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Interns Matter: Maximizing Integration Of Interns Into Community Agencies, Valerie Garcia Dec 2017

Interns Matter: Maximizing Integration Of Interns Into Community Agencies, Valerie Garcia

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

Hope Services is a non-profit agency serving individuals with developmental disabilities in six counties. Over the years, there have been many agencies that have formed connections with Hope Services. One of these collaborative partnerships has been with CSU Monterey Bay’s (CSUMB) integration of interns through their field placement program. However, recently former Hope Services South District Manager, Greg Dinsmore, witnessed a lack of utilization and integration of interns across all Hope Services agencies. Through firsthand experience as a mentor, he witnessed the benefits of utilizing interns and saw the need for further advocacy and support for the integration of ...


Associations Of Hiv Risk Behaviors Among Older Latinas And Their Adult Daughters, Gira J. Ravelo Nov 2017

Associations Of Hiv Risk Behaviors Among Older Latinas And Their Adult Daughters, Gira J. Ravelo

FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation examines the associations between adult Latina daughters’ HIV risk behaviors and that of their older Latina mothers’ HIV risk behaviors. The central hypothesis of the study is that adult Latina daughters’ influence their older mothers’ behaviors and that such behaviors interact with the level of their attachment.

Older Latinas are a vulnerable population that face cultural risk factors, health care provider bias, and engage in low rates of HIV testing. The primary mode of HIV infection for Latinas is through heterosexual contact. Yet, traditional gender norms such as marianismo belief place pressure on Latina women to be submissive ...


Alcohol And Drug Prevention, Intervention, And Treatment Literature: A Bibliography For Best Practices, Laura Burney Nissen Oct 2017

Alcohol And Drug Prevention, Intervention, And Treatment Literature: A Bibliography For Best Practices, Laura Burney Nissen

Laura Burney Nissen

Addictions remain a persistent challenge to mental health practice. There is a need for mental health educators, students, and practitioners to be aware of, critique, contribute to, and, where relevant, utilize emerging scholarly literature to inform their intervention strategies. This comprehensive addictions bibliography draws from a wide variety of sources, perspectives, and ideologies to hasten the rate at which academics and practitioners can more meaningfully participate in this rapidly developing field of practice.


Connecting Resources To A Community In Need: Worcester Police Addiction Recovery (Wpar) Program Webinar, Susan Halpin, Patricia Joy Cummings, Rebecca Zwicker Sep 2017

Connecting Resources To A Community In Need: Worcester Police Addiction Recovery (Wpar) Program Webinar, Susan Halpin, Patricia Joy Cummings, Rebecca Zwicker

Network of the National Library of Medicine New England Region (NNLM NER) Repository

Learn how to recognize the signs of substance use that are often overlooked. Communities often have resources available to help those with substance use disorder, as well as help for their families. Because of the stigma this disease carries, many people do not talk about their struggles or how they found help. A city police officer and a recovery coach from the city of Worcester will share the program they have developed to help those in need to find the pathway to recovery. Learn what you can do to alleviate the stigma associated with this disease.

Learning Objectives: Connecting Resources ...


Participation In Governance And Well-Being In The Yukon Flats, Jessica Charlene Black Aug 2017

Participation In Governance And Well-Being In The Yukon Flats, Jessica Charlene Black

Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation explains the relationship between participation in governance and well-being in the Yukon Flats. To garner a deeper understanding of this relationship, definitions of governance and well-being are sought from the participants, thus providing holistic, Indigenous definitions of these concepts. Both formal and informal governance are also explored to understand the important institutions that underpin these larger relationships. Lastly, this dissertation investigates the relationship between participation in traditional hunting, fishing, and gathering and well-being in the Yukon Flats. Qualitative methods, including semi-structured interviews, observations, and photographs are all used to document these relationships. Applied thematic analysis is used due ...


Mental Health And Academic Outcomes Among Adolescents In South Korean Orphanages, Hollee Ann Mcginnis Aug 2017

Mental Health And Academic Outcomes Among Adolescents In South Korean Orphanages, Hollee Ann Mcginnis

Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Research conducted over the past 100 years in Western nations support the adverse effects of orphanages on children’s emotional, developmental, and social well-being as well as economic costs to society (Save the Children UK, 2009; Bakermans-Kranenburg, Van IJzendoorn & Juffer, 2008; Williams & Greenberg, 2010). Globally, the number of orphaned and abandoned children is conservatively estimated to be around 143 million, of whom the majority reside in Asia, followed by Sub-Saharan Africa (UNICEF, UNAIDS, & USAID, 2004). South Korea (hereafter “Korea”) is an exemplary nation for study because it has a well-established child welfare system, including family-based alternatives (domestic and international adoption, foster care); however, the nation continues to rely disproportionately on orphanages to protect children and adolescents in need of parental care. Since 2000 there has been a small but growing number of studies published by Korean scholars on the psychosocial problems of children in orphanages. However, few of these studies focused on adolescents and none measured trauma exposure or extent of PTSD ...


Forgiveness: How It Manifests In Our Health, Well-Being, And Longevity, Kathi Norman Aug 2017

Forgiveness: How It Manifests In Our Health, Well-Being, And Longevity, Kathi Norman

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

Forgiveness is a character strength and process that, when practiced, is associated with improved psychological well-being, physical health outcomes, and longevity. Forgiveness can serve as a protective factor that buffers against poor health and psychological consequences. Common misconceptions about forgiveness can serve as barriers to the desire to cultivate this protective strength, as forgiveness is often conflated with permissiveness, and perceived as permission for a transgressor to engage in hurtful conduct. The benefits of forgiveness, however, are most significant for the individual who has been transgressed, rather than the transgressor. Failing to forgive, or unforgiveness, is the practice of engaging ...


Beyond The Loss Of A Child In The Nicu: The Social Worker's Role, Anniesha D. Quann-Walker Aug 2017

Beyond The Loss Of A Child In The Nicu: The Social Worker's Role, Anniesha D. Quann-Walker

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

The following is a two-paper dissertation exploring the role of social workers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The classical and contemporary perspectives of grief theory provide the framework for understanding emotional responses of bereaved parents to the death of a child. The academic social work, medical, and nursing literature reviewed support the hypothesis that social workers are an insufficiently tapped resource in working with bereaved parents who have experienced perinatal loss in the NICU and revealed contributing factors for current medical social work practices. The accompanying article discusses the role of social workers and the areas that demonstrate ...


Twisting Masculinity: Harms Of Pornography To Young Boys And Men, Gabe Deem Jul 2017

Twisting Masculinity: Harms Of Pornography To Young Boys And Men, Gabe Deem

Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence

No abstract provided.


The Public Health Harms Of Pornography: The Brain, Erectile Dysfunction, And Sexual Violence, John D. Foubert Jul 2017

The Public Health Harms Of Pornography: The Brain, Erectile Dysfunction, And Sexual Violence, John D. Foubert

Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence

No abstract provided.


A Descriptive Study Of The Elderly In California Substance Abuse Treatment Programs, David Berenschot Jun 2017

A Descriptive Study Of The Elderly In California Substance Abuse Treatment Programs, David Berenschot

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

As gerontologists may know, there are a great deal of studies and a variety of academic literature on the misuse of alcohol and prescription medication amongst the elderly population. While there is a plethora of information on alcohol and prescription misuse, there is little reported data about the prevalence of other substance misuse experienced by this population. This study aims to help to fill that gap in the data by using quantitative methods to describe the scope of substance abuse of individuals 55-years or older. This study utilizes data from the Treatment Data Set Admission (TEDS-A). The TEDS-A is a ...


Exploring The Relationship Between Occupational Burnout And The Behavioral Well-Being Of Social Workers, Damian A. Pisapia Jun 2017

Exploring The Relationship Between Occupational Burnout And The Behavioral Well-Being Of Social Workers, Damian A. Pisapia

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a relationship between occupational burnout and the behavioral well-being of social workers. Burnout is a multidimensional syndrome where workers experience feelings of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment as a consequence of work related stress and overwhelming job demands. Burnout can negatively affect organizational functioning, work performance, and pose significant health risks to workers. There are a limited number of studies focusing on the impact of occupational burnout on the behavioral well-being of workers. The findings of this study indicated that there was a significant relationship between burnout ...


Clinical Social Workers’ Perspectives On Illicit Drug Use And The Development Of Psychotic Disorders, Asma Naseer Jun 2017

Clinical Social Workers’ Perspectives On Illicit Drug Use And The Development Of Psychotic Disorders, Asma Naseer

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

This purpose of this study was to explore social workers’ perspectives of drug-induced psychosis. More specifically, it sought to determine how knowledgeable clinical social workers are on the impact illicit drug use on the development of psychotic disorders. The study also aimed to discover clinical social workers’ perspectives regarding the influence of illicit drug use on the development of psychotic illnesses. This study used mixed methods approach in attempt to solve the research question. The quantitative portion of the research, an anonymous survey, allowed for the assessment of social workers’ knowledge of drug-induced psychosis. The qualitative portion of the research ...


The Effect Of Anxiety And Depression On College Students’ Academic Performance: Exploring Social Support As A Moderator, Katherine H. Bisson May 2017

The Effect Of Anxiety And Depression On College Students’ Academic Performance: Exploring Social Support As A Moderator, Katherine H. Bisson

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study is to explore how social support is related to the overall well-being of college students. Literature suggests social support buffers a negative effect of distress on academic performance. This study attempts to provide practical information for a program called Student Opportunities, Advocacy, and Resources (SOAR) at Abilene Christian University (ACU), which assists students and connects them to resources available to support their path to success. A multiple linear regression was conducted to examine the association between anxiety, depression, social support, and academic performance using a sample of 93 students enrolled in this program in Fall ...


Professional Socialization And Identity Development Of Social Work Students, Cindy E. Locklear May 2017

Professional Socialization And Identity Development Of Social Work Students, Cindy E. Locklear

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

This banded dissertation furthers the scholarship of teaching and learning in the area of social work student professional identity development. The three scholarship products presented address how programs define and teach professional behavior through the explicit and implicit curriculum as defined by the Council on Social Work Education’s Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards and apply a developmental model to foster student professional identity development.

Product 1 is a conceptual article that introduces a model for undergraduate social work student professional identity development based on the Chickering and Reisser (1993) theory of student development. Conceptual links are made between this ...


Focusing On Adjuncts: Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness And Academic Quality Through Institutional Support, Marshelia Denise Harris May 2017

Focusing On Adjuncts: Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness And Academic Quality Through Institutional Support, Marshelia Denise Harris

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

The increased use of adjunct faculty in academic institutions presents both challenges and opportunities for students, faculty, and administrators (Clark, Moore, Johnston, & Openshaw, 2011). Most of the challenges center around the lack of preparation and knowledge required for the responsibilities of teaching in an academic setting. This banded dissertation explores educational opportunities and supportive programs to prepare adjunct faculty for success in academia.

The first product of this banded dissertation is a conceptual paper proposing three program options for offering ongoing institutional support to adjunct faculty. The conceptual framework guiding this scholarship agenda is Albert Bandura’s social learning theory ...


Rescuing Emotion From The Margins Of Social Work Education, Judith Mary Hoy May 2017

Rescuing Emotion From The Margins Of Social Work Education, Judith Mary Hoy

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

Based on advances in brain imaging technology that provide evidence that emotion plays a critical role in learning and integrating new knowledge, this dissertation presents three articles to assist social work educators in developing an understanding of the emotional processes of learning and how they impact students.

The first conceptual article provides a brief overview of findings from brain science that demonstrate the importance of emotion in learning, challenging the enduring cognitive bias in higher education. Barriers to engaging student emotions are identified and discussed, and the philosophy of Humanism is used to articulate the connection between emotional expression and ...


Non-Traditional Social Work Students: Motivations, Challenges And Keys To Success, Anne Adcock May 2017

Non-Traditional Social Work Students: Motivations, Challenges And Keys To Success, Anne Adcock

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

The field of social work routinely attracts the non-traditional student. For the purposes of this dissertation, non-traditional students were identified as meeting two or more of the criteria established by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES): "being independent for financial aid purposes, having one or more dependents, being a single caregiver, not having a traditional high school diploma, delaying postsecondary enrollment, attending school part time, and being employed full time" (U.S. Department of Education, 2015, p. 1). Difficult life experiences including past trauma, addiction, abuse, and contact with the social service system lead non-traditional students to want to ...


The Case For Humane Education In Social Work Education, Cini Bretzlaff-Holstein May 2017

The Case For Humane Education In Social Work Education, Cini Bretzlaff-Holstein

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

Humane education is a form of education focusing on the intersectionality between human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection. It is a solution-focused discipline striving for a healthier world for people, the environment, and animals. The argument throughout this banded dissertation is that humane education can potentially inform and collaborate with social work and social work education for expanding the ecological, person-inenvironment perspective to include the natural world and other living species.

The first product is a conceptual article making the case that humane education is an inter-disciplinary bridge for helping social workers and educators continue to expand their definitions ...


Innovations In Assessing Practice Skills: Using Social Cognitive Theory, Technology, And Self-Reflection, Mary Kay Brennan May 2017

Innovations In Assessing Practice Skills: Using Social Cognitive Theory, Technology, And Self-Reflection, Mary Kay Brennan

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

The dissertation seeks to bridge the research and practice domains in social work education by advancing disciplinary thinking and pedagogical approaches informed by social cognitive theory, reflective practice, and the use of technology. The use of social cognitive theory (Bandura 1977, 1995, 1997) and reflective practice (Schön 1983, 1987) are proposed as complementary constructs. Together these theories have the potential to guide educational approaches that result in evidenced-informed, skills-trained social workers with the capacity for critical thinking and self-reflection, thus bridging the evidence to practice gap.

The first product, a conceptual paper, advances disciplinary thinking and pedagogical approaches for teaching ...


The Quest For Inclusive Cultural Competence In Social Work Education, Retchenda George-Bettisworth May 2017

The Quest For Inclusive Cultural Competence In Social Work Education, Retchenda George-Bettisworth

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

The focus of this banded dissertation is to gain a better understanding of how undergraduate social work programs are guided to provide culturally competent practice across the curriculum. Critical Race Theory (CRT) informs this scholarship.

For the first section, the author completed a content analysis of the historical EPAS to determine how CSWE guides programs in culturally competent practice. The study finds that concepts of culturally competent practice are throughout the editions of EPAS in the language, and in both the implicit and explicit curricula. However, findings suggest CSWE needs to reframe the concept of cultural competence as a multi-dimensional ...


Perceptions And Penalties: Exploring Aspects Of Ethics In Social Work, Michelle Gricus May 2017

Perceptions And Penalties: Exploring Aspects Of Ethics In Social Work, Michelle Gricus

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

Social workers are responsible for interpreting their professional code of ethics in such a way that they can provide competent services dependably. This banded dissertation explores the effects of those interpretations. Symbolic interactionism provides a useful framework for understanding the ways in which people can interpret the same situation in different ways.

A systematic review of the literature reveals that social workers’ perceptions of what constitutes ethical and unethical practice are inconsistent. These inconsistencies can, at times, lead to social workers engaging in unethical or unprofessional practice.

An exploratory mixed methods study examines a group of social workers disciplined by ...


Identity And The Academy: Social Work And 21st Century Liberal Education, Britt E. Rhodes May 2017

Identity And The Academy: Social Work And 21st Century Liberal Education, Britt E. Rhodes

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

Grounded by Arthur Chickering’s Student Development Theory, this banded dissertation uses an ecological framework to examine trends in higher education and the importance of intercultural development, trauma-informed care, and contemplative pedagogy to promote a holistic approach to higher education. While exploring student development, the goal was to develop a conceptual framework that utilizes contemplative practice to foster intercultural development and attend to students’ personal experiences with trauma by using contemplative practices.

The first article, Social Work Education and Trauma-Informed Contemplative Pedagogy, bridges the literature on trauma-informed care and contemplative practices and introduces trauma-informed contemplative pedagogy as a model for ...


Lessons From Listening To The Voices Of Unaccompanied Central American And Mexican Children, Susan G. Schmidt May 2017

Lessons From Listening To The Voices Of Unaccompanied Central American And Mexican Children, Susan G. Schmidt

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

Children make up half of the world’s refugees, yet limited research documents the views of youth about their own migratory circumstances and recommendations. This dissertation contributes new knowledge of migrant youths’ views by analyzing selected secondary data from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) interviews conducted with unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico in the custody of the U.S. federal government for entering the United States without the proper documents.

In light of prior research focused on unaccompanied children’s protection issues outside of the home, the first section of this banded dissertation analyzes ...


The Deliberate Development Of Social Work Educators: Don’T Leave It To Chance!, Mary E. Tinucci May 2017

The Deliberate Development Of Social Work Educators: Don’T Leave It To Chance!, Mary E. Tinucci

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

The deliberate formation of teacher-identities, philosophies, and pedagogical approaches, as well as the use of self-reflective practices, are essential to growth and development of social work educators. This banded dissertation focuses on the preparation of social work educators and explores the researcher’s development as a postmodern teacher/scholar. The constructivist paradigm is applied to both teaching and research and draws from both narrative theory and narrative inquiry in its theoretical framework. The first product addresses both the lack of attention given to preparing social work doctoral students for teaching in the academy and the infrequent use of self-reflective practices ...


Self-Efficacy Matters: An Examination Of Its Impact On Education For Justice-Involved Adults, Tonya Van Tol May 2017

Self-Efficacy Matters: An Examination Of Its Impact On Education For Justice-Involved Adults, Tonya Van Tol

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

This banded dissertation is comprised of three scholarly works. Each of these products examines the impact of self-efficacy on the educational experiences of students who are criminal justice involved. Social cognitive behavior theory serves as the conceptual framework for this banded dissertation.

The first manuscript of this banded dissertation is a conceptual analysis that focuses on the intersection between self-efficacy and social capital. Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory describes the connection between self-efficacy and collective efficacy meaning the group impacts the individual. This work explores the impact of social capital and self-efficacy on student populations that have similar characteristics to ...


Exploring Trauma-Informed Practices In Social Work Education, Anne Wellington Vande Berg May 2017

Exploring Trauma-Informed Practices In Social Work Education, Anne Wellington Vande Berg

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

This banded dissertation consists of three distinct but related scholarly works, and examines the role of trauma-informed educational practices in social work education. The ecological perspective and the trauma-informed perspective serve as conceptual frameworks throughout. Each scholarly work is represented, and overarching implications for social work education and research are discussed.

The first portion of this banded dissertation is a conceptual analysis that examines the need for a trauma-informed perspective in social work education, possible reasons for this curricular gap in undergraduate social work education, and highlights models of curriculum change used in graduate level social work programs to incorporate ...


Exploring Student Perceptions Of Technology-Mediated Social Work Practice Through Supportive Education Frameworks, Janet Vizina-Roubal May 2017

Exploring Student Perceptions Of Technology-Mediated Social Work Practice Through Supportive Education Frameworks, Janet Vizina-Roubal

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

Clinical social workers place a high value on personal relationships and therefore question the efficacy of technology-mediated therapy. A common concern with technology-mediated practice is the lack of body language that could impede the formation of a therapeutic alliance. Educators share these concerns and have developed the Community of Inquiry (COI) framework. This banded dissertation uses the COI framework that conveys the ideal online educational experience through the concepts of a social, cognitive, and teaching presence.

The first scholarly section of this banded dissertation is a conceptual article regarding the COI. This article is outlines how COI may be used ...


Terraforming Public Child Welfare Practice In The U.S. - Enhancing Worker Retention Through Intentional Resiliency, William C. Wong May 2017

Terraforming Public Child Welfare Practice In The U.S. - Enhancing Worker Retention Through Intentional Resiliency, William C. Wong

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

This banded dissertation consists of three products addressing organizational factors causing turnover among public child welfare (PCW) workers, and explores pathways to terra-forming PCW practice. A conceptual article calls for resiliency content in social work education; a systematic review clarifies organizational factors causing worker turnover; and the dissertation concludes with a critical analysis of a peer-reviewed presentation by the author addressing workforce retention strategies. Theoretical and conceptual frameworks used are cognitive dissonance theory, self-efficacy, and the ecological model.

The literature attributes ethical distress, hostile work environments, and leadership issues as greater concerns amplifying conditions for role-confusion, burnout, turnover, and job ...


A Mutual Aid Conceptual Model For Teaching Interprofessional Education: The Art Of Developing Collaboration, Cooperation, And Communication, Rebecca E. Coleman May 2017

A Mutual Aid Conceptual Model For Teaching Interprofessional Education: The Art Of Developing Collaboration, Cooperation, And Communication, Rebecca E. Coleman

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

This banded dissertation proposed the use of mutual aid for teaching interprofessional education in healthcare. The structure of this dissertation includes seven sections: introduction, conceptual framework, discussion, implications, and three scholarly products. The first scholarly product was a phenomenological qualitative study. The research question sought to explore faculty perceptions of the most effective approach for teaching interprofessional education. Nine faculty members, who taught at least one graduate or undergraduate interprofessional activity, participated in semi-structured interviews. The findings suggested teaching approaches to interprofessional education should focus on the planning, teaching, and evaluation processes. The second scholarly product was a conceptual paper ...