Complete SOCIAL WORK Discussion Response for 2 classmates

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Respond with at least 2 paragraphs each, NO PLAGIARISM, CITE ALL REFERENCES IN REPLIES

DO NOT SAY THINGS LIKE “THE STUDENT SAID, INSTEAD SAY THINGS LIKE “I AGREE WHEN YOU SAID, OR, YOU STATED….

POST 1:

The one limitation in this study would have to be sample size. This study was extremely limited to the participants who were able to be a part of it. In the criteria for the study it stated that they women who were able to participate needed to be having trauma related stress, have experience in the Christian traditions, could not be in psychotherapy or be having any suicidal issues. This really limited the amount of people who were eligible to participate in the study which in turn limited the sample size. Also, they limited the study to one community which isn’t that big to begin with. This study was about spirituality, and not a lot of people are open to using religion or even discussing religion for treatment.

If I were to replicate this study, I would try to open the sample size up to a broader range of women. I could defiantly open the study to other communities in the area to try to get more participants who would want to be in the study. Opening the study to any kind of women having trauma related stress could make it easier to get a better result and therefore make the intervention for the study more successful. I think that I would say that any women who is spiritual can join, not limiting it to just the Christianity faith. In the article it states that a lot of the practitioners were scared that they would not give the correct intervention because they had a diverse religious background. This is also another limitation to the study, they should have had non-bias individual’s conducting the interventions so that no one felt left out or scared they wouldn’t be treated equally.

If I were to conduct a study at my job site, which is at a methadone clinic, I would address the needs of my clients. for example, our jobs as counselors are responsible for making sure the clients have transportation or resources available to them to begin a normal life again. I would use the outcome evaluation to see how the counselor and the programs are working for the clients. This type of evaluation would fit at the center because we are constantly testing and trying to research the efficiency of our programs.

Three protentional research questions:

  1. Did the program help and aid the clients in finding resources that could help them live a better daily life?
  2. What aspects of the counseling program did the clients find most helpful?
  3. Did the clients who were just starting respond better then clients who are more established?

References:

Bowland, S., Edmond, T., & Fallot, R. D. (2012). Evaluation of a spiritually focused intervention with older trauma survivors. Social Work, 57(1), 73-82. Retrieved from http://library.capella.edu/login?qurl=https%3A%2F%2Fsearch.proquest.com%2Fdocview%2F1022692246%3Faccountid%3D27965

Grinnell, R. M., Gabor, P. A., & Unrau, Y. A. (2015). Program evaluation for social workers: foundations of evidence-based programs. Retrieved from https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.library.capella.edu

POST 2:

Based off the article read, one limitation identified would be the sample size. According to the article if there were a larger sample, results would have been more accurate in measurement of the effects from treatment (Bowland, Edmond, & Fallot, 2012). If I were to replicate this study, I would address this limitation by reducing the restraints that caused those other women who did want to be apart of the study from participating (Bowland, Edmond, & Fallot, 2012). Due to some not being eligible and others not being spiritual, placed a damper on the number of women that could conduct and help enhance the intervention methods. By me opening the qualifications needed for a woman to be apart of the process, will also enable them a larger sample size (Bowland, Edmond, & Fallot, 2012). This larger sample size could also result in a more reliable intervention method. Also, if there were more women allotted the chance to become apart of the study, they could split off into groups and come together to raise funds to support the intervention methods or tools needed. Based off what this article displays, perhaps it is needed to not just allow any researcher to intervene with these women, but instead get insight from an individual who is pastoral and a minister, prophetess, or an evangelist. To make the women feel better, I would even suggest a woman who is a pastor, minister, prophetess, and or evangelist because if they were to conduct this study, results could have been more efficient.

The questions that I have about this intervention would be how they went about finding the person used to recruit the women? Have they considered themselves, asking more Christians, than just spiritual individuals? If they had an all women team who were actively involved in the church could this have helped the results? What other methods could be used to ensure the intervention methods? Using prayer, fasting, and reading God’s word is a sure way to receive the answers they need, would they be willing to do? Have they themselves committed their own lives to Christ? Is this the reason why the study is not concrete because they are unable to relate to what the participants are going through? How could they bring comfort to these women through religious views (social work, 2018)?

The type of evaluation that I would use at my volunteer site (after school program) in working with kids would be the needs evaluation. Based on the text, the needs evaluation detects the program’s and population’s level of funding needed to progress (Grinnell, Gabor, & Unrau, 2015). This type of evaluation will/can be used because it shows the needs of the children and could help potentially gather data that the program and population could use based off program monitoring (7 types of evaluation you need to know, 2018). During my volunteer site it is going to be extremely necessary to collect data from the children, to determine their needs (7 types of evaluation you need to know, 2018). This type of evaluation shows the areas needed to be improved before the program starts and what the programs focus should be (in which in this case possibly getting funding for the youth to stay out of trouble/ stay out of the streets. This type of evaluation can be used to give sample surveys to help us get on one accord (my supervisor, the youth, and myself) (7 types of evaluation you need to know, 2018). Focus group discussions can also be conducted amongst the population being focused on to determine if they need, understand, or accept the program’s elements (7 types of evaluation you need to know, 2018). Therefore getting insight from the youth to show if the program is even worth continuing and if it is beneficial. Before anything else can transpire or continue, these questions must be addressed.

Three potential research questions include: Do middle aged children become a product of their environment if they are unable to occupy their free time with positive intervention strategies? If positive intervention strategies are incorporated then kids would not be on the streets as much. If the positive intervention relates to a child’s outcome, then I could incorporate those positive interventions with a child’s needs by gaining their trust. Did youth report the desired change after the implementation of the program? Lastly, what are some characteristics shown from the youth whom have already suffered from behavioural issues and what kind of change would they be willing to incorporate and successfully integrate with activities into their daily lives outside of the after school program (Writing for physiotherapy, 1998)?

References

Bowland, S., Edmond, T., & Fallot, R. D. (2012). Evaluation of a spiritually focused intervention with older trauma survivors. Social Work, 57(1), 73-82. Retrieved from http://library.capella.edu/login?qurl=https%3A%2F%…

Grinnell, R. M., Gabor, P. A., & Unrau, Y. A. (2015). Program evaluation for social workers: foundations of evidence-based programs. Retrieved from https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.library.capella….

Social Work. (2018). Retrieved July 19, 2018, from https://www.questia.com/library/sociology-and-anth…

The 7 Types of Evaluation You Need to Know. (2018, March 12). Retrieved July 19, 2018, from https://blog.socialcops.com/academy/7-types-of-eva…

Writing for Physiotherapy: Information for authors. (1998). Physiotherapy, 84(5), 206. Retrieved July 19, 2018.

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