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Class of 2021 Alumni Multimedia Project

Jennifer Agostino

MMP: Helping Teachers Recognize Trauma Symptoms and Manage Dysregulation

In this MMP, I will identify behavioral reactions of children with trauma histories, and present interventions, helpful for any dysregulated child, including those without trauma. Children with trauma histories often display behaviors of hyperactivity, aggression, or inattention.  However, they may, more accurately, be having a trauma response.  The brain of a child with trauma, processes information differently, leading to emotional dysregulation and an inability to access higher-order thinking. These children often misread benign cues as threatening, and consequently, overreact.  Fearful children cease to think logically and simply react; learning cannot take place until they are regulated and feel safe.

Allison Bates​

MMP: Foodways, Social Identity, and Health

This MMP will examine the impact of African foodways and their connection to social identity and health in the Black community. Food choices have and continue to be a way for Blacks to maintain a sense of social identity, and they can evoke feelings of nostalgia and pride. However, some foodstuffs serve as painful reminders of centuries of oppression either through derogatory stereotypes or in relation to their influence on poor health outcomes.

Melissa Campbell

Melissa Campbell

MMP: Self-care and Elder Care: How to help a caregiver care for themself while they care for an elderly person

In this MMP, deciding when and how to step in to help an elderly family member, especially when they live far away or are emotionally distant, can be difficult. This website offers understanding and ideas for accessing support.

Micaela Costa

Micaela Costa

MMP: Thinking About Getting Your Doctor of Social Work Degree (DSW)?

This MMP will examine the history behind the DSW. Learn when the degree was first conferred and the ebbs and flows of the degree’s prominence over time. Examine the current state of the DSW and the emergence of programs. Discover information about the various programs offered across the country. Learn about the benefits of the degree from voices of DSW graduates.

Mariama Diallo

Mariama Diallo

MMP: Best Practices in Responding to FGM/C Cases in the United States

In this MMP, Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is often thought of as an isolated cultural practice occurring only outside of the U.S. In reality, FGM/C is a growing problem in the U.S. and many girls are at risk. Recent statistics have shown that 513,000 girls and women in the United States today have either undergone or are at risk of FGM/C (Goldberg, et al., 2016). These numbers suggest that there is a strong possibility that service providers in the U.S. will meet with survivors and/or girls at risk. Working with survivors of FGM/C requires a deep understanding of the trauma they have suffered, the cultural beliefs behind the practice, and the challenges survivors face when seeking services. It is crucial to use a trauma-informed approach to help clients feel validated, respected, informed, and connected with other social service agencies. I believe that clients need to be given a voice and a choice in order to feel empowered. Feeling a sense of mastery helps survivors in the process of healing. 

 Alexandra (Lexi) Greenberg

MMP: Treating Veterans Who Have Committed Sex Offenses: Approaches for General Outpatient Settings

This MMP will increase participants' awareness of the needs of this population and provide assessment and treatment strategies. In the United States, Veterans are over-represented among adults incarcerated for sex offenses. After incarceration, these Veterans present to Veterans Affairs hospitals with unique clinical needs. Providing effective treatment to people who have committed sex offenses enhances individual well-being and is essential to the prevention of future victimization. As such, clinicians need treatment approaches that support these Veterans as they transition back to the community.  

Kira O'Brien

MMP: Emerging Adults, Emerging Activists: A College Activism Retrospective and Practitioners Guide

This MMP is a portal into the lives of students and professionals who are all grappling with the concept of activism. In my research with students engaging in social justice work, not a single student I’ve spoken to has claimed the title of ‘activist’ outright, despite their leading marches, launching campaigns, writing policy papers, or any of the dozens of other actions they’ve taken to fight for the causes they believe in. By exploring the historical roots of campus activism and its impact, challenging biases, cataloging best practices, and engaging in dialogue, this project is an opportunity for young activists to redefine, and claim, activism for themselves.

Kayti Protos

MMP: Advocating for Gender Diverse Clients with Eating Disorders as Cisgender Providers

This MMP will prepare cisgender providers to advocate on behalf of gender diverse clients with eating disorders. Discussion will focus on key terminology, factors contributing to eating disorder development in this population, and advocacy tips accessible to providers of varying skill levels. Participants will receive access to a dynamic referral guide for gender diverse residential programs, as well as a downloadable tip-sheet for supporting their clients.  

Tara Ryan-DeDominicis

MMP: Unlocking Homelessness in the Classroom

In this MMP, homelessness is an experience that can impact anyone. No matter their age, race, background, or ability, individuals and families can get caught in a cycle of poverty and homelessness. Despite a growing need of qualified helping professionals to engage with this community, few social work classes at any level devote much time or attention to this issue. Listed as one of the grand challenges facing the social work profession, this MMP can be used to help students explore this issue and hopefully, spark the idea that future social workers can turn the tide towards ending the epidemic of homelessness

Sherri Wilson

MMP: Working Autism, Visualizing Employment

This MMP will reveal how using a strengths-based approach is effective in addressing barriers faced by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The goal of this presentation is to show how individuals with ASD can live more fulfilling lives if given the opportunity to utilize their strengths. In order to demonstrate not just the importance but also the means of highlighting strengths, this presentation will explore skills used in an outpatient setting, results of a qualitative research project, and a response to difficulties encountered in the search for employment for those with ASD.

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