Understanding Life Transitions

 

Understanding Life Transitions

Personal transformation comes from self-awareness, more specifically how you navigated developmental tasks from infancy through adulthood and how these life transitions impact you still to this day. In order to appreciate the struggles of your clients and how to ethically intervene, it is important to first look inward on your own life experiences. Identity and worldviews are shaped by the choices that were made throughout developmental stages as well as the choices you continue to make. Evaluating and analyzing challenges at different periods of your life will aid you in gaining a better understanding of and provide a framework for your work with diverse clients.

Assignment Directions

For this assignment, you will choose a time when your life took a different direction.

Please be sure to address all of the following in your assignment:

  • Describe this life transition or turning point and choices you made during that stage.
  • Using the developmental tasks that are noted in the text, discuss the stage that you were in during this pivotal life transition.
    • Explain the stage and how it applies to the development of your identity, values, and beliefs.
    • Use the Purdue Global Library to find credible peer-reviewed references that support the developmental tasks and themes that apply to the life event/turning point you described.
  • Explore and reflect on significant themes in your own development that might likely influence your ability to effectively and ethically work with clients who are struggling with similar developmental issues or life transitions.
  • Discuss how your personal experiences may impact the delivery of human service practices with diverse populations, including those who have had different developmental experiences and transitions than your own.
  • Analyze how your experiences shape your work with diverse populations.