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The Role Of Practice-Based Evidence And Feedback Informed Treatment For Improving Therapy Outcomes, Daryl Mahon 2020 Regis University

The Role Of Practice-Based Evidence And Feedback Informed Treatment For Improving Therapy Outcomes, Daryl Mahon

Counseling and Family Therapy Scholarship Review

Attrition rates and deterioration of counselling and psychotherapy clients are two major concerns for those delivering psychological therapies across differential modalities. While a variety of correlations are said to contribute to attrition and deterioration such as, client, therapist and clinical level, identifying and improving outcomes for this cohort of people in routine practice is difficult. Even with the addition of hundreds of empirically supported treatments added to the profession, outcomes have not improved in line with these new approaches. Methods to limit the extent of poor outcomes has been established in the extent literature, thus, practice-based evidence is put forward …


Introducing Feedback Informed Preference Accommodation (Fipa): A Case Study In Clinical Practice, Daryl Mahon 2020 Regis University

Introducing Feedback Informed Preference Accommodation (Fipa): A Case Study In Clinical Practice, Daryl Mahon

Counseling and Family Therapy Scholarship Review

Psychotherapy is a successful modality for those who engage in and complete a course of treatment. However, attrition rates and negative outcomes make up a significant and under discussed proportion of clinicians’ case load in routine practice. Innovative and novel methods to address these issues have been identified within the extant literature. However, their uptake can be impacted by issues such as utility and brevity. The present paper seeks to establish a framework for integrating Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) and the Cooper-Norcross Inventory of Preferences (C-NPI) in clinical practice. That is, using the C-NPI for initial preference accommodation and following …


The Impact Of Relationship Wellness Checkups With Gay Male Couples, Mary Minten, Cass Dykeman 2020 Oregon State University

The Impact Of Relationship Wellness Checkups With Gay Male Couples, Mary Minten, Cass Dykeman

Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education

Relationship health impacts many other health outcomes, including physical and mental wellbeing and the health of children in the family system (Goeke-Morey, Cummings, & Papp, 2007; Jaremka, Glaser, Malarkey, & Kiecolt-Glaser, 2013; Jaremka, Lindgren, & Kiecolt-Glaser, 2013; Pihet, Bodenmann, Cina, Widmer, & Shantinath, 2007; Rappaport, 2013; Robles, Slatcher, Trombello, & McGinn, 2014). Despite the importance of relationship health, couples do not regularly seek support for maintaining their connection (Eubanks-Fleming & Cordova, 2012). Early intervention programs that provide support are a growing public health initiative (Cowan & Cowan, 2014). One brief early intervention program, the Marriage Checkup (MC), positively impacts …


Womanism & Wellbeing: A Manuscript Dissertation Exploring The Effects Of Shame, Loss And Gender Issues, Christy Angelle-Vidrine Bauman 2020 Seattle Pacific University

Womanism & Wellbeing: A Manuscript Dissertation Exploring The Effects Of Shame, Loss And Gender Issues, Christy Angelle-Vidrine Bauman

Education Dissertations

The purpose of this study is to contribute to the research on gender issues and psychological well-being across the adult lifespan utilizing qualitative research examining factors (e.g., societal influences, sexual objectification, shame, loss, meaning-making, and internal identity) in developing resilience and mitigating mental health issues. This paper discusses the importance of addressing well-being through expression of loss, meaning-making, and social impact. This manuscript style dissertation will review publications in such areas as sexuality, spirituality, grief, shame, intimacy, social, and interpersonal relationships. The exploration of biopsychosocial impacts as it relates to meaning-making, resilience, and communal involvement. The three publications will be …


Social-Ecological And Protective Factor Approach To Managing Parental Incarceration, Jacquelyn Harris 2020 National Louis University

Social-Ecological And Protective Factor Approach To Managing Parental Incarceration, Jacquelyn Harris

Dissertations

Mass imprisonment does not only impact the incarcerated individual; it also affects approximately five million children in the United States. Researchers identified and compare the impact of parental incarceration on child development. They acknowledged the protective factors across the lifecycle from a social-ecological perspective and specifically related to parental incarceration. The comprehensive literature review inspired an innovative model, the social-ecological and protective factor approach to managing parental incarceration. The primary goal of this model is to combat the detrimental effects of parental incarceration by identifying protective factors across the lifecycle and throughout the microsystem, mesosystem, and exosystem. This model is …


Bridging The Gap: Understanding Non-Offending Parental Responses To Their Children's Sexual Abuse., Jennifer LaTreill, Psy.D. 2020 National Louis University

Bridging The Gap: Understanding Non-Offending Parental Responses To Their Children's Sexual Abuse., Jennifer Latreill, Psy.D.

Dissertations

The parental response to children's disclosure of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is the most critical and important factor regarding the child's post trauma trajectory and overall trauma resolution. Understanding parental responses and the factors that prompt acceptance versus disbelief among the non-offending parent (NOP) is vital to children's success following disclosure given the weight of the NOPs response and its impact on long-term consequences of CSA. This literature review provides a comprehensive summary of what may deter the NOP from recognizing intrafamilial sexual abuse, factors that may contribute to the NOPs disbelief following disclosure, and possible clinical implications of such …


Are You Satisfied? Examining The Association Between Marital Satisfaction, Parental Satisfaction, And Satir's Concept Of Congruence., Aaron Abrams, Dominique Washington 2020 Seattle Pacific University

Are You Satisfied? Examining The Association Between Marital Satisfaction, Parental Satisfaction, And Satir's Concept Of Congruence., Aaron Abrams, Dominique Washington

School of Psychology, Family, and Community Research Conference

Research demonstrates that marital and parental satisfaction influence each other, as those who have more satisfaction with their marital partners are generally more satisfied in their parenting practices, and vice-versa. Virginia Satir’s concept of congruence is believed to improve relationships. Current researchers propose examining whether congruence, marital satisfaction and parental satisfaction influence each other. Married couples will be given the Bonnie Lee Congruence Scale, Cleminshaw-Guidubaldi Parent Satisfaction Scale, and ENRICH Marital Satisfaction Scale. Researchers hypothesize that there will be a positive three-way interaction between the variables. If the hypotheses are supported, this may further promote teaching congruency in therapeutic settings.


An Argument For Marriage And Family Therapy Treatment Of Grief With Adolescent Clients, Nicole Wilson, Boone Butler 2020 Seattle Pacific University

An Argument For Marriage And Family Therapy Treatment Of Grief With Adolescent Clients, Nicole Wilson, Boone Butler

School of Psychology, Family, and Community Research Conference

This proposal argues when treating adolescents who experience grief, Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) treatment provides more beneficial outcomes for the processing of grief. Previous research suggests that adolescents who experienced exclusively family therapy exhibited decreases in internalizing behavior and their capacity to process their emotions was stronger comparative to their peers. Suggestions for further research to be conducted will prove that compared to individual therapy, MFT is more efficacious in treating adolescent grief. Further research suggestions include the utilization of Beck’s Depression Inventory and a comparative analysis of paired data between two groups – MFT treatment versus individual treatment.


Anjaneyasana: Yoga As An Intervention For Sexual Shame, Caitlin Minniear, Kathy Smith 2020 Seattle Pacific University

Anjaneyasana: Yoga As An Intervention For Sexual Shame, Caitlin Minniear, Kathy Smith

School of Psychology, Family, and Community Research Conference

While literature exists about the benefits of yoga through mindfulness, and on mindfulness and sex, little is known about the use of yoga as an intervention to promote healthy female sexuality. This study will explore the efficaciousness of yoga in reducing sexual shame. Data from 60 female participants will be collected via surveys. Using statistical analyses, changes in participants levels of sexual shame and sexual enjoyment will be examined as impacted by weekly yoga practice with an emphasis on body awareness, relaxation, and body positivity. We hypothesize a negative correlation between a weekly yoga practice and feelings of sexual shame …


Utilizing Evidence-Based Trauma Trainings In The Prevention Of Secondary Trauma, Aria Hudson, Marissa Mackey, Stephanie Armes 2020 Seattle Pacific University

Utilizing Evidence-Based Trauma Trainings In The Prevention Of Secondary Trauma, Aria Hudson, Marissa Mackey, Stephanie Armes

School of Psychology, Family, and Community Research Conference

Secondary trauma (ST) is a risk mental health clinicians face when treating trauma clients. To our knowledge, research has not explored how a clinician’s trauma training could protect against developing secondary trauma. We used data from a larger national project examining ST in a sample of Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs; N = 200). A majority of the sample (n = 149; 64.5%) reported receiving specific trauma training. We explored qualitative reports of the specific trauma trainings clinicians received; the most commonly reported were Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT; n = 36) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR; …


Is Solution Focused Brief Therapy Efficacious In Reducing The Incidence Of Sibling Violence?, Quantas Ginn, Allison Sturges 2020 Seattle Pacific University

Is Solution Focused Brief Therapy Efficacious In Reducing The Incidence Of Sibling Violence?, Quantas Ginn, Allison Sturges

School of Psychology, Family, and Community Research Conference

This study aims to explore the efficacy of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) in reducing the incidence of sibling violence. To limit variables, this qualitative study will survey 60 King County elementary and middle schoolers between the ages 9-12 who currently inflict violence upon a sibling. Subjects will participate in 8 individual sessions while parents will provide feedback on subject’s behavior at home. Using a modified Conflicts Tactics Scale (CTS1-m) and a modified Parent Daily Report (PDR-m) to measure efficacy, we hypothesize that SFBT will be found to be effective in the reduction of sibling violence.


The Moderating Effects Of How Long A Couple Has Been Together On The Relationship Between The Secondary Victim Of Rape And Their Experience Of Couple Satisfaction., Kasey Jahnke, Rose Langston 2020 Seattle Pacific University

The Moderating Effects Of How Long A Couple Has Been Together On The Relationship Between The Secondary Victim Of Rape And Their Experience Of Couple Satisfaction., Kasey Jahnke, Rose Langston

School of Psychology, Family, and Community Research Conference

This study aims to enhance and expand the limited research–primarily international and qualitative–on the relationship between the trauma experience by the secondary victimof rape, and their experience couple satisfaction, using quantitative measures. A slight modification of the Couple Satisfaction Index will be used to measure this. We are limiting our variables by focusing on secondary victims that have been with their intimate partner for at least 6 months at the time of rape, and are 18 years of age and older. The population will be taken from working in connection with sexual assault research centers online. One hypothesis is the …


Comfort In Mental Health Treatment For Transgender And Gender Nonconforming Individuals, Alex Rabern 2020 Seattle Pacific University

Comfort In Mental Health Treatment For Transgender And Gender Nonconforming Individuals, Alex Rabern

School of Psychology, Family, and Community Research Conference

Transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people often encounter insensitive treatment in health care settings (Gessner et al, 2020). TGNC patients or clients are then more likely to avoid going to the doctor or seeking out therapy (Puckett et al, 2018). Health care professionals report a lack of education or training in how to be more sensitive (Carabez et al, 2016). This study focuses on providing the reportedly missing training to marriage and family therapists, to increase TGNC client comfort in participating in therapy. A training seminar, based on available models of TGNC sensitivity (Kort, 2018), will be provided to a …


Equine Therapy’S Effect On Attachment For Former Foster Children, JoAnna Frazier, Bryn Knapp 2020 Seattle Pacific University

Equine Therapy’S Effect On Attachment For Former Foster Children, Joanna Frazier, Bryn Knapp

School of Psychology, Family, and Community Research Conference

Research has shown the importance of secure attachment, and the negative impact that insecure or disorganized attachment can have, especially for foster or adopted children. Attachment interventions have helped improve behavior problems and increase emotion regulation. Studies have shown that equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) can help participants increase emotion regulation and decrease behavior problems. In this study, 50 adolescent former foster children will participate in weekly psychotherapy or EAP for one year. The primary aim of this study is to measure the effectiveness of EAP against traditional psychotherapy within this population, measuring outcomes on emotion regulation, behavior problems, and attachment.


Does Marital Satisfaction Mediate The Relationship Between Maternal And Paternal Postpartum Depression (Ppd)?, Karen Touboul Futerman, Leah Smith 2020 Seattle Pacific University

Does Marital Satisfaction Mediate The Relationship Between Maternal And Paternal Postpartum Depression (Ppd)?, Karen Touboul Futerman, Leah Smith

School of Psychology, Family, and Community Research Conference

Research suggests that the presence of maternal postpartum depression (PPD) increases the likelihood of experiencing paternal PPD. Low marital satisfaction is significantly related to paternal PPD. Using a sample of 372 heterosexual couples, data was gathered at 1 month and 9 months postpartum for both mothers and fathers to assess PPD and marital satisfaction. Using a multiple regression model, results suggest that marital satisfaction mediates the relationship between maternal and paternal PPD. We also found that the severity of paternal PPD symptoms were negatively correlated with marital satisfaction. This study highlights the importance of supporting the couple relationship as they …


Couple Relationships, Secondary Traumatic Stress, And Burnout In A Sample Of Marriage And Family Therapists, Gretchen Hoyum, Stephanie Armes 2020 Seattle Pacific University

Couple Relationships, Secondary Traumatic Stress, And Burnout In A Sample Of Marriage And Family Therapists, Gretchen Hoyum, Stephanie Armes

School of Psychology, Family, and Community Research Conference

Secondary traumatic stress (STS) occurs when a helping professional hears about a client’s trauma and develops symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD; Bride et al., 2004). Previous research has shown that social support can decrease rates of STS in healthcare providers. This study includes data from a larger project of Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs; N= 200). We explored correlations between STS, burnout, and MFTs’ couple relationship factors. Findings indicated a negative correlation between couple relationship satisfaction and burnout (r = -.17; p < .05), as well as perceived support from partners and STS (r = -.19; p < .01). The findings suggest that MFTs’ positive couple relationships could be a protective factor in lowering levels of STS and burnout. We discuss implications for therapists in our poster.


Premarital Therapy: Is It For Everyone Or Certain Personality Types?, Alex Ius, Olivia Waham 2020 Seattle Pacific University

Premarital Therapy: Is It For Everyone Or Certain Personality Types?, Alex Ius, Olivia Waham

School of Psychology, Family, and Community Research Conference

This research proposal looks at the intersection of common personality traits and couples who have or plan to engage in premarital counseling or education. To test our hypothesis, we will use the 5 Factor Personality Test along with a general demographic survey. Our sample size consists of 500 couples ranging from ages 20 to 29 years old, with each couple being either engaged or already married and having participated in premarital therapy or plan to participate. Our study will provide results that can enhance clinicians’ knowledge on the different kinds of personalities that are wanting to participate in premarital counseling.


Factors Of Resiliency In Adolescents With Divorced Parents: Do Adolescents Who Become Part Of A Blended Family Report More Resilience Than Adolescents With Divorced Parents Who Do Not Become Part Of A Blended Family?, Makenzie Kinloch 2020 Seattle Pacific University

Factors Of Resiliency In Adolescents With Divorced Parents: Do Adolescents Who Become Part Of A Blended Family Report More Resilience Than Adolescents With Divorced Parents Who Do Not Become Part Of A Blended Family?, Makenzie Kinloch

School of Psychology, Family, and Community Research Conference

It is not a surprise that non-traditional families are becoming more common. One of the increasingly prevalent forms of non-traditional families are blended families. Adolescents who have gone through parental divorce are faced with unique challenges as they must navigate a changing family structure, and possibly entering into a blended family. This research proposal aims to examine resilience within adolescents in different family systems, exploring if adolescents who have gone through a parental divorce yet not blended with any other family report more resilience than adolescents who have gone through a parental divorce but who have blended with another family.


Narrative Therapy With First-Generation College Students : Impacts On Anxiety, Depression, And Retention Rates., Nicole Ruttenberg, Lisa Christensen 2020 Seattle Pacific University

Narrative Therapy With First-Generation College Students : Impacts On Anxiety, Depression, And Retention Rates., Nicole Ruttenberg, Lisa Christensen

School of Psychology, Family, and Community Research Conference

Over 50% of students entering higher education represent the first generation in their family to do so. These students experience unique stressors related to educational background, finances, membership in underrepresented populations, and other identities which shape their worldview. Grappling with such complexities can lead to increased likelihood of depression and anxiety, contributing to a 400% drop-out rate when compared with continuing-generation students. Narrative Therapy (NT) has shown promise in treating anxiety and depression and may be beneficial in integrating the intersectional experiences of first-generation students. Our proposed research would examine the impact of NT on depression, anxiety, and retention rates.


Attachment Styles And Perceived Parental Acceptance And Rejection Of Sexual Orientation In Lgbq Individuals, Emily Grossmann, Michelle Tran 2020 Seattle Pacific University

Attachment Styles And Perceived Parental Acceptance And Rejection Of Sexual Orientation In Lgbq Individuals, Emily Grossmann, Michelle Tran

School of Psychology, Family, and Community Research Conference

Individuals who identify as LGBQ can face challenges with social acceptance. This study seeks to measure the relationship between sexual orientation and attachment style, and how parental response to coming out as non-heterosexual might impact this relationship. Participants completed an online survey measuring adult attachment via the Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised (ECR-R) and perceived parental acceptance or rejection via the Parental Acceptance and Rejection of Sexual Orientation Scale (PARSOS). The authors posit that perceived parental acceptance serves as a protective factor for attachment insecurity and explore Emotionally Focused Therapy as a treatment to increase attachment security in LGBQ individuals.


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