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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 ...


Perspectives Of Having Celiac Disease And Eating Disorders, Heather Vargo May 2012

Perspectives Of Having Celiac Disease And Eating Disorders, Heather Vargo

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The issue of eating disorders among individuals with celiac disease is a growing concern; yet, it receives little clinical research attention. The purpose of this project is to explore perspectives of individuals who have celiac disease and eating disorders. The research sought to learn more about the development of eating disorders and celiac disease for individuals, how individuals perceive the interaction between the two disorders, and what individuals think would be beneficial in treating these comorbid diseases? Using a qualitative design, nine individuals agreed to be interviewed about their experience of having celiac disease and an eating disorder. Data was ...


The Benefits Of Yoga On Eating Disorder Recovery: Perspectives From Those In Recovery, Jennifer Grant May 2012

The Benefits Of Yoga On Eating Disorder Recovery: Perspectives From Those In Recovery, Jennifer Grant

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This study is aimed at gaining a better understanding of the perceived benefits of yoga to eating disorder recovery through the subjective experiences of those in recovery. Qualitative interviews with seven women in recovery from eating disorders who regularly practice yoga were used to identify the specific ways in which yoga contributed to the recovery process. Findings indicated that the perceived benefits of yoga to eating disorder recovery include improved mind-body awareness, greater self-acceptance and more positive feelings about body image. Respondents also indicated that the practice of yoga can be a spiritual experience and a vehicle through which to ...


Thyroid Autoimmunity: Lived Experiences Of Identity And Community Through Word And Image, Ivy C. Wagner May 2012

Thyroid Autoimmunity: Lived Experiences Of Identity And Community Through Word And Image, Ivy C. Wagner

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Internal and external environments influence holistic well-being as humans live in a constant cycle of self and other regulation. When this process is misguided and the body does not distinguish between what is self and what is not self, it begins to destroy its own bodies' healthy tissue. Autoimmune diseases affect 5-10% of the developed world's populations. When the 80+ autoimmune diseases are combined together, they are the one of the 10 leading causes of death of women under the age of 65. There is no known cure for any autoimmune disease and few studies have been conducted on ...


Working In The Trenches: Compassion Fatigue And Job Satisfaction Among Workers Who Serve Homeless Clients, Alena M. Howell May 2012

Working In The Trenches: Compassion Fatigue And Job Satisfaction Among Workers Who Serve Homeless Clients, Alena M. Howell

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The experiences of compassion fatigue and job satisfaction among workers who serve homeless clients is explored. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between workers’ experiences of compassion fatigue and workers’ experiences of job satisfaction as they engage with homeless clientele with multifarious presenting concerns. Specifically, this study sought to determine if a relationship between the compassion fatigue and job satisfaction existed, and to determine the nature of possible correlations between the variables. Using a quantitative design, employees of a local, targeted agency that serves homeless clientele were targeted and administered two survey instruments. Data was collected ...


Motivations To Volunteer: Factors That Promote Longevity, Daniel Bubna May 2012

Motivations To Volunteer: Factors That Promote Longevity, Daniel Bubna

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Qualitative data was obtained to better understand the motivations and experiences of volunteer counselors. The procedural method of this study utilized exploratory interviews of six volunteer counselors. The participants are non-professionals who are actively engaged in individual counseling of members of the community who don’t have insurance. Participants reflected on their motivations, experiences, and level of satisfaction with their service as a volunteer counselor. Results indicated high levels of satisfaction due to intrinsic motivations of the individual participants as well as organizational competencies in regards to training and supervision. The study highlights both intrinsic and extrinsic factors that can ...


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 ...


Effects Of Client Trauma On Interpreters: An Exploratory Study Of Vicarious Trauma, Mailee Lor May 2012

Effects Of Client Trauma On Interpreters: An Exploratory Study Of Vicarious Trauma, Mailee Lor

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative study explores the experiences of interpreters in mental health settings and examines how working with clients that have experienced torture, trauma, and war can impact their personal and professional lives. The findings from this study are not meant to be viewed as any form of incompetency that needs attention, but rather to shed light on the needs of this population within mental health settings. In working with interpreters, it is the intention of the researcher that mental health practitioners will use these findings to inform and guide their professional work with interpreters in a manner that is ethical ...


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 ...


The Prevalence Of Psychosocial Issues In Primary Medical Care, Malinda J. Wise May 2012

The Prevalence Of Psychosocial Issues In Primary Medical Care, Malinda J. Wise

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The primary medical setting is a large and important part of a vast system within the medical profession. This study looked to explore; what are the psychosocial needs of patients presenting in rural and mid-sized primary care settings, and how are providers responding to the expectations that patients have, and could there be improvements to their present systems, if so, how? A brief review of the literature looked at primary care in its historical and present forms and how economics have impacted the ways primary care is provided in the United States. Previous review of the literature also included the ...


Motivation And Retention Strategies For Reaching Volunteers Across Generations, Stephanie Mccabe May 2012

Motivation And Retention Strategies For Reaching Volunteers Across Generations, Stephanie Mccabe

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

While volunteer recruiters seek to better understand motivation and retention strategies throughout nonprofit settings, business literature provides an understanding of generationally significant motivation strategies. Along with traditional motivational theorists, this study focused on what methods best motivate and retain volunteers across an intergenerational perspective in nonprofit settings. By conducting interviews and using sensitizing concepts from business and traditional motivational theories, this research examined how best to motivate and retain volunteers from the Y, X, Boomer, and Senior generations. Study findings suggest the importance of attunement to generational motivation factors for initial recruitment and the importance of traditional motivational theories for ...


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 ...


Interventions For Multicultural Children With Autism, Stephanie Kitzhaber May 2012

Interventions For Multicultural Children With Autism, Stephanie Kitzhaber

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative study examined the interventions that are helpful when working with multicultural children who have autism and their families. Data was collected through five semi-structured interviews (n=5) with professionals who work with children who have autism, which included a variety of psychotherapists, social workers, mental health practitioners, and counselors. Grounded theory methods and open coding were used to analyze codes in the data to record common themes from the interviews. Themes found from this study were separated into five categories: language, importance of play, family education, gender roles, and stigma. Findings from this study were consistent with some ...


The Effects Of Multiple Combat-Related Military Deployments On Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms, Joseph R. Hoops May 2012

The Effects Of Multiple Combat-Related Military Deployments On Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms, Joseph R. Hoops

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to learn the effects of multiple, combat-related military deployments upon post traumatic stress symptoms. This subject has particular importance given that the protracted conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have been fought by a military that is much smaller than in previous wars. A review of the literature showed that the effects of combat related deployments on post traumatic stress symptoms are significant. The impact is felt by both the veterans and their families. This has implications for clinical social workers working in systems that provide treatment and services for veterans and families affected.

This ...


Victims To Survivors: Liberians’ Experiences And Resilience During The Liberian Civil War, Melissa A. Petersen May 2012

Victims To Survivors: Liberians’ Experiences And Resilience During The Liberian Civil War, Melissa A. Petersen

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Warfare is an ever-present phenomenon that impacts people all over the world. Many of those who live in a war-torn country encounter horrific experiences that cause trauma, loss, and grief. The Liberian people are an example of those who have experienced the tragedies of war in their country. The Liberian Civil War caused many individuals to flee, becoming displaced and seeking safety in other countries or refugee camps. This research study interviewed eight Liberian refugees who were children or adolescents during the war in order to explore their experiences and resilience. The participants in this study experienced horrific violence, separation ...


Community Based Efforts That Promote Healthier Diets For Low-Income Minnesotans, Stephanie Larson May 2012

Community Based Efforts That Promote Healthier Diets For Low-Income Minnesotans, Stephanie Larson

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to examine the challenges and successes community-based Minnesotan Programs have had in promoting low-income adults to eat healthier to avoid obesity and complications from obesity. This research highlighted factors associated with community based programs from the perspective of the professionals working with these programs. This study outlined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) definition of healthy diet and weight along with the current measurement of Body Mass Index (BMI). The conceptual framework utilizing the concepts developed by National Geographic researcher Dan Buettner through his book The Blue Zones showing it is possible ...


Autism And Its Impact On Families, Ashley Hartmann May 2012

Autism And Its Impact On Families, Ashley Hartmann

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is typically diagnosed in childhood and has a wide range of symptoms, some being more severe than others. The purpose of this research is to examine ASD and how it is impacting families. The empowerment theory, strengths perspective and family systems theory promote resiliency among families who are impacted by an ASD diagnosis. These theories strengthen the individual and family unit by allowing them to live a more fulfilling life. In this study, qualitative research was used. Qualitative research includes data collection, data analysis and drawing conclusions. This study is based off of eight interviews, four ...


Companion Animal Loss: A Disenfranchised Form Of Grief And Why It's Relevant To Social Work, Emily Merrill May 2012

Companion Animal Loss: A Disenfranchised Form Of Grief And Why It's Relevant To Social Work, Emily Merrill

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Thirty participants of the Companion Animal Love, Loss, and Memories (CALLM) group held at The University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center evaluated this program in order to find out if a mutual aid support group is beneficial for pet loss survivors. Demographics of participants were examined, as well as how efficient the CALLM group was at meeting its five main objectives which are: a.) Normalize feelings b.) Improve understanding on the grief process c.) Improve knowledge of useful coping mechanisms d.) Encourage therapeutic storytelling of one's companion animal and e.)Provide resources and referrals as needed. Results were that ...


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 ...


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 ...


“I Became Proud Of Being Gay And Proud Of Being Christian”: Faith Experiences Of Queer Christian Women, Rachel Murr May 2012

“I Became Proud Of Being Gay And Proud Of Being Christian”: Faith Experiences Of Queer Christian Women, Rachel Murr

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Involvement in religious communities is associated with many physical, social, mental and emotional benefits. Religious people report better health, more energy, and better relationships (Deaton, 2009). Religious people were also more likely to report that they are treated with respect. Religious involvement has also been found to lessen the impact of negative experiences such as poverty, depression, physical illness and even trauma (Bradshaw and Ellison, 2010; Farley, 2007; Jeongim Heo & Koeske, 2010). Frequently lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) people of faith are denied these benefits of religious involvement.

This study will focus on the experiences of lesbian and ...


What Factors Contribute To The Identity Development Of International Adoptees?, Natalie Sinkler May 2012

What Factors Contribute To The Identity Development Of International Adoptees?, Natalie Sinkler

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

International adoptees face a unique challenge in their ethnic identity development because they are raised in a different culture than they were born, usually by parents of a different race. Understanding what helps develop an adoptees ethnic identity helps adoption professionals and adoptive parents facilitate a positive identity development among adoptees. The study consisted of four qualitative interviews with adult international adoptees regarding the factors that contributed to their ethnic identity development. Using a developmental framework and grounded theory the interview were analyzed and coded for themes. Participants shared a common development over time starting at a pride of their ...


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.


Medication Therapy Management: The Perspective Of The Case Manager, Amanda Kubista May 2012

Medication Therapy Management: The Perspective Of The Case Manager, Amanda Kubista

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

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Supervision And Training Needs Of Practitioners Working In Batterer Intervention Programs, Heather D. Conley May 2012

Supervision And Training Needs Of Practitioners Working In Batterer Intervention Programs, Heather D. Conley

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Batterer intervention programs (BIPs) seek to address violence in families by working with perpetrators in developing skills to remain nonviolent. The purpose of this study was to explore the supervision and training needs of practitioners who work in batterer intervention programs (BIPs). This study utilized qualitative data collected from hourlong, audio-recorded interviews with three BIP practitioners (one male and two female). Interviews were conducted in a large, Midwestern metro area over a period of three weeks, were transcribed verbatim, and coded for themes by the researcher. Major findings included: Participants were overall satisfied with quality of supervision, which was in ...


The Somali Community's Experiences With Autism: An Exploratory Study, Jessica Kuenzli May 2012

The Somali Community's Experiences With Autism: An Exploratory Study, Jessica Kuenzli

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Recent studies indicate that children of immigrants are up to four times more likely to have an autism diagnosis than the general population (Barnevik-Olsson, Gillbert, & Fernell, 2008). Emerging research demonstrates that Somali immigrants are one of the immigrant groups disproportionally affected by the condition (Minnesota Department of Health, 2009). The purpose of this study was to explore how the Somali community experiences and perceives the condition of autism. The study consisted of interviews with community professionals who work with Somali families affected by autism. The findings of this research indicate that autism is a new concept for many Somali immigrants ...


Exploring Possible Connections Between Traumatic Brain Injury And Homelessness, Stacy Zimmer May 2012

Exploring Possible Connections Between Traumatic Brain Injury And Homelessness, Stacy Zimmer

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The incidence and awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in the general population has become more prevalent in recent times; however, limited public knowledge and research exists regarding the prevalence of TBI among the homeless population. Through an exploratory, qualitative pilot study, this research investigated possible connections that might exist between TBI and homelessness. Nine expert respondents from various disciplines, ranging from social work to neuropsychology, were interviewed to solicit their professional impressions, opinions and experiences about this subject. Findings indicate that there is a significant connection between TBI and homelessness. Specifically, TBI is believed to be both a causal ...


Substance Abuse Education In Master's Of Social Work Programs: A Content Analysis, Alex Johnson May 2012

Substance Abuse Education In Master's Of Social Work Programs: A Content Analysis, Alex Johnson

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Prior research suggests that inadequate substance abuse education in social work programs contributes to misdiagnosis, bias, and produces students who are unprepared to work with substance abuse. This study assessed for the presence of substance abuse education in Minnesota MSW programs’ core curriculum. Using 19 educational objectives based on Minnesota statute for Alcohol and Drug Counseling licensure, this study sought to determine if current graduates are adequately prepared to work with substance abusing and dependent people and their families. Five of six MSW programs were assessed. This study found that only 4 of 19 objectives were met by all schools ...


The Effects Of Empowerment On Case Consultation In The Self-Managed Team Environment, Mary R. Mcdonnell May 2012

The Effects Of Empowerment On Case Consultation In The Self-Managed Team Environment, Mary R. Mcdonnell

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This study examined the effects of empowerment on the efficacy of case consultation and clinical supervision in the self-managed team environment. The literature reviewed for this study showed a lack of research regarding self-managed work teams in the mental health field as well as a lack of research regarding empowerment as related to case consultation and clinical supervision. This study surveyed individuals who were part of a self-managed team in a mental health organization. The survey used demographic questions, scaling items, and open ended questions to gather information regarding respondents and their perceptions of empowerment, psychological safety, and the efficacy ...


Why Are You Crying?: The Impact Of Parental Trauma On The Child, Michael C. Schaeffer May 2012

Why Are You Crying?: The Impact Of Parental Trauma On The Child, Michael C. Schaeffer

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this research project was to investigate the impact of parental trauma symptoms on the child. The researcher became interested in this topic over the last few years with the increased reports of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on returning vets from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. With reports of increase domestic abuse and suicides in this population, the research was curious how these symptoms of trauma impacted their children. The majority of the research reviewed centered around quantitative studies where parents had developed classic single event PTSD symptoms from war trauma (vs. complex PTSD), and how the ...