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Working With Family Caregivers: Case Managers’ Perspectives, Kelsey Myers Jan 2013

Working With Family Caregivers: Case Managers’ Perspectives, Kelsey Myers

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to explore from the case managers’ perspective how they work with family caregivers. Eighteen social workers from 5 community based case management agencies completed an online survey about their work family caregivers. Case managers indicated involvement with family caregivers in the areas of assessment, creating a care plan, education, making referrals, advocacy and assistance with problem solving. Case managers indicated that they typically complete the assessment with a caregiver present and invite the caregiver to participate in creating the care plan. Respondents indicated they provide updates less than once a month and use email ...


Attitudes Of School Social Workers Towards Learning, Susan Opperman Jan 2013

Attitudes Of School Social Workers Towards Learning, Susan Opperman

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study explored school social workers’ attitudes about the learning disability diagnostic models (severe achievement discrepancy model and response to intervention) which are currently used in schools. Specifically, it attempted to determine whether school social workers were satisfied with either of these models or if they preferred them to be replaced. The study revealed school social workers overwhelmingly use only the serve achievement discrepancy model to diagnose learning disabled children, even though an alternative model, response to intervention, has been available for use for 9 years. In addition, school social workers indicated that the models need to be replaced. Finally ...


Emancipated Foster Care Youths’ Romantic Relationships As Observed By Social Workers, Kelsey I. Hanson Jan 2013

Emancipated Foster Care Youths’ Romantic Relationships As Observed By Social Workers, Kelsey I. Hanson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Past research has revealed that emancipated foster care youth are struggling as they leave care and enter into adulthood. Among other issues, this population is impacted by high rates of mental illness, substance abuse, pregnancy, and domestic violence. On top of these struggles they are also under-supported in their transition to adulthood and lack meaningful connections to the adult world and their communities. This research focuses on the romantic relationships of emancipated foster care youth as they attempt to make this difficult transition. The research question asks: what is the observed experience of emancipated foster care youth with romantic relationships ...


Is There An Increased Health Risk To Multi-Generational Elderly Poor Not Found In First-Generation Elderly Poor?, Donna E. Enfield Jan 2013

Is There An Increased Health Risk To Multi-Generational Elderly Poor Not Found In First-Generation Elderly Poor?, Donna E. Enfield

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study sought to discover whether or not there is an increased health risk to multi-generational elderly poor not found in first-generation elderly poor. The research design called for a convenience sampling of 100 adults attending community center programs within one of four geographic areas in two Midwestern metropolitan counties identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as being low income. All surveys were to be anonymous, printed in English and completed independently by the survey participants. Survey questions included topics such as belief in parental poverty, perceptions of current poverty status, health issues and barriers to obtaining health care ...


Spirituality In Social Work: Therapists’ Perspectives On The Role Of Spirituality Within Their Practice, Nancy Wiedmeyer Jan 2013

Spirituality In Social Work: Therapists’ Perspectives On The Role Of Spirituality Within Their Practice, Nancy Wiedmeyer

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

No abstract provided.


Cultural Competence In School Social Work: A Personal And Professional Learning Curve, Michelle Gloria Baltus Jan 2013

Cultural Competence In School Social Work: A Personal And Professional Learning Curve, Michelle Gloria Baltus

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

As the nation grows more diverse and the numbers of American youth with mental illness climb, the importance of culturally responsive school social work practice is critical. Research suggests cultural competence is a fluid concept but one that improves service and client outcomes. Studies link cultural competence to licensure levels and practice experience, as well as primary social work competencies. Studies also indicate practitioners consider professional development and a supportive school environment to aid in cultural competency efforts, while societal influences and personal lack of knowledge and self-awareness can impede the process. This study obtained primary data from a purposive ...


The Impact Of Childhood Chronic Illness On The Family: Psychosocial Adjustment Of Siblings, Heather L. La Clare Jan 2013

The Impact Of Childhood Chronic Illness On The Family: Psychosocial Adjustment Of Siblings, Heather L. La Clare

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Chronic illness is a multifaceted concept that significantly impacts millions of families and siblings each year. The biopsychosocial model shows that illness involves more than the biological and medical processes; it includes psychosocial implications on families as well. The purpose of this qualitative and quantitative study was to examine the effects of childhood chronic illness on families and siblings by exploring the positive and negative consequences from parents’ perspectives, the extent to which families experienced illness-related stress and strain, as well as further examining the specific ways in which families adapt their lives. This study specifically sought to explore the ...


Professionals’ Perceptions Of Gender Differences In Grief After A Perinatal Loss, Christine Knight Jan 2013

Professionals’ Perceptions Of Gender Differences In Grief After A Perinatal Loss, Christine Knight

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative research study examined professionals’ perceptions of gender differences in grief following a perinatal loss. The participants for the current research were chosen through nonprobability sampling and consist of a mixture of eight professional social workers and non-social workers who have experience offering grief support for parents who have experienced a perinatal loss. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews with a variety of professionals who provide grief support to these individuals, including social workers, chaplains, nurses, psychologists, and licensed counselors. Findings within the current research have outlined important themes that revolve around differences seen in the grief process of ...


How Do School Social Workers Provide Support To Children Of Divorce?, Kimberly Johnson Jan 2013

How Do School Social Workers Provide Support To Children Of Divorce?, Kimberly Johnson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The ongoing impact of divorce on elementary school-aged children has been associated with lower academic achievement, behavioral problems, relational issues, depression, and risk of developing short-and long-term mental health symptoms. School-based divorce support groups are one way children may receive support to cope with ongoing stressors associated with growing up in divorced or separated families. The purpose of this project was to explore elementary school social workers perspectives regarding what services they are able to provide to children who come from divorced, separated, or never married households and at what frequency. If divorce groups were offered in an elementary school ...


The Impacts Of Adolescent Parenthood On Latino Mother’S Educational Attainment, Cassie Labelle Jan 2013

The Impacts Of Adolescent Parenthood On Latino Mother’S Educational Attainment, Cassie Labelle

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Adolescent parenthood is an important topic that has been researched for many years. It has an overall effect on social work practice, policy, and research. Although teen parenthood has declined in the United States, birth rates remain high compared to other countries. This study examines the impacts of adolescent parenthood on the lives of seven Latina mother’s educational attainment. There were many factors that influenced the women’s lives. Some of the factors included what their educational goals were prior to becoming pregnant, how their families reacted to their pregnancies, how the dynamics in their families changed, and how ...


Key Elements Of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cheryl A. Nickelson Jan 2013

Key Elements Of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cheryl A. Nickelson

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to explore the research question: what are the key elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) that make it effective when working with people with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)? Using a qualitative design, 6 participants from mental health agencies in Twin Cities, MN were interviewed. A semi-structured interview of fourteen questions was used based on the literature review to further explore the research question. Findings suggest that there is not one main element that makes DBT effective when using DBT with people with a diagnosis of BPD, but several elements that come ...


Methadone Dosage Levels And Borderline Personality Disorder, Daniel Monserud Jan 2013

Methadone Dosage Levels And Borderline Personality Disorder, Daniel Monserud

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Objectives: Methadone is the most commonly prescribed medication treatment in the United States for the treatment of opioid dependence. Past research has found that people diagnosed with personality disorders require a higher level of methadone to satisfy their feelings of distress, emptiness and need to feel special. The researcher hypothesized that participants diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder would receive a higher level of methadone dose in milligrams than their other mentally disordered colleagues. Methods: This study examines the influence of Borderline Personality Disorder, gender, age and Major Depressive Disorder has on the dosage levels of 184 clients who both receive ...


What Do Therapists Think Is The Uniqueness Of Animal Assisted Therapy That Engages Children?, Megan Marie Mensink Jan 2013

What Do Therapists Think Is The Uniqueness Of Animal Assisted Therapy That Engages Children?, Megan Marie Mensink

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

What do therapists believe is the uniqueness of animal assisted therapy that engages children? This is the main question this research aims to answer. The purpose of this study was to get the opinions of therapists on how animal assisted therapies benefit children. In this qualitative study, the researcher interviewed six therapists who actively practice Animal Assisted Therapies with clients. These therapists were able to identify the benefits that children encounter when participating in animal assisted therapies. The therapists have been educated and certified to practice AAT using the EAGALA model. The findings of this research produced five main themes ...


The Impact Of A Mental Health Court On Participants: The Professional’S Perspective, Allison A. Husman Jan 2013

The Impact Of A Mental Health Court On Participants: The Professional’S Perspective, Allison A. Husman

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

People with mental illness do not receive the services they need while incarcerated. This leads to a revolving door where mentally ill inmates are released from custody no better off than they were when they went in and they frequently reoffend, putting them back in the criminal justice system. One alternative to the traditional criminal courts is mental health courts, diversion programs that steer offenders away from incarceration. They seek to reduce recidivism by connecting mentally ill offenders with community services and bettering the lives of the participants. This research examined one specific mental health court. Interviews were conducted with ...


Critique Of The Group Home Model In Addressing Homelessness For People With A Mental Illness, Brenda K. Blaisdell Jan 2013

Critique Of The Group Home Model In Addressing Homelessness For People With A Mental Illness, Brenda K. Blaisdell

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to explore the strengths and limitations of the group home model in addressing homelessness for people diagnosed with a mental illness. This study attempted to collect qualitative data from group home owners who serve people who have a mental illness and have been or are at risk of homelessness. Researcher was unable to recruit a sample for this study due to barriers in recruiting a sample. The barriers to recruiting a sample include: low sample; inaccessibility of group home owners; lack of investment by group home owners in the research process and a lack ...


Addressing Physical Health In Social Work Practice, Kristin K. Huskamp Jan 2013

Addressing Physical Health In Social Work Practice, Kristin K. Huskamp

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The current base of literature highlights the importance of physical health and it’s impact on an individual’s mental health and overall well-being. The purpose of this research is to examine how often social workers target physical health in practice with clients and if there is an underutilization of the research regarding the impact of physical health on psychological health in practice with clients. The research specifically examines how physical health is incorporated into assessment, diagnosis, and over the course of treatment in clinical social work practice. This study used qualitative research, which includes data collection, data analysis, and ...


Therapists’ Perspectives Of The Effects Of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy On Problem-Drinking Behavior, Sandra M. Ryan Jan 2013

Therapists’ Perspectives Of The Effects Of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy On Problem-Drinking Behavior, Sandra M. Ryan

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The goal of this research study is to provide knowledge of therapists’ perspectives of the effects of psychodynamic psychotherapy on problem-drinking behavior. Understanding the effects of psychodynamic psychotherapy on problem-drinking behavior increases clinical social workers’ success in facilitating long-term change for clients with problem-drinking behavior. This study gathered qualitative information using a twelve-question interview with six psychodynamic psychotherapists. The results were compared with a literature review of the effects of psychodynamic psychotherapy on problem-drinking behavior. Three main themes emerged from this study. First, through the development of transference, the psychodynamic therapeutic relationship helps problem drinkers work toward resolving the internal ...


Hospice Social Work Methods And Interventions For Terminally Ill Patients Experiencing Anticipatory Grief, Jolene Metcalf Jan 2013

Hospice Social Work Methods And Interventions For Terminally Ill Patients Experiencing Anticipatory Grief, Jolene Metcalf

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

No abstract provided.


Health Care Professionals’ Experiences Practicing Integrative Medicine, Amanda Muenzenmeyer Jan 2013

Health Care Professionals’ Experiences Practicing Integrative Medicine, Amanda Muenzenmeyer

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The practice of integrative medicine has regained popularity in recent years. As a theoretical framework, integrative medicine is a viable option to consider in place of a traditional medicine model from a patient satisfaction and cost savings viewpoint. The purpose of this paper was to explore the experiences and viewpoints of healthcare professionals in regards to practicing integrative medicine. The Health Belief Model was used as a conceptual framework. Using a quantitative design, health care professionals across a variety of disciplines were recruited from three agencies within the Midwest who currently provide services to patients with an integrative medicine model ...


Complementary/Alternative Treatments For Cancer Patients With Depression And Anxiety: Critical Analysis, Anna Murie Jan 2013

Complementary/Alternative Treatments For Cancer Patients With Depression And Anxiety: Critical Analysis, Anna Murie

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Cancer is a life threatening disease that has many psychological and physical effects on the patient population. Fifty-five percent of cancer patients reported at least mild levels of depression and sixty-four percent reported at least mild levels of anxiety (Salvo et al., 2012). A review of the literature suggested that complementary and alternative therapies have positive effects on relieving depression and anxiety in cancer patients. This research is looking to address the importance of complementary and alternative therapy use with cancer patients. Qualitative interviews were conducted with seven oncology social workers. The research used an inductive grounded theory method. The ...


Older Adults In Long-Term Care: Fostering Hope Amidst Loss, Sarah J. Olsen Jan 2013

Older Adults In Long-Term Care: Fostering Hope Amidst Loss, Sarah J. Olsen

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

There are an increasing number of older adults who are facing major life transitions and significant losses as they age. Finding a sense of hope among the losses and changes these older adults face is one way they can maintain a quality of life or as some researchers have termed it – successfully age. Social workers are often the front line workers with these older adults and therefore can play an integral role in fostering a sense of hope. The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand social workers’ perspectives on their role in fostering a sense of hope among ...


The Incorporation Of Integrative Medicine To Assess And Address Diabetic Patients’ Psychosocial Needs, Jennifer E. Ranallo Jan 2013

The Incorporation Of Integrative Medicine To Assess And Address Diabetic Patients’ Psychosocial Needs, Jennifer E. Ranallo

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this project was to increase the understanding of the assessment, implementation and referral of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in order to meet psychosocial needs and decrease stress among diabetic patients. Using a mixed method design, both qualitative and quantitative research questions were incorporated into a survey distributed using a non-probability sample of healthcare professionals working in family medicine or general medicine practices within the metro area. The study attempted to answer the following questions: Is integrative medicine being conducted by healthcare professionals to address type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients’ psychosocial needs in family medicine ...


Seriously Funny: The Clinical Role Of Humor In The Grief Process, Jessie Rae Rayle Jan 2013

Seriously Funny: The Clinical Role Of Humor In The Grief Process, Jessie Rae Rayle

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

With the introduction of laughter groups and laughter yoga to such distinguished medical facilities as the Mayo Clinic and Cancer Treatment Centers, the use of humor as a therapeutic tool is beginning to emerge. This study aims to gain an understanding of what motivates therapist’s to use humor while working with grieving clients through a qualitative approach. Four licensed therapists were interviewed on the topics of theoretical orientation, intentional use of humor with grieving clients, the clinical risks and benefits of using humor and the therapist’s personal preferences of humor. The major themes found in this study were ...


Exploratory Evaluation Of The Role Of Social Workers During Adoption Disruption, Elise K. Reding Jan 2013

Exploratory Evaluation Of The Role Of Social Workers During Adoption Disruption, Elise K. Reding

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This research study is a qualitative project exploring social workers’ experiences in working with adoption disruption. The literature covers adoption history, adoption statistics, disruption information, disruption risk factors, services and mental health aspects. Seven participants, including adoption social workers and a post adoption parent support specialist were interviewed from various adoption agencies. Findings include discovering there is a lack of a concrete definition for adoption disruption, the importance of expectations from adoptive parents, identifying struggles faced by adoption social workers, initial responses to a family wanting to disrupt, current services, barriers to services, and ways to reduce adoption disruption.


The Effect Of Animal-Assisted Therapy On Children With Disabilities, Alison E. Ries Jan 2013

The Effect Of Animal-Assisted Therapy On Children With Disabilities, Alison E. Ries

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This research project is a qualitative study that explores the effect of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) on children with disabilities from the perspective of Animal-Assisted Therapists. One of the goals of this research project was to provide support for this holistic inclusion of AAT in therapeutic practice with children. Six in-depth interviews were conducted with licensed and practicing Animal-Assisted Therapists, who are working with the specified population, children with mental health and neurobiological disabilities. Data analysis occurred within a two-month period. The categories that emerged were: 1) client population, 2) clinician experience, 3) initial session, 4) family involvement, 5) social and ...


Gay Affirmative Practice: Clinical Social Workers’ Perspectives, Victoria Ruckle Jan 2013

Gay Affirmative Practice: Clinical Social Workers’ Perspectives, Victoria Ruckle

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study assessed clinical social workers’ beliefs and behaviors about working with gay and lesbian clients using the Gay Affirmative Practice Scale (GAPS) (Crisp, 2006). The survey, completed by 18 clinical social workers in Minnesota, consisted of the GAP Scale, demographic questions, and an open-ended question. The scores from this survey were slightly higher than those from previous studies (a higher score representing more affirmative practice with gay and lesbian clients). Respondents who had specific training related to working with gay and lesbian clients had lower GAPS scores than those who had no specific training. This study reinforced previous research ...


Focused Practice: Exploring The Relationship Between Mindfulness And Empathy Among Clinical Social Workers, Shannon Savageau Jan 2013

Focused Practice: Exploring The Relationship Between Mindfulness And Empathy Among Clinical Social Workers, Shannon Savageau

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This research project explores the impact of mindfulness on the practice of clinical social work as it pertains to building the skill of empathy. Mindfulness, in practice, varies from clinician to clinician; however, mindfulness in general involves having an expanded sense of awareness and attunement to the greater experience of the client. As such, current research (as discussed in the literature review) supports that those clinicians who practice mindfulness develop an increased compassion for self and others and thus are more empathic than those who do not practice mindfulness. This research is important to the field of clinical social work ...


Investigating Techniques To Help Early English Language Learners Prepare For Kindergarten, Gjenifer Stark Jan 2013

Investigating Techniques To Help Early English Language Learners Prepare For Kindergarten, Gjenifer Stark

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative study examines the perspectives and efforts of Minnesota Reading Corps members and Master Coaches to help Early Language Learners become kindergarten ready.

Minnesota Reading Corps is a statewide initiative to help every Minnesota child become a successful reader by the end of third grade. The program places Reading Corps members as literacy tutors in sites across Minnesota to implement a research-based early-literacy effort to help struggling readers. The Reading Corps strategies are designed for both preschool-aged children and students from kindergarten to third grade students. This phenomenological study looks at the stories and captures the essence of the ...


Non-Custodial Minority Fathers Maintaining Their Livelihood, Erin E. Taylor Jan 2013

Non-Custodial Minority Fathers Maintaining Their Livelihood, Erin E. Taylor

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

No abstract provided.


Elderly Cancer Patients’ Use Of Hope And Faith-Based Services: Social Workers’ Perspectives, Katie Lynn Thayer Jan 2013

Elderly Cancer Patients’ Use Of Hope And Faith-Based Services: Social Workers’ Perspectives, Katie Lynn Thayer

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Due to the lack of research examining elderly cancer patients’ utilization of hope and faith-based services in healing, the current study explored this idea as viewed from the perspective of social workers (n =7) that worked (past or present) with elderly patients in medical settings or with adult cancer patients. Participants spoke to their experiences with cancer patients of all ages and in all stages of illness, not only elderly individuals with terminal cancer. This study found that both hope and faith-based services are an important component of the healing process for cancer patients of any age. The findings of ...