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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

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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 ...


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

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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 ...


Understanding School Social Workers' Roles In Bullying Prevention And Intervention, Jessica Staples Jan 2016

Understanding School Social Workers' Roles In Bullying Prevention And Intervention, Jessica Staples

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The primary purpose for this research was to gain a better understanding how school social workers are assisting in bullying prevention and intervention efforts at schools. Semi-structured interviews were done with three school social workers and three school administrators from school districts around the Twin City metropolitan area, in Minnesota. Interview questions were asked regarding: understanding of roles, consideration of school bullying prevention programs, exploring opinions about bullying prevention policies, understandings of laws and policies, talking through the successes and lack of success of the current bullying program in the school and lastly, exploring roles in policy making. Findings from ...


Grieving Students: School Social Workers' Perspectives, Kaitlin Salscheider Jan 2016

Grieving Students: School Social Workers' Perspectives, Kaitlin Salscheider

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Children and adolescents often experience a wide variety of loss and disruptive change throughout their lives. School is where children and adolescents are expected to perform at their best intellectual, emotional, social, and behavioral capacity; however, the reaction after a loss can impact a student's academic performance and include regressive behavior. Schools are a fundamental place for the development of children, and school social workers in particular work with students who have experienced a wide variety of stressful incidents and are critical in improving the social-emotional well-being in students. The purpose of this study was to explore school social ...


School Social Workers' Role In Supporting Parents Of A Child With Autism, Maureen V. Foster Jan 2015

School Social Workers' Role In Supporting Parents Of A Child With Autism, Maureen V. Foster

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This quantitative research study explored the role of the school social worker in supporting parents of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Surveys were emailed to members of the Minnesota School Social Workers Association. Participants were asked to complete the survey if they worked as a school social worker and supported students with ASD. The survey investigated the impact of an ASD diagnosis on the parental stress and what role school social workers had in supporting parents' needs. The objective of this study was to gain a better understanding of the school social workers' role and identify what supports ...


The Impact Poverty Has On Adolescents' Experiences At School According To School Social Workers, Kelly Williams Jan 2015

The Impact Poverty Has On Adolescents' Experiences At School According To School Social Workers, Kelly Williams

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Poverty is prevalent throughout the United States and can impact an individuals childhood following them into adolescence. The purpose of this project is to look at the impact poverty has on adolescents' experiences at school according to school social workers. Using a qualitative design, seven school social workers were interviewed regarding poverty in relation to their adolescent student's experiences at school. The interviews were transcribed and coded into themes and sub-themes. The emerging themes correlated with the literature. The findings showed themes of adolescents' living in poverty, academic, social and emotional experiences, to be key experiences school social workers ...


School Social Work And Expressive Art Therapies: A Systematic Review, Margaret M. Whipple Jan 2015

School Social Work And Expressive Art Therapies: A Systematic Review, Margaret M. Whipple

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This systematic review focused on the use of expressive art therapies in school settings. Data was collected, synthesized and analyzed utilizing two databases. The search criteria involved the inclusion of expressive art therapies being utilized in a school setting, which resulted in 10 relevant articles and studies. A secondary analysis was conducted of the 10 articles to categorize the grey literature or informal studies from the empirical pieces found. Urie Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Theory was used as the conceptual framework of this study, examining the environments that influence students' access to services and programs. Kindergarten through high school age groups ...


Animal-Assisted Therapy And Its Effects On Children In Schools, Jordan N. Putz Jan 2014

Animal-Assisted Therapy And Its Effects On Children In Schools, Jordan N. Putz

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Animal-assisted therapy could be used in schools as a supportive intervention provided by school social workers. The purpose of this project was to explore how animal-assisted therapy in schools, specifically using dogs, could be a complimentary and supportive form of intervention provided by social workers in a school setting. Using a qualitative design, five school social workers and three therapy dog handlers were interviewed regarding their perceptions on using therapy dogs in schools and how the therapy dogs may impact students. The data was analyzed using the content analysis method in which themes were developed from participant responses, integrating the ...


How Do School Social Workers Provide Support To Children Of Divorce?, Kimberly Johnson Jan 2013

How Do School Social Workers Provide Support To Children Of Divorce?, Kimberly Johnson

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The ongoing impact of divorce on elementary school-aged children has been associated with lower academic achievement, behavioral problems, relational issues, depression, and risk of developing short-and long-term mental health symptoms. School-based divorce support groups are one way children may receive support to cope with ongoing stressors associated with growing up in divorced or separated families. The purpose of this project was to explore elementary school social workers perspectives regarding what services they are able to provide to children who come from divorced, separated, or never married households and at what frequency. If divorce groups were offered in an elementary school ...


Cultural Competence In School Social Work: A Personal And Professional Learning Curve, Michelle Gloria Baltus Jan 2013

Cultural Competence In School Social Work: A Personal And Professional Learning Curve, Michelle Gloria Baltus

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As the nation grows more diverse and the numbers of American youth with mental illness climb, the importance of culturally responsive school social work practice is critical. Research suggests cultural competence is a fluid concept but one that improves service and client outcomes. Studies link cultural competence to licensure levels and practice experience, as well as primary social work competencies. Studies also indicate practitioners consider professional development and a supportive school environment to aid in cultural competency efforts, while societal influences and personal lack of knowledge and self-awareness can impede the process. This study obtained primary data from a purposive ...


Effective In-School Suspension Programming: An Exploratory Study, Mariam Bashiri Graff Jan 2013

Effective In-School Suspension Programming: An Exploratory Study, Mariam Bashiri Graff

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Extensive research has shown out-of-school suspension as a deterrent to inappropriate behavior in school does not work. It further shows that the most frequently suspended populations are the same populations with the highest drop-out rates and that are most at-risk for becoming involved with the criminal justice system. This study seeks to look at the alternatives to out-of-school suspensions. A cross sectional survey was used to ask school professionals to describe their school suspension programming and to what extent they are using it. Twenty-eight respondents indicated results similar to what was found in the literature review; that while promising, in-school ...


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

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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 ...