiently to increase reading comprehension and spoken language skills. Study also can include how to use a dictionary, thesaurus and other reference guides to build vocabulary, how to study to improve vocabulary. This includes understanding spelling rules and exceptions to those rules.