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Effective Social Work Practice With Military, Veterans, And Their Families, Katherine Boyer May 2018

Effective Social Work Practice With Military, Veterans, And Their Families, Katherine Boyer

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This study explores if licensed practicing social workers in the state of Minnesota perceive themselves as competent to work effectively with military, veterans, and their families. A qualitative survey was emailed by Minnesota Social Services Association to their members. A total of eight participants responded to the survey. Each of these participants indicated that he or she worked directly with a military-connected client the military. Content analysis was conducted and two themes were found. The majority of participants described not feeling prepared to work with this population and indicated a desire for more education. One of the limitations of this ...


The Impacts Of Supervision On Social Workers Who Experience Client Suicidal Behavior, Chelse Paulzine May 2018

The Impacts Of Supervision On Social Workers Who Experience Client Suicidal Behavior, Chelse Paulzine

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The impacts of supervision on social workers who experience client suicidal behavior is outlined in this research, as well as recommendations for social workers, social work supervisors and agencies now to create a more effective supervisory experience in the event of a client suicide attempt or completion. This qualitative research study surveyed 64 social workers who either identified as a Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Graduate Social Worker or Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker to explore social workers experiences in supervision after they experienced a client suicide attempt or completion. The themes that arose in the research included: positive feelings experienced ...


What Can We Learn From Death And Dying? One Man’S Experience, Brooke K. Benson May 2017

What Can We Learn From Death And Dying? One Man’S Experience, Brooke K. Benson

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The research explored a personal account of a man's experience of actively dying. From the findings, five major themes emerged describing the participant’s experience of dying. The first theme, physical states, was sub-categorized by states of being, felt senses, and physical things. The second emerging theme, mental, was sub-categorized by emotions and cognitions. The third emerging theme, beheviors, was sub-categorized by actions and communications. The fourth emerging theme was spirituality and the fifth and final theme was time. The findings provide valuable insight into the process of death and dying, the emotions surrounding the process of dying and ...


Examining Post-Adoption Services: What Adoptive Families Need For Beneficial Outcomes, Lindsey Crawford May 2017

Examining Post-Adoption Services: What Adoptive Families Need For Beneficial Outcomes, Lindsey Crawford

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This research is about what post-adoption services exist, what sort of supports and services adoptive families need, and if there are any disparities. The researcher aimed to answer the multidimensional research question: What types of post-adoption issues do adoptive parents identify, how were these issues addressed, and what do they recommend to other adoptive parents? A qualitative research design with a narrative analysis was used to conduct the study. The Ecological Approach was used as the conceptual framework. The researcher found that both participants participated in foster to adopt, felt they did not receive the full extent of the supports ...


Lessons For Social Workers: A Review Of The Latino/A Undocumented Immigrant Experience, Katie J. Ducklow May 2017

Lessons For Social Workers: A Review Of The Latino/A Undocumented Immigrant Experience, Katie J. Ducklow

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Undocumented Latino/a immigrants seeking social work services face additional challenges due to their immigration status, such as social isolation, trauma, a hostile political climate, and fear of deportation. The researcher of this systematic literature review sought to answer the research questions: “What factors do undocumented Latino/a immigrants identify as helpful when utilizing social work services?” and “What factors do undocumented Latino/a immigrants identify as hurtful or barriers when utilizing social work services?” A systematic review was conducted using the databases SOCIndex, PsycINFO, and Social Work Abstracts and variations of the search terms “Latino/a,” “immigrant,” and “social ...


Making It Right In The End: Conflict On The Hospice Interdisciplinary Team, Sarah Green May 2017

Making It Right In The End: Conflict On The Hospice Interdisciplinary Team, Sarah Green

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The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore the role of social workers in addressing conflict on the hospice interdisciplinary team. Seven semi-structured interviews were completed to generate qualitative data from licensed social workers on hospice interdisciplinary teams in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. A brief review of literature showed there are many causes of conflict on the hospice interdisciplinary team including role blurring, leadership in the interdisciplinary team, and physical aspects of care superseding psychosocial. There are many studies exploring social work roles on the hospice interdisciplinary team, factors contributing to success on an interdisciplinary team in a ...


Effectiveness Of Self-Care In Reducing Symptoms Of Secondary Traumatic Stress, Angie Stockwell May 2017

Effectiveness Of Self-Care In Reducing Symptoms Of Secondary Traumatic Stress, Angie Stockwell

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Social workers who work with traumatized clients have an increased risk of experiencing secondary traumatic stress (Sprang, Whitt-Woosley, & Clark, 2007). Up to 70% of workers reported at least one symptom of secondary traumatic stress in the past week (Bride, Robinson, Yegidis, & Figley, 2004). Secondary trauma was also believed to be a significant reason workers in the human services field left their employment (Bride, 2007). High turnover in human services organizations may lead to high recruiting and training costs and can also reduce the efficacy of services to clients (Harrison & Westwood, 2009). An intervention that was found to be successful in reducing the symptoms of secondary traumatic stress for social workers was self-care (Lee & Miller, 2013). The research identified five main types of self-care including physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and professional. The findings supported the standpoint that self-care was effective in reducing symptoms of secondary traumatic stress for social workers. Being proactive and building a strong foundation of support with family, friends, colleagues and other professionals may be a key to reduce the effects of the stress experienced by social workers (Bloomquist et al., 2015; Eastwood & Ecklund, 2008; Killian, 2008). By reducing the risks of STS for social workers, employees may experience increased well-being (Goncher, Sherman, Barnett, & Haskins, 2013), employers may have greater staff retention (Bride, 2007), while clients will receive more consistent and a higher quality of care (Harrison & Westwood, 2009).


Assessing And Addressing Family Caregiver Burden: Palliative Care Social Work Perspective, Taylor Logeais May 2017

Assessing And Addressing Family Caregiver Burden: Palliative Care Social Work Perspective, Taylor Logeais

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Social workers employed in end-of-life care settings are in a unique position to engage with family caregivers who are at a heightened risk for experiencing caregiver burden, which can have detrimental impacts on the caregivers’ health and wellbeing. Even though the National Association of Social Workers (2004) directs social workers specialized in palliative care to assess the complex needs of and provide helpful interventions to family caregivers, research suggests that this objective often fails to be met. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the ability for palliative care social workers to assess family caregivers for caregiver burden ...


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

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

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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

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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

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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 ...


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

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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 ...


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

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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 ...


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 ...


Preventing Burnout: An Exploration Of Social Workers’ Challenges And Coping Strategies, Lawren Rohling May 2016

Preventing Burnout: An Exploration Of Social Workers’ Challenges And Coping Strategies, Lawren Rohling

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In this systematic review, the researcher synthesized literature regarding the stressors and de-stressors that social workers endure in their careers. Using SocINDEX, PsycINFO, and Social Work Abstracts, 13 studies meeting criteria for the review were then analyzed. Themes identified included: stressors coming from the work place, coping strategies that social workers use to deal with their stress, symptoms from stress, social workers working with children having more stress than those working with adults, and reasons why social workers do not quit their jobs. The studies included in this review found several main reasons for stress and ways to cope with ...


Systematic Review: Social Work School Interventions For Food Accessibility Among Impoverished Children, Rebecca Christensen May 2016

Systematic Review: Social Work School Interventions For Food Accessibility Among Impoverished Children, Rebecca Christensen

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Mothers and children from impoverished families discuss the continuous sacrifices related to food insecurity. Sacrifices like trade-offs can lead to attention of a family’s immediate needs like food but these often come with the cost or sacrifice of other long term needs such as a means of income. Working with children and their families in attending to the underlying causes for their food insecurity may not only help to alleviate their immediate but also their long term needs in maintaining a standard of living. This systematic literature review was designed to investigate the research question: What interventions are being ...


A Social Worker’S Perspective On Integrating Social Work Into Assisted Living Facilities, Melissa M. Gudgell May 2015

A Social Worker’S Perspective On Integrating Social Work Into Assisted Living Facilities, Melissa M. Gudgell

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A social workers perspective on the integration of social work into Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) is extremely limited within literature context review. The limitation of the research is most likely due to the fact that there are no national regulations or requirements for social work involvement within ALF except in specific cases such as those of Elderly Waivers Program or congregate housing where individuals are assigned case management services. The focus of this research was to examine the structure of ALF and the ideology of incorporating the practice of social work within ALF. With no national standard, states are allowed ...


Needs Of Veterans Transitioning Out Of Homelessness, Christa Reader May 2015

Needs Of Veterans Transitioning Out Of Homelessness, Christa Reader

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With the current national initiative to end veteran homeless by the end of 2015, there are growing numbers of homeless veterans moving into housing. This study sought to explore their needs and experiences during their transition into housing. Data collected for this study consisted of six semi-structured interviews with social workers and case managers working with homeless veterans in housing programs. Four dominant themes were identified as (1) the benefit of having a case manager for support and guidance; (2) housing provides a stable base to work on goals and plan for the future; (3) substance use, mental health, and ...


Experiencing Joy: Personal Narratives Of Hospice And Palliative Care Social Workers, Kyle Paige Murray May 2015

Experiencing Joy: Personal Narratives Of Hospice And Palliative Care Social Workers, Kyle Paige Murray

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

A vast majority of the existing research explores the negative impacts that the profession of social work has on its practitioners. Much attention has been given to topics like secondary or vicarious trauma, burnout, and compassion fatigue. There are far fewer studies that explore the positive aspects of social work practice. The concept of joy is often missing from the literature about social work. The purpose of this study was to explore the narratives of joy of social workers practicing in hospice and palliative care. Using an exploratory qualitative design, eight graduate level social workers were interviewed about their experiences ...


A Qualitative Investigation Of Mindfulness-Based Practice With K-12th Grade Teachers, Jenna Trumbower May 2015

A Qualitative Investigation Of Mindfulness-Based Practice With K-12th Grade Teachers, Jenna Trumbower

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In the United States, there is an increased awareness and concern regarding K-12th grade teachers’ personal and professional well-being. With current teacher turnover rates currently at about 20% compared to 9% in 2009 (Alliance for Excellent Education, 2014), researchers have turned their attention to stress-reduction interventions and programs for teachers. The following study examines the experiences that seven K-12th grade teachers have had with mindfulness-based practices. This study further explores the impact that mindfulness-based practice has on K-12th grade teachers’ personal well-being and professional practice. A qualitative approach using semi-structured interviews was used to gather information to ...


Hospice Social Workers’ Perspectives On Place Of Death Congruence: A Qualitative Study, Florence Wright May 2015

Hospice Social Workers’ Perspectives On Place Of Death Congruence: A Qualitative Study, Florence Wright

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This qualitative research study was designed to explore place of death congruence among hospice patients from the subjective experiences and perspectives of hospice social workers. A semi-structured interview with nine hospice social workers served as the primary means of data collection within the present study. Using content analysis with descriptive phenomenology, dominant and underlying themes were identified, refined, and subsequently confirmed through a reliability check. From the establishment and verification of themes and sub-themes, the research questions were answered. The results of this study indicate that patients generally prefer to die in a place they call “home,” including: private residences ...


The Commonalities And Shared Experiences Of Female Prostitutes Who Were Sexually Exploited As Children: The Perspectives Of Clinical Social Workers, Heather Wilmes May 2015

The Commonalities And Shared Experiences Of Female Prostitutes Who Were Sexually Exploited As Children: The Perspectives Of Clinical Social Workers, Heather Wilmes

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Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LICSW) provide services to vulnerable populations. As the number of sexually exploited women in Minnesota and the United States grows, so does the number of women needing services from social workers. It is important that LICSWs understand the population of women who have engaged in prostitution that were victims of sexual exploitation as children. If LICSWs are knowledgeable about the commonalities and shared experiences of the women they serve, they may be able to identify common risk factors and provide appropriate services. This research study sought to identify the commonalities and shared experiences of female prostitutes ...


Promoting Hope And Resilience In Parkinson’S Disease, Emily R. Brunner May 2014

Promoting Hope And Resilience In Parkinson’S Disease, Emily R. Brunner

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The purpose of this project was to explore how or if social workers promote hope and resiliency in individuals’ with Parkinson’s disease. Using a qualitative design, eight licensed social workers throughout the United States, with between two to thirty years of experience working with individuals suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The participants reflected on their experiences and observations of hope and resiliency in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. The researcher analyzed data by looking for themes and commonalties between the participant responses during the interviews. The interviews were transcribed and linked to previous related literature. The findings indicated that ...


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

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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 ...