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Addressing Needs Among Students Affected By Domestic Violence: Social Workers’ Perspectives, Kiah Dahlquist Jan 2017

Addressing Needs Among Students Affected By Domestic Violence: Social Workers’ Perspectives, Kiah Dahlquist

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The issue of domestic violence is of great concerns and the impact on children is becoming more widely acknowledged. This social issue contains many consequences and ramifications and a wider understanding of children’s needs are emerging. With this growing recognition the importance to meet this children’s needs have been identified. This qualitative study explored how school social workers support children impacted by domestic violence through six (n = 6) semi-structured interviews. The findings, developed through an open-coding process, included the following themes: interventions used by school social workers to support children experiencing domestic violence; barriers to supporting children affected ...


Fostering Resilience In Emancipating Foster Care Youth, Kelsey Howland Jan 2017

Fostering Resilience In Emancipating Foster Care Youth, Kelsey Howland

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Compared to general population emerging adults, youth who are transitioning out of foster care into independent living tend to experience a higher percentage of long-term negative outcomes including disorganized relationships, chemical dependency, and insecure housing and employment. The researcher identified fifteen articles that explored programs’ and practitioners’ work with foster care youth transitioning to independence. This exploratory study evaluated the programs’ intervention modalities and philosophies through a systematic review. The findings identified three common interventions: Resource coordination, Social connections, and Indendent living skills instruction; and four primary program philosophies: Relationship-based model, Youth development model, Integrative model, and Systems of care ...


Developmental Impact Of Inclusion Classrooms On Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review, Emily E. Aller Jan 2017

Developmental Impact Of Inclusion Classrooms On Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review, Emily E. Aller

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This systematic review examines the developmental impact inclusion classrooms have on children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). An extensive review of current literature resulted in nine articles included in this study. The common themes identified in the literature include: social interaction; teacher preparedness; impact of age on education; and individuality of education. Results indicated that the educational setting alone does not impact the development of children with ASD. Further research needs to be completed in order to fill the gap in literature regarding the cognitive developmental impact educational settings produce and determinants of the best educational setting for children ...


“I’M Tough, It’S Fine”: Prohibiting Restrictive Procedures And Seclusion In Educational Settings, Kaitlin Adams Jan 2017

“I’M Tough, It’S Fine”: Prohibiting Restrictive Procedures And Seclusion In Educational Settings, Kaitlin Adams

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The intent of this qualitative study was to explore participants’ stories and experiences of safety when working in a Federal Setting 4 Special Education environment with students who have disabilities and aggressive behaviors. This study utilized a qualitative, phenomenological research approach to better understand experiences participants have been through firsthand or witnessed in regards to their safety. The participants consisted of 10 professionals who all currently work in a Federal Setting 4 environment in two different Intermediate School Districts in the state of Minnesota. The participants included teachers, social workers, mental health professionals, and a psychologist. The participants were asked ...


Evaluating Child Maltreatment Prevention Programs & Services: A Qualitative Study, Laura Abrass Jan 2017

Evaluating Child Maltreatment Prevention Programs & Services: A Qualitative Study, Laura Abrass

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This is a qualitative study looking at the model of child maltreatment prevention programs within a large Midwest metropolitan area. The rate of child maltreatment is alarmingly high in the United States as over 40,000 children die of homicide every year due to child maltreatment (World Health Organization, 2014). Research suggests that there are many factors that can increase the likelihood of a parent maltreating their child including having a stressful home environment, family history of abusive tendencies, substance abuse, or other stressors. With aims of addressing these risk factors associated with child maltreatment, parenting support and skills programs ...


Making & Sustaining Change From Psychotherapy: A Mixed Method Study, Kelsi Dankey, Heather Karson, Arielle R. Yahnke, Sara Lemon, Tricia Downing, Danae Hoffman, Natia Wilcek Jan 2017

Making & Sustaining Change From Psychotherapy: A Mixed Method Study, Kelsi Dankey, Heather Karson, Arielle R. Yahnke, Sara Lemon, Tricia Downing, Danae Hoffman, Natia Wilcek

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This mixed method study explored both (1) how changes are made and (2) what encourages the maintenance of change after psychotherapy. Literature has called for further exploration into what helps clients to make and sustain change from their perspectives. While the effectiveness of approaches such as: psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and other disorder-specific treatments has been demonstrated broadly, less is known about individual variables, and specifically about how individuals participate in and support their recovery. This study used a mixed method sequential design. Wampold & Imel’s (2015) contextual model was used as a conceptual framework throughout the study. Using secondary data ...


A Case Study Of Veteran Identity As A Female, Kimberly Anderson Jan 2017

A Case Study Of Veteran Identity As A Female, Kimberly Anderson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The terms veteran, or soldier, typically evoke a male image, creating barriers to female veteran identity and recognition. Using a case study methodology, one female veteran’s perspective was explored using qualitative interviews and supporting documents. Findings show that the female veteran had the same training and deployment experiences as her male counterparts, and therefore, demonstrates her full status as a veteran. Also noted are the ways in which her female identity as a veteran was expressed and experienced by others. This case study involves perspectives related to female veteran identity across three generation and suggests changes related to females ...


Involuntary Civil Commitment And Sobriety, Ana Anderson Jan 2017

Involuntary Civil Commitment And Sobriety, Ana Anderson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Previous studies have identified various controversy surrounding coerced treatment of individuals with a severe substance use disorders. Individuals suffering from significant clinical and functional impairments, including major medical issues, disability, and failure to meet societal responsibilities are at risk for judicial intervention via involuntary civil commitment. The purpose of this study is to investigate the use of involuntary civil commitment with those experiencing a severe substance use disorder. The principal researcher interviewed seven participants who actively provide service to individuals diagnosed with a severe substance use disorder under an involuntary civil commitment. The interviews were analyzed and coded. Initial themes ...


What Can We Learn From Death And Dying? One Man’S Experience, Brooke K. Benson Jan 2017

What Can We Learn From Death And Dying? One Man’S Experience, Brooke K. Benson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The research explored a personal account of a man's experience of actively dying. From the findings, five major themes emerged describing the participant’s experience of dying. The first theme, physical states, was sub-categorized by states of being, felt senses, and physical things. The second emerging theme, mental, was sub-categorized by emotions and cognitions. The third emerging theme, beheviors, was sub-categorized by actions and communications. The fourth emerging theme was spirituality and the fifth and final theme was time. The findings provide valuable insight into the process of death and dying, the emotions surrounding the process of dying and ...


Cognitive Behavior Therapy With Adults With Intellectual Disabilities: A Systematic Review, Crystal Barrera Jan 2017

Cognitive Behavior Therapy With Adults With Intellectual Disabilities: A Systematic Review, Crystal Barrera

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

A small but significant portion of the population has a diagnosis of an intellectual disability, defined as cognitive deficits that impact a person’s daily functioning. Adults with intellectual disabilities struggle with psychopathology at four times the rate as the general population, yet only 10% receive psychotherapy. There is very little existing research into the use of psychotherapy for adults with intellectual disabilities, the majority of which has been published in niche publications that most practitioners have limited access to. Therefore, this systematic review answered the question “What are the known outcomes of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for adults with ...


A Qualitative Investigation Of Parental Experiences With Play Therapy, Kaitlin Bach Jan 2017

A Qualitative Investigation Of Parental Experiences With Play Therapy, Kaitlin Bach

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Today, 1 out of every 5 children are experiencing some sort of mental health condition, and of those children only one third will receive the treatment they need (As cited in Meany- Walen & Teeling, 2016; SAMHSA, 2015). As these mental health challenges in children continue to grow, so too does the need to use proven treatments. Play therapy is an effective and useful treatment approach for young children that has been proven effective for children ranging in age (Bratten et al., 2013; Cochran et al., 2010), diagnosis (Bratton, et al., 2014; Gold, et al., 2014) and culture (Cochran, Cochran, Nordling, McAdam, & Miller, 2010; Shen ...


Racial Differences In Veteran Service Connection Disability, Jonathan Arnold Jan 2017

Racial Differences In Veteran Service Connection Disability, Jonathan Arnold

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The problem this project addresses is racial differences in veteran service connection disability, specifically for the African American Veteran community. Throughout history, African Americans have notably been underserved in the healthcare system. The literature also shows a huge disparity across races of veterans versus non-veterans when seeking mental health care. However, in some of the literature, there is conflicting research on whether non-white racial groups do in fact receive poorer quality care leading to poorer outcomes. The research question of interest is: What are the experiences of African American veterans in accessing disability resources? This research project was a qualitative ...


Strategies And Outcomes In Working With Adolescents Diagnosed With Conduct Disorder, Elisabeth A. Boegeman Jan 2017

Strategies And Outcomes In Working With Adolescents Diagnosed With Conduct Disorder, Elisabeth A. Boegeman

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Conduct disorder is defined by the American Psychiatric Association (2013) as: A repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior in which the basic rights of others or major age appropriate societal norms or rules are violated, as manifested by the presence of at least three of fifteen criteria, in the past twelve months, with at least one criterion present in the past six months. Conduct disorder is generally considered to be a serious, chronic childhood disorder that is often the primary precursor to an adult presenting with chronic antisocial behavior. According to Lahey, Loeber, Hart, Frick, & al, et (1995), it has ...


Social Worker Perceptions On Education For Generalist And Specialist Roles, Jamie Blackledge Jan 2017

Social Worker Perceptions On Education For Generalist And Specialist Roles, Jamie Blackledge

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The current study examines the following question: How well does social work education prepare a Generalist or a Specialist to be in their social work role? Findings from existing research and interviews of five Generalist and five Specialist social workers within the Minneapolis - St. Paul metro area were reviewed to explore the adequacy of the current BSW and MSW curriculum in preparing students for social work practice after completing their degree. Recent literature and responses from interviewees revealed common themes endorsed by both Generalist and Specialist social workers. Both note the relevance of generalist social work curriculum for Generalist and ...


Understanding The Mental Health Impacts Of Non-Kinship Vs. Kinship Placements, Lena Bessas Jan 2017

Understanding The Mental Health Impacts Of Non-Kinship Vs. Kinship Placements, Lena Bessas

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

In this systematic literature review, the researcher synthesized literature regarding the mental health impacts of non-kinship versus kinship placements on children who are involved with the child welfare system. Using SocINDEX with Full Text, PsychINFO, Social Work Abstracts, Child Development and Adolescent Studies and JSTOR, nine studies met the criteria for the review and were then analyzed. Themes that were identified included: Placement type, PTSD, depression and gender. The studies included in this review identified the mental health impacts on children depending on their placement type. This study gives evidence for the need of more research around this topic.


Unintended Rehabilitation: A Comparative Analysis Of Prison Animal Programs, Mielissa Beseres Jan 2017

Unintended Rehabilitation: A Comparative Analysis Of Prison Animal Programs, Mielissa Beseres

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Prison Animal Programs (PAPs) are built on the foundation of the human-animal bond. Integrating animals into correctional settings through a therapeutic approach could potentially influence many individuals as prisons continue to increase their capacity. In this comparative analysis, the United States was divided into three regional sectors and quota sampling was used to select two prison-animal programs from each sector. Purposeful sampling was used to navigate characteristics of each program’s website information, including comprehensive mission and program description. Prison-animal programs are rarely used through a therapeutic lens, resulting in little to no collected or comparative data. However, information available ...


Trauma In Schools: Identifying And Working With Students Who Have Experienced Trauma, Amanda E. Berg Jan 2017

Trauma In Schools: Identifying And Working With Students Who Have Experienced Trauma, Amanda E. Berg

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Schools have academic and behavioral expectations that can be extremely challenging if not impossible for children who have experienced trauma. With approximately 25%-50% of children nationwide having experienced trauma, this is a widespread issue and major concern. Challenges in school for these children include learning difficulties, attention difficulties, struggle to regulate emotions, difficulty with peer relationships, and reactivity. This qualitative study investigates the question; how do social workers identify and work with students in a school setting who have experienced trauma? The researcher interviewed six licensed clinical social workers in the Twin Cities metro area who are working in ...


Posttraumatic Growth In United States Military Veterans, Angela Cox Jan 2017

Posttraumatic Growth In United States Military Veterans, Angela Cox

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

PTSD’s prevalence in U.S. military veterans requires a greater understanding of the disorder as well as knowledge of the concept of PTG. PTG has been described as a positive outcome from a traumatic experience (Tedeschi & Calhoun, 1996). Research on PTG found that veterans that were married, had strong social support, identified as being a minority, and participated in various trauma-related therapies reported higher levels of PTG. The purpose of this systematic review was to determine the contributing factors of PTG in U.S. military veterans. Knowledge of the contributing factors, signs, and facilitation of PTG is important in ...


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Veterans Experiencing Insomnia: A Systematic Review, Dustin Cobb Jan 2017

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Veterans Experiencing Insomnia: A Systematic Review, Dustin Cobb

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

In this systematic literature review, research regarding veterans experiencing insomnia and the utilization of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia as an effective treatment modality were synthesized. Using the sociology research database SocINDEX; nine studies examining the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a treatment option for insomnia and insomnia related symptoms met criteria for the review. The Behavioral Model of Insomnia was used as the conceptual framework for this review. This framework was utilized to explore Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as an effective means of treating veterans experiencing insomnia. Studies included in this systematic review produced these findings: improvements in sleep ...


Factors That Increase Successful Parenting Skills In Adult Survivors Of Childhood Trauma, Neglect, And Abuse: A Systematic Review, Victoria A. Christian Jan 2017

Factors That Increase Successful Parenting Skills In Adult Survivors Of Childhood Trauma, Neglect, And Abuse: A Systematic Review, Victoria A. Christian

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

In this systematic review, I explored the topic of the parenting skills of adults who had experienced childhood abuse, trauma, and neglect and how that experience impacts their ability to become effective parents to their own children. The literature review provided information showing that adults who experienced childhood abuse may have a difficult time parenting their own children if they don’t have the ability to form attachment, develop resilience and protective measures, and learn parenting skills. A focused literature search found twenty-three articles, three books, and various government websites that provided the information used in this research paper. A ...


Birth Parents: Blogging The Emotional Journey Through Adoption, Kayla L. Christensen Jan 2017

Birth Parents: Blogging The Emotional Journey Through Adoption, Kayla L. Christensen

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Adoption often focuses on the adoptive parents and the child. Birth parents are frequently forgotten about even though the adoption process would not be possible without them. This study looks at the birth parents’ experiences and the emotions they often endure. A textual analysis research design was used to gain insight into the birth parents’ journey though the adoption process, using blogs written by birth mothers and birth fathers. Four blogs were studied with two written by birth mothers and two authored by birth fathers. Qualitative analysis was applied through grounded theory which utilizes coding to deciphering themes. This study ...


Domestic Violence: How To Treat The Unseen Victims, Sarah Callahan Jan 2017

Domestic Violence: How To Treat The Unseen Victims, Sarah Callahan

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Domestic violence is something that impacts families worldwide. One in three women in the US will experience domestic violence in their lifetime (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012); given this statistic, children will inadvertently be exposed to domestic violence as a result. Young children, whom are likely in the home with their parents, are highly vulnerable to domestic violence exposure, and the impacts that it has on mental health functioning. This qualitative research project focused on the question “What are the best methods of practice for working with children aged 2-6 who have been exposed to domestic violence and ...


Evaluating The Effectiveness Of Vocational Rehabilitation In Economic Outcomes For Adults With Disabilities, Susanne Desmond Jan 2017

Evaluating The Effectiveness Of Vocational Rehabilitation In Economic Outcomes For Adults With Disabilities, Susanne Desmond

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Employment rates are much lower among individuals with disabilities, and lower still for those with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD). This study systematically reviewed a subset of existing research studies to determine how well vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs have affected economic outcomes for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Findings demonstrate that while persons receiving VR services are more likely to obtain employment, only 18% are working competitively, often for minimum wage. Studies varied in how earnings were reported. Emergent themes include the prevalence of poverty, challenges with providing person-centered interventions, barriers to inclusion in integrated work settings ...


What Is The Impact Of Mental Health Courts? A Systematic Literature Review, Rachel Dean Jan 2017

What Is The Impact Of Mental Health Courts? A Systematic Literature Review, Rachel Dean

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Mental health court programs have proliferated in the United States in the past few decades in response to the growth of persons with mental illness involved in the criminal justice system. Research has previously been conducted on the impact of these programs, but few studies have been done to identify themes among the research as a whole in regard to their impact on three main goals: reducing recidivism, improving mental health and connecting participants to treatment and services. This systematic review was designed to explore the question: what is the impact of mental health court programs on recidivism, connection to ...


Examining Post-Adoption Services: What Adoptive Families Need For Beneficial Outcomes, Lindsey Crawford Jan 2017

Examining Post-Adoption Services: What Adoptive Families Need For Beneficial Outcomes, Lindsey Crawford

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This research is about what post-adoption services exist, what sort of supports and services adoptive families need, and if there are any disparities. The researcher aimed to answer the multidimensional research question: What types of post-adoption issues do adoptive parents identify, how were these issues addressed, and what do they recommend to other adoptive parents? A qualitative research design with a narrative analysis was used to conduct the study. The Ecological Approach was used as the conceptual framework. The researcher found that both participants participated in foster to adopt, felt they did not receive the full extent of the supports ...


Transgenerational Transmission Of Caregiver Behaviors Promoting Secure Attachments In American Indian Communities, Bryan Ellingson Jan 2017

Transgenerational Transmission Of Caregiver Behaviors Promoting Secure Attachments In American Indian Communities, Bryan Ellingson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study is to describe American Indian caregiver behaviors that promote secure attachments and keep tribal practices alive through transgenerational transmission. This qualitative study included interviews with three American Indian participants to describe culturally specific caregiver behaviors promoting secure attachments. The urban Indian participants in this study’s purposive sample participated in interviews that yielded four salient themes and three sub-themes. The themes included: connection to culture, importance of extended family, significance of elders, and respect as a value. The three sub-themes under connection to culture included: language, ceremonies and practices, and re-visiting the reservation. The results ...


Lessons For Social Workers: A Review Of The Latino/A Undocumented Immigrant Experience, Katie J. Ducklow Jan 2017

Lessons For Social Workers: A Review Of The Latino/A Undocumented Immigrant Experience, Katie J. Ducklow

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Undocumented Latino/a immigrants seeking social work services face additional challenges due to their immigration status, such as social isolation, trauma, a hostile political climate, and fear of deportation. The researcher of this systematic literature review sought to answer the research questions: “What factors do undocumented Latino/a immigrants identify as helpful when utilizing social work services?” and “What factors do undocumented Latino/a immigrants identify as hurtful or barriers when utilizing social work services?” A systematic review was conducted using the databases SOCIndex, PsycINFO, and Social Work Abstracts and variations of the search terms “Latino/a,” “immigrant,” and “social ...


Bicycles And Youth: Impacts, Elizabeth Drews Jan 2017

Bicycles And Youth: Impacts, Elizabeth Drews

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Previous studies considered the factors leading or discouraging youth to use bicycles as a means of transportation or exercise. The purpose of this study was to consider the impacts of community based bike programming on youth of color and/or from lower income communities. The researcher interviewed four people who are in some capacity involved with bicycle programming aimed at youth. The interviews were transcribed, coded and analyzed. Initial themes arose among all participants, including the following: Early Experiences and Family Influences, Community Involvement, Knowing and Preparing for Target Populations, and Skills and Pride. Implications for social work practice and ...


Guardian Ad Litem Perceptions Of Child Protection, Carla Evans Jan 2017

Guardian Ad Litem Perceptions Of Child Protection, Carla Evans

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Research into child protection has focused largely on evaluating the specific interventions that can improve outcomes for children who suffer neglect or abuse. Little is known about how the various elements of the child protection system interact to determine children’s permanency decisions and about the system’s overall strengths and weaknesses in improving outcomes for children. Guardian ad Litems are in a unique position to evaluate child protection because of their relative independence and because of their specific role of focusing on children’s best interests. This research was designed to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing ...


Interventions To Alleviate The Psychosocial Needs Of Hospice Family Caregivers: A Systematic Review, Nicole Engen Jan 2017

Interventions To Alleviate The Psychosocial Needs Of Hospice Family Caregivers: A Systematic Review, Nicole Engen

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Hospice care is a growing service to individuals with terminal and chronic illnesses to promote quality of life and comfort versus treatment at the end of their life. The support of hospice care extends to the family of hospice patients. Many patients who wish to receive hospice care at home have involvement from family to become their primary caregiver. This systematic review was designed to answer the question, what interventions are available to alleviate the psychosocial needs of hospice family caregivers. Based on the inclusion and exclusion criteria set for this study 11 articles met criteria to be analyzed. Two ...