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Social Workers’ Current Practice Of Screening For Brain Injury, Shawna Lyn Carey Dec 2012

Social Workers’ Current Practice Of Screening For Brain Injury, Shawna Lyn Carey

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to determine if and to what extent LICSWs are screening for brain injury during intake. Licensed social workers were invited to participate in an online Qualtrics survey. Questions in the survey gauged participants’ use of assessments for physical, cognitive and emotional categories of symptomatology identified in the literature. Thirteen LICSWs completed the survey for a response rate of 5.1 percent. All participants in this study work with at least one population at-risk for brain injuries, yet over half of the LICSW respondents indicated not having training in brain injury. Respondents who had training ...


Homeless And Highly Mobile Students: What Is The Situation 25 Years After Mckinney-Vento Legislation?, Megan Betters May 2012

Homeless And Highly Mobile Students: What Is The Situation 25 Years After Mckinney-Vento Legislation?, Megan Betters

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which was passed in the late 1980’s, set provisions to help remove the barriers to receiving an education for the more than 1.35 million children living in homelessness today. In the 25 years that have passed since the enactment of this legislation McKinney-Vento continues to define the educational rights afforded to homeless and highly mobile students. The purpose of this research paper was to determine if this legislation continues to meet the needs of homeless and highly mobile students. In this qualitative study, four district liaisons to homeless and highly mobile students were ...


Attitudes Toward Religion And Spirituality In Social Work Practice, David M. Allick May 2012

Attitudes Toward Religion And Spirituality In Social Work Practice, David M. Allick

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

What are the attitudes that social workers have toward religion and spirituality and how does it affect their practice? What affect does religion and spirituality have on clients in therapy and how big of an impact is it making in their lives? How much education are social workers receiving in their undergraduate and graduate curriculum? These questions and a few others are all addressed in this research. In this qualitative study the researcher interviewed seven Licensed Independent Clinical social workers (LICSWs) with at least seven years of experience, serving in diverse areas of social work. Social workers attitudes toward religion ...


Graduate Social Workers’ Perceived Level Of Competency In Working With Couples, Melanie Cicmil May 2012

Graduate Social Workers’ Perceived Level Of Competency In Working With Couples, Melanie Cicmil

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This research study explores graduate social workers’ self-perceived competence in couples work. While literature on this topic is sparse, previous studies have indicated that graduate social work programs lack adequate incorporation of couples work material into their curricula. As a result, social work students are graduating with little confidence in their ability to be couples therapists. The current study consisted of an online survey, which was emailed to licensed graduate social workers in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Information collected by the survey included demographic characteristics of respondents and their graduate school experiences, such as coursework and internship(s ...


Burnout Among Mental Health Workers In A Nonprofit Organizational Setting, Danielle Fox May 2012

Burnout Among Mental Health Workers In A Nonprofit Organizational Setting, Danielle Fox

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this research is to examination the burnout tendencies of mental health social workers in an organizational setting. Specifically, looking at: What are the tendencies of burnout in mental health social workers in a nonprofit organizational setting and what are their interpretations of burnout? This research provides further insight into the actual numbers of mental health social workers experiencing burnout in a local organizational setting, and provides information around what these social workers identify as burnout and what they believe are the main causes.

Social workers in mental health and other professions are experiencing burnout at an alarming ...


Licsw's Perspectives On The Causes Of Community Violence, Krista Churness May 2012

Licsw's Perspectives On The Causes Of Community Violence, Krista Churness

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This research will examine clinical social workers (LICSWs) perspectives on the causes of community violence. It is important that clinical social workers have an understanding of the interplay of causes that converge to make a community prone to violence. LICSWs are trained to have an understanding of the ecological perspective and when looking at community violence from this perspective, they can then work towards holistic solutions in their labor with individuals, families, and communities. There are micro, macro, and mezzo causes of violence in communities, therefore, ideally, clinical social workers should work to address the causes at each level.


The Effects Of Mindfulness Meditation On Mental Health, Geraldine Fedorowicz May 2012

The Effects Of Mindfulness Meditation On Mental Health, Geraldine Fedorowicz

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Current research supports the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions in clinical social work, yet more rigorous research is needed to determine what makes it effective, and through which mechanisms. This study looked at the relationship between meditation experience and self-reported trait mindfulness and emotion regulation, two proposed mechanisms of change in mindfulness, and perceived levels of well-being. Data was collected using a quantitative survey involving 29 adults who currently have a mindfulness meditation practice. People who meditated more frequently each week scored significantly higher on measures of trait mindfulness. In addition, higher levels of trait mindfulness were correlated with less difficulty ...


Support After Loss: Straight Talk From Young Widowed Parents, Korie Debruin May 2012

Support After Loss: Straight Talk From Young Widowed Parents, Korie Debruin

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Young widowed parents frequently report challenges with their social environment after the deaths of their partners. The purpose of this study was to have young widowed parents identify helpful ways they have been supported since the deaths of their partners. A total of 42 young widowed parents (6 male, 36 female) participated in this study. A mixed method approach was used to answer the following research question: What are helpful ways that people have supported you since the death of your partner? In order to gain this information, participants were asked to complete an online survey that contained both qualitative ...


Social Work Practitioners And The Identification Of Human Trafficking Victims, Kirsten Christenson May 2012

Social Work Practitioners And The Identification Of Human Trafficking Victims, Kirsten Christenson

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Human trafficking is a growing problem in theUnited States, specifically inMinnesota. Victims of human trafficking are difficult to locate and identify. The purpose of this study was to gather information about the knowledge level of social work practitioners when faced with the identification of human trafficking victims in a hospital setting. Using a convenience sample, 16 hospital social work practitioners were surveyed regarding their knowledge of human trafficking and trafficking victim identification. The data obtained was analyzed using descriptive analysis, frequency counts, and content analysis. This data was then compared to previous related literature. The findings indicated that although the ...


Parental Involvement In Early Intervention Programs For Children With Autism, Alexis Bennett May 2012

Parental Involvement In Early Intervention Programs For Children With Autism, Alexis Bennett

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative study explored the perceptions of mental health professionals and practitioners of parental involvement in early intervention programs for children with autism. Interviews were completed with eight mental health professionals and practitioners to better understand the importance of parental involvement, the role parents play within an early intervention program, and the impact parental involvement or lack there of can have on the child’s success developmentally and their success in the early intervention program. The objective of this study was to gain insight into mental health professionals and practitioners perceptions in order to learn ways for social workers and ...


Agents’ Perceptions Of What Makes Offenders Successful In Intensive Supervised Release, Sarah Becker May 2012

Agents’ Perceptions Of What Makes Offenders Successful In Intensive Supervised Release, Sarah Becker

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The current study addresses what makes an offender successful in the Intensive Supervised Release program (ISR) by looking at agents’ perceptions based on past success and failures and focusing on counseling strategies that are implemented in this correctional field. The participants of this study are made up of ten ISR agents between age 35 and 50 years old, consisting of two female and eight male agents. This study is qualitative in nature and the data obtained was assessed by using a semi-standardized interview. Each interview was transcribed in order to identify salient themes regarding agents’ perceptions of what makes an ...


Teen Dad: Young Fathers And Identity Integration, Emily Bade May 2012

Teen Dad: Young Fathers And Identity Integration, Emily Bade

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Early parenthood is a topic of concern for social workers, researchers and policy makers due to the consequences for both young parents and their children. Despite declining rates of teen parenthood in the United States, teen birthrates remain high compared to other developed nations. Teen fathers have received less attention than teen mothers, but are an important component in the area of study. This study examines how five young fathers handled the transition from child to adult when faced with an off-time developmental event. Young fathers experienced drastically altered life paths, need for financial resources, complicated romantic relationships, and rapidly ...


Recovery Mentorship Programs And Recovery From Addiction, Carmen Berzinski May 2012

Recovery Mentorship Programs And Recovery From Addiction, Carmen Berzinski

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

New roles in service grow from an unmet need. In the current world of addiction treatment and addiction recovery, a new role is emerging to bridge the gap between professional treatment and sustainable recovery within a client’s natural environment. This role has been identified as many different titles: recovery coach, recovery mentor, peer recovery, and specialist. Peer-to-peer recovery support services are designed and delivered by peers in recovery. A review of the literature has found that recent growth in peer-based recovery support services as an addition and alternative to addiction treatment has created some uncertainty about the separation of ...


Latino Immigrant Finances And Access To Mental Health Care, Nancy Avila May 2012

Latino Immigrant Finances And Access To Mental Health Care, Nancy Avila

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The focus of this study was to determine how finances affect Latino immigrant mental health access. The relationship between variables was examined by emailing a three category survey, to a convenience sample of mental health practitioners who work with Latino immigrants ages 18 and older. Survey contents were as follows: demographics, financial strain and mental health access. The study was a cross-sectional, quantitative design. Survey responses were used to determine the relationship between the dependant variable finance and independent variable mental health. The research question for the study was: "What is the relationship between mental health and finances as it ...


Nursing Home Social Worker Preparedness For Serving Bgl&T Residents, Rachel Bialostosky May 2012

Nursing Home Social Worker Preparedness For Serving Bgl&T Residents, Rachel Bialostosky

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Current census data indicates that there are over 38 million Americans over the age of 65 at this time. (U.S. Census, 2010). It is estimated that as many as 3.8 million older adults in the United States identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, or transgender. Though there is a growing body of literature on the needs and concerns of BGL&T older adults with regards to accessing health care services as they age, there is very little literature on how prepared providers feel to provide culturally competent care to BGL&T people. In an attempt to address this gap ...


Best Practices Of Hospice Social Workers Who Work With Families Experiencing Grief And Loss, Bethany Butzow May 2012

Best Practices Of Hospice Social Workers Who Work With Families Experiencing Grief And Loss, Bethany Butzow

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative study examined the best practices of hospice social workers who work with patients and families during their hospice journey. Data was collected through semi-structured standardized interviews with hospice social workers currently working in the area. Open coding methods were used to inductively analyze codes in the data and to find common themes from the interviews. Themes that emerged from this study were separated into three categories: family roles and functioning, collaboration among the interdisciplinary team, and the hospice social worker role. Additionally, sub themes that correlated with these three major findings were discussed. The majority of the findings ...


Practitioners' Perpectives On The Impact Of Migratory Separation On Attachment Among Southeast Asian Clients: An Exploratory Study, Diem T. Cao May 2012

Practitioners' Perpectives On The Impact Of Migratory Separation On Attachment Among Southeast Asian Clients: An Exploratory Study, Diem T. Cao

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Evidenced by the multitude of literature across disciplines, attachment theory has ignited one of today’s most prolific lines of research. Attachment Theory’s core themes of security, separation, and loss apply well into the common experience of immigrants and refugees who have dealt with these issues in their immigration experience. Consistently, studies have shown that separation and traumas before, during, and after the migration journey have been identified as potential predictors for serious psychological distress and mental health problems among immigrants and refugees. Given the profound implications from recent studies, there exists limited research on how migratory separation affects ...


Support Groups With Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, And Transgender Youth In Schools, Marisa Biolo May 2012

Support Groups With Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, And Transgender Youth In Schools, Marisa Biolo

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) youth are in need of school support groups given their higher risk for mental health issues, sexual risk taking behaviors, eating disorders, substance use, victimization, and more. The current study examined the use of school support groups with GLBT youth. The researcher gathered qualitative data about GLBT school support groups from the Twin Cities metro in the state of Minnesota.

Data were collected from four school social workers and one teacher, who all have experience facilitating GLBT support groups. The major themes that emerged from this study were risk factors, group effectiveness, sense of ...


Youth Workers' Perceptions Of Their Career Choice And Helping Ability In Relationship With Their Own Lived Experiences, Kristina Bonello May 2012

Youth Workers' Perceptions Of Their Career Choice And Helping Ability In Relationship With Their Own Lived Experiences, Kristina Bonello

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This research endeavor examined youth workers’ perspectives of their own helping ability in relationship to their lived experience. The intent of the project was to determine what extent youth workers’ lived experiences, especially experiences in their families of origin, impacted their career choice, helping ability, and ability to maintain boundaries with the youth they served. Limited research exists regarding the field of youth work. Youth workers of interest in this study work primarily with vulnerable populations of youth in crisis between the ages of ten to twenty-three. Qualitative semistandardized interviews were conducted in an exploratory study of 10 voluntary participants ...


The Effect Of Interpersonal Dynamics On Quality Of Supervision From A Correctional Client's Perspective, Anne Cartman May 2012

The Effect Of Interpersonal Dynamics On Quality Of Supervision From A Correctional Client's Perspective, Anne Cartman

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This study assessed the perception of interpersonal relationships between staff member and clients at a halfway house facility from the client’s perspective. The relationship quality was divided into three major constructs: Trust, Caring-Fairness and Toughness. Eighty surveys were sent out to five halfway houses in northwestern Wisconsin with 47 of them being returned. The literature reviewed examined the evolution and philosophy of halfway houses, the principles of effective correctional treatment and therapeutic alliances and dual role relationships. The findings indicated that respondents valued the relationship quality with halfway house staff although did not report this as a main factor ...


The Role Of Emergency Room Social Worker: An Exploratory Study, Elizabeth Fusenig May 2012

The Role Of Emergency Room Social Worker: An Exploratory Study, Elizabeth Fusenig

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Research suggests the defined role of emergency room social worker is unclear among other professionals working in the emergency room (Cowles & Lefcowitz, 1992). Changes to the healthcare system including a decrease in resources, combined roles of emergency department personnel, and delivery of mental health treatment in emergency rooms has necessitated further investigation of the role of emergency room social worker.

Using a qualitative design, seven participants from two Midwestern hospitals were surveyed in regards to how they defined their role as a social worker, barriers to their role, and demographic information was collected including licensure and years worked as an ...


Comparison Of Caregiver Burden Among Types And Stages Of Dementia, Jeanette Foizie May 2012

Comparison Of Caregiver Burden Among Types And Stages Of Dementia, Jeanette Foizie

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to better understand the effects of caregiver burden as they relate to different dementia diagnoses and the stage of the disease in order to discover appropriate supports and interventions. Potential participants were identified through their use of a specialty memory loss clinic. Using a mixed methodology, respondents completed a survey which included a quantitative measure and qualitative open ended response questions designed to allow the caregiver to expand on their experience. The quantitative portion of this research used the Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI), a caregiver self-report measure. Diagnosis information and the patient’s Allen ...


Preventing Recidivism: Perspectivs On The Effectiveness Of The Juvenile Justice System In Meeting The Needs Of African American Youth With Ebd, Carmeann Foster May 2012

Preventing Recidivism: Perspectivs On The Effectiveness Of The Juvenile Justice System In Meeting The Needs Of African American Youth With Ebd, Carmeann Foster

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Nearly two million young people, under the age of 18, are arrested each year nationwide (Gottesman & Schwarz, 2011). Of these youth, 70% are male, and 46 % are African American (McPherson & Sedlak, 2010). Approximately two thirds suffer from symptoms of aggression, depression or anxiety. Those who suffer from behavioral symptoms, 27% suffer from severe and persistent mental illness. (McPherson & Sedlak, 2010). Similar statistics exist within the Hennepin County justice system. These statistics paint a frightening picture of a system in which emotionally and behaviorally disturbed African American males are grossly overrepresented in both the local and national juvenile justice systems. This ...


Developmental Disabilities And Independent Living: A Systematic Literature Review, Benjamin Dieffenbach May 2012

Developmental Disabilities And Independent Living: A Systematic Literature Review, Benjamin Dieffenbach

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This paper examines the available literature on the correlation between quality of life and type of living arrangement for adults with a developmental or learning disability. The purpose was to examine whether or not adults living semi-independently experienced better outcomes than peers in traditional group homes. In general, outcomes in semi-independent living were equal to or better than the outcomes achieved in traditional group homes, and typically cost the same or less. Impacts on the provision of services and areas for future research are discussed.


Adoptive Parents' Experieince With International Adoption: Children With Attachment Or Behavioral Challenges, Heather Deveny-Leggitt May 2012

Adoptive Parents' Experieince With International Adoption: Children With Attachment Or Behavioral Challenges, Heather Deveny-Leggitt

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The research project is a qualitative study that explored parents’ experience of international adoption of children who had emotional, behavioral, and/or attachment challenges, as well as parents’ corresponding emotions with such experiences. The data was analyzed using content analysis, or grounded theory, approach as described by Berg (2009). The conceptual framework used to construct and interpret meaning of participants interviews included both ecosystems and psychodynamic theories. Two semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants from different mid-west cities who had adopted children internationally and identified their children as having emotional, behavioral, and/or attachment challenges. The following themes were found ...


Social Networking And Interpersonal Communication And Conflict Resolution Skills Among College Freshmen, John Drussell May 2012

Social Networking And Interpersonal Communication And Conflict Resolution Skills Among College Freshmen, John Drussell

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Social networking is a current phenomenon that consists of both web-based communication with Internet users through websites and interaction with others via cellular phones. A survey conducted on 2,277 American adults found that 18-24 year olds sent or received an average of 109.5 text messages per day, which works out to be more than 3,200 text messages per month. Further, it was estimated that 713 million people ages 15 or older, which was 14% of the global population, used the Internet in June 2006, with 153 million being in the United States. The purpose of this study ...


The Effect Of School Community Setting On Children Living In Poverty: A Survey Of School Social Workers, Nichelle Dillon May 2012

The Effect Of School Community Setting On Children Living In Poverty: A Survey Of School Social Workers, Nichelle Dillon

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Drawing on previous research establishing the effects poverty on children’s mental health and behavioral problems, exposure to violence and aggression, and lower school achievement, this research sought to examine whether any differences exist in the challenges faced by students living in poverty in urban settings versus students in rural settings from the perspective of school social workers. A survey with a mixture of both quantitative and qualitative questions was sent via e-mail to school social workers in Minnesota through the Minnesota School Social Workers Association (MSSWA). A total of 20 responses from both urban and rural settings were collected ...


Professional Clinicians' Views And Use Of Dc: 0-3r, Jennifer Chasco May 2012

Professional Clinicians' Views And Use Of Dc: 0-3r, Jennifer Chasco

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

In 1996, the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood was published to address the paucity of options for addressing infant and toddler mental health. Currently in its revised version and referred to as DC: 0-3R, it is designed to help professionals formulate a comprehensive assessment of infant and toddler mental health and relational issues. This paper addresses current research on infant and toddler mental health, the importance of prevention and early intervention, and the role of DC: 0-3R in these areas. Since professional perspective can ultimately influence the diagnostic process, this study focuses ...


Caring Confrontation With Involuntary Chemical Dependency Clients, Faith Clark May 2012

Caring Confrontation With Involuntary Chemical Dependency Clients, Faith Clark

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to research the benefits of caring confrontation with 24 involuntary chemically dependent clients. The researcher created a survey which contained 11 variables that measured the benefits of caring confrontation and type of caring confrontation with the demographics of age, gender, and amount of time in treatment. The survey was distributed at a Midwestern chemical dependency facility. The results of the survey showed a positive mean score in the area of benefits of caring confrontation for the entire sample and when factoring in the demographics of age, gender, and amount of time in treatment. The ...


Rural Professionals' Perceptions Of Minority Disparity Within The School-To-Prison Pipeline, Jessica Christenson May 2012

Rural Professionals' Perceptions Of Minority Disparity Within The School-To-Prison Pipeline, Jessica Christenson

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Overrepresentation is defined as a specific racial or ethnic group being overrepresented in comparison to their representation in the general population. In the case of racial minorities, this overrepresentation has been documented specifically with African American populations and focusing on urban environments throughout a system known as the "school-to-prison pipeline". This pipeline includes social welfare, special education, school disciplinary referrals, the juvenile justice system, and the adult justice system. This study looked at rural professionals’ perceptions of the overrepresentation phenomenon specifically within their rural community with a focus on that areas primary racial minority, Hispanics. Using a quantitative design in ...