The Crisis Residential Center's Directions Program Evaluation

Nationally over 1.5 million youth runaway and put themselves in dangerous situations such as substance abuse. Research shows that this is in a large part due to problems within the family unit. Many interventions assist in reunifying the family and improving dangerous or maladaptive behaviors including family and group therapies. Spokane's Crisis Residential Center attempts to assist this population by encouraging family reunification. One way in which they do this is through the Directions Program. This study evaluates the Directions Program to determine its effectiveness in serving at-risk youth and their families. Surveys were sent out to 128 former clients and their families.

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Directions Program Evaluation Literature Review and Methodology

The Crisis Residential Center's (CRC) Directions Program Evaluation for the 2006-2008 Financial Grant Years plans to look into the effectiveness of the aforementioned program. To do this, the existing literature regarding youth similar to those found at the CRC is examined. Previous research has studied at-risk youth and residential centers. This study seeks add upon the this data by looking specifically at a short term residential center, and it’s programs from multiple perspectives. To perform the effectiveness study of the Directions Program both qualitative and quantitative methods are used.

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The Ethnicity of Non-Ethnicity

As a white protestant male, I am a member of the dominate culture in the United State. Growing up I never had to question if somebody was doing certain actions because of my ethnicity. I never had any difficulty finding people who looked like me, and being able to be accepted into a group. I never really thought about my skin color or my racial background. My mom never had to explain about my Germanic heritage, or did I ever wonder about cultural practices. All of these where vary far removed from my growing up experiences growing up.

Going thought the school of social work, there is often discussion about diversity and cultural competence (sensitivity). These topics are relatively new to my knowledge base. Growing up, I did have many Latino and black friends, but never thought much about it. Due to being a part of the dominant culture, my culture did not seem that important to me. When we were sitting in class an hearing some people of color saying that dislike it when people say that they are color blind or when people say they don't care about their ethnicity I thought that they were just taking the comments wrong. It wasn't until later when I thought about it, that I realized that it was their ethnicity had become a major portion of their life. This was also one of the first time that I really realized that I did not see my ethnicity as a major determining factor in my life.

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Breaking the Cycle of Addiction

Breaking the Cycle of Addiction presents an eight week curriculum for working with alcoholics. The curriculum brings together experts in the various systems that the member is a part. To make the group as effective as possible it contains; accountability groups, the pharmacology of addiction, family roles, coping life and empathy skills, a victims panel, a social justice outreach to juveniles program, and a focus on life after the group.

 

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Turn Your Life Upside Down: An Individual Design Study

An example of an Single System Design Study implemented using the following criteria;

Theory: Using a check list and acquiring weekly personal accountability will help me to reach some of the goals that I would like to obtain.

Plan: Implement a personal growth checklist into my life, to help me keep some of the various aspects of my life in balance. The specific areas that I would like to work on are as follows;

  1. Read my bible daily
  2. Read my utmost for my highest every morning
  3. Eat one Salad or Smoothie as a meal each day
  4. Hit the snooze no more than once a morning
  5. Exercise five times per week for at least 30 minutes
  6. Meet with accountability partner once per week

By having a weekly checklist and somebody to be my accountability partner, I will be more likely to accomplish the preceding goals then if I was just to attempt to do the same things without any other change in my life.

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Group Facilitation as a Non-Professional Group Leader

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and similarly lead groups make up a vast amount of groups in both America and around the world. They are led in a laissez fair manner and are often open groups where anybody is allowed to attend. First the functioning of groups is looked at though the lens of an individual case study of an AA group meeting. This functioning of groups has three things that are looked into; (1) evidence based practice, (2) group dynamics and (3) group composition. Then the process of an AA group meeting is also discussed. Finally a personal reaction to the AA group meeting and facilitation type is addressed.

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Critical Article Review: Supervisors and Stress

A critical article review of Regehr et al. (2002) formulated a study to examine managers / supervisor responses to various stressors involved in working for a child welfare agency. Their research addresses the following questions

 

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Study of a Diverse Population

Populations or groups are often broken up into subgroups. Prisoner’s are a subgroup that is not often looked at, when looking at diverse populations. There are many stigmatisms that are on prisoners and other reasons that they are tended to be left out. Benaquisto and Peter (1996) studied the culture of prisoners to see if they as a subgroup have significant cultural differences from the overall population. Although there are many differences, much of the culture can be related to the population at large.

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No Matter How Loud I Shout Book Review

Humes (1999) was granted unprecedented access to the juvenile courts in California. The juvenile court system is closed to outsiders and often seems secretive. The juvenile court system encompasses a large number of youth. In California there are 30,000 juvenile delinquency cases brought to court each year, 26 juvenile detention camps with some 4,400 youth, and 8,700 juvenile prison wards. The courts only have four basic sentences they can give to juveniles; (1) HOP (home of parent); (2) suitable placement (a network of public and private foster homes); (3) juvenile detention camps; (4) juvenile prison. This gives only limited options to how a judge can sentence a delinquent youth.

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Juvenile's Involved in the Justice System

Working with a diverse population requires the social worker examine aspects that make up the population. To fully examine a population, a few of the aspects that should be researched are as follows; best practices for working with the population, cultural background, tradition, norms and values, history of oppression, types of support, family dynamics, spirituality, and body language. The stories that fill Humes book come and address each of these aspects at different points.

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The Difficulties that the Financially Insecure have in Obtaining a Proper Burial

Death is one of the few transcendent activities that all people participate in. Even though, it is a constant, it is often a taboo subject. Along with death being a taboo subject, so is the funeral. People generally desire to obtain a proper burial. This is often a major confound when poor people are coming up on death. This is a major social problem. Symbolic interactionism is one theory that could be used to look at the over all social issue. The theory itself does not stand up as a strong theory. Empowerment theory is a practical and applicable theory that can be used to work with somebody who approaching death.

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Job Skills Training for Juvenile Offenders: An Analysis of SB 5370

The concerns of juveniles involved in the justice system are often topics of discussion in regards to rehabilitation. SB 5370 addresses job skills training for juvenile offenders as a method of rehabilitation. The process that the bill went through has been fair. The indirect/direct & immediate/long-term costs and benefits show promise for this piece of legislation. It works for juveniles on improving their work related skills and promoting a vulnerable population.

 

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The Stress of Poverty: A Case Study Using Amazing Grace

Poverty is an over arching social issue that affect people in many ways. Stress has often been associated with poverty. This relationship is explored through Kozol (1995) and his experiences with children in an impoverished neighborhood. The children he describes have bio-psycho-social risk & resilience factors in regards to stress and poverty. Stress and poverty can be put into an ecological perspective utilizing functionalist theory. Functionalist theory is limited in implementing a planed change process with a client. Utilizing empowerment theory works to both help the client understand there issue and they aren't the only one with the issue (much like functionalism). It goes further to help create a planned change process for the client and to continue that process at the macro level.

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FASD Research Paper

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), is a continuum of birth defects related to prenatal consumption of alcohol. It is 100% preventable, yet it affects upwards of 25,320,000 babies each year (this is the top estimate, others are lower). FASD costs the United States upwards of 4 billion dollars per year. It affects children on the bio-psycho-social levels. It ranges from being completely debilitating to minor effects on the child. Children with FASD have many deficiencies, there are also many hidden strengths that can be analyzed and improved upon. FASD also is able to be looked at from a wide variety of angles, including an ecological perspective and though Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development.

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Genogram & Eco-map

Genograms and eco-maps are graphical representations to help process life circumstances. They are useful for describing relationships, characteristics, and seeing interactions form an aerial point of view. They are helpful for those in the helping traditions in working with clients. They can also be helpful when looking into personal history. Genograms help in arriving at a clearer picture of PIE (Person In the Environment) in regards to self-evaluation or with a client. The film In America (2002) serves as an example for how eco-maps can be put together.

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Quality Assurance Survey for Safe Harbor Crisis Nursery

A quality assurance survey looking into Safe Harbor Crisis Nursery. The project proposal goes as follows;

Jacob Campbell in conjunction with Reid Helford (professor at Columbia Basin College), Sue Delucchi (Executive Director for SHCN), Antonio Cruz (professor at Columbia Basin College) for help with translation put together the 2005 quality assurance survey. They sent out a survey to the most frequent participants of SHCN to assess their services. This survey will have several components and factors to help it along. First, the survey took the 31 clients who used SHCN is services most frequently during the 2005 year. Second each of these clients were mailed the following items both in English and Spanish;

  1. Cover letter describing method of completion and purpose
  2. Ticket for baby diapers as an incentive
  3. The survey

The returned surveys were compiled onto an excel chart, and the client names were replaced with a code for confidentiality. A report was then written up in regards to the survey.

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