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Social Group Work In Action: A Sociometry, Psychodrama, And Experiential Trauma Group Therapy Curriculum, Scott Giacomucci Jun 2019

Social Group Work In Action: A Sociometry, Psychodrama, And Experiential Trauma Group Therapy Curriculum, Scott Giacomucci

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

The demand for group work in social work practice has steadily increased while the group work education provided in social work programs has exponentially declined. Social work education and social work practice are intimately linked – one cannot be examined without considering the other. The historical, theoretical, and clinical intersections of social work with groups and the triadic system of J.L. Moreno (sociometry, psychodrama, and group psychotherapy) will be explored. Moreno’s work will be framed through a social work lens with primary concepts defined. Two trauma-specific psychodrama models (Therapeutic Spiral Model and Relational Trauma Repair Model) will be outlined ...


Situational Risk Factors Associated With Child Sexual Abuse In The Black Church And The Interventions To Keep Black Children Safe, Ebony M. Speakes-Hall May 2019

Situational Risk Factors Associated With Child Sexual Abuse In The Black Church And The Interventions To Keep Black Children Safe, Ebony M. Speakes-Hall

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This dissertation explores the problem of Child Sexual Abuse within the Black Church by applying a situational crime prevention (SCP) lens to this issue in four stages. First, this dissertation traces the origins and application of situational crime prevention by criminologists in order to explore situational indicators that put children at risk within institutions. Second, this dissertation traces the emergence of the Black Church as a protective factor from historical trauma experienced by African Americans. Third, it identifies how some of these same protective factors have become situational risk factors within the Black Church that pose serious threats to children ...


Impact Of Disclosure Of Military Service History On Diagnosis Of Ptsd, Crystal Shelton May 2019

Impact Of Disclosure Of Military Service History On Diagnosis Of Ptsd, Crystal Shelton

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Objective Variability in how clinicians diagnose PTSD has been studied across treatment settings. Research shows several factors impact diagnostic variability. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the extent to which disclosure of military service leads to an increase in diagnosis of PTSD when considering an otherwise vague symptom profile. We hypothesize veteran status will increase the likelihood of a PTSD diagnosis than status as a teacher. Methods Clinician were recruited online through professional message boards and listservs. Participants were randomly assigned a vignette (veteran or teacher status) and subsequently asked to make diagnostic judgments. Two vignettes, identical with ...


The Efficacy Of Supportive Services In The Early Stages Of Outpatient Methadone Maintenance Treatment, Zachary M. Holtzman-Conston May 2019

The Efficacy Of Supportive Services In The Early Stages Of Outpatient Methadone Maintenance Treatment, Zachary M. Holtzman-Conston

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Background

Over the past 25 years, the United States has experienced an opioid epidemic that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and which now constitutes as the worst drug overdose epidemic in U.S. history. Increases in opioid use and abuse have been found among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels (CDC, 2017). Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) is one the most effective forms of treatment for opioid addiction, and has been found to reduce substance use, the risk of HIV, overdose, and criminal behaviors (Joseph et al., 2000; Mattick, Breen, Kimber, & Davoli, 2009). Both clinical ...


Attachment To The Social Construct Of Success And The Myth Of The "Good College": Effects Of Toxic Stress On Affluent Adolescents, Corey Hirsch May 2019

Attachment To The Social Construct Of Success And The Myth Of The "Good College": Effects Of Toxic Stress On Affluent Adolescents, Corey Hirsch

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

The demands and expectations placed on many high school students in affluent communities require almost impossible performance levels, or even perfection, and parents, peers, high school teachers, counselors, and administrators, as well as others in affluent communities, become increasingly invested in the quest for success demonstrated by high level performance and achievement. As a result, students in affluent communities are vulnerable to experiencing extreme pressure to succeed as demonstrated by gaining admittance to a “good college.” This dissertation utilizes the foundational aspects of attachment theory to provide a framework for understanding how individuals in affluent communities develop a strong attachment ...


Expanding The Mind And Body: Educating Social Work Students On Yoga As A Complementary Practice To Traditional Therapeutic Approaches, Nicole Grossman May 2019

Expanding The Mind And Body: Educating Social Work Students On Yoga As A Complementary Practice To Traditional Therapeutic Approaches, Nicole Grossman

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

Social work practice has prided itself in supporting a holistic approach to treatment which considers the dynamic interactions between the biological, psychological, and social aspects of human discourse. Despite being grounded in this theoretical approach, literature has revealed that formal social work education and practice have insufficiently incorporated complementary and alternative approaches to treatment. In response to the growing demand to consider and incorporate complementary and alternative methods with more traditional treatment approaches, and the potential efficacy of these methods, this dissertation seeks to develop a graduate level social work course that integrates yoga as a complementary therapy for treating ...


When Cancer Hits Home: Providing A Theoretical Foundation For Defining Self-Disclosure Of Personal Cancer Coping Experience In Oncology Social Workers’ Helping Relationships, Kimberly A. Lawson May 2019

When Cancer Hits Home: Providing A Theoretical Foundation For Defining Self-Disclosure Of Personal Cancer Coping Experience In Oncology Social Workers’ Helping Relationships, Kimberly A. Lawson

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

The American Cancer Society estimates that by 2020 cancer survivors in the United States will increase by 31%, rising from 13.7 million in 2012 to nearly 18 million, if cancer incidence and survival rates remain stable. This does not include others indirectly impacted by a diagnosis, such as family caregivers. Health care workers, including oncology social workers, are also increasingly finding themselves among those diagnosed with and / or caring for someone who has cancer. As cancer increasingly “hits home”, oncology social workers in such situations are also acquiring potentially valuable personal cancer coping experience. This theoretical dissertation explored how ...


From The Voices Of Domestic Sex Trafficking Survivors: Experiences Of Complex Trauma & Posttraumatic Growth, Heather R. Evans Dsw May 2019

From The Voices Of Domestic Sex Trafficking Survivors: Experiences Of Complex Trauma & Posttraumatic Growth, Heather R. Evans Dsw

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

Human sex trafficking is an ongoing global rights violation formally recognized since 2000 through the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report, 2016). Using ecological and trauma-informed lenses, this qualitative, retrospective study used participant-centered methods to explore identity, sexuality, relationships, and factors that facilitate/ hindered community reintegration for 15 adult female survivors. Interview transcripts, Photovoice captioned images, and focus groups were analyzed using multi-level conceptual and thematic coding. Participants identified with all aspects of complex trauma, including: dissociation, self-perception/identity, relations with others and systems of meaning. Key themes included losing and regaining power, shame, and ...


Provider-Identified Implementation Barriers To Providing Cognitive Processing Therapy In Va: A Review Of The Literature And Changes Over Time, Stephanie M. Renno May 2019

Provider-Identified Implementation Barriers To Providing Cognitive Processing Therapy In Va: A Review Of The Literature And Changes Over Time, Stephanie M. Renno

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

Incidents of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are high, especially in veterans exposed to combat. Strongly supported, efficacious treatment options exist, including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to treat the disorder and improve outcomes for patients. CPT has been trained widely in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Despite national dissemination and training, utilization rates have been low. Using data from the 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2016 VA Cognitive Processing Therapy Practice Survey, the present study examined the trajectory of provider reported barriers to implementation of CPT across the four survey distributions. The sample was analyzed using frequencies within and across survey ...


Barriers To Attaining Higher Education Among Substance Abuse Counselors, Steven Dawson May 2019

Barriers To Attaining Higher Education Among Substance Abuse Counselors, Steven Dawson

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

Twenty-three million people over the age of 12 meet criteria for a substance use disorder. Drug overdose is currently the number one cause of injury-related death in the US. From 1999 to 2017, almost 218,000 people died from overdoses related to opioids. In 2017, opioid overdoses were five times higher than they were in 1999. The financial cost of substance abuse in the US is estimated at $700 billion annually. Evidence-based approaches have been shown to improve outcomes, yet substance use treatment has the lowest rates of utilization of evidence-based practices of any health care discipline.

Graduate level education ...


A Mixed-Methods Examination Of The Relationship Between The Self And Adaptive Coping In Military Wives, Amy P. Page Aug 2018

A Mixed-Methods Examination Of The Relationship Between The Self And Adaptive Coping In Military Wives, Amy P. Page

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

Purpose: Previous research indicates that identity relates to use of specific coping strategies. Exploring the relationship between self and coping in military wives is crucial to understanding how they manage military lifestyle-related stressors. The researcher hypothesized that levels of emotion-focused coping (EFC) strategies in managing stressors will be related to higher degrees of well-being and individuals who endorsed the most mature identity status and higher degrees of self-concept clarity, self-monitoring, and mastery will report greater use of EFC. Role conflict was hypothesized to predict greater use of problem-focused coping (PFC) strategies. Methods: 202 participants completed an online survey containing standardized ...


Exploring The Clinical Utility Of Mobile Applications For Promoting Affect Regulation Among Clients With Behavioral Health Problems, Caroline Fenkel Jun 2018

Exploring The Clinical Utility Of Mobile Applications For Promoting Affect Regulation Among Clients With Behavioral Health Problems, Caroline Fenkel

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

Nearly 25 percent of adults in the United States are diagnosed with a behavioral health condition, most commonly depression, anxiety disorders and substance use disorders. Each of these diagnoses is associated with significant disruptions in affect regulation which encompasses the capacity to up and down regulate emotions. Best practice treatment for these conditions includes psychotropic medications combined with individual or group-based psychotherapeutic modalities which regardless of the therapist’s theoretical orientation attempt to promote affect regulation through skill transfer and strategies for observing one’s ability to regulate emotions. Similarly, attention to regulatory capacity is central to many emerging self-help ...


Aggression Management Curriculum For Acute, Non-Psychiatric Medical Units Within A General Hospital, Patricia M. Inacker May 2018

Aggression Management Curriculum For Acute, Non-Psychiatric Medical Units Within A General Hospital, Patricia M. Inacker

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

ABSTRACT

CURRICULUM - AGGRESSION MANAGEMENT WITHIN ACUTE MEDICAL HOSPITAL UNITS

Patty Inacker LCSW, MBA

Dissertation Chair: Katherine C. Ledwith, DSW, LCSW

Workplace violence in acute hospitals is a significant issue for organizations and for the personal well-being of employees in high risk settings. Evidence clearly identifies the potential threats, but there is limited understanding of the management of aggression on acute medical units. Nursing staff, physicians, social work and ancillary staff are ill equipped to de-escalate a patient and/or effectively protect themselves and others from harm. Hospitals must develop and incorporate effective educational strategies that prepare employees to manage this ...


The Clinical Significance Of Companion Animals For Lgbt+ Youth:Unconditional Love In A Straight Society, Jeffrey Neal Jin May 2018

The Clinical Significance Of Companion Animals For Lgbt+ Youth:Unconditional Love In A Straight Society, Jeffrey Neal Jin

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

The Clinical Significance of Companion Animals for LGBT+ Youth:

Unconditional Love in a Straight Society

Abstract

Background: Research continues on LGBT+ youth, social isolation, and mental health. Prior studies have shown the linkage between lack of social support and unhealthy outcomes including depression, substance use, and suicidal ideation. In place of or in addition to human support, companion animal relationships for this marginalized population have not been studied through previous work. This qualitative study explored the experiences of LGBT+ youth who have used companion animals for social and emotional support as a twinship selfobject or attachment object using Self Psychology ...


"It Gets Easier, Not Better": Ambiguous Loss And Resiliency In Adult Children Caring For Their Parent With Alzheimer's Disease, Maria L. Balintona May 2018

"It Gets Easier, Not Better": Ambiguous Loss And Resiliency In Adult Children Caring For Their Parent With Alzheimer's Disease, Maria L. Balintona

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

ABSTRACT

AMBIGUOUS LOSS AND RESILIENCY IN ADULT CHILDREN CAREGIVING FOR THEIR PARENT WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Maria Balintona, LCSW

Ram Cnaan, PhD

Background

Alzheimer’s Disease is characterized by a decline in cognitive function, memory retention, and thinking skills directly affecting one’s ability to perform activities of daily living. Alzheimer’s disease is fatal, though for many this is its lesser curse. The loss of humanity and the emotional pain of caregiving can be devastating. Today, an estimated 15 million American adults provide uncompensated personal care to their loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease (Alzheimer’s Association, 2017). As ...


A Qualitative Study Exploring African-American Lesbian Mothers’ Family Experiences Using Both An Intersectionality And A Risk-Resilience Framework, Brie Radis May 2018

A Qualitative Study Exploring African-American Lesbian Mothers’ Family Experiences Using Both An Intersectionality And A Risk-Resilience Framework, Brie Radis

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to: 1) generate an understanding of perspectives of lesbian African-American parents from the Philadelphia area on well-being, risk, and protection; 2) explore explanations of the reasons for risk and what the parents think they need to protect members of this cultural group, their families, and their community; 3) examine the possible impact of the legalization of gay marriage on members of this community who have partners and are raising children; 4) identify potential strategies to support lesbian-parenting families in which at least one partner is African American; and finally 5) collect data to ...


Third Culture Kids (Tcks) Go To College: A Retrospective Narrative Inquiry Of International Upbringing And Collegiate Engagement, Shakira Espada-Campos May 2018

Third Culture Kids (Tcks) Go To College: A Retrospective Narrative Inquiry Of International Upbringing And Collegiate Engagement, Shakira Espada-Campos

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

BACKGROUND: Third Culture Kids (TCKs) are those who have been raised in a culture outside of the culture of their parents, usually in a host country that differs from the country of their birth, because of their parents’ work or religious endeavors. Some of the groups that identify themselves as TCKs include children of military service members stationed overseas, children of members of the Foreign Service, and the children of missionaries. These children are growing up in a culture and society that is different from their parents’ passport country and may vastly differ in language spoken, religious beliefs, and cultural ...


It’S The Journey: The Developmental And Attachment Implications Of Animal Assisted Play Therapy(Tm) For Children In Emergency Housing, Katharine P. Wenocur Lcsw, Rpt May 2018

It’S The Journey: The Developmental And Attachment Implications Of Animal Assisted Play Therapy(Tm) For Children In Emergency Housing, Katharine P. Wenocur Lcsw, Rpt

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

BACKGROUND: Child homelessness is correlated with a wide range of health and psychosocial challenges including poor school performance, juvenile justice involvement, and heightened risk of exposure to early-life violence and trauma. Despite this, participation in therapy tends to be low. Animal Assisted Play TherapyTM (AAPT), a comprehensive model that systematically integrates trained therapy animals into play therapy, serves as a compelling modality for engaging this population into treatment. The tenets of AAPT are aligned with several clinical goal areas that homeless children might address in therapy, including the strengthening of attachment relationships with primary caregivers.

METHODS: The study integrated analysis ...


The Experience Of Burnout Of Inpatient Psychiatric Nurses: Promoting Trauma Informed Care And Examining Mindfulness As A Means For Improved Patient Safety And Nurse Well-Being, Donna Wampole May 2018

The Experience Of Burnout Of Inpatient Psychiatric Nurses: Promoting Trauma Informed Care And Examining Mindfulness As A Means For Improved Patient Safety And Nurse Well-Being, Donna Wampole

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

The Experience of Burnout of Inpatient Psychiatric Nurses: Promoting Trauma Informed Care and Examining Mindfulness as a Means for Improved Patient Safety and Nurse Well-Being

Article #1: Promoting Trauma Informed Care to Lesson Burnout and Promote Patient Safety among Psychiatric Nurses.

Article #2: Exploring the Impact of a Mindfulness-Based Psychoeducational Intervention on Burnout among Inpatient Psychiatric Nurses: A Pilot Study.

Donna M. Wampole

Chair: Sara Bressi, PhD, LSW

Individuals undergoing inpatient psychiatric care experience a variety of distresses caused by multiple diagnostic symptoms and prior traumatic experiences. Receiving care on an inpatient unit can be a distressful experience for those ...


The Warrior’S Provider From Bootcamp Through Discharge: Educating And Training An Army Of Social Work Students Towards Clinical And Cultural Competence With Service Members, Veterans And Their Families, Kenneth J. Marfilius May 2018

The Warrior’S Provider From Bootcamp Through Discharge: Educating And Training An Army Of Social Work Students Towards Clinical And Cultural Competence With Service Members, Veterans And Their Families, Kenneth J. Marfilius

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

Social workers are expected to serve, communicate, and interact effectively with a broad range of clients across various cultural contexts. Military culture is unique in that it puts the mission first, above one’s life, family, and personal comfort. Military culture has its own beliefs, language, values, and legal system that significantly impact the use of healthcare practices. There has been recent research identifying the significant gap in knowledge and training for behavioral health providers serving military members, veterans, and their families. In 2014, a survey examining behavioral health providers in Maryland identified significant gaps in knowledge and confidence for ...


Non-Offending Fathers As Caregivers In The Aftermath Of Child Sexual Abuse Disclosure: Applying A Historical, Attachment And Case Study Lens, Johanna S. Crocetto May 2018

Non-Offending Fathers As Caregivers In The Aftermath Of Child Sexual Abuse Disclosure: Applying A Historical, Attachment And Case Study Lens, Johanna S. Crocetto

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

Changing gender roles and caretaking roles in the family have resulted in greater involvement of fathers in the day-to-day care of their children (Parker & Livingston, 2017). As a result, there is a need to better understand the nature of father-child relationships on many levels and within the context of multiple circumstances. One specific example is the role of non-offending fathers in the care of children after child sexual abuse disclosure. Employing attachment theory as a theoretical framework, this two-paper dissertation examines the experiences of fathers as caregivers. The first paper reviews the evolution of paternal roles in the United States ...


“I Can’T See Him, But He’S ‘There:’” Young Adult Females’ Retrospective Experiences Of Paternal Absence And Ambiguous Loss, Emily T. Atwell May 2018

“I Can’T See Him, But He’S ‘There:’” Young Adult Females’ Retrospective Experiences Of Paternal Absence And Ambiguous Loss, Emily T. Atwell

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

This phenomenological study elicited the narratives of young adult women about their childhood experiences with ambiguous loss due to physical paternal absence. Ambiguous loss is defined in this research as a non-death-related loss that is confusing, complicated, or unresolved (Boss, 2006). Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten women between the ages of 22 and 32 for this study. They were selected because they had grown up with a biological father who had been physically absent before they had turned 18 years old. Four themes emerged related to the following: Parental messages and responses to paternal absence; Impact of being “there ...


The Training Needs Of Community Service Providers Of An Intensive Mental Health Program In Virginia’S Public School Settings, Cristina V. Reamon May 2018

The Training Needs Of Community Service Providers Of An Intensive Mental Health Program In Virginia’S Public School Settings, Cristina V. Reamon

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

One in five children birth to 18 has a diagnosable mental disorder and 1 in 10 youth has serious mental health problems that are severe enough to impair how they function at home, in school, or in the community (SAMHSA, 2003). Reduced funding and movement from residential and inpatient treatment to lesser restrictive settings have made schools the “de facto” mental health service provider (Roberts, Vernberg, Biggs, Randall and Jacobs, 2008; Splett & Maras, 2011). Furthermore polices such as Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, No Child Left Behind as well as incidents such as the Virginia Tech, Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Isla Vista shootings have charged schools and mental health organizations with the responsibility for the provision of adequate mental health services. “This “perfect storm” of a confluence of critical social, legal, and medical issues demand an array of therapeutic responses that schools were never designed or funded to do” (Lemon, 2015). According to the U.S Department of Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2012), there were 2.9 million youths aged 12 to 17 in 2010 who received mental health services in the educational setting.

Through in-depth semi-structured interviews with 12 community based providers of an intensive school-based mental health program, Therapeutic Day Treatment (TDT); it was the aim of this qualitative study to examine the training needs of community mental health providers whose provision of services occur in a school setting. Given ...


More Than A Statistic: Examining Promotive Factors That Facilitate Educational Attainment In The Form Of College Degrees Among Former Black And Latina Teenage Mothers, Judith Gil May 2018

More Than A Statistic: Examining Promotive Factors That Facilitate Educational Attainment In The Form Of College Degrees Among Former Black And Latina Teenage Mothers, Judith Gil

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

Objective: While becoming a teenage parent brings about significant emotional and financial challenges, there are cases in which, in the midst of these negative statistics and results, some of the outcomes are positive through the trajectory of the adolescent’s life. There are women who have been able to overcome the disadvantages of early parenthood and emerged stronger and more capable as a result of the personal growth they experienced. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the promotive factors that facilitated educational attainment in the form of college degrees for Black and Latina women who were teenage ...


"Too Blue To Talk About Sex": Exploring The Relationship Between Depression And Sexual Behavior Among Black Women - A Study For Hiv Prevention, Estella C. Williamson May 2018

"Too Blue To Talk About Sex": Exploring The Relationship Between Depression And Sexual Behavior Among Black Women - A Study For Hiv Prevention, Estella C. Williamson

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

Compared to women of all racial categories within the United States, Black women continue to have higher incidence rates for contracting HIV/AIDS. Black women contract HIV at more than 10x the rate of their White and minority counterparts (CDC, 2014). Among Black women diagnosed with HIV, over 80% reported contracting it through unprotected heterosexual intercourse (Institute, 2012). Research on sexual behavioral risks for contracting HIV/AIDS has contributed to targeted racial and gender-based HIV prevention programs that provide education and skills training in utilizing risk-reduction methods during heterosexual intercourse (CDC, 2015). However, the continued disproportionality of HIV incidence among ...


Applying Expressive Art Therapies To Cognitive Behavioral Interventions For Children And Adolescents With Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Emily B. Masciulli May 2018

Applying Expressive Art Therapies To Cognitive Behavioral Interventions For Children And Adolescents With Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Emily B. Masciulli

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is a relatively “new” eating disorder diagnosis that presents uniquely in children and adolescents. This dissertation first offers an analysis of current eating disorder interventions with a focus on children and adolescents and their unique developmental needs followed by a discussion of the strengths and limitations of family-based treatment (FBT) and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Currently, no treatment manual has been tested for ARFID, and further research examining the effectiveness of different treatment options for children with ARFID is clearly warranted. One potential treatment approach is expressive arts therapy, which may be valuable as ...


A Two-Paper Mixed Method Pilot Study On Perceived Social Support, Self Esteem, And Racial-Ethnic Microaggressions Among Undergraduate, Graduate, And Professional College Students In The United States, Bobby N. Casiano May 2018

A Two-Paper Mixed Method Pilot Study On Perceived Social Support, Self Esteem, And Racial-Ethnic Microaggressions Among Undergraduate, Graduate, And Professional College Students In The United States, Bobby N. Casiano

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

The retention, success, and well-being of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in the United States is a critical issue in the field of higher education. Colleges and Universities across the United States often reflect intractable conflicts and dynamics of the larger society. Consequently, institutions of higher education have grappled with the dynamic of systemic and interpersonal racism throughout history. Racial and ethnic microaggressions is a recent dynamic that has been described to impact the well-being of college students of color. Racial microaggressions are perceived intentional or unintentional slights that have been suggested to impact the self-esteem of college students. The ...


Trauma-Informed Case Management Practice For Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Connection, Healing And Transformation, Frank Mcalpin May 2018

Trauma-Informed Case Management Practice For Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Connection, Healing And Transformation, Frank Mcalpin

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

Young people experiencing homelessness in the United States are some of the most resilient individuals in our society. They, like all young people, are filled with extraordinary potential. However, the multiple and chronic trauma that these young people experience, caused by systemic injustices such as poverty, violence and oppression, both before and while experiencing homelessness, deeply violate their dignity and human rights. For youth experiencing homelessness, their very survival physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and economically is threatened daily. Experiences such as: abuse, neglect, poverty, housing instability, loss, family and community violence, victimization, exploitation, hunger, illness, criminalization, social isolation, rejection and ...


A Two-Paper Conceptualization Of Safety After Sexual Assault: The Case Of Edith, Sarah O. Trotta May 2018

A Two-Paper Conceptualization Of Safety After Sexual Assault: The Case Of Edith, Sarah O. Trotta

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

Establishing safety after a sexual assault is a central task of clinical social work with survivors of sexual violence. These two papers seek to build the argument that the concept of safety for survivors of sexual assault is profoundly nuanced and dependent upon a person’s unique history, personality, and life circumstances, and that the establishment of safety for a survivor of sexual assault requires precise clinical attention to each individual. This theoretical-conceptual dissertation first explores the trauma treatment literature and the ways that safety is understood and prioritized, followed by a discussion of additional theoretical frameworks that can strengthen ...


Evaluating The Effectiveness Of The Body’S Story In Building Resilience In School-Aged Children Exposed To Violence, Sara Kotzin Dec 2017

Evaluating The Effectiveness Of The Body’S Story In Building Resilience In School-Aged Children Exposed To Violence, Sara Kotzin

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

ABSTRACT

Evaluating the effectiveness of The Body’s Story in Building Resilience in

School-aged Children Exposed to Violence

Sara Onuma Kotzin, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Phyllis Solomon, Dissertation Chair, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Victoria Frye, Dissertation Committee Member, The City College of New York

Objective: The trauma associated with children’s exposure to violence (CEV) in the home, school and community, includes a complex web of emotional, social, and academic ruptures, which can derail healthy development if left unaddressed. Applying the tenets of a public health response to this complicated social problem, The Body’s Story was developed as a ...