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Class of 2019 Alumni Multimedia Project

Doug Behan

MMP: What Works in Therapy

Research has proven that psychotherapy is effective. Despite hundreds of treatment models, no model has proven superior. Why? This MMP will provide an overview of the psychotherapy research literature and explore the common factors found in all effective psychotherapies. Understanding these factors will make your work more effective and inclusive.

Kristin Biri

MMP: Screen Smart Counseling

I present innovative approaches to infusing technology and social media into clinical practice with adolescents and young adults. Through these approaches, clinicians may support children and adolescents as they develop into more mindful, productive, and responsible consumers and users of media.

Kim Jordan-Casarona

MMP: Positive Psychology for Families

I present some of the core concepts of Positive Psychology and the research behind these concepts. This MMP provides examples of how they can be adapted and used by families with young children.  

Gila Cohen Davidovsky

MMP: Cultural Sensitivity with Orthodox Jews in Therapy

This MMP will highlight therapeutic issues arising in therapy with Orthodox Jews. Illustrative case examples and videos will be utilized to demonstrate how to engage in social work practice with cultural sensitivity.  As a result, social workers will be able to identify unique aspects of Orthodox Jews presenting to psychotherapy.

Katherine DeVito

MMP: Creating a Safe Haven: Gang Prevention in Schools

This MMP presents an overview of gang prevention in schools, including the risk and protective factors, warning signs, major gang breakdowns, leaving a gang, gangs as family, and possible components of gang prevention programs in schools. This MMP is based on interviews with gang specialists and findings from the available research findings, including those of my own.

Alexis Dragun

MMP: Recognizing Student Trauma: A Trauma Informed Guide for School Staff

In this MMP, I will define trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and describe how these experiences negatively affect the brain and behavior.  Emphasis will be placed on how exposure to ACEs manifests within the school setting.  Social workers will evaluate best practices for working with students who have experienced ACEs.  

Alba Lopez

MMP: Discussing Challenges in Housing Women Veterans Who Are Single Parents

I present an overview of the challenges facing homeless women Veterans who are single parents. This will be illustrated according to a framework of Intersectionality, with an emphasis on concepts based in Feminist and Critical Race Theory.  Ultimately, social workers will learn how this population faces increased difficulty with securing housing.

Phil Miller

MMP: Internship: High-Impact Experiential Learning

In this MMP, I present research on what makes an internship a high-impact learning experience.  I emphasize the technique of reflection by utilizing the concept of Reflection-in-Action.  Student podcasts will be used to illustrate the concept of Reflection-in-Action and the impact on student learning.

Bridget Nash

MMP: Demystify the Mental Health System and the Therapeutic Process

My MMP serves as a portal for consumers to access information about therapy and treatment within the mental health system. Podcasts will be used to share knowledge from experts in the field of therapy and treatment.

Kanako Okuda

MMP: Understanding Field Placement Anxiety: Embracing Vulnerability as a Learning Tool

I introduce the concept of field education anxiety, with a particular emphasis on social work students’ field learning processes. Illustrative case examples will demonstrate how to help students transform their anxiety into a learning tool for their professional growth.  

Gwilym Roddick

MMP: Psychotherapy for Anxiety & Addictions

In this MMP, I present an overview of the current and most prevalent methods to aide clients with Substance Use Disorders (SUD’s) in the US, with a special emphasis on both the positive attributes and the significant gaps in these services.  I will also present and explore systemic problems in the SUD treatment community as well as the research informing potential solutions. 

Roxanne Ruiz-Adams

MMP: Undocumented and Ill: Navigating Cancer, Treatment, and Trauma

This MMP presents an overview of the challenges experienced by undocumented migrants in the medical system. I will introduce the concept of trauma-informed practice, and assert the need for trauma-informed medical care when working with undocumented migrants. A case example, combined with a brief overview on healthcare inequity, will be used to demonstrate how to work with undocumented migrants to improve treatment outcomes.

Sandra Van Nest

MMP: The Sensory Perspective

Sensory processing theory (SPT) (Ayers, 2005) describes the sensory systems within the body and how processing senses enables productivity and security. Differences in sensory processing affects overall development in children (Dunn, 1997).  This MMP will apply SPT to children with sensory processing differences and advocating for neurodiversity (Campbell, 2008).

Kimberly Waibogha

MMP: The Opioid Crisis: What Is It? How Did It Happen? Where Do We Go From Here?

In the United States, 2.1 million people have an opioid use disorder (HHS, 2018). In 2017, there were 28,466 deaths linked to the use of opioids (HHS, 2017). I will present an overview of data related to the impact of opioids and opioid-related policy and treatment.  Additionally, I will explore a summary of recommendations to combat the crisis from a clinical social work orientation.

Robin Wiley

MMP: The Experience of Aging: Exploring, Understanding, and Supporting

This MMP will explore the experience of aging as reported by the testimonies of older adults. These testimonials will contribute to the discussion of common themes related to the aging experience and an examination of how this knowledge can inform clinical social work practice with this population.

Emily Zimmerman

MMP: Trauma-Informed Infertility Treatment

In this MMP, I will present a call for trauma-informed care within the field of reproductive endocrinology. I will present an overview of SAMHSA’s six principles of trauma-informed care with an emphasis on considerations that are particularly relevant to working with women in infertility and reproductive endocrinology settings. Utilizing research in neurobiology, physical, and behavioral health, illustrative examples and assessments will be used to demonstrate how to practice trauma-informed care with this population.


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