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Teaching Content On Social Work Practice With Religious Congregations: A Curriculum Module, Michael E. Sherr, Terry Wolfer Nov 2004

Teaching Content On Social Work Practice With Religious Congregations: A Curriculum Module, Michael E. Sherr, Terry Wolfer

Social Work Faculty Publications

This pilot study represents an effort to implement and evaluate use of a curriculum module on Charitable Choice and social work practice in a faith-based organization. Using a nonequivalent control group design, repeated measures MANOVA showed significant differences between the treatment (n=54) and comparison groups (n=53) on knowledge and degree of comfort at posttest. Despite the use of a small sample (n=107) of MSW students at a public university in the Southeast, the findings provide initial support for further use and future evaluations of curriculum modules covering specific content on practice in faith-based settings.


Psychodynamic Perspectives On Relationship: Implications Of New Findings From Human Attachment And The Neurosciences For Social Work Education, Jerrold R. Brandell, Shoshana Ringel Oct 2004

Psychodynamic Perspectives On Relationship: Implications Of New Findings From Human Attachment And The Neurosciences For Social Work Education, Jerrold R. Brandell, Shoshana Ringel

Social Work Faculty Publications

In this article, the historical significance of the therapeutic relationship in social casework theory and practice is discussed and elaborated on in relation to contemporary psychodynamic theories and constructs, such as the therapeutic alliance, the holding relationship, and selfobject theory. The significant contributions of investigators in such diverse fields as infant attachment, neurobiology, and feminist theory are then discussed in relation to these psychoanalytic ideas. Based in part upon recent research being conducted in such fields, a more central role is proposed for psychodynamic conceptions of relationship in the education of social work clinicians.


Does Family-Centered Out-Of-Home Care Work? Comparison Of A Family-Centered Approach And Traditional Care., Cathleen A. Lewandowski, Lois Pierce Aug 2004

Does Family-Centered Out-Of-Home Care Work? Comparison Of A Family-Centered Approach And Traditional Care., Cathleen A. Lewandowski, Lois Pierce

Social Work Faculty Publications

This research assessed the effectiveness of a family-centered approach to out-of home core in reunifying children with their families by comparing differential exit rates of children whose families received family-centered services with children whose families received routine child welfare services. The sample included 472 children who were in foster care from 1994 to 1996 in Missouri. Survival analysis was used to calculate the probability that a child would he reunified with his or her family at a particular time and to compare the differential exit rates for the children who experienced subsequent placement during the study period. The authors used ...


Research In Home-Care Telemedicine: Challenges In Patient Recruitment, Usha Subramanian, Faith Hopp, Julie Lowery, Peter Woodbridge, David Smith Jul 2004

Research In Home-Care Telemedicine: Challenges In Patient Recruitment, Usha Subramanian, Faith Hopp, Julie Lowery, Peter Woodbridge, David Smith

Social Work Faculty Publications

This study reports challenges in recruiting patients for a randomized controHed trial of home-care telemedicinae. Descriptive statistics on patient eligibility for home-care telemedidne services and patient refusals for participation are provided. Frequency counts of reasons for study exclusion and participant refusal and Chi-square tests to compare race and age-related differences are given. Of 302 home-care patients reviewed, 197 (65.2%) did not meet inclusion criteria. The most common reasons for study exclusion were patients either needing <2 visits per month (n = 59, 30%) or >3 skilled nurse visits per week (n = 46, 23.4%). Of the eligible patients (n = 105), 79 persons (75.2 ...


Conceptions Of Gay Male Life-Span Development: Past & Present, David J. Roseborough Jan 2004

Conceptions Of Gay Male Life-Span Development: Past & Present, David J. Roseborough

Social Work Faculty Publications

Four of Erikson’s eight psychosocial crises were used in this qualitative, exploratory study as an organizing framework. Using a semi-structured questionnaire, seven men were interviewed with the goal of understanding how they have navigated Erikson’s life stages. Significant results included: an early sense of being different and a period of time between “coming out to self” and “coming out to another person,” both complicating Erikson’s sense of “social trust." The men also described finding non-biological ways of achieving generativity as well as the development of a strong internal sense of authority or locus of control. Other strengths ...


Evidenced-Based Treatment For Older Adults, Sherry M. Cummings, Nancy P. Kropf, Kimberly M. Cassie, Brian Bride Jan 2004

Evidenced-Based Treatment For Older Adults, Sherry M. Cummings, Nancy P. Kropf, Kimberly M. Cassie, Brian Bride

Social Work Faculty Publications

Over the past several decades, the number of older adults has grown at an unprecedented rate. As the number of older adults continues to increase with the aging of the baby boom generation, it is essential that social workers have knowledge of effective strategies for promoting quality of life and treating later-life mental health disorders among older adults and their family members. In order to promote such knowledge, this article reviews the outcomes research literature related to individual and group treatments for older adults and their familial caregivers. Empirically based research studies published between 1985 and the present were examined ...


Community Partnerships: An Innovative Model Of Social Work Education And Practice, Fred Brooks, Mindy R. Wertheimer, Elizabeth L. Beck, James L. Wolk Jan 2004

Community Partnerships: An Innovative Model Of Social Work Education And Practice, Fred Brooks, Mindy R. Wertheimer, Elizabeth L. Beck, James L. Wolk

Social Work Faculty Publications

Community challenges force human service agencies to collaborate in providing services. Such collaborations require practitioners to have skills not found in mainstream social work curricula. This paper explores how a new MSW program evolved through dialog with community leaders and resulted in a curriculum with a sole concentration of community partnerships.


Interdisciplinary Practice In Developmental Disabilities, Nancy P. Kropf, D. Michael Malone Jan 2004

Interdisciplinary Practice In Developmental Disabilities, Nancy P. Kropf, D. Michael Malone

Social Work Faculty Publications

This article explores the development of interdisciplinary team practice within the field of development disabilities. Various interdisciplinary models are described, and the role of the social worker is specifically reviewed. As social workers practice as members of teams in a variety of contexts, a greater understanding of an interdisciplinary approach is warranted.


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Diverse Population, Nancy P. Kropf, Stacey Kolomer Jan 2004

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Diverse Population, Nancy P. Kropf, Stacey Kolomer

Social Work Faculty Publications

The number of grandparents who are raising grandchildren has risen dramatically as the result of several social trends. Within this article, diversity aspects of this population are explored including characteristics of the grandparents and grandchildren. In addition, support groups, the primary intervention for custodial grandparents, are overviewed with specific attention to models that have relevance for subpopulations of care providers. Finally, child welfare and kinship care policies are examined and critiqued from a diversity perspective.


Conceptions Of Gay Male Life-Span Development: Past & Present, David J. Roseborough Jan 2004

Conceptions Of Gay Male Life-Span Development: Past & Present, David J. Roseborough

Social Work Faculty Publications

Four of Erikson’s eight psychosocial crises were used in this qualitative, exploratory study as an organizing framework. Using a semi-structured questionnaire, seven men were interviewed with the goal of understanding how they have navigated Erikson’s life stages. Significant results included: an early sense of being different and a period of time between “coming out to self” and “coming out to another person”, both complicating Erikson’s sense of “social trust”. The men also described finding nonbiological ways of achieving generativity as well as the development of a strong internal sense of authority or locus of control. Other strengths ...


Zen And Clinical Social Work: A Spiritual Approach To Practice, Mark Brenner, E. Homonoff Jan 2004

Zen And Clinical Social Work: A Spiritual Approach To Practice, Mark Brenner, E. Homonoff

Social Work Faculty Publications

This exploratory study examined the influence of a personal practice of Zen Buddhist meditation on the professional work of clinical social workers. Three areas were explored with a sample of 10 clinical social workers who had practiced Zen meditation for at least 5 years: practice framework, clinical practice, and interactions within larger systems. Analysis of the data generated from semistructured interviews revealed 3 interrelated, overarching themes: awareness, acceptance, and responsibility. Implications of these findings for the practice of clinical social work are offered.


Pathways Into Caregiving For Rural Custodial Grandparents, Nancy P. Kropf, Margaret M. Robinson Jan 2004

Pathways Into Caregiving For Rural Custodial Grandparents, Nancy P. Kropf, Margaret M. Robinson

Social Work Faculty Publications

Although one-quarter (25%) of custodial grandparents live in rural areas, less is known about these families than their urban counterparts. This qualitative study was conducted to determine pathways into care with rural families; that is, the reasons and process into custodial grandparenting roles. Based upon interviews with fourteen grandparents, three major pathways were identified. The most common was co-residential, where the parent generation exited a multi-generational household. In the incremental pathway, grandparents had attempted multiple strategies with the culmination of taking physical custody of the grandchildren. A final pathway, immediate care, was typically the result of a family crisis situation ...


Practice Evaluation And Social Group Work In Elementary Schools., Kendra J. Garrett Jan 2004

Practice Evaluation And Social Group Work In Elementary Schools., Kendra J. Garrett

Social Work Faculty Publications

The year-end reports of the group work practice of 15 elementary school social workers were analyzed to determine clarity of goals, intervention methods, and evaluation strategies. It was found that goals were articulated but not quantified. Purposes and intervention methods were clearly documented. Goals for individual members were identified more frequently than group goals.

Evidence of group processes was commonly used as markers of group success. Social workers used a variety of activities and discussion to accomplish these goals. Pragmatic outcome indicators, such as ember, parent, and teacher statements about goal accomplishment, improved quality of life, and increased ability to ...


Use Of Groups In School Social Work: Group Work And Group Processes, Kendra J. Garrett Jan 2004

Use Of Groups In School Social Work: Group Work And Group Processes, Kendra J. Garrett

Social Work Faculty Publications

A survey of 54 school social workers indicated that they use group work extensively in their practice to address a number of student issues. Cognitive behavioral theories were most commonly used to guide these groups, and workers rarely identified the use of small group theory as a conceptual framework. Groups were less frequent at the secondary level, and sessions were longer. Family change groups were more common at the elementary level. The method of funding the social work position had no affect on kinds or numbers of groups school social workers facilitated. Respondents did not identify use of small group ...