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“Make ’Em Laugh” The Interaction Of Humor In The Therapeutic Treatment Of Trauma: A Narrative Review, Katherine Goodman Jan 2018

“Make ’Em Laugh” The Interaction Of Humor In The Therapeutic Treatment Of Trauma: A Narrative Review, Katherine Goodman

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Like oil and water, humor and trauma would seem to be as opposite as can be. This systematic narrative review set out to discover if and how humor interacts with the therapeutic treatment of trauma. Peer reviewed data was collected, analyzed, and organized in four levels; humor in trauma therapy, humor in therapy promoting behavior for the client, humor in therapy sustaining behavior for the clinician, and humor in trauma work outside of a therapeutic setting. Using conceptual models of Trauma-Informed Care and Resiliency Theory, each level of articles were analyzed for similarities and differences through identifying; the use of ...


Privlineage: A Conceptual Model For Exploring A Legacy Of Privilege, Derek Otte Jan 2017

Privlineage: A Conceptual Model For Exploring A Legacy Of Privilege, Derek Otte

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Peggy McIntosh likens white privilege within American culture to an “invisible package of unearned assets that [one] can count on cashing in each day” (McIntosh, 2008, p 1). Majorities of people entering the social work profession are white and hold advanced degrees, while many of their clients come from minority, marginalized populations with a high percentage of people of color (Whitaker, Weismiller, & Clark, 2006). Without a healthy amount of awareness on the part of a social worker regarding his or her privilege, clients with disadvantage may become further alienated and marginalized by unwittingly discriminatory actions and decisions. Due to this ...


Clinical Interventions That Reduce Recidivism Among Female Offenders: A Systematic Review, Brittani Senser Jan 2017

Clinical Interventions That Reduce Recidivism Among Female Offenders: A Systematic Review, Brittani Senser

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In this systematic review, literature concerning clinical interventions that reduce recidivism among female offenders was reviewed and analyzed. Using the databases PsycINFO and Criminal Justice Abstracts Full Text, 10 studies regarding clinical interventions met the criteria for this systematic review. All studies were analyzed by specific clinical interventions that were conducted while females were in prison and or after release. The findings focused on what interventions work specifically for women to reduce substance abuse issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, and mental health diagnoses. Implications for future research include identifying interventions that are directly linked to the reduction of recidivism.


Choose Your Own Ending: An Arts-Informed Action Research On Creating A “Good Death”, Molli Slade Jan 2017

Choose Your Own Ending: An Arts-Informed Action Research On Creating A “Good Death”, Molli Slade

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Concerns arise as we approach the final days, weeks, and months of our lives. Doctors may be able to give us a medical prognosis of our remaining time on this planet but how do we find the answers to the other questions we may have? Grounded in the literature on what makes a “good death” this arts informed action research project used control, fear, spirituality, relationships, and legacy to create a branching plot style book for dealing with end of life issues. This format is an accessible way for both patients and social workers to discuss and explore ways of ...


Services And Supports For Families Of Children With Special Health Care Needs: Rural Vs Urban Settings, Jackie Johnson Jan 2017

Services And Supports For Families Of Children With Special Health Care Needs: Rural Vs Urban Settings, Jackie Johnson

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The purpose of this qualitative study was to survey parents and caregivers of children with special health care needs (SHCN) to determine what they find important in the services they receive for their child with SHCN. A special focus was placed on if they live in a rural setting vs an urban setting and where they find the needed services. The results of the study indicate that parent and caregivers are willing to drive to an urban setting for services. They would rather keep their home community in place and drive up to an hour one way for the needed ...


“Lost In Translation”: Medical Social Workers’ Perspectives On Using Interpreters, Amalia Mongiat Jan 2017

“Lost In Translation”: Medical Social Workers’ Perspectives On Using Interpreters, Amalia Mongiat

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As diverse populations continue to grow in the United States, the use of interpreters will become increasingly important in order to communicate effectively. The purpose of this project was to explore medical social workers’ perspectives on how the use of interpreters impacts their therapeutic bond with clients. Using a qualitative design, five social workers were interviewed using semi-structured techniques, answering questions related to the topic while also having the freedom to discuss aspects of using interpreters they felt necessary. The main themes found were: impacts on the therapeutic bond, the value of interpreters, and the barriers in using interpreters. 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

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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 ...


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

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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 ...


Spirituality, Religiosity, And Gerotranscendence, Rachael C. Girard Jan 2014

Spirituality, Religiosity, And Gerotranscendence, Rachael C. Girard

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Gerotranscendence is a new theory of human development that extends to old age. This developmental process is characterized by a shift in metaperspective from a realistic view of the world to a more transcendent or cosmic perspective. The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between age, gender, spirituality, and religiosity on gerotranscendence. Qualitative surveys were distributed to 174 residents of an independent living unit in the Midwest. The survey was used to measure respondents’ age, gender, spirituality, religiosity, and gerotranscendence. The finding did not support the hypothesis that age correlated with level of gerotranscendence. Demographic characteristics of ...


Just Don’T Take It So Seriously: Definitions Of Psychological Abuse, Heather Hall Jan 2014

Just Don’T Take It So Seriously: Definitions Of Psychological Abuse, Heather Hall

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Current lack of consensus for a clinical and legal definition of psychological abuse perpetuates systemic difficulties in addressing this societal problem. This study investigates through qualitative interviewing how adults who have and have not experienced psychological abuse define it, with an intent to gain insight on factors that should be considered in creating such a definition, as well as informing future research and social work practice. Ten participants were interviewed and transcripts created from their responses for content analysis. Twenty-two themes emerged from analysis of these transcripts with a strong emphasis on themes of control, dominance, and manipulation as a ...


The Sibling Experience: Grief And Coping With Sibling Incarceration, Katie Heaton Jan 2014

The Sibling Experience: Grief And Coping With Sibling Incarceration, Katie Heaton

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Incarceration is an issue that affects thousands of families on a yearly basis. To date, the majority of studies examining this loss have observed the impact of incarceration on children and parents; primarily how imprisonment affects child attachment to mothers and fathers (Brown et. al., 2000). Most often overlooked within these studies have been the siblings of brothers and sisters who have been adjudicated (Brown et al., 2000). Specifically of interest to this study is how professionals understand the impact of sibling incarceration on grief and coping styles of non-offending siblings. Furthermore, how does this knowledge impact working relationships between ...


Clinical Social Worker’S Perception Of The Impact Of Revisions Of The Dsm-5, Tara K. Jeno Jan 2014

Clinical Social Worker’S Perception Of The Impact Of Revisions Of The Dsm-5, Tara K. Jeno

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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual is often considered the “Bible” of mental health diagnostics and is used extensively by mental health professionals in defining mental disorders. The DSM-5 was recently release on May 19, 2013. There has been much controversy and debate surrounding the release. The most dramatic is the structural change with the elimination of the multiaxes. This research examined the impact of the changes on the assessment and treatment planning process done by clinical social workers. Interviews were conducted with licensed clinical social workers employed in outpatient mental health setting to determine the impact on the patients they ...


Native American Spirituality And Healing In A Euro-American World, Carol Johnson Jan 2014

Native American Spirituality And Healing In A Euro-American World, Carol Johnson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study focuses on Native American spirituality and healing in a Euro-American world. Six interviews were conducted, two each at three different rural tribes in northern Minnesota. The people interviewed were leaders or teachers in local tribes and also elders who are respected in the communities. Some of the common themes that emerged were (a) a change in the communities, viewed as overtaken by drugs and alcohol and feeling unsafe; (b) changes in traditional spirituality; (c) changes in language; (d) honoring true American war heroes; (e) changes in values and views of the ways of living; and (f) the prevalence ...


Factors That Impact Couples’ Discussions Of Advanced Directive Contents, Margaret I. Nerison Jan 2014

Factors That Impact Couples’ Discussions Of Advanced Directive Contents, Margaret I. Nerison

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An advanced directive is a document used to communicate end-of-life treatment desires when a patient is incapacitated or determined to be incapable of making their own decisions. This study was conducted using secondary data analysis of data collected from a 2010 survey by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research. The sample utilized in this study included married and cohabitating couples between 45 and 64 years of age. This research analyzed the accuracy of couples’ perceptions of their partner’s end-of-life treatment wishes. Characteristics among those who have advanced directives in place were distinguished. Individuals are better able to ...


The Self-Reported Needs And Reflections Of Caregivers Of Brain Injury Survivors, Katelyn M. Ryan Jan 2014

The Self-Reported Needs And Reflections Of Caregivers Of Brain Injury Survivors, Katelyn M. Ryan

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study seeks to examine the experience of family members of brain injury survivors in regard to the accessibility, helpfulness, and the effects of the information, resources, and support that they received from professionals during the recovery period, post injury. This research was qualitative and was completed through the use of a semi-structured interview schedule. Participants were asked questions which facilitated the exploration of six different topic areas in order to gain an understanding of the participants’ and their families’ experience throughout the recovery process following the occurrence of a brain injury of a family member. The six areas that ...


The Role Of Resilience In Adolescents With Complex Trauma: A Look At Therapists’ Perspectives, Abby O. Schwebke Jan 2014

The Role Of Resilience In Adolescents With Complex Trauma: A Look At Therapists’ Perspectives, Abby O. Schwebke

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The purpose of this research study was to look at what resilience factors therapists view to be important in their work with adolescents who have experienced complex trauma. This study used a qualitative research design, in the form of semi-structured interviews to collect data. The main findings of this study showed that 100% of the participants perceive healthy attachments to be a leading resilience factor in complex trauma. Additionally, according to the participants in this study, unhealthy coping skills (promiscuity, chemical use, self-harm and dissociation) were discussed as survival techniques. Finally, the use of resilience in therapy was addressed with ...


Stress Among Social Work Professionals In Mental Health Care Settings, Emily Ann Willems Jan 2014

Stress Among Social Work Professionals In Mental Health Care Settings, Emily Ann Willems

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The purpose of this research project was to compare stress among professionals in a mental health care setting. This research question sought to answer the following question: Do mental health care social workers experience higher levels of stress in comparison to other mental health care professionals? Empirical research suggests that mental health social workers experience higher levels of stress, than comparable occupational groups therefore this research project explores stress among mental health care social workers in comparison to other mental health care professionals (Lolyd, King, Chenoweth, 2002). In order to compare stress levels among professionals a stress survey was distributed ...


The Pursuit Of Social Justice: Narratives From Clinical Social Workers, Kate Francis Cowley Jan 2014

The Pursuit Of Social Justice: Narratives From Clinical Social Workers, Kate Francis Cowley

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Clinical social workers today face increasingly complex social justice issues. An ongoing discourse around the principle of social justice in clinical social work is critical in order for the clinical social work profession to meet its' social justice goals. Studies indicate the importance of having a conceptual framework of social justice to effectively apply social justice to practice, and the need for continual reevaluation and creation of new methods of applying social justice in clinical practice. This study obtained data from a purpose sample (n = 6) of licensed clinical social workers in a range of mental health settings. Semi-structured interviews ...


A Qualitative Investigation Of Therapists’ Practices For Addressing The Parent-Adolescent Relationship, Michelle R. Justen Jan 2014

A Qualitative Investigation Of Therapists’ Practices For Addressing The Parent-Adolescent Relationship, Michelle R. Justen

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The parent-adolescent relationship appears to have a significant impact on the mental health of adolescents. Previous literature has identified poor attachments to be associated with adolescent mental health concerns as well as delinquent behaviors. In order to address these concerns, practitioners have utilized practices of providing safety within the therapeutic relationship as well as enhancing communication and encouraging attunement within the parent-adolescent relationship. The purpose of the study is to identify theories and approaches that practitioners find most effective when working with adolescents and their families. This was a qualitative study in which data was collected through interviews with eight ...


Hospital Staff And Bereavement Services: Examining Compassion Fatigue In Nurses, Kelly Mcmanimon Jan 2014

Hospital Staff And Bereavement Services: Examining Compassion Fatigue In Nurses, Kelly Mcmanimon

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Disenfranchised grief, often experienced by nurses, can then lead to compassion fatigue if left unattended. The prevalence of this concern is rising and the literature shows that this issue clearly needs to become more centralized in the hospitals in which these nurses work. Social workers hold an important role in recognizing the needs of hospital staff and helping to address the issues of grief and loss with those who care for patients. In order to address these concerns a quantitative survey was conducted in one area pediatric hospital to address the effects of this phenomenon. The sample consisted of . . . The ...


Helping Mothers And Children Bond: Sharing Children’S Literature After Domestic Violence Experiences, Debbie Stone Nelson Jan 2014

Helping Mothers And Children Bond: Sharing Children’S Literature After Domestic Violence Experiences, Debbie Stone Nelson

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This qualitative study explores how mothers attempt to bond with their children after the trauma of family domestic violence. This study was based on the use of two psychoeducational focus groups with women who are mothers and victims of domestic violence. Focus groups based on a semi-structured interview guide were held before and after a shared book experience with the group participants. Women from two Minnesota domestic violence agencies (Group A=five and Group B =eight) comprised the study sample. Findings indicated that mothers are working to create bonds with their children but have a number of roadblocks. Participants were ...


School Choice And Self-Efficacy, Jessie Mayo Phillips Jan 2014

School Choice And Self-Efficacy, Jessie Mayo Phillips

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study explores school choice policy and its relationship to student feelings of self-efficacy. Bandura’s (1999) Social Cognitive Theory is used to conceptualize the research question. School choice is the predominant model in which many families find themselves embedded as their student approaches schooling. Given this context, families/students that make a conscious choice about where to attend school tend to have positive academic outcomes. A sample of 36 students from a mid-sized, private university in St. Paul, Minnesota was surveyed about whether or not they chose their high school, how they felt about the school they attended, and ...


Understanding Acculturation: An Exploratory Study Of Tibetan-American High School Students, Kunga Norzom Jan 2013

Understanding Acculturation: An Exploratory Study Of Tibetan-American High School Students, Kunga Norzom

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The purpose of this research study was to understand how acculturation affects Tibetan-American high school students’ ability to develop a new identity considering many variables and how that identity relates to different parts of their life and issues related to that both at home with parents and other significant relationships in life. The aspects explored are the rate of acculturation, age of arrival, familial relationship, community involvement, and level of cultural practice at home. This research paper will integrate past studies about different Asian American communities and specific issues affecting youth in an attempt to understand the current group of ...


Investigating Techniques To Help Early English Language Learners Prepare For Kindergarten, Gjenifer Stark Jan 2013

Investigating Techniques To Help Early English Language Learners Prepare For Kindergarten, Gjenifer Stark

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This qualitative study examines the perspectives and efforts of Minnesota Reading Corps members and Master Coaches to help Early Language Learners become kindergarten ready.

Minnesota Reading Corps is a statewide initiative to help every Minnesota child become a successful reader by the end of third grade. The program places Reading Corps members as literacy tutors in sites across Minnesota to implement a research-based early-literacy effort to help struggling readers. The Reading Corps strategies are designed for both preschool-aged children and students from kindergarten to third grade students. This phenomenological study looks at the stories and captures the essence of the ...


Social Workers' Perceptions Of Teen Fathers: Differences Among Social Service Professionals, Katelin A. Swanson Jan 2013

Social Workers' Perceptions Of Teen Fathers: Differences Among Social Service Professionals, Katelin A. Swanson

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Teen fathers are often left out of public conversation and social work interventions, and research with this population is minimal. The purpose of this project was to explore social workers’ perceptions of teen fathers, both how their perceptions are related to their practice and how they may differ from other social service professionals. Utilizing a mixed-mode questionnaire, 47 social service professionals from multiple work settings were surveyed about their perceptions and interventions with teen fathers. Quantitative data were analyzed using the data analysis software SPSS to produce descriptive and inferential statistics. Qualitative data were analyzed using content analysis to discover ...


Impact Of Agency's Climate On Burnout, Benjamin Widbin Jan 2013

Impact Of Agency's Climate On Burnout, Benjamin Widbin

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Social work agencies can play a vital role in reducing burnout of Social Workers today. Determining what agencies could do to lighten the emotional load on its workers is an important topic for Social Workers as well as the clients they serve. This quantitative study surveyed 48 licensed social workers to examine which aspects of an agency’s culture contribute to its workers’ experience of burnout. Results indicate that the majority of the respondents, 52% (25) indicated that they have already experienced burnout in some form while working at their current agencies. Respondents also felt that the single most important ...


Older Adults And Substance Abuse: A Program Evaluation, Lisa Lacoursiere Jan 2013

Older Adults And Substance Abuse: A Program Evaluation, Lisa Lacoursiere

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

In the year 2011, the first wave of the baby boom generation reached age 65, the age of retirement. Over the next 18 years the U. S. Administration on Aging (2010) reports that these boomers will turn 65 years old at the rate of approximately 8,000 per day. Substance abuse among this cohort has been called an invisible and silent epidemic. Many social service agencies will have to deal with the negative and complicating factors which substance abuse causes. Alcohol and substance misuse among the elderly is associated with many negative consequences, including functional impairment, increase risk of dementia ...


Therapists And Personal Therapy, Samantha J. Lundgren Jan 2013

Therapists And Personal Therapy, Samantha J. Lundgren

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Clinical social workers spend years in training and even more time ever refining their professional skill set as they work with clients. Personal therapy is another tool utilized by mental health professionals for personal and professional reasons. An array of research investigates the value of personal therapy for therapists. This study was designed for three reasons: 1) to examine the prevalence of personal therapy in the sample 2) to investigate the effect the practitioners experience of how therapy impacts their professional competence and 3) to evaluate perceptions of the role of personal therapy as a prerequisite to the profession. This ...


Supervision Training Needs: Perspectives Of Social Work Supervisees, Melissa A. Mak Jan 2013

Supervision Training Needs: Perspectives Of Social Work Supervisees, Melissa A. Mak

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The topic of social work supervision has received a fair amount of attention in recent years, especially with new supervision training requirements for licensing supervisors recently implemented by the Minnesota Board of Social Work. However, the majority of the previous research on the topic of social work supervision training has been gathered from supervisors, rather than supervisees. The purpose of this survey research was to investigate the perceptions of social work supervisees surrounding the topic of supervision and supervision training. Using quantitative survey research, responses were received from thirty total survey respondents regarding their perceptions surrounding the topic of social ...


Is There A Correlation Between Building And/Or Strengthening Developmental Assets And The Reduction In Mental Health Symptoms In Youth?, Angela C. Marti Jedinak Jan 2013

Is There A Correlation Between Building And/Or Strengthening Developmental Assets And The Reduction In Mental Health Symptoms In Youth?, Angela C. Marti Jedinak

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The purpose of this study was to determine if developing or strengthening developmental assets in youth, can reduce mental health symptoms. Despite the multitude of risk factors youth may have in their life, if countered with a high amount of protective factors or assets; research shows that youth can still have positive youth development. In turn, this provides children with skills to become engaged, empathetic, compassionate adults. This study examines if there is a correlation between building and/or strengthening assets and the reduction of mental health symptoms in children residing at a residential facility in Northern Minnesota.