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Provider Satisfaction With An Integrative Adolescent Depression Program In A Pediatric Setting, Aynsley Scheffert Jan 2014

Provider Satisfaction With An Integrative Adolescent Depression Program In A Pediatric Setting, Aynsley Scheffert

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Adolescent depression affects approximately 11% of adolescents by the age of eighteen. Depression in adolescents can lead to low school performance, strained interpersonal relationships, low self-esteem and may increase the likelihood of adolescents engaging in risky health behaviors and suicide. Primary care is the first stop for many adolescents seeking treatment for depression. However, primary care providers have expressed discomfort in diagnosing and treating adolescent depression. The EMERALD program is an integrative adolescent depression program within a pediatric primary care setting that provides specialty support to primary care providers in diagnosing and treating adolescent depression. This study sought to determine ...


An Analysis Of Religious And Spiritual Beliefs And Behaviors In College Students, Allison C. Culey Jan 2014

An Analysis Of Religious And Spiritual Beliefs And Behaviors In College Students, Allison C. Culey

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

In a survey of religion and public life done by the Pew Forum in 2007, it was found that the ways in which Americans practiced their religion was changing. There has been a trend of moving toward less dogmatic approaches to religion in the United States. It was found that of the twenty percent of Americans who do not practice any type of religion, the majority were ages eighteen to twenty-four. The current study was designed to understand the religious and spiritual behaviors in university students in order to develop methods to better cultivate religious and spiritual growth. The researcher ...


Processing Client Death For Individuals In Social Service Roles, Susan Matzke Jan 2014

Processing Client Death For Individuals In Social Service Roles, Susan Matzke

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Dealing with client death in the social service profession impacts the workers that provide client services. This experience can be stressful and may lead to secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout among social service workers. These effects may also lead to higher rates of staff turnover in agency settings. The purpose of this study was to provide insight into how those working in social services process the death of a client, how this experience affects them, what supports are available and utilized, and how they view these supports. In this mixed method study there were a total of 40 participants ...


End Of Life Quality Measures, Sheila Marie Oliver Jan 2014

End Of Life Quality Measures, Sheila Marie Oliver

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This paper explores end-of life quality measures and their relationship to medical versus non-medical hospice and palliative staff. More specifically, “There is a difference between hospice and palliative care medical versus non-medical staff views in relation to end-of-life quality measures.” This study included 121 hospice and palliative care medical and non-medical staff. The staff was from one hospice program in a metropolitan area. The participants were contacted through an anonymous, on line survey package called Qualtircs. The survey did not find any statistical significance to the research question but did find some interesting implications about views of end-of-life quality measures ...


A Systematic Review Of Wilderness Therapy: Theory, Practice And Outcomes, Lindsey Jo Van Hoven Jan 2014

A Systematic Review Of Wilderness Therapy: Theory, Practice And Outcomes, Lindsey Jo Van Hoven

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to examine current literature on wilderness therapy in order to identify any consistent themes. Ten studies were located and key data was identified on theoretical foundations, therapy components, populations being served, as well as outcomes. Results identified six theoretical foundations of wilderness therapy: Systems Theory/Family Systems, Eclectic Framework, Attachment Theory and Family Systems Theory, Group Therapy Theory, Motivation to Change Theory and Psychodynamic Theory. Numerous consistent themes were identified within wilderness therapy components, in addition to several independent components. Wilderness therapy was identified as a treatment modality for a wide range of populations ...


What Is The Phenomenology Of Complicated Grief In Parentally Bereaved Children And Adolescents?, Jeanne M. Abicht Jan 2014

What Is The Phenomenology Of Complicated Grief In Parentally Bereaved Children And Adolescents?, Jeanne M. Abicht

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The experience of parental loss in childhood and adolescence is often a trauma unparalleled as the most stressful period during the first decades of life. The literature cites contributory factors in the etiology of parentally bereaved children’s grief experience as relationship to the deceased parent, circumstances of parental death, and adjustment of the surviving parent. The research explored the contextual variables that are protective or increase the risk of vulnerability of complicated grief. Eight adults who experienced the death of a parent or custodial grandparent during childhood or adolescence were interviewed. Primary themes related to complicated grief include the ...


Preparation Of Students With An Ebd For Life Post-Graduation: The School Social Worker Perspective, Stephanie A. Adix Jan 2014

Preparation Of Students With An Ebd For Life Post-Graduation: The School Social Worker Perspective, Stephanie A. Adix

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to collect data from the perspective of licensed school social workers regarding the preparation of students with an EBD for life post-graduation. This study conducted six interviews with licensed school social workers to learn about their perceptions of post-graduation preparation, strengths, weakness, transition planning and unmet needs. This research study, like other studies found that students with an EBD are unprepared for life post-graduation. Themes noted were the overall lack of preparation, the skill of survival skills, the lack of preparation for further education, lack of realistic goals and expectations, skills learned, lack of ...


Spiritual Coping And Posttraumatic Growth After Sexual Assault, Richelle Amundson Jan 2014

Spiritual Coping And Posttraumatic Growth After Sexual Assault, Richelle Amundson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The interpersonal nature of sexual assault has been theorized to negatively impact recovery. Access to supportive others is critical to positive outcomes and in particular, to posttraumatic growth. Spirituality may provide access to supportive social and spiritual relationships; however, spirituality can also be a source of increased distress when accessed in less adaptive ways. This research sought to understand how spirituality impacts posttraumatic growth after a sexual assault. The research design was an exploratory, non-probability sample. Respondents were primarily Caucasian and of young adult age. Respondents were more likely to access personal spirituality than communal spirituality. Participants were reached through ...


Interracial Relationships: Stressors Among Races, Samuel Anderson Jan 2014

Interracial Relationships: Stressors Among Races, Samuel Anderson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study explored the similarities and differences in stressors that individuals in interracial unions come across, based on the racial makeup of the couple. This study investigated the following research question: what are the fundamental stressors that impact a heterosexual non-White individual that marries a White partner? How, if at all, do these stressors vary by the race of the non-White individual? Twenty videos posted on YouTube under the search term "interracial marriage stress" were found using quota sampling. Ten of the videos had a White male and a on-White female and ten of the videos had a White female ...


Discovering Authentic Self Through Healing Relationships: An Inquiry Of Implementing Alcoholics Anonymous Theoretical Philosophies To Parenting In Sobriety, Necol M. Arens Jan 2014

Discovering Authentic Self Through Healing Relationships: An Inquiry Of Implementing Alcoholics Anonymous Theoretical Philosophies To Parenting In Sobriety, Necol M. Arens

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative research study investigated how recovering mothers implemented Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) theoretical philosophies when parenting their children and explored how healing relationships between sober mothers and their children cultivated authenticity, promoted inner healing and improved parent-child relationships. Sober mothers were asked what twelve step concepts they utilized with their children and reflected on how their own recovery experiences helped them to discover their ‘true’ selves. I conducted eight qualitative interviews with sober mothers who attended Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) along with Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA) and were parenting children, or had previous parenting experiences, to explore any ...


The Use Of Technology Assisted Methods In Therapy: Clinical Social Workers’ Perspectives, Lilyanna B. Anderson Jan 2014

The Use Of Technology Assisted Methods In Therapy: Clinical Social Workers’ Perspectives, Lilyanna B. Anderson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Technology Assisted Therapy can be considered any form of therapy that uses technology as a mediating force. This could include things such as videoconferencing or Skype, online support groups, text messaging or other media devices. As technology becomes more and more influential in our society, it only makes sense that it would seep into the clinical social work setting and the therapy setting. There is little current research on this topic that focuses on what clinicians think about this developing trend. This study set out to determine clinical social workers’ perspectives on the use of technology assisted methods in therapy ...


Social Workers’ Perspectives Of Psychotropic Drug Use On Children And Adolescents, Erika J. Bauer Jan 2014

Social Workers’ Perspectives Of Psychotropic Drug Use On Children And Adolescents, Erika J. Bauer

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Every year in the United States more children are receiving psychotropic medication to deal with mood and behavior interruptions. In fact, more children in the United States are being prescribed these medications than any other country in the world. Even though the long-term consequences of these medications are yet unknown, medical professionals are still prescribing them to children, an age demographic they were not originally approved for, and for longer periods of time than intended. The purpose of this study was to explore social workers’ attitudes about the use of psychotropic drugs on children and adolescents, paying particular attention to ...


How Is Social Media Used By Military Families To Communicate During Deployment?, Lisa Bittner Jan 2014

How Is Social Media Used By Military Families To Communicate During Deployment?, Lisa Bittner

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

As the construct of today’s military has progressed and changed over time to include a more diverse representation of the United States culture, so have families progressed in how to maintain connectedness during periods of absence. The challenge of maintaining communication despite distance and extensive time differentials is often subsidized today through the utilization of social media or electronic forms of communication. This form of communication often serves as a supplement to traditional mediums of communication such as letters, care packages, and telephone calls, offering a more immediate and interactive communicative process to occur between deployed service members and ...


Grief, Loss, And Sexually Transmitted Infections, Erin E. Blase Jan 2014

Grief, Loss, And Sexually Transmitted Infections, Erin E. Blase

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Having a sexually transmitted infection (STI) affects people of all ages, races, and cultural backgrounds. Being diagnosed with an STI has implications across the lifespan. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of grief and loss on having a sexually transmitted infection and how these effects manifest across the lifespan of an individual. Using a mixed-methods design, ten individuals responded to an anonymous Qualtrics survey and answered a series of questions related to grief, loss, and having an STI. Data was analyzed using descriptive and open-coding techniques from the survey responses and then linked to the existing ...


Autism Spectrum Disorder: How Parents Use Behavior Modification With Their Children, Jessica M. Boner Jan 2014

Autism Spectrum Disorder: How Parents Use Behavior Modification With Their Children, Jessica M. Boner

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative research study explores how parents use behavior modifications with their children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Seven participants, who are mothers of children diagnosed with autism, were interviewed for this study. This research found that essentially, parents use different techniques applied in various ways in specific situations based on the uniqueness of their child and the behaviors displayed. Several themes emerged from this study which includes: challenging behaviors, behavior modifications used, behavior modification becomes a way of life, the need to individualize behavior modifications, behavior modifications will change as the child changes, challenges of having a child with ...


Renewing Life: A Complementary Approach To Healing, Linnea Gene Borer Jan 2014

Renewing Life: A Complementary Approach To Healing, Linnea Gene Borer

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The Renewing Life program is offered through Pathways Health Crisis Resource Center. It is a unique approach designed to complement conventional medical care for individuals with life threatening or chronic illness, such as breast cancer. Renewing Life utilizes a manual that participants use as a tool throughout the sessions. Renewing Life has a specifically developed curriculum to assist participants in better understanding and processing the management of their life threatening disease or chronic illness. It teaches participants to live their lives genuinely in order to get the quality of life they may be seeking.

Pathways Health Crisis Resource Center received ...


Attitude Of Gratitude: Clinician Views On Fostering Gratitude In One Homecare And Hospice Agency, Amie M. Brandtjen Jan 2014

Attitude Of Gratitude: Clinician Views On Fostering Gratitude In One Homecare And Hospice Agency, Amie M. Brandtjen

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The topic of this research project is the facilitation of gratitude-focused interventions into clinical treatment plans with clients facing debility or end of life. This is based on the notion that gratitude is a concept of positive psychology and is consistent with the strengths based approach of the social work profession. Gratitude focused interventions encourage the patient to focus on the positives versus negatives. Five qualitative interviews were conducted with clinical social work professionals. Grounded theory methodology and constant comparative analysis were used to analyze transcribed data. Responses to open ended questions regarding preferred therapy modality, positive and negative aspects ...


The Impact Of Personal Therapy On Therapists’ Use Of Self-Disclosure, Anne L. Breckbill Jan 2014

The Impact Of Personal Therapy On Therapists’ Use Of Self-Disclosure, Anne L. Breckbill

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study explored how therapists’ subjective experiences as client recipients of therapist self-disclosure impact their attitudes about therapist self-disclosure. Additionally, it investigated how therapists’ personal therapy and theoretical orientation impact their use of self-disclosure with clients. Two specific types of therapist self-disclosure were studied: 1) emotional disclosures – or self-involving/transparent disclosures – in which therapists allow clients to see their emotional responses or reactions to the dynamics of the therapy session, and 2) personal disclosures – or self-disclosing/self-revealing disclosures–in which therapists share non-immediate personal information with clients. The nonprobability sample consisted of licensed psychotherapists who themselves had been psychotherapy clients ...


The Impact Of Electronic Communication And Social Media On Child Welfare Practice, Sarah K. Breyette Jan 2014

The Impact Of Electronic Communication And Social Media On Child Welfare Practice, Sarah K. Breyette

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The present literature regarding the intersection of technology and child welfare practice has primarily focused on the impact of these technologies on youth and families. There has been very little research that has focused on how child welfare workers perceive the direct impact that electronic communication and social media use has had on their practice. The research questions guiding this exploratory study asked child welfare workers whether or not the use of electronic communication and social media has made working with youth easier, if use of these technologies has introduced any difficulties, and if any challenges and/or benefits of ...


Barriers Of Using Illness Management And Recovery With Adults With Severe Mental Illness, Jennifer Anne Brummer Jan 2014

Barriers Of Using Illness Management And Recovery With Adults With Severe Mental Illness, Jennifer Anne Brummer

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Adults living with severe mental illness experience a broad spectrum of difficulties, such as visual and olfactory hallucinations, internal dialogue or hearing voices, depression, anxiety, homelessness, substance use, and difficulty managing daily activities and relationships. The Illness Management and Recovery curriculum has been revealed to be a useful evidence-based practice or approach to working with individuals with severe mental illness. The Illness Management and Recovery workbook promotes symptom management in adults by creating a vision and following a step-by-step problem solving process. This recovery model is tailor to the individual and requires their input on a step-by-step path to recovery ...


Modifying Psychotherapy When Working With An Adult Diagnosed With A Co-Occurring Intellectual Disability And Mental Disorder, Jesse Virgil Buchner Jan 2014

Modifying Psychotherapy When Working With An Adult Diagnosed With A Co-Occurring Intellectual Disability And Mental Disorder, Jesse Virgil Buchner

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Adults diagnosed with an intellectual disability are three to four times more likely than the general population to be diagnosed with a mental disorder. There are traditionally four classifications of intellectual disability: mild, moderate, severe, and profound. Each classification has characteristics that limit the cognitive functioning and abilities of the individual affected. This qualitative research was developed to explore the question of what might constitute some emerging best practices used in modifying psychotherapy when working with adults with a diagnosed intellectual disability and mental disorder. Five current and former psychotherapists and one psychiatrist served as respondents for the project. The ...


Mandated Reporting And Child Maltreatment: Training And Experiences Of Minnesota Teachers, Allison N. Butts Jan 2014

Mandated Reporting And Child Maltreatment: Training And Experiences Of Minnesota Teachers, Allison N. Butts

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The state of Minnesota has no requirement for the training of mandated reporters for child maltreatment and teachers account for nearly 24% of child protection reports(Minnesota Department of Human Services, 2013b). This study looks to gain perspective on teachers’ experiences with mandated reporting, if and where they have received training on mandated reporting and child maltreatment, where they believe they should be receiving training and what they feel it should include. A mixed-mode online questionnaire with questions from the Teachers and Child Abuse Questionnaire, ECAQ and created by the author were used to survey 65 Minnesota teachers (Kenny 2001a ...


Social Worker Interventions For Patients Post-Stroke, Alexander Carlson Jan 2014

Social Worker Interventions For Patients Post-Stroke, Alexander Carlson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Research suggests that when a patient experiences a stroke, the lives of the patient and family of the patient can be impacted in many different ways. The purpose of this project was to identify the ways social workers work with stroke patients in the hospital, and how do they identify mental health symptoms in these patients. Using a qualitative design, four social workers, currently providing services in hospitals were interviewed. Data was analyzed using deductive approaches in which themes were developed from the interview responses. The findings indicated that most mental health symptoms are identified in patients, and then treated ...


Social Worker And Teacher Perceptions Of The Achievement Gap In Minnesota, Paul W. Collier Jan 2014

Social Worker And Teacher Perceptions Of The Achievement Gap In Minnesota, Paul W. Collier

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Narrowing the achievement gap has become an increasing issue in Minnesota. The purpose of this research project was to explore the attitudes of school social workers and teachers to see if there were any significant differences in the perception of the professionals who work with children directly affected by the gap. Using quantitative data analysis, 51 respondents, including 13 licensed social workers and 38 licensed teachers, were surveyed electronically, via Qualtrics, a survey creation and distribution website. All of the questions were created based on findings in the research. Data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS ...


Perspectives On Living Situations For Children With Classic Autism, Meghan Constantini Jan 2014

Perspectives On Living Situations For Children With Classic Autism, Meghan Constantini

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this qualitative study was to interview parents of children with severe autism and professionals work in residential settings to understand their perspectives of living situations for children with severe autism. Challenging behaviors occur with more frequency and intensity in children with severe autism. Living situations have been shown to have a negative impact on behaviors and the quality of life of a child with autism, as a typical home setting can be over stimulating and overwhelming to children with autism due to the nature of their diagnosis. (Nasir & Tahir, 2012). Findings from previous research show that children ...


Loss Of The Parent-Child Relationship After Divorce: Does Custodial Arrangement Matter?, Sara M. Czapiewski Jan 2014

Loss Of The Parent-Child Relationship After Divorce: Does Custodial Arrangement Matter?, Sara M. Czapiewski

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Today about 50 percent of marriages end in divorce and 40 percent of these divorces have children involved. Divorce can be a traumatic event and because of this divorce can be considered an ambiguous loss. This study looked at the losses that could be experienced by children from a parental divorce. Using attachment theory as the lens, literature was reviewed surrounding the effects of divorce on children. After completing the literature review the loss of the parent-child relationship was the primary focus for this study. A quantitative study was conducted to answer the question: does the custodial arrangement alleviate or ...


Effectiveness Of Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services In Mental Health Recovery, Katie L. Defelice Jan 2014

Effectiveness Of Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services In Mental Health Recovery, Katie L. Defelice

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) is a Minnesota based psychiatric rehabilitation program for adults whose ability to function in daily life has been impaired due to the symptoms of mental illness. The goals set and actual outcomes achieved by clients during participation in ARMHS were examined in a secondary data analysis using the CHIME recovery model (Connectedness, Hope, Identity, Meaning in life, and Empowerment) to determine the effectiveness of the program in assisting clients recover from mental illness. Outcomes described were largely mapped to the areas of Connectedness, Meaningful activity, and Empowerment, which may be related to the behavioral ...


The Betrayed Partner’S Experiences With Grief And Loss Following The Discovery Of An Extramarital Affair, Melinda M. Degroot Jan 2014

The Betrayed Partner’S Experiences With Grief And Loss Following The Discovery Of An Extramarital Affair, Melinda M. Degroot

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Betrayed partners experience a great amount of changes, losses, and grief following the discovery of an extramarital affair. The following study examines the stories of two women and four men from various areas across the United States who were the betrayed partner in a marriage that experienced extramarital affairs. A qualitative approach using semi-structured interviews were conducted to obtain information to answer the following research question: What are the betrayed partner’s experiences with grief and loss following the discovery of an extramarital affair within their marriage? Several themes arose from the findings including: 1) immediate thoughts, feelings, and behaviors ...


Christian Therapists’ Perspectives On The Use Of Prayer In Therapy, Paul J. Dirkse Jan 2014

Christian Therapists’ Perspectives On The Use Of Prayer In Therapy, Paul J. Dirkse

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Research has been demonstrating the benefits of utilizing spiritual and religious interventions to mitigate symptoms of emotional difficulties in clients that enter therapy. This study specifically aims to investigate Christian therapists’ perceptions on the use of prayer in psychotherapy. Four licensed Christian therapists were interviewed in regard to the following areas: demographics, how prayer is used in therapy, therapist’s perceptions on the use of prayer in therapy, and therapist’s perceptions on the effectiveness of prayer in mitigating symptoms of emotional difficulty. The major themes from the data demonstrate that Christian therapists approach the use of prayer in a ...


Reconceptualizing Autism Spectrum Within Diagnostic And Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition: Clinicians’ Perspectives, Lori A. Dobson Jan 2014

Reconceptualizing Autism Spectrum Within Diagnostic And Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition: Clinicians’ Perspectives, Lori A. Dobson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative study examined the clinicians’ perspectives on the reconceptualization of Autism Spectrum Disorder within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (2013), also referred to as DSM-5. Data were collected through six semi-structured interviews (n = 6) with clinical professionals who work directly with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), otherwise known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). Clinical professionals included licensed independent clinical social workers, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed psychologists. Grounded theory method was used with open coding to analyze various themes and subthemes within transcribed interviews. This study examined participants’ perceptions on ...