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Professional Opinions Of Effective Interventions For Adults With Psychotic Disorders Who Experienced Childhood Trauma, Jennifer Metzger Jan 2018

Professional Opinions Of Effective Interventions For Adults With Psychotic Disorders Who Experienced Childhood Trauma, Jennifer Metzger

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This is a qualitative research study that examined professionals’ perceptions of effective interventions for adults with psychotic disorders who have experienced childhood trauma. The participants of the study were obtained through a snowball technique. The first participant’s information was given to the researcher through the research committee. The researcher then asked every participant to provide the contact information of another professional who fit the research criteria. In total, there were six professionals who were either clinical social workers, clinical psychologists or licensed marriage and family therapists. The data was obtained through structured, in person interviews with each of these ...


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 ...


The Black Male Achievement Gap: Strategies For Intervention, Bryssa Koppie Jan 2017

The Black Male Achievement Gap: Strategies For Intervention, Bryssa Koppie

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Black male students in America are graduating at a much lower rate than white students. The purpose of this systematic review is to answer the question, “what interventions can school social workers implement to improve high school graduation rates for Black male students?” The first phase of this project included an examination of the existing research surrounding the achievement gap in American schools. All research studies included in this project were directly related to the ways in which schools could support better quality education for Black males. Research studies were carefully selected using criteria of inclusion and exclusion to ensure ...


Financial Fraud On Elders And Interventions, Molly Schuneman Jan 2017

Financial Fraud On Elders And Interventions, Molly Schuneman

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Are there effective interventions that exist to identify elders who are victimized by financial abuse? Elders are living longer and control about 70% of the nation’s wealth, thus making the potential for fraud greater (Reeves & Wysong, 2010, p. 328). The Fraud Research Center defines fraud as, “a misrepresentation or concealment of some fact relevant to a transaction of products or services with the intent to deceive for monetary gain” (Beals, 2014, p. 4). A systematic literature review was conducted for current social service programs and methods for evaluating financial abuse or deterring elders from being defrauded including articles, gray ...


The Benefits Of Non-Pharmacological Interventions For Individuals With Dementia: A Systematic Review, Nicole Sintler Jan 2017

The Benefits Of Non-Pharmacological Interventions For Individuals With Dementia: A Systematic Review, Nicole Sintler

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Individuals with dementia experience many symptoms as the illness progress. Some of the common symptoms of dementia are memory loss, depression, anxiety, agitation, and aggression. Non-pharmacological interventions can help alleviate the common symptoms of dementia. Some of these interventions include therapies, relaxation techniques, and creative activities. This systematic review was designed to explore the research question: What are the benefits for non-pharmacological interventions for individuals with dementia? The systematic review used peer-reviewed articles that were published in the last eight years. The databases that were used in the review were PsychINFO, PubMed, and the search terms that were used were ...


Recognize, Repair, And Resolve: Understanding Ruptures Within The Therapeutic Alliance, Jessica Schmidt Jan 2016

Recognize, Repair, And Resolve: Understanding Ruptures Within The Therapeutic Alliance, Jessica Schmidt

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The therapeutic alliance, or the relationship between the therapist and patient, has been a popular research topic and is believed to play an important role in therapy, but what happens when the bond is broken and trust cannot be established? Unresolved ruptures are associated with deterioration in the alliance and may lead to poor outcome or patient dropout (Safran & Kraus, 2014). In order to recognize that a rupture has occurred, seven themed rupture markers are provided, six interventions are suggested to repair the rupture, and ten strategies are identified to assist clinicians resolve the rupture. To evaluate the understanding of ...


Programming That Targets The Needs Of Children Experiencing Homeless: A Systematic Review, Erin M. Foss Jan 2015

Programming That Targets The Needs Of Children Experiencing Homeless: A Systematic Review, Erin M. Foss

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This research set out to examine intervention programs and services targeting homeless children to identify if they were addressing the developmental needs of these children. This research used a systematic review of articles retrieved form scholarly databases. Sixteen articles were identified as meeting inclusion criteria and analyzed based on predetermined targeted intervention categories. The five categories of intervention that were focused on were basic needs, physical health, mental health, educational, and independent living skills. Additionally, this research looked at if the intervention was focused solely on the child or was a family focused intervention. This research found that many of ...


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 ...


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

Social Worker Interventions For Patients Post-Stroke, Alexander Carlson

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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 ...


The Effect Of Playback Theatre On Managing Elderly Bullying In Senior Communities, Jennifer E. Rooney Jan 2014

The Effect Of Playback Theatre On Managing Elderly Bullying In Senior Communities, Jennifer E. Rooney

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative research project explores the long established social problem of bullying among the expanding population of adults over 65. One of the main goals is to identify effective interventions in addressing the problem, specifically Playback Theatre. Grounded theory was implemented in data analysis. The social work theory of Person in Environment (PIE) and Systems Theory were used as the theoretical framework for formulating questions and interpreting answers. Seven professionals working in assisted living and senior public housing were questioned regarding their observations and experiences of elderly bullying within their facilities. Data analysis occurred within a three-month period. The main ...


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 ...


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 ...


Risk And Protective Factors Of Delinquency: Perspectives From Professionals Working With Youth, James Reilly Jan 2012

Risk And Protective Factors Of Delinquency: Perspectives From Professionals Working With Youth, James Reilly

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study examines the risk factors that increase an adolescent’s chance of engaging in delinquency and the protective factors that reduce the risk of delinquency. The risk and protective factors were examined through the ecological paradigm, which included the individual, family/peers, and neighborhood/community domains. This study used a qualitative method to examine the risk and protective factors through the perspective of professionals working in the juvenile justice system. Data was collected from a sample of professionals working at all levels of the juvenile justice system (N=6, average length of experience in working with youth=21 years ...