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Client Satisfaction Survey For Hiv/Aids Dental Care Services: An Example From Rural Texas, H. Stephen Cooper Ph.D., LCSW, Freddie L. Avant Ph.D., LMSW-AP, ACSW, C-SSWS, Kim L. Rich-Rice Ph.D., LMSW-IPR 2016 Stephen F. Austin State University

Client Satisfaction Survey For Hiv/Aids Dental Care Services: An Example From Rural Texas, H. Stephen Cooper Ph.D., Lcsw, Freddie L. Avant Ph.D., Lmsw-Ap, Acsw, C-Ssws, Kim L. Rich-Rice Ph.D., Lmsw-Ipr

Journal of Human Services: Training, Research, and Practice

The challenges to examining client satisfaction are demonstrated through an evaluation of dental services provided by a regional service provider to people living with HIV/AIDS. The process of developing and administering a measure of client satisfaction is discussed. Forty-one of 350 (11.7%) dental clients chose to participate. Quantitative and qualitative data suggests that overall participants are satisfied with services. Identified concerns included a lack of specialized dental, medical, mental health, and case management services. Implications of the study for service delivery, future evaluations, and rural social work practice are addressed.


The Question Bridge And Multidisciplinary Education: Building An Innovative Partnership, Karen Derksen, Duane Neff, Wendy Sellers 2016 Winthrop University

The Question Bridge And Multidisciplinary Education: Building An Innovative Partnership, Karen Derksen, Duane Neff, Wendy Sellers

Winthrop Conference on Teaching and Learning

The “Question Bridge: Black Males” is an interactive, transmedia dialogue among a critical mass of black men. The project began in 2012 as a documentary and has since evolved into an interactive website and mobile app in which black males of all ages and backgrounds ask and respond to questions about experiences via a video camera. The project is designed to breakdown the negative perceptions of black males and create a safe space for honest dialogue and healing. Winthrop University Galleries hosted an exhibit of this project in the Fall 2014 semester in conjunction with a larger roundtable discussion on ...


Towards Collaboration Between Lawyers And Social Workers: A Content Analysis Of Joint Degree Programs, Ifem E. Orji 2016 Graduate Center, City University of New York

Towards Collaboration Between Lawyers And Social Workers: A Content Analysis Of Joint Degree Programs, Ifem E. Orji

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects (2014-Present)

Collaboration is a central issue in the interdisciplinary education of social work and law students. Joint JD/MSW degrees have the potential to promote collaboration between practitioners of law and social work in areas where their practices converge. The 1969 recommendations by the National Conference of Lawyers and Social Workers (NCLSW) to establish these joint degree programs assumed that collaborative learning would occur within them. However, prior research has not investigated whether or not this occurs. The purpose of this dissertation was to determine whether evidence of the intent to promote collaboration was present in written materials associated with joint ...


Impact Of The Academic-Social Context On American Indian/Alaska Native Student’S Academic Performance, David A. Patterson Silver Wolf (Adelv unegv Waya), Sheretta T. Butler-Barnes 2016 Washington University in St. Louis

Impact Of The Academic-Social Context On American Indian/Alaska Native Student’S Academic Performance, David A. Patterson Silver Wolf (Adelv Unegv Waya), Sheretta T. Butler-Barnes

Washington University Journal of American Indian & Alaska Native Health

American Indian/Alaska Native students have the highest dropout rates of any racial-ethnic group. This study posits that a poor Academic-Social Context contributes to low grade point average (GPA), which in turn negatively affects AI/AN students’ persistence to graduation. The present study compares the self-reported academic performance of AI/AN undergraduate students with that of students from other ethnic backgrounds, in order to evaluate whether variation in students’ ASC and any identified medical conditions differentially affected AI/AN students. Findings suggest that AI/AN students enter college with poorer ASC and have lower GPA scores. This study points to ...


Teaching Amid Destruction: Carol Majdalany Williams '75 'P11 Helped Keep A Nepalese School Open And Students Learning, Gerry Boyle 2016 Colby College

Teaching Amid Destruction: Carol Majdalany Williams '75 'P11 Helped Keep A Nepalese School Open And Students Learning, Gerry Boyle

Colby Magazine

Carol Majdalany Williams '75 'P11 helped keep a Nepalese school open and students learning.


Friends In Need: Deported Guatemalans Find Colbians Are Waiting With Surveys, Job Fairs, Assistance, Stephen Collins 2016 Colby College

Friends In Need: Deported Guatemalans Find Colbians Are Waiting With Surveys, Job Fairs, Assistance, Stephen Collins

Colby Magazine

Deported Guatemalans find Colbians are waiting with surveys, job fairs, assistance. Now a global studies and anthropology double major, Muller '17 has joined the Migrant Peacebuilding Project, an initiative launched by Colby students.


Social Justice And Worker Cooperatives, Gurveer Shaan Dhillon 2016 Wilfrid Laurier University

Social Justice And Worker Cooperatives, Gurveer Shaan Dhillon

Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive)

Social Justice (SJ) is an organizing principle of contemporary community psychology (CP); however, the concept and understanding of social justice in community psychology is undertheorized and narrow. Specifically, the concept of distributive justice, which has been a popular notion of social justice in community psychology discourse, does not translate well into transformative action. In order to address this issue, the research uses a qualitative approach to explore the understanding of social justice from the perspectives of worker-members of 5 worker cooperatives in Ontario, with the aim to contribute to an understanding of SJ that has transformative implications. A worker cooperative ...


Open Adoption From A Birth Mother's Perspective: A Story To Help Educators At All Levels Understand And Help Others Heal, Sara Elizabeth Villeneuve 2016 University of Vermont

Open Adoption From A Birth Mother's Perspective: A Story To Help Educators At All Levels Understand And Help Others Heal, Sara Elizabeth Villeneuve

Graduate College Dissertations and Theses

When I was just 17, and in my first year of college, I found out I was pregnant and I had to navigate my way through adoption and healing after relinquishment. Adoption is a difficult choice. There is no one path that each birth parent follows, and there is no one road to healing that works either. Each birth parent's experience is unique. Adoption and being a birth parent has historically carried a stigma of shame for "giving up' a child. In just the last 40 years, an adoption renaissance has brought new understandings about the process, the opportunities ...


Co-Creating A Social Work Apprenticeship With Disadvantaged African-American Youth: A Best Practices After School Curriculum, Jeffrey Bulanda, Desiree Tellis, Katherine McCrea 2015 Northeastern Illinois University

Co-Creating A Social Work Apprenticeship With Disadvantaged African-American Youth: A Best Practices After School Curriculum, Jeffrey Bulanda, Desiree Tellis, Katherine Mccrea

Katherine Tyson McCrea

Co-creating an after school program with disadvantaged African-American youth between 2006-2011 resulted in a social work apprenticeship. In a participatory action, youth-led evaluation process, youth (N=203) prioritized positively impacting their communities, especially mentoring community children and promoting alternatives to community violence. Starting from the strengths perspective and self-determination theory, topics youth valued included human rights, peace-building, trauma and stress management, and mentoring. Knowledge about human development and interviewing helped youth experience the fulfillment of being mentors. A subsample (133) described what they learned about social work, and 43% of those reported an interest in pursuing a social work career.


When Traumatic Stressors Are Not Past, But Now: Psychosocial Treatment To Develop Resilience With Children And Youth Enduring Concurrent, Complex Trauma, Katherine McCrea, Deanna Guthrie, Jeffrey Bulanda 2015 Loyola University Chicago

When Traumatic Stressors Are Not Past, But Now: Psychosocial Treatment To Develop Resilience With Children And Youth Enduring Concurrent, Complex Trauma, Katherine Mccrea, Deanna Guthrie, Jeffrey Bulanda

Katherine Tyson McCrea

While providing school-based treatment for 450 urban impoverished children and youth from 2006-2014, we found implementing specific elements of PTSD treatment models reduced engagement and aggravated clients’ symptoms. Clients’ traumas were neither past nor single-type, but were multiple (complex) and unavoidably occurring concurrently with treatment, so we speculated that many trauma treatment elements needed revision to be effective. Using a participatory action research methodology, we developed a resilience-focused treatment model for concurrently-traumatized clients. Drawing from the strengths perspective, self-determination, and hope theories, key treatment elements revised here are triggers, re-enactment, avoidance, “silencing,” and dissociation. Treatment guidelines include creating a safe ...


The Philosophies And Practices Of Alcoholics Anonymous From A Psychodynamic Perspective, Noah Kass 2015 University of Pennsylvania

The Philosophies And Practices Of Alcoholics Anonymous From A Psychodynamic Perspective, Noah Kass

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

Although predominantly ignored in the existing literature, psychodynamic perspectives on addiction are relevant to understanding the twelve-step program known as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). This dissertation analyzes specific psychodynamic perspectives on addiction including ego psychology, object relations theory, self-psychology, and attachment theory, as well as their derivations and the philosophies and practices of AA outlined in AA literature. These literatures are integrated to inform the findings and recommendations section, justifying certain AA practices while offering recommendations to improve the overall effectiveness of AA. Findings concentrate on AA helping members transition from utilizing primitive to mature defense mechanisms; manage volatile emotions in ...


A Pilot Study Of Cross-Cultural Immersion As A Pedagogical Approach For Teaching Cultural Competence, Monica M. Murray Smith DSW 2015 University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice

A Pilot Study Of Cross-Cultural Immersion As A Pedagogical Approach For Teaching Cultural Competence, Monica M. Murray Smith Dsw

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

A PILOT STUDY OF CROSS-CULTURAL IMMERSION AS A PEDAGOGICAL APPROACH FOR TEACHING CULTURAL COMPETENCE

Problem: Cultural differences between social workers and clients impede effective helping. The CSWE requires accredited social work programs to provide effective cross-cultural learning opportunities.

Objectives: This study examined cross-cultural immersion as a pedagogical approach for cultural competence compared to the usual instructional method in terms of awareness, knowledge, and skills.

Design: Employing a quasi-experimental nonequivalent comparison group design, the study measured the effectiveness of cross-cultural immersion experiences by comparing two groups of students. The comparison group (n=6) received instruction as usual through didactic teaching methods ...


Housing Research Realities And Perceptions: A Mixed Model Study Of Quantitative Data For Sioux County, Iowa And Orange City, Iowa With Qualitative Data Collected In Orange City, Iowa, Jenna Beeson, Amber Beyer, Corryn Dahlquist, Clarissa Ipema, Dakotah Jordan, Andrew Powell, Kelcie Scarlett, Hannah Twedt, Anthony Wubben 2015 Northwestern College - Orange City

Housing Research Realities And Perceptions: A Mixed Model Study Of Quantitative Data For Sioux County, Iowa And Orange City, Iowa With Qualitative Data Collected In Orange City, Iowa, Jenna Beeson, Amber Beyer, Corryn Dahlquist, Clarissa Ipema, Dakotah Jordan, Andrew Powell, Kelcie Scarlett, Hannah Twedt, Anthony Wubben

Student Projects

A mixed methods study on housing affordability, availability, and quality of rental properties and single-family home properties gathered data for Sioux County, Iowa and Orange City, Iowa. With quantitative data about Sioux County and more focused qualitative research in Orange City. Quantitative research was conducted through examining and compiling existing data. Qualitative survey research included a clustered sample and stratified random sample of homes in Orange City. The qualitative research had four major themes and three minor themes. The major themes are: Unknown Needs and Bias: Hispanic Community, (Un)Affordability, Lacking Rentals, and Lacking of Housing Awareness among Homeowners. The ...


A Comparison Of Walk-In >Counselling And The Wait List Model For Delivering Counselling Services. >Journal Of Mental Health, Carol Stalker, Manuel Riemer, Cheryl-Anne Cait, Susan Horton, Jocelyn Booton, Leslie Josling, Joanna Bedggood, Margaret Zaczek 2015 Wilfrid Laurier University

A Comparison Of Walk-In >Counselling And The Wait List Model For Delivering Counselling Services. >Journal Of Mental Health, Carol Stalker, Manuel Riemer, Cheryl-Anne Cait, Susan Horton, Jocelyn Booton, Leslie Josling, Joanna Bedggood, Margaret Zaczek

Social Work Faculty Publications

Background: Walk-in counselling has been used to reduce wait times but there are few controlled studies to compare outcomes between walk-in and the traditional model of service delivery.

Aims: To compare change in psychological distress by clients receiving services from two models of service delivery, a walk-in counselling model and a traditional counselling model involving a wait list

Method: Mixed methods sequential explanatory design including quantitative comparison of groups with one pre-test and two follow ups, and qualitative analysis of interviews with a subsample. 524 participants 16 years and older were recruited from two Family Counselling Agencies; the General Health ...


The Female Perception Of Safety On A College Campus, Kimberly N. Miles 2015 Western Kentucky University

The Female Perception Of Safety On A College Campus, Kimberly N. Miles

Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Previous research has shown the prevalence of females on college campuses across the nation experiencing a generalized fear of being victimized or violently assaulted while on campus. This fear is generated by the knowledge of violent crimes towards women on campus, as well as the perception alone that there are assaults happening on campus. Studies have noted that this fear held by female students can significantly affect their academic progress and overall wellbeing while at school. This study chose to examine the female students of Western Kentucky University and their personal perception of safety on college campuses comparing students who ...


Mapping The Participatory Process, Barbara Friesen, L. Gowen, Pauline Jivanjee, Abby Bandurraga 2015 Portland State University

Mapping The Participatory Process, Barbara Friesen, L. Gowen, Pauline Jivanjee, Abby Bandurraga

Kris Gowen

This presentation explores the use of Practice-Based Evidence methodologies to support social work with Native American youth. It is based on a five-year collaborative effort between the Native American Youth and Family Center, National Indian Child Welfare Association, and the Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health. The researchers aims were to develop strategies for documenting the effectiveness of services, and to develop a process for conducting evaluations based on known outcomes of community based programs.


“You’D Be Depressed Too”: Treatment Acceptability Among Mothers Who Are Economically Disadvantaged, L. Gowen 2015 Portland State University

“You’D Be Depressed Too”: Treatment Acceptability Among Mothers Who Are Economically Disadvantaged, L. Gowen

Kris Gowen

Although mothers who are economically disadvantaged have high rates of emotional distress, the rate of their use of mental health services is relatively low. What accounts for this underutilization of care? Although there is evidence that insurance coverage and access to care account for some of this disparity, barriers to mental health services reach beyond basic access issues. When considering why some choose to seek mental health care while others do not, it is important to consider treatment acceptability among low-income mothers. Treatment acceptability is the extent to which recipients of care perceive that care as “reasonable, justified, fair, and ...


Treating Young People With Co-Occurring Disorders: What Works?, Molly Kennedy, L. Gowen 2015 Portland State University

Treating Young People With Co-Occurring Disorders: What Works?, Molly Kennedy, L. Gowen

Kris Gowen

Youth with substance use disorders often also face mental health challenges. Two recent studies analyzed two different treatment approaches for co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders: (1) a standardized therapy approach and (2) 12-step support groups, as modalities for effectively treating and continuing positive outcomes for young people with co-occurring mental health and substance use issues. The findings from these studies are summarized below.


Stigma And The Cycle Of Avoidance: Why Young People Fail To Seek Help For Their Mental Distress, Lucy Biddle, L. Gowen 2015 University of Bristol

Stigma And The Cycle Of Avoidance: Why Young People Fail To Seek Help For Their Mental Distress, Lucy Biddle, L. Gowen

Kris Gowen

Illness behavior is the set of purposeful actions taken by someone when faced with being unhealthy. According to Dingwall,3 the three stages of illness behavior are: evaluating symptoms, deciding to act, and monitoring the effects of the chosen actions. Although presented in a linear fashion, these stages are in fact cyclical, as reassessment occurs when symptoms change or unsuccessful actions require new approaches. However, it is common that people never act, or delay acting, on their symptoms; this is especially true for people experiencing mental distress. Young people in particular are unlikely to seek professional care for mental health ...


The Sexual Health Of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, And Questioning Youth, L. Gowen 2015 Portland State University

The Sexual Health Of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, And Questioning Youth, L. Gowen

Kris Gowen

Although persons of different sexual and gender orientations often get grouped together under the term “LGBTQ” (for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning), it is important to distinguish between subpopulations based on sexual vs. gender orientation. A person’s sexual orientation is the gender to which a person is emotionally, romantically, and sexually attracted. Gender identity is how a person self-identifies as a particular gender regardless of biological sex characteristics. “Transgender” describes persons who are born a certain sex, but identify with, and consequently wish to live as, a different gender than the sex their anatomy dictates. According to data ...


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