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Support For Mental Health Workers After Client Suicide: A Systematic Review, Nicole Arndt-Wenger Dec 2016

Support For Mental Health Workers After Client Suicide: A Systematic Review, Nicole Arndt-Wenger

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. Often, a person who has committed suicide had suffered from some sort of mental illness. Mental health workers are at risk for experiencing a client death by suicide at some point in their career. This systematic review was designed to explore what supports are available for mental health workers after a client suicide, and how effective those supports are. The review used peer-reviewed articles from databases Social Work Abstracts, PsycNet, SocIndex and GoogleScholar. These databases were systematically searched and 10 articles met criteria. From these articles, seven themes ...


Diagnosis Of Borderline Personality Disorder In Adolescence: Issues And Practice, Rebecca Denaway Aug 2016

Diagnosis Of Borderline Personality Disorder In Adolescence: Issues And Practice, Rebecca Denaway

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this research was to discover what drives the diagnostic practices of clinicians working with adolescents with a possible Borderline Personality Disorder. The DSMV allows this diagnosis in adolescents but it is rarely utilized by practitioners for this age group. A qualitative research method was used for the project, in which, participants were interviewed inperson to collect data. There were nine total participants in the Twin Cities metro area, who were all qualified to render mental health diagnoses and worked with adolescents. The interviews focused on the participant's personal practices and experiences with regard to diagnosis of ...


Understanding And Treating Shame: The Role Of The Clinician, Jennifer Perez Aug 2016

Understanding And Treating Shame: The Role Of The Clinician, Jennifer Perez

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Shame is a powerful emotion and experience that impacts how individuals interpret a situation, and often their behavior. It correlates with a number of mental health conditions that are commonly treated by psychotherapists, and yet the explicit or implicit treatment of shame directly or simultaneous to the disorder is less common. A qualitative exploratory study was conducted in an attempt to gather insight regarding the conceptualization, observation, and treatment of shame in the context of psychotherapy by both generalists and specialists (those with and without explicit training in relation to shame and its treatment). Themes that emerged from the data ...


Transition-Age Youth With Intellectual Disabilities: Providers’ Perspectives On Improving Postschool Outcomes, Nadine M. Rooney Jun 2016

Transition-Age Youth With Intellectual Disabilities: Providers’ Perspectives On Improving Postschool Outcomes, Nadine M. Rooney

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The transition from high school to adulthood is challenging for all youth, but especially for youth with disabilities. Youth with disabilities face a number of barriers to experiencing postschool success. Youth with intellectual disabilities (ID) in particular struggle to access employment and postsecondary education (PSE) after exiting high school. Recent research has focused on identifying means of improving postschool outcomes through transition services; however, much of this research examines the experiences of youth with learning disabilities, even though youth with ID appear to struggle the most with the transition to adulthood. The present qualitative study examined the perspectives of four ...


Barriers To Accessing Mental Health Service By Somali People, Fatuma Hassan May 2016

Barriers To Accessing Mental Health Service By Somali People, Fatuma Hassan

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The population of African immigrants in the United States is increasingly which highlights the need for culturally sensitive and appropriate mental health services addressed. The purpose of this study was to break barriers of accessing mental health service by the Somali community in Minnesota. Using the systemic review design, data was collected from research articles on mental illness in Somali communities in the North America. The objectives of this systemic review were to synthesize the information available on perceptions, denial and stigma related to Somali population in the United States. The databases Social Work Abstracts, and PsycINFO were systemically searched ...


Parenting Transracially Adopted Youth: An Evaluation Of Support Services, Lanai Peer May 2016

Parenting Transracially Adopted Youth: An Evaluation Of Support Services, Lanai Peer

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Transracial adoptions involve the adoption of a child of one racial/cultural group by parents of a different racial/cultural group. In the United States, transracial adoptions commonly involve the adoptions of African American children by white parents. These transracial adoptions are often accompanied by challenges beyond those expected with same race adoptions. This research study was designed to evaluate the services that social workers provide to families to deal with the challenges that they face. The results showed that cultural support services received less time than other types of trainings offered to adoptive families. In studying the relationships between ...


Barriers To Accessing Mental Health Services By The Hmong, Pajtshiab Ly May 2016

Barriers To Accessing Mental Health Services By The Hmong, Pajtshiab Ly

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

With the consistently growing population of Hmong Americans, this study will contribute to the few research articles that exist and serve to promote more thorough understanding of mental health needs in the Hmong community, with greatest emphasis on highlighting current barriers to accessing mental health care. The goal of this study is to retrieve and examine research on Hmong mental health concerns, barriers to addressing those concerns in mental health treatment settings, and to provide an analysis of findings. The research question focuses on: What are the obstacles that deter the Hmong from utilizing mental health services? This systematic review ...


Culturally Responsive Practice In Indian Child Welfare, Chanelle Gallagher May 2016

Culturally Responsive Practice In Indian Child Welfare, Chanelle Gallagher

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) is an important piece of legislation that governs the removal of Native American children from their families. Although many practitioners from child welfare, law, the juvenile justice system, and tribal governments may be familiar with the act, it is unclear whether there is enough support and training around culturally responsive services (National Indian Child Welfare Association, 2015). Providing a historical context as to why ICWA is important for all Child Welfare workers will strengthen professionals’ cultural competency in direct practice and improve systematic interventions (Lucerro & Bussey, 2012; Lawrence, Zuckerman, Smith, & Liu, 2012). This study ...


Mindfulness Meditation As A Self-Care Practice In Social Work, Aneesha Kelly, Ifeoma Okolo May 2016

Mindfulness Meditation As A Self-Care Practice In Social Work, Aneesha Kelly, Ifeoma Okolo

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Self-care is an important aspect in social work practice, and mindfulness meditation can be used to reduce stress, provide a sense of calmness and increase awareness. Since the benefits of using mindfulness meditation as a form of self-care for social workers has been minimally studied, this research focused on whether mindfulness meditation could have a positive impact on self-care for social workers. This study used mixed methods of data collection and a single subject design methodology using the researchers as the subjects. Pre and post test data on self-care measures were analyzed following a 6 week mindfulness intervention period. Data ...


Professionals Perspectives And Influence: Exploring Attitudes Towards Military Veterans Who Commit Crimes, Katherine A.S. Morsch May 2016

Professionals Perspectives And Influence: Exploring Attitudes Towards Military Veterans Who Commit Crimes, Katherine A.S. Morsch

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This research aims to explore the intersection of two factors, the positively regarded veteran and negatively viewed criminal. Through that exploration this research will look more deeply into the attitudes of professionals working with veterans that commit crimes and whether a criminal background affects VTC providers’ perspectives of the veteran clients with whom they work. Utilizing a 22-question survey consisting of quantitative and qualitative items, respondents were asked questions focused on attitudes towards veterans, crime, veterans that commit crimes and punishment. In addition, this research examined the level of control each respondent felt in the admission and termination processes. Lastly ...


Complicated Confinement: Exploring Modifications To Solitary Confinement Practices In Adult Correctional Facilities, Lesley Babb May 2016

Complicated Confinement: Exploring Modifications To Solitary Confinement Practices In Adult Correctional Facilities, Lesley Babb

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The use of solitary confinement practices in correctional facilities has come under scrutiny for subjecting individuals to environments with potentially detrimental psychosocial implications. Through a systematic review of the literature, this research project explored modifications that have been made to solitary confinement practices in U.S. adult correctional facilities and the resulting effects of those modifications. The findings found three themes in the approaches institutions took to modify their solitary confinement practices: modifying the solitary confinement environment, transitional programs, and a complete overhaul of solitary confinement practices. All outcome data found over the course of the research study documented positive ...


Social Workers Treating The Whole Person: The Need For Holistic Therapy Coursework, Tracy A. Toner May 2016

Social Workers Treating The Whole Person: The Need For Holistic Therapy Coursework, Tracy A. Toner

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Holistic therapies have become an integral part of everyday life in the US. We use holistic therapies for many reasons, for exercising, relaxing, and healing alternatives to the traditional. This research survey explored the use of holistic therapies by social workers who are providing clinical social work to their clients primarily in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota. Using a quantitative design, the research measured the number of clinical social workers who are now or have previously provided mental health counseling services and are using holistic therapies in addition to standard interventions. This exploratory research additionally hoped to identify the ...


Integrated Care Of Chronic Illness: A Systematic Review, Joshua Goodwin May 2016

Integrated Care Of Chronic Illness: A Systematic Review, Joshua Goodwin

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This systematic review examines the outcome of integrated care intervention on the treatment of chronic illness, specifically, HIV/AIDS and cancer. Twenty-three studies conducted between 2000 and 2015 were included for final review, assessed for quality, and thematically analyzed and organized by outcome measure. Studies reporting on survival rates for cancer patients did not report significant improvement for those receiving integrated psychological or psychosocial intervention, with the exception of a single study. More favorable outcomes were reported for integrated care interventions aimed at increasing quality of life and psychosocial wellbeing. Medical outcomes for HIV/AIDS patients were more promising, particularly ...


An Exploratory Study: How Do Licensed Social Workers Approach Complex End-Of-Life Conversations With Patients, Families And Physicians, Angela Mueller May 2016

An Exploratory Study: How Do Licensed Social Workers Approach Complex End-Of-Life Conversations With Patients, Families And Physicians, Angela Mueller

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This paper adds to the growing body of literature in social work research by exploring how social workers' facilitate complex end-of-life conversations with patients, families and physicians. Limited research, and practice efforts have focused on end-of-life care and social work involvement. Importance and perceptions of healthcare proxy/advanced directives use have been previously examined to understand social workers' expanding role in end-of-life planning. Findings from this study have illustrated the approaches social workers use within complex end-of-life conversations which span across patients and their families, their physicians and the greater population. Processes that were found, although variable, were cohesive within ...


Therapeutic Recreation Interventions And Multidisciplinary Teams In Long-Term Care Settings, Elizabeth Falk May 2016

Therapeutic Recreation Interventions And Multidisciplinary Teams In Long-Term Care Settings, Elizabeth Falk

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

There has been significant research on the benefits of Therapeutic Recreation Interventions when working with the elderly population. However, research concerning how Therapeutic Recreation fits in the multidisciplinary team is lacking. The purpose of this study was to examine how Therapeutic Recreation fits within a multidisciplinary team when working with older adults, particularly in long-term care settings. To gain an understanding of this qualitative interviews were conducted with four respondents. Qualitative analysis was completed and three main themes were identified with four subthemes. The three main themes included Person-Centered Care, Quality of Life and Professional Differences. Some of the themes ...


Methods Of Engaging Family Systems At End-Of-Life, Denise I. Johnson May 2016

Methods Of Engaging Family Systems At End-Of-Life, Denise I. Johnson

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Families are recognized in palliative and hospice care as being an integral part of end-of- life care, where they often provide informal caregiving to their terminally ill family members. Caregiving has been shown to put multiple burdens on family members and to negatively affect caregiver health, finances, and socio-emotional wellbeing. The need for end-of-life services in the United States is expected to drastically increase in the next few decades and the demands on families, friends, communities, and services around end-of-life needs will continue to increase as more people require end-of-life care. Therefore, this systematic review aimed to assess the research ...


Psychosocial And Academic Implications Of Divorce On Adolescents: A Social Work Perspective, Brianne Wolf May 2016

Psychosocial And Academic Implications Of Divorce On Adolescents: A Social Work Perspective, Brianne Wolf

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Adolescents who experience parental divorce often experience several academic and psychosocial implications. The purpose of this project was to understand the overall psychosocial and academic impact of parental divorce on adolescents and the variables that influenced these responses. Using a semi-structured, qualitative interview six school social workers were interviewed regarding their professional experience within the school setting and their work with adolescents experiencing parental divorce. The findings were consistent with the research, which indicated that positive and respectful parental communication throughout all stages of the divorce process was key in regards to the psychosocial and academic implications. However, the data ...


Psychosocial Variables Common Among Child Victims Of Sex Trafficking, Katya Karaz May 2016

Psychosocial Variables Common Among Child Victims Of Sex Trafficking, Katya Karaz

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Child sex trafficking is a dark and prevalent underground industry in the US. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act in 2000 brought this issue to the closer attention of the criminal justice system, social services, and the general public. Increased awareness prompted states to respond with varied efforts of policy change and victim-centered outreach programs, which seek to decriminalize, destigmatize, and rehabilitate victims of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST). However, the complex needs of this population complicate intervention. Preventative approaches require better understanding of the risk factors common among DMST victims. This research used a systematic literature review to answer the ...


Interventions That Address Safety Concerns Among Youth Experiencing, Katrina Mateski May 2016

Interventions That Address Safety Concerns Among Youth Experiencing, Katrina Mateski

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

In this systematic review, literature regarding youth experiencing homelessness and the clinical interventions focused on safety towards youth experiencing homelessness were synthesized. Using two databases SocINDEX, and PsychINFO; 10 studies regarding clinical interventions met criteria for the review. Each study was analyzed in population, intervention, and findings; while contrasting and comparing the definition of safety and the safety concerns between the clinical interventions. The findings identified focus areas of safety which include chemical health reduction, promoting harm reduction, psychological health, resilience, and service utilization. The primary safety focus areas were reduced to chemical health reduction, promoting harm reduction, and psychological ...


The Effectiveness Of Cognitive Processing Therapy (Cpt) In The Treatment Of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Ptsd) Among Veterans Who Have Experienced Military Sexual Trauma, Nicole Humble May 2016

The Effectiveness Of Cognitive Processing Therapy (Cpt) In The Treatment Of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Ptsd) Among Veterans Who Have Experienced Military Sexual Trauma, Nicole Humble

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Military sexual trauma is a growing problem in the United States military. With the integration of women in the infantry units in all military branches it is even more of a concern. Military sexual trauma though does not happen to only women. The purpose of this research project was to take a known evidence based therapy used by the Veterans Health Administration Department of Veterans Affairs, and see if it is effective in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder in military sexual trauma victims. The VA uses many evidence-based therapies from Prolonged Exposure, cognitive behavior therapy, EMDR, and also ...


Truancy Intervention Protocols In Olmsted County, Casey Larson May 2016

Truancy Intervention Protocols In Olmsted County, Casey Larson

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Truancy has historically been dealt with through punitive measures and associated with specific social groups. Contemporary research has shown that truancy is a complex issue that is not necessarily associated with any group and has a variety of underlying causes. These causes can include mental or chemical health issues, child protection issues, other family factors, or problems within the school. Participants from schools within Olmsted County, Minnesota were interviewed to assess the effectiveness of their truancy intervention protocols. Based on these reports, successful protocols incorporate flexibility into a standard process to benefit the student, the family, and the school. Successful ...


A Culturally Based Healing Intervention For Commercially Sex Trafficked Native American Women, Jennifer Hintz May 2016

A Culturally Based Healing Intervention For Commercially Sex Trafficked Native American Women, Jennifer Hintz

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Prostitution, sex-trafficking, and commercial sexual exploitation are terms used to describe a thriving, international black market economy. A substantial portion of research conducted on prostitution has treated women who've experienced sexual exploitation as a homogeneous group, but also demonstrates the diverse experiences of victimization this population may endure as a result of factors including ethnicity. In consideration of this, the present research study conducted interviews to explore the components of a culturally based holistic intervention for Native American women who have experienced commercial exploitation. The author of this study analyzed data from four, semi-structured qualitative interviews with Native American ...


Mindfulness And The Oncology Patient: A Systematic Review, Kristina Babcock May 2016

Mindfulness And The Oncology Patient: A Systematic Review, Kristina Babcock

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This systematic review was designed to gather and analyze data available regarding the effectiveness of mindfulness practice in decreasing depression or anxiety for oncology/hematology patients. The electronic databases used to identify studies for this review included the University of St. Thomas’ Summon Data Base, Psychinfo, Social Work Abstracts, SocINDEX and St. Catherine University’s Academic Search Premier. Sixteen quantitative studies met criteria and were reviewed and analyzed. All sixteen studies were divided between the categories of post cancer treatment/cancer survivors or active cancer diagnosis. The three major themes that surfaced within these two categories were depression, anxiety and ...


Intrinsic Motivators For People Serving Adults With Disabilities, Rebecca Nixon May 2016

Intrinsic Motivators For People Serving Adults With Disabilities, Rebecca Nixon

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The revolving door of staff and supervisors serving adults with disabilities distresses not only the agencies serving these individuals, but the clients, the economic well-being of the agency, the financial pockets of the state, and on the morale of the staff left behind. This qualitative research project analyzed expert thoughts and opinions from nine professionals currently or recently working in the field of adults with disabilities alongside a literature review. The results of the research depicted that for most professionals intrinsic incentives would enhance staff retention when they are being extrinsically compensated for their work. Based on the results of ...


The Impact Of High-Stakes Testing On The Learning Environment, Maddolyn Ritt May 2016

The Impact Of High-Stakes Testing On The Learning Environment, Maddolyn Ritt

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this research was to explore the impact of high-stakes testing on the learning environment in public schools, focusing on perceptions by teachers, administrative personnel and school social workers. This research was based on the literature that documented how the learning environment in public schools has been affected by high-stakes testing implemented as a result of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). While increases in testing has affected all students, the literature shows that it has marginalized sub-groups of at- risk students, including students with disabilities and students of color. The methodology for this research used a ...


Barriers In Accessing Child Mental Health Services For Parents And Caregivers, Lauren Kizaur May 2016

Barriers In Accessing Child Mental Health Services For Parents And Caregivers, Lauren Kizaur

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Millions of children in the United States suffer from untreated mental health problems. However, much of the literature available on barriers to mental health does not address the barriers children face in accessing services. This systematic review was designed to explore the research question: What are the barriers parents and caregivers face in seeking and receiving mental health services for children in the United States? A systematic search was conducted for peer-reviewed articles since 2000 using the following search terms: child, mental health, mental health services, parent, parental, help-seeking, barriers, cultural barriers, unmet, and treatment. These search terms were entered ...


Urban Elementary Teachers’ Perceptions Of Challenging Behaviors And Childhood Trauma, Megan David May 2016

Urban Elementary Teachers’ Perceptions Of Challenging Behaviors And Childhood Trauma, Megan David

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This research study explored urban elementary school teachers’ perceptions toward and responses to trauma-related challenging behaviors in their students. Review of current literature focused on the effects of childhood trauma, trauma in urban schools, and the characteristics of trauma-informed schools. A quantitative research design was used. Data was collected through the distribution of an online survey. Sixty-eight participants completed a 71-item survey about challenging behaviors and childhood trauma. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze data. The findings showed that participants encountered many challenging and trauma- related behaviors in their classrooms. Higher levels of teacher knowledge about trauma and ...


Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy With Children And Adolescents: A Systematic Review, Melissa M. Conway May 2016

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy With Children And Adolescents: A Systematic Review, Melissa M. Conway

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This systematic review examines the efficacy of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) as an intervention in the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents. Upon thorough review of the present literature, 7 articles met criteria. Common themes identified throughout the reviewed studies include TF-CBT versus other interventions, use of an engagement intervention, outcome influences, reduction in PTSD symptoms, and integrating TF-CBT into practice. Results of this review conclude TF-CBT is an effective treatment intervention for reducing PTSD symptoms in children and adolescents, yet further research needs to be done to be able to properly integrate the program ...


Treating Compassion Fatigue Among Those Working With Trauma And High Risk Populations, Jaime Birr May 2016

Treating Compassion Fatigue Among Those Working With Trauma And High Risk Populations, Jaime Birr

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This study was completed as a systematic review looking into effective self-care for those working with trauma and at risk populations. This study looked into how compassion fatigue can be combated by compassion satisfaction. By workers actively and effectively practicing self-care they are able to increase their own compassion satisfaction, which allows them to fight off both compassion fatigue and burnout. This study was able to identify exercise, spirituality, mindfulness, and personal support all as popular and effective self-care strategies commonly used by mental workers.


Services For Youthful Offenders: Rural Challenges, Jessica Mertins May 2016

Services For Youthful Offenders: Rural Challenges, Jessica Mertins

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This paper examines the experiences of service providers that coordinate and provide services for youthful offenders in rural areas. With juvenile offender recidivism rates around 41% (Wilson & Hoge, 2013) and limited resources to put towards aftercare, it is important to understand the challenges faced during community reentry after a correctional placement in order to best focus resources. This research utilized an electronic qualitative survey that was administered to professionals who work with youthful offenders and are employed by agencies in rural Minnesota counties. The study found that while there are benefits to working with youthful offenders in small communities, the ...