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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Implementation And Utilization Of Alternative Interventions In Hospice, Kayle Jo Dietrich May 2016

Implementation And Utilization Of Alternative Interventions In Hospice, Kayle Jo Dietrich

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

No abstract provided.


The Effectiveness Of Play Therapy And Reactive Attachment Disorder: A Systematic Literature Review, Katelin M. Cranny May 2016

The Effectiveness Of Play Therapy And Reactive Attachment Disorder: A Systematic Literature Review, Katelin M. Cranny

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The focus of this systematic literature review was to assess the effectiveness of play therapy used in treatment of children diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder (RAD). Children diagnosed with RAD experience long-­‐term implications including inability to regulate emotions, difficulty building and maintaining relationships, behavioral issues, anxiety and poor autonomy. Play therapy is a therapeutic approach that eliminates barriers between the child and therapist. This review examined fourteen articles. The articles were found using inclusion criteria of including treatment of RAD, use of play therapy with RAD, published between 2000 and 2015 and used research with children age 0-­‐18 ...


Swipe, Right? Young People And Online Dating In The Digital Age, Kyla C. Flug May 2016

Swipe, Right? Young People And Online Dating In The Digital Age, Kyla C. Flug

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

As many as 1 in 10 Americans utilize an online dating service. A sizable percentage of these users are young adults between the ages of 18 and 24, Because this social phenomenon is relatively new, little research has been conducted to examine the impact that online dating has on youth culture. The purpose of this study is to explore young people’s expectations and realities of online dating and mobile applications, whether they deem their experiences as positive or negative, to examine young people’s experiences of deception and discrimination by others and to gauge the extent that their relational ...


Children’S Mental Health Service Gaps In Minnesota, Whitney Farr May 2016

Children’S Mental Health Service Gaps In Minnesota, Whitney Farr

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

As the literature states, the Children’s Mental Health system in the United States is in need of an overhaul in regards to the policies, services, and implementation methods. Not only are urban and rural areas experiencing the same problems when it comes to accessing mental health services for children, rural areas also have other barriers that they experience when seeking services. The purpose of this research was to gain insight on the gaps and missing services within the Children’s Mental Health system, more specifically in rural communities within Minnesota, and how the state can go about implementing these ...


Physician Assisted Suicide And Midwest Social Workers: Are They Ready?, Nicole Rose Gaston May 2016

Physician Assisted Suicide And Midwest Social Workers: Are They Ready?, Nicole Rose Gaston

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Physician assisted suicide (PAS) is explicitly legal in four states, legal by court decision in one, and bills have been introduced in 25 other states including Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. This quantitative study was designed to understand Midwest, end of life social workers attitudes towards PAS, their preparedness for the implementation of PAS into their practice, and their awareness of PAS legislation where they practice. Sixty-two end of life social workers from Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin completed an anonymous online survey. The results indicate that over half of the participants support PAS legislation and ¼ are neutral or undecided which ...


Generating Therapeutic Attunement Through Mindfulness Practice, Kestrel Feiner-Homer May 2016

Generating Therapeutic Attunement Through Mindfulness Practice, Kestrel Feiner-Homer

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Therapeutic attunement refers to the non-linear process in which therapists track the moment-to-moment changes in the somatic, emotional and energetic rhythms of the client, themselves and the intersubjective relationship that exists between them. Literature on this topic suggests that therapeutic attunement is imperative for creating empathic alliances that foster reparative neural growth and result in positive treatment outcomes. This study uses Scholarly Personal Narrative and single system design to explore the impact that integrating forty minutes of mindfulness meditation into my daily routine had on my ability to cultivate therapeutic attunement in my work with clients. Over the course of ...


Reunification: The Child Protection Worker’S Perspective, Holly Gabby May 2016

Reunification: The Child Protection Worker’S Perspective, Holly Gabby

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Family reunification is the preferred permanency option, and is the most common goal for families that have been separated. The purpose of this study was to explore various child protection workers’ perspectives on family reunification. This project intended to gain an insider perspective using a qualitative research design. A semi- structured interview was used with six child protection worker’s that participated in this study. These interviews revealed four major themes from the data collected: family factors, worker influence/bias, one size doesn’t fit all, and the system prevents reunification. Within these themes there were many subthemes including: lack ...


Postpartum Depression And Birth Experiences, Amy Fox May 2016

Postpartum Depression And Birth Experiences, Amy Fox

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Postpartum depression negatively affects the lives of newborns and their mothers. This mental health concern can also affect the lives of fathers, partners, and older children. If left untreated, postpartum depression can be life-threatening for both mother and newborn. The importance of understanding the risk factors of postpartum depression is extremely important for the wellbeing expecting mothers and their families. A quantitative research study was conducted to understand if the type of birth experience affects a mother’s chance of developing postpartum depression. Results from this study indicate the type of birth did have an impact on a mother’s ...


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 ...


The Prevalence Of Secondary Traumatic Stress Among Play Therapist, Juli A. Gottschall May 2016

The Prevalence Of Secondary Traumatic Stress Among Play Therapist, Juli A. Gottschall

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This study examined the prevalence of secondary traumatic stress among play therapists; what factors increase the chances a play therapist will experience secondary traumatic stress; and whether play therapist who followed a directive model of play therapy experienced secondary traumatic stress (STS) differently than those who followed a non-directive model of play therapy. The sample was made up of 23 licensed registered play therapists who were recruited from five different chapters (Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin) of the Association for Play Therapy. The Secondary Traumatic Stress Scale (Bride, 2004) was used to measure the STS symptoms. T-test ...


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 ...


Compassion Fatigue And Compassion Satisfaction Among Professionals Working With Survivors Of Sex Trafficking, Nicole Goettl May 2016

Compassion Fatigue And Compassion Satisfaction Among Professionals Working With Survivors Of Sex Trafficking, Nicole Goettl

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

No abstract provided.


Juveniles In Adult Court Repercussions And Benefits For Juveniles And Communities, Rebecca Gulstad May 2016

Juveniles In Adult Court Repercussions And Benefits For Juveniles And Communities, Rebecca Gulstad

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The treatment of juveniles within the confines of the law has changed throughout history. When juvenile court was introduced in the United States most juveniles were tried as though they were in adult court. Juvenile court reformers did not feel this practice should continue, and as such, they advocated for a more rehabilitative system based on the ideology that juveniles would be more amenable to treatment than adults. This view changed in the 1980’s and the 1990’s when it became clear that not only were juvenile crime rates increasing, they were also becoming more serious in nature. During ...


Clinical Social Work Interventions For Nursing Home Residents With Depression, Ellen Grosh May 2016

Clinical Social Work Interventions For Nursing Home Residents With Depression, Ellen Grosh

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The populations of older adults is growing. Nursing home residents, in particular, are some of the most vulnerable members of society. Depression is more common in nursing home residents than it is in older adults who live in the community. Clinical social workers are trained to be psychotherapists, and it is important for these professionals to know which types of therapy are most effective for nursing home residents with depression. This systematic literature review was designed to sample the most recent research on psychotherapeutic interventions that are effective in addressing depression in nursing home residents. Specific search criteria were chosen ...


School Based Mental Health Services, Scott Graham May 2016

School Based Mental Health Services, Scott Graham

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Mental health impacts children socially, emotionally, and academically. While one of every five children/adolescents has a diagnosed mental health disorder. It is also estimated that one out of five children who need mental health services do not receive them (Van Landeghem, & Hess, 2005). Almost all children attend school for some time in their lives; therefore, school is the ideal setting for implementing collaborative interventions aimed at improving a child’s emotional development and overall mental health. Schools have become one of the largest providers of mental health services with many different stakeholders (Barrett, Eber, & Weist, 2013). This study seeks to examine the overall lived experience of five different categories of these stakeholders ...


Yoga For Depression And Anxiety: A Systematic Review, Rachel Hanson May 2016

Yoga For Depression And Anxiety: A Systematic Review, Rachel Hanson

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Yoga is a 3,000 year-old practice that has evolved into a holistic approach to general wellness and healing. Yoga is beginning to be recognized by researchers and clinicians as a complementary therapy that encompasses multiple components of healing that are being singled out or used in pieces as parts of traditional treatment methods. The purpose of this research is to conduct an exhaustive review of the research that has been performed on using yoga or yoga therapy to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders. This review will focus on how yoga is being used to address symptoms of ...


Interventions That Support At-Risk Children Within School Settings: A Systematic Review, Heidi Hasbargen May 2016

Interventions That Support At-Risk Children Within School Settings: A Systematic Review, Heidi Hasbargen

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

In this systematic review I examined current literature on interventions that help at-risk children succeed in schools. To find clinical intervention studies that supported at-risk children in the school system, I used exact keywords to search for the actual intervention. Using the two databases, Social work abstracts and Clicnet, I located nine intervention studies that provided key data on intervention offered, population served, and outcomes collected. In these results I identified three main themes: yoga/mindfulness, school based mental health support, and parental engagement. Based on these themes, I also recommend further research into ways school professionals can implement different ...


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 ...


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 ...


Truancy In The Eyes Of The Stakeholders, Lindsay Hjermastad May 2016

Truancy In The Eyes Of The Stakeholders, Lindsay Hjermastad

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The intent of this qualitative study was to examine what relevant stakeholders believe serve as significant causes of truancy and what can be done to reduce or eliminate it. This study utilized a qualitative, exploratory research design to better understand what a sample of stakeholders believed would help reduce truancy rates in youth ages 13-­‐17. The sample of this study was made up of five professionals who currently work or have worked with families and youth involved with truancy related issues. Two of the participants were high school counselors, two were community outreach workers, and one participant was a ...


Lost In Translation: Social Workers’ Perceptions Of The Benefits And Challenges Of Spoken Language Interpretation In Medical Settings, Flora Hsu May 2016

Lost In Translation: Social Workers’ Perceptions Of The Benefits And Challenges Of Spoken Language Interpretation In Medical Settings, Flora Hsu

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

With the increasing number of foreign born individuals in the United States, the usage of spoken language interpretation is also increasing in order to provide equal and quality services for patients with limited English proficiency. Understanding the dynamics of working with interpretation is important in order to achieve best practice for social workers. The purpose of this study is to explore the social workers’ perception of spoken language interpretation use in a medical setting. The study examines the amount of interpretation usage and the different type of interpretation usage. The study also explores the satisfaction of the interpretations’ performance in ...


Exploring Shame Within The Supervisory Relationship, Kendra Holloway May 2016

Exploring Shame Within The Supervisory Relationship, Kendra Holloway

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The importance for supervisors to approach shame in their supervisees is outlined in the research, as well as methods that supervisors can utilize to promote shame resiliency in supervisees. The purpose of this study was to gain knowledge about shame within the supervisory relationship from a social work perspective, as this topic has been primarily examined through the field of psychology. This qualitative study of five LICSW supervisors served to educate the social work community, both supervisors and supervisees, about the concept of shame in supervision and the perceived best ways of approaching it. The findings formed into seven themes ...


Health Care Matters: Perspectives From Lgbt Older Adults, Mary Hoffman May 2016

Health Care Matters: Perspectives From Lgbt Older Adults, Mary Hoffman

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative research study was conducted to describe more clearly the barriers to care that LGBT older adults perceive in medical care settings and explore how social work professionals in these settings can effectively provide more culturally competent services. Previous literature indicates common concerns include: discrimination, receiving care from providers who are not LGBT-friendly, and the cultural competence of providers. This study interviewed 16 LGBT adults over age 62 to learn more about their perspectives and experiences using health care. The results indicated participants had concerns similar to what previous studies suggested. An unexpected finding was that participants overwhelmingly experienced ...


Parental Alcoholism On Attachment Within Romantic Relationships, Brooke Hendrickson May 2016

Parental Alcoholism On Attachment Within Romantic Relationships, Brooke Hendrickson

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Alcoholism is a problem in the United States, many children around the country grow up with one or more caregivers who is alcohol dependent. This study uses a systematic literature review to examine the romantic relationships of adult children of alcoholics (ACOA) with specific attention to attachment. The studies included in this review came from academic peer reviewed journals, which are empirically based, and include qualitative and quantitative studies. The studies had to include discussion on attachment in a population over 18 years of age. Studies that were excluded were those that focused on specific ethnic groups, gender, or therapy ...


The Experiences Of Adults With Severe And Persistent Mental Illness And Long-Term Housing, Heather Hurner May 2016

The Experiences Of Adults With Severe And Persistent Mental Illness And Long-Term Housing, Heather Hurner

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This paper examines the barriers that adults with a severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) may experience when they approach securing and maintaining long-term hous- ing. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAM- HSA, 2011), around 30% of persons who experience chronic homelessness have a mental health condition, and of that group 50% also experience problems with co-occurring sub- stance use. This article utilized six qualitative interviews with service providers who work with this population and housing in some aspect. This study found that relationships between service providers and both landlords and clients play an important role ...


A Synthesis Of E-Therapy In Social Work: An Ecological Perspective, Caitlin Hurley May 2016

A Synthesis Of E-Therapy In Social Work: An Ecological Perspective, Caitlin Hurley

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this research is to explore how empirical studies surrounding e-therapy may affect the social work profession from an ecological perspective. Technology has played an important role in expanding contemporary society’s ability to connect to one another. Currently, there is a significant number of people who are in need of mental health services but do not have access for a variety of reasons such as lack of local resources, financial issues, or simply the stigma surrounding seeking mental health treatment. This review explores eleven quantitative research articles in an effort to determine who is being treated with ...