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Exploring The Relationship Between Perceived Self-Efficacy And Teaching Effectiveness For Social Work Faculty, Samantha K. . Sutorious 2021 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Exploring The Relationship Between Perceived Self-Efficacy And Teaching Effectiveness For Social Work Faculty, Samantha K. . Sutorious

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

This Banded Dissertation focuses on the relationship between perceived self-efficacy and teaching effectiveness for social work faculty. An introduction to the topic, presentation of The Life Model as the conceptual framework, and overall findings from the scholarship products are discussed. The first product is a conceptual paper outlining the nature of the relationship between self-efficacy and teaching effectiveness and its relevance in social work higher education. The conceptual paper also discusses using The Life Model for Social Work Practice as the conceptual framework. The second product is a survey research study containing both quantitative and qualitative questions to explore how ...


Rural First Responders A Comprehensive Approach To Understanding Their Experiences, Carolyn J. Tollett 2021 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Rural First Responders A Comprehensive Approach To Understanding Their Experiences, Carolyn J. Tollett

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

First responders are chronically exposed to traumatic events throughout their career. First responders in rural communities have unique experiences that make them more susceptible to poor mental health outcomes. Some of these experiences include strong ties to the community, the chance of responding to someone known personally to them, limited resources, and limited training. Since rural communities make up a large part of the U.S., and first responders in these communities compromise about 70% of the first responders population, it is important for mental health providers to understand and provide services for these individuals. Utilizing research already conducted with ...


Identity, Role Experience, And Relationships: An Exploration Of Relational Health With Faculty Of Color In Social Work Education, Shelita Lynn Jackson 2021 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Identity, Role Experience, And Relationships: An Exploration Of Relational Health With Faculty Of Color In Social Work Education, Shelita Lynn Jackson

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

This banded dissertation explores the relationship between identity and role experience for faculty of color in social work education. The purpose of this three-product dissertation is to investigate phenomena, which subjugates these faculty and impedes their relational connections. The study of relational health, that is, the condition of relationships and its psychosocial and professional impact for faculty of color exposes external factors which compromise relational confidence and impact role performance. Relational-Cultural theory (RCT) and intersectionality theory are combined as an integrated theoretical framework to understand interactions within the context of relationships. The first product of this banded dissertation is a ...


Classroom Participation As Essential Pedagogy In Undergraduate Social Work Education, Margaret B. Miles 2021 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Classroom Participation As Essential Pedagogy In Undergraduate Social Work Education, Margaret B. Miles

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

This Banded Dissertation promotes the significance of classroom participation in the undergraduate social work classroom and is comprised of three scholarly products: a conceptual article, a qualitative content analysis research article, and a workshop presentation. Critical pedagogy and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) are concepts utilized across all three scholarly products to demonstrate the need for intentional classroom participation methods that represent the mission of social work education. The first product is a conceptual article that provides strategies for alignment between social work educators’ teaching philosophies and their classroom participation methods. The article makes the case for recognizing ...


The Language Of Social Workers:Narratives Of Social Justice From The Field, Megan E. Gonyer 2021 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

The Language Of Social Workers:Narratives Of Social Justice From The Field, Megan E. Gonyer

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

This banded dissertation includes a range of literature surrounding language used within the field of social work. Language is the primary tool social workers use. The words social workers use can have several meanings or interpretations. The language used on agency paperwork, as well as conversations between social workers and clients, also impacts the services clients receive. In this banded dissertation, three distinct scholarly works on the subject of language in the social work profession are presented. In addition, implications for social work education and social work practice as well as a conceptual framework are also presented.

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Team Teaching: An Innovative Pedagogical Model To Radically Restructure The Classroom And Transform Social Work Education, Luis Octavio Curiel 2021 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Team Teaching: An Innovative Pedagogical Model To Radically Restructure The Classroom And Transform Social Work Education, Luis Octavio Curiel

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

This Banded Dissertation focuses on exploring the concept of team teaching within social work education by restructuring the traditional single teacher classroom structure. The Banded Dissertation comprises three scholarly products examining social work education. Pedagogical innovations introduced in this dissertation aim to address anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion within social work education. The first product explored Master of Social Work (MSW) student perceptions of team teaching efficacy using a descriptive mixed-methods design. Data was collected through pre, and post-test surveys from MSW students (n= 76) enrolled in classes taught by teams of social work instructors. Findings described student perceptions of ...


Fostering Resilience In Students: Advancing Strategies To Enhance The Impact Of Social Work Education And Professional Practice, Mary Clay Thomas 2021 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Fostering Resilience In Students: Advancing Strategies To Enhance The Impact Of Social Work Education And Professional Practice, Mary Clay Thomas

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

In both academia and social work practice, resilience has emerged as a necessary component to thrive in a profession that presents emotionally rigorous and high-pressure demands. Resilience is the study of capabilities, processes, or outcomes denoted by positive adaptation in the context of risk or adversity. Educators provide pivotal opportunities for students to learn the practices of self-care, reflective practice, and empathy. Teaching social work students the components of perseverance and the skills needed to build resilience is extremely important; however, there is little research offering programmatic techniques and practice application for educators and practitioners. This banded dissertation seeks to ...


Social Work Students With Mental Health Concerns In Field Education: Eliminating Barriers And Creating Supports, Lynetta W. Mathis 2021 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Social Work Students With Mental Health Concerns In Field Education: Eliminating Barriers And Creating Supports, Lynetta W. Mathis

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

This Banded Dissertation focuses on social work field educator perceptions and practices with students with mental health concerns in field practicum. This dissertation is comprised of three scholarly products. The first product is a conceptual paper describing the integration of the Social Model of Disability and Empowerment Perspective as a lens for assessing and supporting social work students with mental health concerns in field practicum. The second product is a report of the findings of an exploratory research study conducted with 123 field educators regarding their perceptions and practices with students with mental health concerns in field practicum. The findings ...


Providing Trauma-Informed Care For Children In The Foster Care System, Hannah Genn 2021 Liberty University

Providing Trauma-Informed Care For Children In The Foster Care System, Hannah Genn

Senior Honors Theses

Foster parents need to be trained in trauma-informed approaches and how to identify previous traumas in order to understand how their foster children’s past experiences of abuse or neglect manifest as mental disorders, social challenges, or behavioral concerns. Warning signs for depression or post-traumatic stress disorder should be noted, and youth should be taught how to foster healthy relationships in order to prevent substance abuse, irresponsible sexual activity, or academic failing. Foster parents can provide additional support by creating reasonable expectations for their foster children, teaching effective coping skills, and connecting with available resources.


The Utilization Of Mental Health Education In Schools For Prevention Not Just Intervention, Ashley Williams 2021 California State University, San Bernardino

The Utilization Of Mental Health Education In Schools For Prevention Not Just Intervention, Ashley Williams

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

The prevalence of mental illness in adolescents is more extensive than in previous years. In schools, social workers have been utilized to address mental health episodes in students, however, they generally do not get involved until the adolescent’s mental health episode is critical and unmanageable without social support. This needs to change. The purpose of this research study is to assess for adolescent’s knowledge of mental illness and mental wellness. The targeted population is school-aged children in grades K through 12, however the respondents of the study were student educators due to the protected status of school-aged children ...


Social Workers Perception Of Factors Effecting Client’S Return To Skilled-Nursing Care Facilities Post-Discharge, Francesca Salvatierra, Angela Bonilla 2021 CSUSB

Social Workers Perception Of Factors Effecting Client’S Return To Skilled-Nursing Care Facilities Post-Discharge, Francesca Salvatierra, Angela Bonilla

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

The following study explored the factors effecting client’s return to skilled nursing facilities post-discharge, from the perspective of the social workers and social services staff working within skilled nursing facilities. The significance of this research was to gain a better understanding from the individuals working closest to the problem, and to use the information gained to develop further research regarding the issue of rapid-readmission post discharge. This study was qualitative with the use of an interview guide. Audio data was collected through 9 Zoom interviews and then transcribed for content analysis. Through content analysis the researchers examined the respondent ...


The Complications When Working With Reactive Attachment Disorder, Susan Herberger, Regene Goens 2021 California State University, San Bernardino

The Complications When Working With Reactive Attachment Disorder, Susan Herberger, Regene Goens

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

This study aimed to identify the challenges professional care providers face when working with foster youth experiencing Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). Using a qualitative data approach, the researchers interviewed ten professional care providers and performed a thematic analysis of their responses regarding clients with RAD. The study found that professional care providers find this diagnosis to be rare and have a unique set of challenges. The challenges include identifying the disorder and its origins, working with clients who have extreme mood changes, the labeling and stigma that comes with the diagnosis, building rapport and trust, and the inconsistency the children ...


Employee Turnover: The Unknown Effects On Client Engagement And Outcomes, Brenda Martinez, Peraza Peraza 2021 California State University, San Bernardino

Employee Turnover: The Unknown Effects On Client Engagement And Outcomes, Brenda Martinez, Peraza Peraza

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

Employee turnover in community-based mental health services is an important yet understudied topic in relation to client engagement and client progress with treatment goals. This study sought to investigate the relationship between an agency’s rate of employee turnover, patient engagement, and patient progress with their treatment goals. This study sought to investigate the relationship between an agency’s rate of employee turnover, patient engagement, and patient progress with their treatment goals. The study utilized a quantitative design using secondary data on employee turnover and client engagement and progress collected from a community mental health provider’s database. A correlation ...


Addictive Disorder Education: A Necessary Means To Prepare Health And Human Sciences Students To Work With Addictive Disorders, Beth L. Young 2021 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Addictive Disorder Education: A Necessary Means To Prepare Health And Human Sciences Students To Work With Addictive Disorders, Beth L. Young

Doctor of Social Work Banded Dissertation

This banded dissertation is a culmination of three individual products that explored the role of biopsychosocial factors on addictive disorders among students in health in human sciences disciplines. This dissertation further explores the need for integration of addictive disorder education into the curricula of health and human sciences disciplines as a way to improve care for individuals with addictive disorders, decrease stigma associated with addiction by addressing implicit and explicit bias, and ultimately arm future healthcare providers with the knowledge and skill to support these individuals. Product one is a conceptual paper which explores the connection between biopsychosocial factors, addictive ...


Through A Trauma-Informed And Culturally Sensitive Lens: A Qualitative Study Of Effective Engagement With Native American Communities, Katie Hawkins 2021 California State University, San Bernardino

Through A Trauma-Informed And Culturally Sensitive Lens: A Qualitative Study Of Effective Engagement With Native American Communities, Katie Hawkins

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

The focus of this project was on county and tribal professionals’ views on effective social work engagement with tribal communities in a large rural county located in central California. The importance of this topic is recognized by existing literature, as well as by the findings of this study, which indicate that Native Americans are an understudied group that have unique cultural, historical and service based needs. Additionally, the NASW Code of Ethics (2017) endorses social work practice, research, policies and programs that are attentive to different cultures and that challenge social injustices. The findings of this research project support these ...


Decreasing The Stress Associated With Completing An Online Master Of Social Work Program, Grant Horner 2021 California State University, San Bernardino

Decreasing The Stress Associated With Completing An Online Master Of Social Work Program, Grant Horner

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

Research reveals that there are high attrition rates and additional stresses common among online programs. Using the positivist paradigm, this study identified the relationship between stress and certain factors associated with an online Master of Social Work program at a University in Southern California. Four hypotheses were tested to determine if a significant relationship existed between stress levels and the factors of social connection, employment, family status, and year in the program. The study did not find significant relationships between stress levels and the four factors. However, the study revealed relationships exist between social connection and stress levels, employment and ...


The Needs Of Undocumented Immigrants To Succeed Socially, Emotionally And Economically, Haysee Zarazua 2021 California State University, San Bernardino

The Needs Of Undocumented Immigrants To Succeed Socially, Emotionally And Economically, Haysee Zarazua

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

The focus of this study was to understand undocumented immigrants needs when striving to succeed socially, emotionally, and economically in the United States. Undocumented immigration is prevalent in this country and these individuals face fear of deportation, discrimination, language barriers, trauma and acculturative stress. Considering the challenges and mental health repercussions that undocumented immigrants experience; it is important to discover what can be done to improve their livelihood. A qualitative study was completed with participants that work with undocumented immigrants to better understand needs and barriers. The study found that legalization and lack of access to resources such as mental ...


Perception Of Mental Health Among The Latinx Community, Jessica Garcia, Erica Valdez 2021 California State University - San Bernardino

Perception Of Mental Health Among The Latinx Community, Jessica Garcia, Erica Valdez

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to explore the perception of mental health among the Latinx community to identify factors contributing to the underutilization of mental health services. This exploratory study conducted qualitative interviews with 16 Latinx individuals. Participants were recruited through a non-probability snowball sampling method. Qualitative data analysis revealed themes, subthemes, and reoccurring concepts through three main focus areas: overall knowledge of mental illness and services, perception toward reasons for mental illness, and respondents’ feedback to increasing utilization of mental health services. Major themes that surfaced in this study on the perceptions toward mental illness reflected culture such ...


Secondary Trauma And/Or Potential Impacts Related To Military Family Members, Andressa Young 2021 California State University, San Bernardino

Secondary Trauma And/Or Potential Impacts Related To Military Family Members, Andressa Young

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

Military members who have experienced combat deployments are at a greater risk for mental health issues. This can often affect the families who are placed in the role of being a buffer for these returning military members. Furthermore, the prevalence of mental health issues within the military community being at an all-time high has created a parallel prevalence for the family members who are impacted by these military members dealing with mental health issues. This research project examined data and information that was collected both from individual military family members and from persons who directly provide supportive services to military ...


The Perception Of Social Work Students On Elderly Abuse, Fatima Guadalupe Graciano, Melinda Cholico 2021 California State University - San Bernardino

The Perception Of Social Work Students On Elderly Abuse, Fatima Guadalupe Graciano, Melinda Cholico

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the perception of elderly abuse among the social work students. The research study explored students understanding of different types of abuse among the elderly. The exploratory research project utilized a qualitative approach that consisted of one-to-one zoom interviews using open-ended questions to obtain information about the students’ insight, feelings, and experiences on the topic of elder abuse. The study sample consisted of five participants of an MSW program. Zoom interviews were conducted, audio-recorded, and were transcribed for analysis. The research findings show that students who have experience working with older adults or ...


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