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Foster Care Adoption: An Overview Of Challenges Experienced By Parents, Lisa C. Thibodeau Jan 2013

Foster Care Adoption: An Overview Of Challenges Experienced By Parents, Lisa C. Thibodeau

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Purpose: This research strives to understand challenges of parents adopting foster children. Design and Methods: A qualitative, semi-structured interview was used to collect data from 11 social workers on their experiences working with adoptive parents. Findings: Findings indicate clear challenges/needs for these adoptive parents pursuing. Identified needs include quality training/education, desirable parental qualities, adoption-competent professionals, support, and resources to help with challenges brought by adoptive parents, the child and system. Implications: Findings enforce the importance of best practices though continuing research and the need for improvements to policy and practice. Several policy suggestions are made include ensuring timely ...


Childhood Sexual Abuse And Therapy With The Perpetrator, Patricia K. Thurmer Jan 2013

Childhood Sexual Abuse And Therapy With The Perpetrator, Patricia K. Thurmer

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Victims of childhood sexual abuse can develop mental illness or maladaptive behaviors due to the traumatization. Although individual, group, and family psychotherapy are offered to victims of intrafamilial sexual abuse, few approaches include sessions where rebuilding a relationship between the perpetrator and the victim is emphasized. Given the importance of approaches to include the perpetrator, the focus of this qualitative research is to gain an understanding of how a clinician can help intrafamilial child sexual abuse victims rebuild and heal the relationship with their perpetrators. Individual, family, and group therapy are ways of delivering therapeutic services. Within these sessions, clinicians ...


The Courage To Speak: Breaking The Silence Of Sexual Assault In The African American Community, Kiana Williams Jan 2013

The Courage To Speak: Breaking The Silence Of Sexual Assault In The African American Community, Kiana Williams

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Sexual assault is a heinous crime that plagues individuals, families, and communities. The stigma associated with this crime often prevents those who are victimized, from telling anyone about these occurrences. Although both men and women, regardless of demographics, are sexually assaulted, the experiences of African American women were of particular interest to the researcher. African American survivors face cultural and societal pressures, which significantly inhibit them from breaking the silence after being assaulted. In response, the researcher investigated the following question: What empowers African American women to speak up after their sexual assault? This was a qualitative study; participants were ...


Use Of Research Among Social Work Clinicians, Justin Jeffrey Jan 2013

Use Of Research Among Social Work Clinicians, Justin Jeffrey

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study used a quantitative research design to examine the extent to which clinical social workers (LICSW’s) stay abreast of clinical social work research. This study also examined whether social workers who use different therapeutic approaches differ at all in their research behaviors. Participants responded to an online survey administered using Surveymonkey (n=80).

The study found that clinical social workers engage in a variety of research behaviors, and that these behaviors closely mirror the findings of a recent study on this same topic. Nearly a quarter of licensed social workers report that they never or rarely read scholarly ...


Determining Maltreatment Substantiation According To Minnesota Child Protection Intake Workers, Taryn E. Jensen Jan 2013

Determining Maltreatment Substantiation According To Minnesota Child Protection Intake Workers, Taryn E. Jensen

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Child protection intake workers are the initial points of contact for Child Protection Services (CPS). This worker documents reports of suspected child maltreatment and initiates the decision making processes involved when determining if investigative services are needed. In Minnesota in 2010, over 79% of the reports received by these workers were screened out due to a variety of factors. Six child protection intake workers were interviewed in this research. They described that endless work, teamwork, knowledge, emotions, detailed information, evidence, and vague definitions are factors involved that may account for the variability when determining if suspected child maltreatment requires investigation ...


Grieving Mental Illness: Individual Experiences Of Grief, Loss, And Growth, Alissa Kaasa Jan 2013

Grieving Mental Illness: Individual Experiences Of Grief, Loss, And Growth, Alissa Kaasa

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to explore the grief experience of people who develop severe and persistent mental illnesses (SPMI). Group members and facilitators of a Grieving Mental Illness group that met at a suburban drop-in center were asked to voluntarily participant in semi-structured, qualitative, in-person interviews. Content analysis was used to find themes in the group member and facilitator interviews. The findings indicated that individuals with SPMI have a unique grief experience that is enhanced by many factors. Group participants expressed having cycling feelings of grief. These feeling were triggered by life events or reminders of the loss ...


Sibling Relationships With An Autistic Sibling, Lori M. Kaplan Jan 2013

Sibling Relationships With An Autistic Sibling, Lori M. Kaplan

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study was conducted to determine how typically developing siblings feel about their sibling with Autism or another related disorder. The methods used were a combination of quantitative data and qualitative interviews. The quantitative data consisted of basic demographic data about the family such as the parent’s marital status, household members, and the diagnosis of the Autistic child. The qualitative data consisted of interviews with one or two typical siblings from that family.

This study interviewed eight typical siblings from six different families with an Autistic child: two of the siblings were brothers and six were sisters of a ...


A Practical Meta-Analysis Of Prayer Efficacy In Coping With Mental Health, Benjamin M. Kimball Jan 2013

A Practical Meta-Analysis Of Prayer Efficacy In Coping With Mental Health, Benjamin M. Kimball

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Given the large number of people who identify as religious in the United States and the large number of the overall population diagnosed with a mental illness, there is a need for linking an easily accessible practice like prayer to a common and often painful problem of managing mental health symptoms. Using a Practical Meta-Analysis, this research project examined prayer’s efficacy when used as a coping strategy to relieve mental health symptoms. A Practical Meta-Analysis is a statistical method that synthesizes findings from multiple research studies and provides a quantitative measure of an intervention’s efficacy as a whole ...


Social Workers’ Current Practice Of Screening For Brain Injury, Shawna Lyn Carey Jan 2013

Social Workers’ Current Practice Of Screening For Brain Injury, Shawna Lyn Carey

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to determine if and to what extent LICSWs are screening for brain injury during intake. Licensed social workers were invited to participate in an online Qualtrics survey. Questions in the survey gauged participants’ use of assessments for physical, cognitive and emotional categories of symptomatology identified in the literature. Thirteen LICSWs completed the survey for a response rate of 5.1 percent. All participants in this study work with at least one population at-risk for brain injuries, yet over half of the LICSW respondents indicated not having training in brain injury. Respondents who had training ...


Value And Importance Of Mindfulness: A Study Of Graduate Level Social Workers, Bridget J. Koenen Jan 2013

Value And Importance Of Mindfulness: A Study Of Graduate Level Social Workers, Bridget J. Koenen

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Self-care is an essential component to the profession of social work. Introducing mindfulness practices is one way to promote self-care among social workers and social work students. Mindfulness is training your mind to enhance your well-being. This research study utilized a survey of graduate level social workers from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN who participated and completed a course on mindfulness titled Integrative Psychotherapy. Students answered questions regarding the value and importance of taking a graduate level course on mindfulness. The results of this study support prior research regarding the positive outcomes of mindfulness among various ...


Early Onset Of Social Work Burnout, Dayse L.M. Koski Jan 2013

Early Onset Of Social Work Burnout, Dayse L.M. Koski

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The issue of social worker burnout impacts the growth and sustainability of the social work industry. The purpose of this project was to determine if there is a connection between the amount of time as a social worker and level of burnout. Mailing addresses for 150 Minnesota social workers were randomly selected and mailed a survey. The survey included the Burnout Measurement Short (BMS) questionnaire, an established self-administered burnout assessment tool, and other pertinent burnout related questions. Data from 43 completed surveys were entered into a spreadsheet. The data was organized and analyzed using Minitab to perform ANOVA calculations. The ...


Cultural Coping Strategies And Their Connection To Grief Therapy Modalities For Children: An Investigation Into Current Knowledge And Practice, Philip D. Kuehn Jan 2013

Cultural Coping Strategies And Their Connection To Grief Therapy Modalities For Children: An Investigation Into Current Knowledge And Practice, Philip D. Kuehn

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Dealing with the death of a loved one can be a difficult time in the life of an individual, especially a child. In certain cases, adults and children can develop extreme grief responses as a result of this significant loss. An individual’s culture can play a major role in the way they understand and respond to the death of a loved one. To find out more information regarding the interplay between culture and grief responses, it was useful to interview professional grief therapists on this topic. These interviews sought to discern whether or not there was a useful connection ...


The Effectiveness Of Preschool Mental Health Day Treatment On Attachment Pattern Skills, Stefanie Kuhnmuench Jan 2013

The Effectiveness Of Preschool Mental Health Day Treatment On Attachment Pattern Skills, Stefanie Kuhnmuench

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Young children ages three to six, who have insecure or disorganized attachment styles, are more likely to be diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder. Research implies that improving attachment can lead to improved functioning. One mode of treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders is day treatment, specifically day treatment that focuses on attachment. In this study, a secondary data analysis was used to assess the effectiveness of a day treatment program in a community mental health agency in the Midwest for children age’s three to six. Scores from the Attachment Pattern Scale (APS) at three points in ...


Attitudes And Perceptions Of Mental Disorders Among Individuals From Nepal, Sonam Lama Jan 2013

Attitudes And Perceptions Of Mental Disorders Among Individuals From Nepal, Sonam Lama

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The growing population of immigrants and refugees in the United States increases the need for culturally sensitive and appropriate mental health care. The purpose of this research project is to explore the attitudes and perceptions of mental disorders among individuals from Nepal who reside in the United States. Using a qualitative design, data was collected through an online survey. Thirty respondents completed the online survey. Data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics to investigate the relationship between the participant’s level of education, their beliefs and perceptions about mental disorders and the participants’ length of stay in the United ...


Companion Animal Loss In A Clinical Veterinary Practice Medical Setting, Robin A. Lambert Jan 2013

Companion Animal Loss In A Clinical Veterinary Practice Medical Setting, Robin A. Lambert

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The majority of American households own a pet; however, despite the widespread popularity of companion animal ownership, modern society does not regard companion animal loss as “socially significant” loss, making this a form of disenfranchised grief. The purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of how veterinarian interactions with companion animal owners at the time of their companion animal’s death impacted their grief process. Using a qualitative design, five bereaved companion animal owners were interviewed about their experience of companion animal loss in a clinical veterinary setting and the ways in which their veterinarian impacted their ...


Surrendering Safely: Increasing Clinicians’ Understandings Of Kink, Richard S. Laska Jan 2013

Surrendering Safely: Increasing Clinicians’ Understandings Of Kink, Richard S. Laska

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Social workers may be uncertain of the appropriateness of asking about kink behaviors during a sexual health history and be concerned about their lack of knowledge or preparation to discuss kink with clients. Understanding the subjective experience of individuals engaging in kink could help professionals understand the variations, challenges, and benefits of kink. The purpose of this study was to learn of the benefits and challenges of engaging in kink that clients report to their clinicians. In addition to this, participating mental health clinicians were asked to report different outcomes from different kink practices and what internal processes occur that ...


Evaluating A Mind-Body Approach For Military Veterans With Chronic Pain, Leah M. Martin Jan 2013

Evaluating A Mind-Body Approach For Military Veterans With Chronic Pain, Leah M. Martin

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The primary goal of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an eight-week Mind-Body Pain Management group at a VA Health Care System in the Midwest. The Mind-Body Pain Management group is offered to Veterans who exhibit symptoms of chronic physical pain. Effectiveness was determined by examining Veterans’ pretest, posttest, and follow-up responses to the Quality of Life Inventory (QOLI), Pain Rating Scale, and the VA Pain Outcomes Questionnaire (VA-POQ). A secondary objective of this study was to investigate potential relationships between Veterans’ demographic information (gender, age, combat history, and service-connected disability status), as well as access to prescription ...


Mental Health Practitioner’S Perspective Of Early Intervention Treatment Barriers For Young Children And Their Families, Melissa J. Mccanney Jan 2013

Mental Health Practitioner’S Perspective Of Early Intervention Treatment Barriers For Young Children And Their Families, Melissa J. Mccanney

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Young children are showing an increase in behavioral and emotional disturbances. Children are showing precocious knowledge of information about drugs, sex and violence. This research project reviews previous findings for causes and intervention for these behaviors. Early intervention, family barriers and access barriers concerning mental health treatment were themes that were continuously discussed in the existing research. This study focused on those themes and surveyed 29 professionals about the family and access barriers that families and children face in regards to preschool mental health treatment. The participants were surveyed anonymously and the findings were analyzed for common themes. The results ...


Prevalence Of Gay Affirmative Practice Among Bachelor's Level Licensed Social Workers, Kjersta Mellom Jan 2013

Prevalence Of Gay Affirmative Practice Among Bachelor's Level Licensed Social Workers, Kjersta Mellom

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study sought to explore the extent to which Bachelor’s level licensed social workers utilized Gay Affirmative Practice within their work with Lesbian, Gay, and Questioning clients. 300 Licensed Social Workers in the state of Minnesota were surveyed, with a total of 49 respondents. The survey used the Gay Affirmative Practice Scale developed by Crisp (2002) and a series of questions inquiring about respondent demographics. The scores of the respondents were measured against the demographics gathered in order to test hypotheses surrounding Gay Affirmative Practice Scale scores and the years elapsed since one’s degree was earned; respondents sexual ...


From Dyad To Triad: Parental Negotiation Of First-Time Parents, Danielle M. Yanez Jan 2013

From Dyad To Triad: Parental Negotiation Of First-Time Parents, Danielle M. Yanez

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Becoming a first-time parent can be a major transition for a marital dyad as they begin a new journey in life with their child. While there is a lot of research already surrounding marriage and parenthood, there is little regarding parental negotiation. The purpose of this study was to find ways in which married couples who are first-time parents negotiate and make decisions related to values and making plans for their child’s future as examples. The research design for this study was qualitative, exploratory, and consisted of six in-person interviews that utilized open ended questions. Eleven adult participants were ...


Engaging Families To Prevent Chronic Truancy, Christine Zins Jan 2013

Engaging Families To Prevent Chronic Truancy, Christine Zins

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Truancy continues to be a nation-wide problem that is destroying the opportunity for educational success and future employment for countless adolescents. This complex social issue has been found to have many factors that contribute to it, while at the same time, this issue contributes to many other risk factors in a youth’s life. The purpose of this project was to explore the relationship between the professional school staff and families that have students experiencing chronic truancy and to distinguish effective interventions and the contributing factors to this social issue. Using a qualitative design, six volunteer middle school professional staff ...


The Experience Of Yoga On Children With Anxiety, Lindsay J. Kaplan Jan 2013

The Experience Of Yoga On Children With Anxiety, Lindsay J. Kaplan

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study sought to address how Yoga Calm instructors view yoga as a way to help children who may suffer from anxiety. Four interviews were conducted with trained Yoga Calm instructors to see how their use of Yoga Calm has impacted the children with whom they work. The interviews were then transcribed and analyzed and six themes emerged: the importance of breathing, visualization, community and team building, ability to practice at home or on their own, self-esteem and self-confidence, and normalizing and having a safe environment. There were many similarities between the findings and the reviewed literature. Community and team ...


Behavior & Developmental Treatment Models For Autism Spectrum Disorders: Factors Guiding Clinician Preference And Perceptions, James E. Nee Jan 2013

Behavior & Developmental Treatment Models For Autism Spectrum Disorders: Factors Guiding Clinician Preference And Perceptions, James E. Nee

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

1 in 88 children are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, a condition that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and relate socially to other people, as well as cause a person to partake in repetitive or stereotyped behaviors. There are several interventions parents and professionals can utilize to remediate the three core deficits of Autism, however the theories behind what should be focused on in these treatment models are very different. This qualitative study aimed to investigate the factors that guide clinicians’ preferences and perceptions of a behavioral and developmental model as well as analyzed the interventions for ...


Comprehensive Assessment: Interventions And Coping Strategies Professionals Use To Increase Adaptation Of A Sibling With An Ill Brother Or Sister, Carrie L. Christensen Jan 2013

Comprehensive Assessment: Interventions And Coping Strategies Professionals Use To Increase Adaptation Of A Sibling With An Ill Brother Or Sister, Carrie L. Christensen

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

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Sibshops: How Effective Are They In Helping Siblings?, Amy M. Dailey Jan 2013

Sibshops: How Effective Are They In Helping Siblings?, Amy M. Dailey

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Having a brother or sister with special health needs not only impacts parents but siblings as well. Support available for these siblings has been found to be limited in the literature. One particular program designed to provide support to these children is a program called Sibshops. This study completed a program evaluation of Sibshops conducted at a Midwest Children’s hospital between 2011- 2012 in order to assess the effectiveness of this program. Qualitative and quantitative data were obtained using parent feedback surveys. Results from the surveys showed that parents felt Sibshops provided their children with a positive experience, allowed ...


Burnout Among Child Protection Workers: The Role Of Supervision, Katelyn M. Davies Jan 2013

Burnout Among Child Protection Workers: The Role Of Supervision, Katelyn M. Davies

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This paper explores supervision as it relates to a prevalent theme among child protection workers: burnout. Prominent research in the study of burnout identifies three components: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and personal efficacy (Maslach, Schaufeli, & Leiter, 2001). These three components are integrated and addressed in a qualitative exploratory study. The sample, consisting of eight child protection workers, participated in a 30-45 minute semi-structured interview. The interview was guided by an instrument developed by the researcher specifically to address supervision as it relates to the three dimensions of burnout. Grounded theory was used to code and identify themes in the data. Themes ...


The Impact Of Employee Wellness Programs On Mental Health Workers’ Reported Symptoms Of Compassion Fatigue And Burnout, Jessica Anton Dooley Jan 2013

The Impact Of Employee Wellness Programs On Mental Health Workers’ Reported Symptoms Of Compassion Fatigue And Burnout, Jessica Anton Dooley

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Burnout and Compassion fatigue are topics which are covered in the literature and academic programs. Wellness in order to combat these is also an important topic for helping professionals. This study examined employee wellness programs and their effect on mental health workers’ compassion fatigue and burnout. A mixed-methods model used the Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) survey and five open-ended questions relating to the wellness activities. Many barriers and incentives to use of the wellness programs were found and scores were compared with other demographic and programmatic information. Further research should continue to examine mental health workers, specifically, and the ...


Behind The Scenes: Correctional Officers’ Perceptions On Serious Mental Illness Training, Teri Gerhardt Jan 2013

Behind The Scenes: Correctional Officers’ Perceptions On Serious Mental Illness Training, Teri Gerhardt

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Correctional officers working within county jails are limited in training for mental health crisis intervention strategies. This study explored correctional officers’ insight after fulfilling training on SMI provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness: Minnesota, in which insight was gained of professional attitudes and perceptions, evaluating program effectiveness. A focus group was employed with correctional officers who were purposefully invited to participate in this study as they have direct, firsthand knowledge of the strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement of the training. The findings indicate that correctional officers feel jail is not a place for individuals with a mental ...


Effective In-School Suspension Programming: An Exploratory Study, Mariam Bashiri Graff Jan 2013

Effective In-School Suspension Programming: An Exploratory Study, Mariam Bashiri Graff

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Extensive research has shown out-of-school suspension as a deterrent to inappropriate behavior in school does not work. It further shows that the most frequently suspended populations are the same populations with the highest drop-out rates and that are most at-risk for becoming involved with the criminal justice system. This study seeks to look at the alternatives to out-of-school suspensions. A cross sectional survey was used to ask school professionals to describe their school suspension programming and to what extent they are using it. Twenty-eight respondents indicated results similar to what was found in the literature review; that while promising, in-school ...


Gender Differences In Treating Adolescents With Eating Disorders, Cameron Green Jan 2013

Gender Differences In Treating Adolescents With Eating Disorders, Cameron Green

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Previous research indicates that female and male adolescents have many differences and similarities in contributing factors to and treatment of eating disorders. The goal of this study was to further explore treatment differences between male and female adolescents with eating disorders. Other objectives in this study explored the contributing factors to eating disorders, treatment success rates among respondents, and treatment modalities used by respondents. The present study explored the following research question: What are the similarities and differences between genders in treating adolescents with eating disorders? This is an exploratory design with a quantitative research design. The findings of this ...