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Class of 2018 Alumni MMP

 

Lauren Busfield

Lauren Busfield

 

MMP: Growing Up Digital

Social workers and parents are often only exposed to negative and fear-inducing challenges of helping young people navigate the digital world. This can lead practitioners to respond to adolescent experiences as causes for clinical concern and alarm. The purpose of Growing Up Digital is to encourage them to focus on adolescents’ narratives of online experiences, working with them to create mindful digital media consumption habits.

 

Zakia Clay

Zakia Clay

 

MMP: Transistioning to Community Support Services (CSS)

The focus of this multi-media project is to examine the role of fee-for-service in mental health and the unintended consequences that occur on the frontline as practitioners negotiate the need to meet regulatory standards that are, at times, in conflict with providing person-centered care. 

 

Megan Conti

Megan Conti

 

MMP: The Social Work Think Tank

Clinical Social Work as Activism explores the intersections between clinical practice and social welfare policy so as to illuminate the opportunities we have to be more active in social welfare policy change, and to improve our clinical practice through engagement with macro level issues.  

 

Armand DiYenno

Armand DiYenno

 

MMP: For God's Sake: Spiritual Assessment, Social Work, and the Gay Community

While it is well know that the LGBTQ community has had a long and often difficult relationship with organized religion, little has been written about the need for spiritual assessments with lesbians or gay men in clinical social work practice. 

 

Vashonna Etienne

Vashonna Etienne

 

MMP: Saving Black Marriages

As a licensed clinical social worker specializing in couples therapy, I find that African American couples yearn for stable, loving, and lasting relationships. Addressing the socio-historical context of African American marriages and providing strategies will ultimately help the black community to disrupt intergenerational transmissions of trauma that have inhibited healthy, loving, and stable marriages.

 

Shannon Evans

Shannon Evans

 

MMP: Social Work Self-Reflection: Naming Manifestations of White Supremacy

Social Work Self-Reflection: Naming Manifestations of White supremacy strives to help White social workers critically reflect on their relationship with white supremacy, how this relationship impacts their practice, and how it can be changed.

 

Lynda R. Fabbo

Lynda Fabbo

 

MMP: Coping With a Life-Changing Diagnosis

By sharing our family’s story through an interactive website with written posts, pictures, audio and video, I hope to gently connect with parents with children going through this life-changing process in an effort to offer support, guidance and information. The overarching theory of the website is a model of coping, which was I constructed and named the Paradigm of Perseverance.

 

Katelen Fortunati

Katelen Fortunati

 

MMP: every single kid: empowering kids with incarcerated parents

Everysinglekid.org addresses the gap in awareness and understanding about the difficulties that children with incarcerated parents face. The websites provides psychoeducation about areas of need, potential adverse health and behavior outcomes, and an explanation of the theories driving interventions for children with incarcerated parents.

 

Sakima Gonzalez

Sakima Gonzalez

 

MMP: Savia Community Counseling Services

It has been established that in-home counseling reduces some of the barriers of for poor children and their families in accessing necessary services such as transportation, long waiting lists in outpatient services, health conditions, commitments with work, and lack of child care, to name a few (Adams & Maynard, 2000). Saviainhomecounseling.org is meant to guide graduate students and new clinicians through the uncertainties of home-based clinical practice.

 

Jeffrey P. Hanna

Jeffrey Hanna

 

MMP: Men At Risk: How Expectations About Masculinity Hurt Men

I plan to address how stereotypical expectations of masculinity develop; how these stereotypes hurt men’s views of the world; how acknowledging privilege has both positive and negative effects on identity; and how the perpetuation of masculine scripts gives rise to psychological distress.

 

Kim Heberlein

Kim Stewart

 

MMP: Women in Indian Country

Native women of the USA and Canada face profound universal marginalization, the  result of colonization and a history of systematic oppression, widespread violence and blame. Womeninindiancountry.us explores the intersectionality between sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and missing and murdered Native women. Furthering understanding for best practice to promote healing from within, the tribal community and letting women guide via sharing their stories orally or through arts.

 

Janet Hoffer

Janet Hoffer

 

MMP: Shame Explained

Shame-explained.com addresses the problem of how shame operates as a hindrance or healing agent in psychotherapy, and, in particular, the therapist’s role in preventing therapeutic stalemates and failures due to shame.

 

 

Jaime Lauren

 

MMP: Self-Care University

The goal of this project is to create a Self-Care tool accessible to all students in the university community. Using a web-based program gives students who may not engage in traditional face-to-face counseling the opportunity to be engaged in mental health interventions (Wagner, Lipson, Sandy, Eisenberg, 2014). By using Self-Care interventions such as pet therapy, the goal is to encourage students to explore creative ways to attend to their mental health needs.

 

Amanda Marsh

Amanda Marsh

 

MMP: Brain Trauma 101

BrainTrauma101.com guides the consumer through brain injury by introducing patient narratives that shed light on the family experience. The narratives are told through multimedia timelines. They are supplemented by responses from a medical social worker who incorporates scholarly information in her feedback.

 

 

Patricia McKernan

 

MMP: Wanted for Warrants

This multi-media project is dedicated to exploring the issues of criminal justice reform, criminal justice debt, and the criminalization of poverty.  The entanglement of the criminal justice system, poverty, race, policing practices, and incarceration will be examined.  This problem targets some of the most vulnerable in our communities, and strategies to remedy this pervasive issue will be discussed.  In particular, ways to prevent and resolve arrest warrants will be examined.

 

Anthony Nicotera

Anthony Nicotera

 

MMP: Circle of Insight

The see-reflect-act Circle of Insight process (Nicotera, 2018) can serve as a framework for response to social work’s social justice definitional and pedagogical challenges. It can help educators examine the complexity and nuance of the social work notion of social justice, define social justice, and integrate it more effectively into curricula.

 

Tracy Norris

Tracy Norris

 

MMP: Empathy in the Context of Racial Bias

The ability to exercise empathy in the context of the cross-racial therapeutic dyad is essential to positive treatment outcomes.  However, the capacity to demonstrate empathy is especially challenging when the psychotherapist is African American or non-White and working with a White patient who expresses White supremacy or racial bias.  This multi-media project will define the concepts of empathy, transference, and countertransference as well as provide guidelines for how to overcome the barriers to empathy.

 

Lauren Potts

Lauren Potts

 

MMP: Finding Hope In Cancer Through Creative Expression

The purpose of findinghopeincancer.com is to explore research and patient experiences of the use of art, music, and writing as tools for emotional healing, for individuals living with and beyond cancer.

 

Julee Wickliffe

Julee Wickliffe

 

MMP: Narrative Therapy With Offenders In A Group Setting

The purpose of this multi-media project is to explore the use of narrative therapy with offenders in a group setting.  Narrative therapy is a collaborative approach in both individual and group therapy that centers patients as the experts in their own lives. Narrative therapy can be an intervention paradigm that is an alternative to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for clinicians within the prison system.

 

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