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Class of 2020 Alumni Multimedia Project

Emily Buchenhorst

MMP: The Impacts of Stigma, Motherhood and Environmental Supports on Opioid Using Pregnant Women’s Recovery

In this MMP, the information presented will examine the phenomena through which the women can be enabled to overcome known obstacles-- such as stigma, guilt and the related trauma--and engage in treatment, to move into successful recovery. The goal of the workshop is to inform practice for effective treatment and health services engagement. The elements of trauma-informed care will be presented as well as how language can be misused and perpetuate bias.

Christine Caporuscio​

MMP: Digital Life: Helping Teens Navigate a Digital World

In this MMP, adolescents are developing while constantly exposed to technology, using various platforms both academically and socially.  This presentation will discuss the influence social media has on social and emotional development during this developmental period.  The benefits and risks associated with social media will be discussed, and how clinicians can treat clients’ struggles related to these rapidly changing platforms. 

Deborah Dumont​

MMP: College & Beyond: How Parents Can Impact Success​

In this MMP, Identify ways mental health providers can assist emerging adults and their families as they enter this new stage development. Identify possible reasons why college counseling centers are noticing a significant increase in severe symptomatology and in the demand for mental health services. Understand helicopter parenting and its negative influences and what drives helicopter parenting.

Michael Garbe

MMP: How Social Workers Assess and Treat Clients Undergoing a Spiritually

This MMP discusses the findings of a small, exploratory qualitative study of licensed social workers, who work with individuals who have undergone a spiritually transformative experience (STE).  These experiences often resulted due to a period of great difficulty for the client, and the experiences themselves can also present as difficult to navigate and integrate.  This MMP will examine what circumstances may lead to n STE, and how clinicians assess and treat individuals who are experiencing STE’s. 

Dunia Garcia​

MMP: You Can Go to College; Increasing Persistence Through Access

In this MMP, I will describe the challenges and barriers to college completion for students of color, and present factors and key access points that can increase persistence. I will use two case examples to demonstrate practical tools and technology to achieve these outcomes.

Helena D. Lewis

MMP: Reentry, Grief and Loss: Addressing Unmet Mental Health Needs of Women Offenders​

In this MMP, experiencing the loss of a loved one under any circumstances can be challenging. For women who are incarcerated the outward expression of grief and emotion is often suppressed due to fear of receiving sanctions and being placed in restrictive housing. This workshop discusses the lived experiences of formerly incarcerated women who have experienced the loss of a loved one while incarcerated, and ways to implement program services to address the gender-specific needs of incarcerated women experiencing grief.   

Karie McGuire

MMP: Sex Trafficking in the USA: Voices from Here at Home in New Jersey 

In this MMP I will illustrate how helping professionals can effectively engage and advocate for DMST victims at the early stages of identification and also foster a safe, accepting therapeutic space to assist these clients in trust building and identify formation.

Angela Mullane​

MMP: Where Did My Child Go? Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus (PANDAS)​

In this MMP, I will describe symptoms, diagnostic criteria, and recommended treatment modalities for clinical social workers to work with children and their families affected by PANDAS, Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus.  Social workers can augment their intake process to identify and refer children for medical diagnosis while initiating appropriate mental health treatment. Cognitive behavior therapy tools to address obsessive compulsive symptoms, separation anxiety, and aggressive behaviors will be shared and demonstrated.

Asa Paris​

MMP: Unsung Losses:  Combating Suicide in Military Populations

In this MMP, I will describe the combination of risk factors and challenges to help-seeking behavior of military members; articulate the  challenges in providing mental health treatment to a military member; describe  of the  best practices for military members and; demonstrate  knowledge of resources available to support military members. This body of knowledge will build peer, professional, clinical, and organizational interactions among military members and mental health professionals and reduce suicidality.

Jennifer Polizotto​

MMP: School Social Workers: Operating at the Intersection of Education and Mental Health

In this MMP, I will provide an overview of the integration of mental health services within the education system, the prevalence of current mental health challenges affecting students with a focus on how they impact marginalized populations, and strategies for how school teams can collaborate to meet the mental health needs and reduce mental health disparities facing children in schools. A case example will demonstrate how to use a school-wide approach to help provide a safe space for students with mental health needs in the school.

Edith Lori Slater

MMP: Clinical Advocacy Model

In this MMP, I preset the Clinical Advocacy Model (CAM) supports clinical advocacy acuity and competency as an integral part of prioritizing clients’ dual needs for mental healthcare and social justice as they present themselves. Rooting out social injustices must be at the forefront of clinical education and training of all social workers. Social workers in private practice, in particular, have professional autonomy and flexibility to more freely support and advocate for clients. If social workers are going to effectively address social justice issues, their education and training should provide them with tools on how to effectively advocate for clients when appropriate. CAM encourages self-reflective practice and provides social workers with an intervention tool to use when social justice issues arise in mental healthcare treatment in order to clinically advocate for clients. 

Lauren Snedeker​

MMP: A Social Work Response to a Multigenerational Work Place: Taking A.C.T.I.O.N Against Ageism

In this MMP, I describe the complex experiences the aging workforce is living through today. Assess for the continued ways the aging workforce can contribute, such as through reverse mentorship opportunities, thereby lessening the existence of age discrimination in the workplace. Apply a social work response to the needs of the aging workforce in order to sustain these individuals in their roles and therefore help eliminate conflict

Jamie Wasserman

MMP: Exploring Unwanted Consensual Sex: A Qualitative Pilot Study​

In this MMP, consenting to sex is a complicated psychological, political, and social issue. Because the legal system does not classify consensual sex as rape, there is a mistaken assumption that consent is an either/or issue. Current research has revealed that many women consent to have sex that they do not want which can have devasting long-term psychological and emotional consequences, such as anxiety, low self-esteem and lack of sexual interest, it can also chronically subvert the consenters experience of equality. Despite these research findings, there have been no studies that examine how women are educated and socialized about consent. Thus, the research question of this study was: how do women learn about consenting to sex? This research sought to begin to answer this question in order to provide social workers with guidance on how to help women unlearn these messages and avoid consenting to unwanted sex.

Kelly Zinn​

MMP: Supporting Students Living in Out-of-Home Placements ​

In this MMP, students living in out-of-home placements, such as foster or kinship care, are at-risk for academic challenges. This session will provide the participant with an overview of this growing issue, describe the impact that living in out-of-home placements may have on the social, emotional, behavioral, and academic growth of this population, and offer a trauma-informed approach to supporting students in care. Ready-to-implement strategies will be suggested. 

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