Hi. My name is Jeff Chapman and welcome to my site! email@example.com
As I considered the possibility of starting a blog and writing a book, it became evident to me that my primary motivation to do so was fear…fear for children as I envisioned the many traps and snares awaiting them in a world that is becoming more opposed to Christian values as each day passes. As a therapist, I have worked with a multitude of young people with “issues” that many would find shocking and disturbing. On a professional level, the work has been fulfilling and rewarding. As a parent, it scares me to think that my children are sharing a classroom where these issues exist. This led me to take action. I created a tool, my book, Don’t Forget Your Shield!, designed to assist kids in developing the skills necessary to successfully navigate through an increasingly complicated world. I developed another tool, my blog, which will assist parents in refining their parenting skills. Also, this site will serve it’s readers with “self help” opportunitities. My belief is that the happier and more satisfied people are with themselves, the more likely it is that they will be good parents.
Now, a little information about me. I currently live in Central Arkansas. I grew up in a small town, Jena, Louisiana. I moved to Arkansas in 1997 shortly after marrying an “Arkansas girl”. My wife is part of a large farm family and we now live within a mile of most of her family (in this case, it’s a good thing)! Long before proposing to my wife, I envisioned having children and giving them the opportuniy to experience the same family atmosphere that I felt each time that I was in their company.
Knowing that I wanted to settle down in Arkansas, I decided to attend graduate school at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock . That way, I could familiarize myself with the area and job market that I planned to be a part of. This worked out fine. I attained my Master’s Degree in ’98 and my college internship offered me a full-time job just before graduation!
As you now know from reading above, I chose a career in Social Work. Occasionally, someone asks why I chose a career in the Social Work field (or to be a therapist). Number one, I’ve always been a big talker. Many years ago, I realized that it would be great to find a profession that would pay me to do what I already do all of the time for free…TALK!!!
Also, there was a peculiar pattern that I identified as I reflected on my younger days. From about high school on, I noticed that a LOT of people would come to me and talk about their problems….and almost all of these people seemed to “have it together” MUCH more than I did! Still they came. I think that maybe this happened so often due to my having a “more open” style of communicating than most of the people that I knew, especially guys. I believe that this trait has assisted me in understanding others, helping people feel at ease, getting to the root of problems, and strategizing on ways to help them find answers.
On a lighter note, a small part in my decision-making process to be a Social Worker/Therapist was that very little Mathematics was required in the Social Work curriculum. True story, before choosing a major, I went through the college catalog (given to all incoming freshman) and quickly marked out every major that required more than two math classes. Maybe some of you can relate! Anyway, I’m not sure that I would suggest my career planning process to anyone else, but I’m happy to say that it has all worked out and I’m sure that I made the correct career choice.
One last and very strong motivation for being a therapist is the opportunity to help others and impact one’s life. When I retire, I want to look back on my work and believe that I made a difference. There’s so many ways for each of us to help others on a daily basis, but I’m fortunate enough to do so through my line of work. Although I’ve worked with clients from ages 5-102, my work with children and young people has definitely been the most rewarding. My passion is for helping kids. That’s why I wrote Don’t Forget YourShield!—Protection From The World’s Influences. It’s also a major part of why I started this blog.
Well, enough about me. Hope you enjoy this website on a regular basis!
Jeff Chapman was awarded Horizon’s 2005 National Clinician Of The Year at their annual convention in Chicago, Illinois, for his work in the Social Work/Therapy field.
1998 Master of Social Work University of Arkansas-Little Rock
1996 Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Northeast Louisiana University
1994 Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Northeast Louisiana University