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The Effects Of Multiple Combat-Related Military Deployments On Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms, Joseph R. Hoops Jan 2012

The Effects Of Multiple Combat-Related Military Deployments On Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms, Joseph R. Hoops

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to learn the effects of multiple, combat-related military deployments upon post traumatic stress symptoms. This subject has particular importance given that the protracted conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have been fought by a military that is much smaller than in previous wars. A review of the literature showed that the effects of combat related deployments on post traumatic stress symptoms are significant. The impact is felt by both the veterans and their families. This has implications for clinical social workers working in systems that provide treatment and services for veterans and families affected.

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African American Men's Perception Of Psychotherapy At A Mental Illness & Chemical Dependency (Micd) Program: What Factors Do They Consider Therapeutic/Helpful, Tou Jean Killen Jan 2012

African American Men's Perception Of Psychotherapy At A Mental Illness & Chemical Dependency (Micd) Program: What Factors Do They Consider Therapeutic/Helpful, Tou Jean Killen

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

There are limited empirical data that study the factors that enhance or prevent African American men from using psychotherapy. The purpose of this study was to explore the perception that African American men have of psychotherapy and factors that they consider helpful. Using a qualitative design, eight African American men volunteer to participate in the study to explore their perception of psychotherapy. These eight African American men came from a day treatment facility in the Twin Cities area and had a positive perception of psychotherapy as a tool to help them manage their drug and alcohol and mental health problems ...


Interventions For Multicultural Children With Autism, Stephanie Kitzhaber Jan 2012

Interventions For Multicultural Children With Autism, Stephanie Kitzhaber

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative study examined the interventions that are helpful when working with multicultural children who have autism and their families. Data was collected through five semi-structured interviews (n=5) with professionals who work with children who have autism, which included a variety of psychotherapists, social workers, mental health practitioners, and counselors. Grounded theory methods and open coding were used to analyze codes in the data to record common themes from the interviews. Themes found from this study were separated into five categories: language, importance of play, family education, gender roles, and stigma. Findings from this study were consistent with some ...


Stress And Loss Experiences Of Families Of Survivors Of Traumatic Brain Injury, Tracy J. Ketzeback Jan 2012

Stress And Loss Experiences Of Families Of Survivors Of Traumatic Brain Injury, Tracy J. Ketzeback

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this research study was to explore how traumatic brain injuries affected families in which there was a survivor. It was the researcher’s desire to learn what stress and loss looked like in families with a traumatic brain injury survivor. Data was gathered in a qualitative study in which nine individual family members of survivors of traumatic brain injury were interviewed. The family members were asked 13 questions in a semi-structured interview style. The qualitative data was analyzed using content analysis. Emerging findings indicated that stress and loss is very different for each family. Another emerging finding ...


What Is The Effect Of Single Mothers With Depression On Child Development Among Children With Mental Health Diagnoses?, Alyssa Youngquist Jan 2012

What Is The Effect Of Single Mothers With Depression On Child Development Among Children With Mental Health Diagnoses?, Alyssa Youngquist

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this research study is to explore whether the participating mothers were able to identify if an increase in their child’s behavior has a connection with their depressive symptoms. Using a quantitative design, thirty two mothers were surveyed on their depressive symptoms in the previous two weeks as well as their child’s behavior problems exhibited in the previous two weeks. All of the mothers surveyed have children who attend a therapeutic day program for school-aged children with a mental health diagnosis. Data was analyzed using frequency, correlations, T-tests and one-way ANOVA. The findings indicated that mothers ...


Recovery Mentorship Programs And Recovery From Addiction, Carmen Berzinski Jan 2012

Recovery Mentorship Programs And Recovery From Addiction, Carmen Berzinski

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

New roles in service grow from an unmet need. In the current world of addiction treatment and addiction recovery, a new role is emerging to bridge the gap between professional treatment and sustainable recovery within a client’s natural environment. This role has been identified as many different titles: recovery coach, recovery mentor, peer recovery, and specialist. Peer-to-peer recovery support services are designed and delivered by peers in recovery. A review of the literature has found that recent growth in peer-based recovery support services as an addition and alternative to addiction treatment has created some uncertainty about the separation of ...


Nursing Home Social Worker Preparedness For Serving Bgl&T Residents, Rachel Bialostosky Jan 2012

Nursing Home Social Worker Preparedness For Serving Bgl&T Residents, Rachel Bialostosky

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Current census data indicates that there are over 38 million Americans over the age of 65 at this time. (U.S. Census, 2010). It is estimated that as many as 3.8 million older adults in the United States identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, or transgender. Though there is a growing body of literature on the needs and concerns of BGL&T older adults with regards to accessing health care services as they age, there is very little literature on how prepared providers feel to provide culturally competent care to BGL&T people. In an attempt to address this gap ...


Support Groups With Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, And Transgender Youth In Schools, Marisa Biolo Jan 2012

Support Groups With Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, And Transgender Youth In Schools, Marisa Biolo

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) youth are in need of school support groups given their higher risk for mental health issues, sexual risk taking behaviors, eating disorders, substance use, victimization, and more. The current study examined the use of school support groups with GLBT youth. The researcher gathered qualitative data about GLBT school support groups from the Twin Cities metro in the state of Minnesota.

Data were collected from four school social workers and one teacher, who all have experience facilitating GLBT support groups. The major themes that emerged from this study were risk factors, group effectiveness, sense of ...


Best Practices Of Hospice Social Workers Who Work With Families Experiencing Grief And Loss, Bethany Butzow Jan 2012

Best Practices Of Hospice Social Workers Who Work With Families Experiencing Grief And Loss, Bethany Butzow

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative study examined the best practices of hospice social workers who work with patients and families during their hospice journey. Data was collected through semi-structured standardized interviews with hospice social workers currently working in the area. Open coding methods were used to inductively analyze codes in the data and to find common themes from the interviews. Themes that emerged from this study were separated into three categories: family roles and functioning, collaboration among the interdisciplinary team, and the hospice social worker role. Additionally, sub themes that correlated with these three major findings were discussed. The majority of the findings ...


The Benefits Of Yoga On Eating Disorder Recovery: Perspectives From Those In Recovery, Jennifer Grant Jan 2012

The Benefits Of Yoga On Eating Disorder Recovery: Perspectives From Those In Recovery, Jennifer Grant

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study is aimed at gaining a better understanding of the perceived benefits of yoga to eating disorder recovery through the subjective experiences of those in recovery. Qualitative interviews with seven women in recovery from eating disorders who regularly practice yoga were used to identify the specific ways in which yoga contributed to the recovery process. Findings indicated that the perceived benefits of yoga to eating disorder recovery include improved mind-body awareness, greater self-acceptance and more positive feelings about body image. Respondents also indicated that the practice of yoga can be a spiritual experience and a vehicle through which to ...


Latino Immigrant Finances And Access To Mental Health Care, Nancy Avila Jan 2012

Latino Immigrant Finances And Access To Mental Health Care, Nancy Avila

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The focus of this study was to determine how finances affect Latino immigrant mental health access. The relationship between variables was examined by emailing a three category survey, to a convenience sample of mental health practitioners who work with Latino immigrants ages 18 and older. Survey contents were as follows: demographics, financial strain and mental health access. The study was a cross-sectional, quantitative design. Survey responses were used to determine the relationship between the dependent variable finance and independent variable mental health. The research question for the study was: "What is the relationship between mental health and finances as it ...


Teen Dad: Young Fathers And Identity Integration, Emily Bade Jan 2012

Teen Dad: Young Fathers And Identity Integration, Emily Bade

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Early parenthood is a topic of concern for social workers, researchers and policy makers due to the consequences for both young parents and their children. Despite declining rates of teen parenthood in the United States, teen birthrates remain high compared to other developed nations. Teen fathers have received less attention than teen mothers, but are an important component in the area of study. This study examines how five young fathers handled the transition from child to adult when faced with an off-time developmental event. Young fathers experienced drastically altered life paths, need for financial resources, complicated romantic relationships, and rapidly ...


Agents’ Perceptions Of What Makes Offenders Successful In Intensive Supervised Release, Sarah Becker Jan 2012

Agents’ Perceptions Of What Makes Offenders Successful In Intensive Supervised Release, Sarah Becker

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The current study addresses what makes an offender successful in the Intensive Supervised Release program (ISR) by looking at agents’ perceptions based on past success and failures and focusing on counseling strategies that are implemented in this correctional field. The participants of this study are made up of ten ISR agents between age 35 and 50 years old, consisting of two female and eight male agents. This study is qualitative in nature and the data obtained was assessed by using a semi-standardized interview. Each interview was transcribed in order to identify salient themes regarding agents’ perceptions of what makes an ...


Parental Involvement In Early Intervention Programs For Children With Autism, Alexis Bennett Jan 2012

Parental Involvement In Early Intervention Programs For Children With Autism, Alexis Bennett

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative study explored the perceptions of mental health professionals and practitioners of parental involvement in early intervention programs for children with autism. Interviews were completed with eight mental health professionals and practitioners to better understand the importance of parental involvement, the role parents play within an early intervention program, and the impact parental involvement or lack there of can have on the child’s success developmentally and their success in the early intervention program. The objective of this study was to gain insight into mental health professionals and practitioners perceptions in order to learn ways for social workers and ...


Practitioners' Perpectives On The Impact Of Migratory Separation On Attachment Among Southeast Asian Clients: An Exploratory Study, Diem T. Cao Jan 2012

Practitioners' Perpectives On The Impact Of Migratory Separation On Attachment Among Southeast Asian Clients: An Exploratory Study, Diem T. Cao

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Evidenced by the multitude of literature across disciplines, attachment theory has ignited one of today’s most prolific lines of research. Attachment Theory’s core themes of security, separation, and loss apply well into the common experience of immigrants and refugees who have dealt with these issues in their immigration experience. Consistently, studies have shown that separation and traumas before, during, and after the migration journey have been identified as potential predictors for serious psychological distress and mental health problems among immigrants and refugees. Given the profound implications from recent studies, there exists limited research on how migratory separation affects ...


What Is The Correlation Between A Positive Ethnic Identity And Self-Worth In African American Adolescents?, Natalie Casemore Jan 2012

What Is The Correlation Between A Positive Ethnic Identity And Self-Worth In African American Adolescents?, Natalie Casemore

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Racial and ethnic differences that exist within our society are discovered by children at a very young age (Derman-Sparks, Higa, Sparks, 1980). The development of ethnic identity is an important part of overall identity development and is an indispensable human need that fosters a sense of belonging and a sense of historical continuity (Smith, 1991). Therefore, this paper examined if there was a correlation between a positive ethnic identity and self-worth in African American adolescents. In order to examine this correlation, the researcher surveyed 30 African American adolescents between the ages of 18 to 25-years-old and asked them about their ...


Professional Clinicians' Views And Use Of Dc: 0-3r, Jennifer Chasco Jan 2012

Professional Clinicians' Views And Use Of Dc: 0-3r, Jennifer Chasco

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

In 1996, the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood was published to address the paucity of options for addressing infant and toddler mental health. Currently in its revised version and referred to as DC: 0-3R, it is designed to help professionals formulate a comprehensive assessment of infant and toddler mental health and relational issues. This paper addresses current research on infant and toddler mental health, the importance of prevention and early intervention, and the role of DC: 0-3R in these areas. Since professional perspective can ultimately influence the diagnostic process, this study focuses ...


Rural Professionals' Perceptions Of Minority Disparity Within The School-To-Prison Pipeline, Jessica Christenson Jan 2012

Rural Professionals' Perceptions Of Minority Disparity Within The School-To-Prison Pipeline, Jessica Christenson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Overrepresentation is defined as a specific racial or ethnic group being overrepresented in comparison to their representation in the general population. In the case of racial minorities, this overrepresentation has been documented specifically with African American populations and focusing on urban environments throughout a system known as the "school-to-prison pipeline". This pipeline includes social welfare, special education, school disciplinary referrals, the juvenile justice system, and the adult justice system. This study looked at rural professionals’ perceptions of the overrepresentation phenomenon specifically within their rural community with a focus on that areas primary racial minority, Hispanics. Using a quantitative design in ...


Social Work Practitioners And The Identification Of Human Trafficking Victims, Kirsten Christenson Jan 2012

Social Work Practitioners And The Identification Of Human Trafficking Victims, Kirsten Christenson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Human trafficking is a growing problem in the United States, specifically in Minnesota. Victims of human trafficking are difficult to locate and identify. The purpose of this study was to gather information about the knowledge level of social work practitioners when faced with the identification of human trafficking victims in a hospital setting. Using a convenience sample, 16 hospital social work practitioners were surveyed regarding their knowledge of human trafficking and trafficking victim identification. The data obtained was analyzed using descriptive analysis, frequency counts, and content analysis. This data was then compared to previous related literature. The findings indicated that ...


Licsw's Perspectives On The Causes Of Community Violence, Krista Churness Jan 2012

Licsw's Perspectives On The Causes Of Community Violence, Krista Churness

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This research will examine clinical social workers (LICSWs) perspectives on the causes of community violence. It is important that clinical social workers have an understanding of the interplay of causes that converge to make a community prone to violence. LICSWs are trained to have an understanding of the ecological perspective and when looking at community violence from this perspective, they can then work towards holistic solutions in their labor with individuals, families, and communities. There are micro, macro, and mezzo causes of violence in communities, therefore, ideally, clinical social workers should work to address the causes at each level.


Graduate Social Workers’ Perceived Level Of Competency In Working With Couples, Melanie Cicmil Jan 2012

Graduate Social Workers’ Perceived Level Of Competency In Working With Couples, Melanie Cicmil

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This research study explores graduate social workers’ self-perceived competence in couples work. While literature on this topic is sparse, previous studies have indicated that graduate social work programs lack adequate incorporation of couples work material into their curricula. As a result, social work students are graduating with little confidence in their ability to be couples therapists. The current study consisted of an online survey, which was emailed to licensed graduate social workers in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Information collected by the survey included demographic characteristics of respondents and their graduate school experiences, such as coursework and internship(s ...


Caring Confrontation With Involuntary Chemical Dependency Clients, Faith Clark Jan 2012

Caring Confrontation With Involuntary Chemical Dependency Clients, Faith Clark

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to research the benefits of caring confrontation with 24 involuntary chemically dependent clients. The researcher created a survey which contained 11 variables that measured the benefits of caring confrontation and type of caring confrontation with the demographics of age, gender, and amount of time in treatment. The survey was distributed at a Midwestern chemical dependency facility. The results of the survey showed a positive mean score in the area of benefits of caring confrontation for the entire sample and when factoring in the demographics of age, gender, and amount of time in treatment. The ...


Supervision And Training Needs Of Practitioners Working In Batterer Intervention Programs, Heather D. Conley Jan 2012

Supervision And Training Needs Of Practitioners Working In Batterer Intervention Programs, Heather D. Conley

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Batterer intervention programs (BIPs) seek to address violence in families by working with perpetrators in developing skills to remain nonviolent. The purpose of this study was to explore the supervision and training needs of practitioners who work in batterer intervention programs (BIPs). This study utilized qualitative data collected from hour-long, audio-recorded interviews with three BIP practitioners (one male and two female). Interviews were conducted in a large, Midwestern metro area over a period of three weeks, were transcribed verbatim, and coded for themes by the researcher. Major findings included: Participants were overall satisfied with quality of supervision, which was in ...


Perspectives On The Role Of The Social Worker On Assertive Community Treatment Teams, Barb Cooley Jan 2012

Perspectives On The Role Of The Social Worker On Assertive Community Treatment Teams, Barb Cooley

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This exploratory qualitative study focused on the perceptions of the social worker role on Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams. Four professional ACT team members participated in a Qualtrics survey. The four themes that emerged from the surveys follow: 1) interpretation of the social worker role; 2) role clarification of the different ACT team members; 3) overlapping roles of the ACT team members; and 4) actions to help role clarification. Research is needed to further clarify the different roles that the social worker plays on the ACT teams. Implications for social work practice include the importance of understanding the role that ...


Deathbed Visions: Social Workers' Experiences, Perspectives, Therapeutic Responses, And Direction For Practice, Leslee Curtis Jan 2012

Deathbed Visions: Social Workers' Experiences, Perspectives, Therapeutic Responses, And Direction For Practice, Leslee Curtis

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Deathbed Visions (DBVs) are intensely personal, powerful, comforting and even reassuring experiences the dying may encounter just before death occurs. The term DBV is a general label for the broad category of spiritual, mystical, or unexplainable experiences or coincidental occurrences that take place in the arena of death. The dying have reported seeing angels, religious figures, spiritual guides, or deceased loved ones. They may even have control over the timing of their death. Death-related sensory experience (DRSE), end-of-life experience (ELE), and nearing death awareness (NDA) are several terms commonly used to describe the many different experiences people have reported around ...


Support After Loss: Straight Talk From Young Widowed Parents, Korie Debruin Jan 2012

Support After Loss: Straight Talk From Young Widowed Parents, Korie Debruin

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Young widowed parents frequently report challenges with their social environment after the deaths of their partners. The purpose of this study was to have young widowed parents identify helpful ways they have been supported since the deaths of their partners. A total of 42 young widowed parents (6 male, 36 female) participated in this study. A mixed method approach was used to answer the following research question: What are helpful ways that people have supported you since the death of your partner? In order to gain this information, participants were asked to complete an online survey that contained both qualitative ...


Developmental Disabilities And Independent Living: A Systematic Literature Review, Benjamin Dieffenbach Jan 2012

Developmental Disabilities And Independent Living: A Systematic Literature Review, Benjamin Dieffenbach

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This paper examines the available literature on the correlation between quality of life and type of living arrangement for adults with a developmental or learning disability. The purpose was to examine whether or not adults living semi-independently experienced better outcomes than peers in traditional group homes. In general, outcomes in semi-independent living were equal to or better than the outcomes achieved in traditional group homes, and typically cost the same or less. Impacts on the provision of services and areas for future research are discussed.


Social Networking And Interpersonal Communication And Conflict Resolution Skills Among College Freshmen, John Drussell Jan 2012

Social Networking And Interpersonal Communication And Conflict Resolution Skills Among College Freshmen, John Drussell

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Social networking is a current phenomenon that consists of both web-based communication with Internet users through websites and interaction with others via cellular phones. A survey conducted on 2,277 American adults found that 18-24 year olds sent or received an average of 109.5 text messages per day, which works out to be more than 3,200 text messages per month. Further, it was estimated that 713 million people ages 15 or older, which was 14% of the global population, used the Internet in June 2006, with 153 million being in the United States. The purpose of this study ...


School Social Workers' Perspectives On Working With Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Marnie Eveslage Jan 2012

School Social Workers' Perspectives On Working With Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Marnie Eveslage

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are complex neurodevelopmental disorders that include deficits in social interaction, communication, and the presence of repetitive and restricted behaviors. The number of children with autism spectrum disorder has increased significantly over time, resulting in more children with autism in public schools. School social workers are members of the educational team who help support children and families and are often the first professional to whom families turn to in crisis. There is a paucity of literature and research studies on the perspectives’ of social workers who work with this population. School social workers, who are members of ...


The Effects Of Mindfulness Meditation On Mental Health, Geraldine Fedorowicz Jan 2012

The Effects Of Mindfulness Meditation On Mental Health, Geraldine Fedorowicz

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Current research supports the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions in clinical social work, yet more rigorous research is needed to determine what makes it effective, and through which mechanisms. This study looked at the relationship between meditation experience and self-reported trait mindfulness and emotion regulation, two proposed mechanisms of change in mindfulness, and perceived levels of well-being. Data was collected using a quantitative survey involving 29 adults who currently have a mindfulness meditation practice. People who meditated more frequently each week scored significantly higher on measures of trait mindfulness. In addition, higher levels of trait mindfulness were correlated with less difficulty ...