The concentration year Capstone Project provides Masters of Social Work (MSW) students with the opportunity to integrate and apply previous learning (academic and field) through the creation and implementation of a project at their practicum agency in order to demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills, ethics and values necessary for evidence-based advanced generalist social work practice. The Capstone Project also gives students the opportunity to contribute to the knowledge-base of the profession and to develop and enhance professional presentation skills through the creation and delivery of a poster presentation and the writing of an executive summary describing the project. Students work with their academic advisor, agency field instructor or task supervisor, field faculty, and faculty teaching the concentration year macro practice classes to design and implement the Capstone Project and to create and deliver their poster presentation.

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Documents From 2012

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The Impact of Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques Implemented Within Minnesota School Settings: A Program Proposal for Waseca Junior and Senior High School, Laura Bartsch

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The Effectiveness of the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 Across Cultures, Caylin Cedergren

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Real Jobs, Real Community, Real Wages: A Guide to Customized Employment, Kelsey Christy

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An Overview of Avoidant Personality Disorder, Kristin Dehrkoop

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"First Impression": Creating an Intake Procedure that is Welcoming to Clients and Useful to Clinicians, Brandi Embacher

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SAE Program Process Evaluation: Improving Existing Evaluation Methods, Rachel Faust

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Headway Emotional Health Services: A Parent Satisfaction Survey and Needs Assessment, Eowyn T. Gatlin

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40 Developmental Assets: A Research Analysis: Healthy Youth Committee & Fairmont's Youth Surveys, Tiffany Gullord

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Stroke Rehabilitation, Length-of-Stay, and Re-Admission Rates: A Literature Review, Morgen Hagedorn

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Parent Involvement Plan for Lincoln Elementary, Michelle Kaune

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Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in Opioid Substance Abuse Treatment, Elizabeth V. Keck

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Student Facilitated Anti-Bully Program, Ashley Kiefer

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Evidence-Based Behavior Interventions for Children with ADHD: A Systematic Review, Jennifer Kimpton

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School Social Workers and Multiple Supervisees, Michelle Krueger

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TEAM Academy Student Attendance Policy, Jenna Lageson

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Student Perceptions of Minnesota State University, Mankato's Alcohol and Drug Policy, Renee Lips-Bush

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Needs Assessment of Emergency Department Social Workers in Southwestern Minnesota in Relation to Emergency Department Expansion, Gina Marie Njugunah

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Study Skills, Organizational Skills, Self-Awareness and Understanding Self Skills: A Development of Skills Curriculum for Middle School Students, Aliina Vivant Peterson

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Policies in Hospital Social Work, Jolene L. Reisdorfer

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Comparison of Minnesota's Community-Based Jail Reentry Programs, Lori A. Sanborn

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A Review of Developmentally Appropriate Evidence-Based Effective Parenting and Resources for Parents, Kari Schwecke

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Needs Assessment to Explore Support for Spouses Affected by Military Life, Erika Sletten

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Interning as an Outpatient Therapist: Developing a Comprehensive Training Manual Grounded in the Professional Knowledge Base, Katie Stadheim

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Bridging Tactics: Parental Support Systems: A Proposal for a Psycho-Educational Parent Group, Emily F. Thompson

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Mental Health Inpatient Hospitalization and Smoking Cessation, Susan Warring

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Evaluation of the BEST Program, Rana Wehner

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Survey of Emergency Department Patients' Perceived Barriers to Accessing Services and Community Resource Utilization, Kelsey Ann Wilke

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment Group Curriculum, Julie M. Wood

Documents From 2011

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Effective Trauma Assessment Tools for Women with Severe Mental Illness, Heather A. Bangu

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Best Practices for Working with Undocumented Latino Youth, Elizabeth J. Braun

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Evaluation of School Social Workers' Time Spent in Direct and Indirect Practices, Kris Brummund

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Best Practices for Treating Co-Occuring Disorders in a Chemical Dependency Treatment Setting, Michelle Dick

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Best Practice in Working with the Somali Population, Ilhan Duale

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Evidence-based Strategies for Working with Veterans, Bethany Fopma

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Assessing the Needs of Students Identified with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Jenny A. Goff

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Incredible Years Dina Dinosaur Program Evaluation, Amanda Holzapfel

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Factors that Contribute to Patient Length of Stay at St. Peter Regional Treatment Center, Brenda Karch

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Effectiveness of the WhyTry Curriculum with Adults Participating in a Vocational Training Program, Erika Kern

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Needs Assessment for A Multidisciplinary Eating Disorder Outpatient Services, Mary Beth Patterson

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Factors Assocated with Employee Satisfaction in Minnesota Community Action Agencies, Kelsie Peters

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Understanding the Role of Attachments and Schemas: A Model for Working with Sex Offenders, Carol J. Ries

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A Social and Emotional Learning Curriculm Recommendation for Nicollet Public School District, Christina R. Rosamond

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Computer-Based Training: Understanding Mental Health Civil Commitment, Tiffany Sandbo

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Recommendations for the Provision of Patient Activities, Jean Schlichting

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Natural Connections: A Recommendation to Implement an Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Program within the Shakopee MdewakantonSioux Community, Heidi Simon

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Shelter Program for Homeless Males with Substance Use and Mental Illness: A Strength and Effectiveness Based Approach, Kotatee Tamba

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Housing with Support Marketing Study Tool, Gary M. Travis

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Evaluation of Greater Mankato Area United Way's Annual Allocations Process from the Partner Agencies' Perspective, Erin A. Trytten

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Diversity Within Bachelor of Social Work Programs: Perspectives and Interventions, Brian Warner

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Improving Communication and Team Cohesion in a Long Term Care Facility, Jen Watson

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The Power of Service Work: Developing a Consumer Volunteer Program for the House of Hope, Inc., Darcy Wennes

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Characteristics of Patients Admitted with Alcohol Related Traumatic Injuries, Jessica Wolf

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Best Practices of a Social Worker's Role in Supporting Family Caregivers Enrolled in Hospice Care, Jessie Wolf

Documents From 2010

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Evidence-Based Programs that Address Social Emotional Learning in an Early Childhood Setting, Jihan Ali

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Teacher Training for the Implementation of the Incredible Years at GFW Elementary School, Karen J. Appel

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A Descriptive Analysis of Bookings in Sibley County Jail Between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009, DeAnna Aufderheide

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Computer Based Training: Understanding Schizophrenia, Elli Marie Bach

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Family Group Decision Making Utilization, Susan Carpenter

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ESL Work Readiness Curriculum Survey, Lynda Devine

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Chronic Illness, Kelly Dulohery

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Social and Family Support for Individuals with Mental Illness, Beth Filzen

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Evidence Based Practices for Sensory Stimulation Seeking Impulsive Diagnosis, Sheena Gasner

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Addressing the Needs of the Saint Clair Attendance Policies, Nicole Goettl

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Improving Organizational Practices: Learning from Direct Care Staff and Team Leads, Abigail Helget

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A Survey of Attitudes and Utilization of Counseling Services among International Students at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Anna Marie Johnson

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A Meta-Analysis of the Efficacy of Sex Offender Residential Restrictions to Recidivism, Cheryl Kack

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Program Recommendations to Fulfill Restrictive Procedures Training Requirements for School Districts, Annette M. Kleinschrodt

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WhyTry? A Program Evaluation, Tammie Knick

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Stigma Reduction Techniques/Campaigns for Practitioners in a Rural Community Mental Health Practice, Becky Mensing

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Assessing Gaps in Services for Geriatric Patients with Mental Health Needs, Angela Nelson

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Independent Living Outcomes Evaluation Project, Craig J. Padgett

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Filling the Gap in Crisis Intervention: Horizon Homes, Inc. Proposal for SCCBI Crisis Services, Ricki Pribyl

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Behavioral Health Self-Efficacy of Nurses in a Rural Emergency Department, Alyssa Schlager

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Investigating Compassion Fatigue and Burnout Rates Among Mental Health Professionals at Sioux Trails Mental Health Center, Lora Schoewe

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Expanding the SEA Program: Course Conception, Rationale and a Plan for Implementation, Michelle Schulz

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Anger Management for Adults: Developing an Evidence-Based Anger Management Program, Kari Velzke

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Evidence-Based Strategies and Techniques for Children with ASD, Tanya Walerius

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Does Organizational Culture Affect Employee's Readiness to Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices?, Joseph Waller

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A "Pawsitive" Influence of Animals in Long-Term Care Facilities: Animal-Assisted Therapy at St. Peter Regional Treatment Center, Hannah L. Winkler

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Defining Exemplary Children's Mental Health Services in Minnesota's Rural Communities, Melanie Wurtzberger

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Innovative Mental Health Services in Rural Minnesota: Community-based Mobile Crisis Response Services, Rebecca A. Zuehlke

Documents From 2009

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Developing Evidenced Based Practice for Social Emotional Screenings in Schools, Kim Anderson

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Best Practices for Increasing Pro-social Behavior in Adolescents with Mental Health and Behavioral Disorders, Danielle Armbrust-Malone

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School Improvement Programs, Kimberly Barry

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Acute Psychiatric Group Therapy for Hospitalized Individuals with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness, Lindsey Bednar

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Mental Health Relapse Prevention: What Does the Research Say?, Robin Bode

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In Step with Our Parents: 3-Part Educational Series, Kate Boisen-MacDonald

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Social Work Involvement in Supporting Survivors of an Unexpected Death in an Emergency Department, Jennifer E. Buchanan

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Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Programs in the School Setting for Grades 7-12, Jennifer Crawford

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Bring Mental Health Services Home: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Adolescents and Their Families in Rural Minnesota, Laura Filzen

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Minnesota State University Mankato Counseling Center: Needs Assessment Survey of College Student Parents, Katherine S. Fitzkappes

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Summer Youth Housing Career Camp, Carol Goodemann

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Effective Truancy Prevention Models, Nicole K. Hachfeld

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Fernbrook Family Center, Inc. Need Identification and Training, Catherine R. Johanneck

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Minnesota Health Care Programs: Renville County Human Servics Outreach Project, Bethany Leindecker

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The Importance of Worksite Supervisors in At-Risk Youths' Lives, Laura Luna

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Increasing Referrals for Services through Collaboration with Community Agencies, Benjamin Mohr

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LLMHS Elderly Services Outreach Program: Lincoln, Lyon & Murray Human Services, Jamie Olson

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Frequent Users of the Emergency Department: A Policy Proposal, Tina Ann Olson

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Assessment of Parenting Skills of Mothers in Court Ordered Substance Abuse Treatment, Barb Pieske