• Dance Your Way to Communication: Dance Movement Therapy to Increase Self-Esteem, Poor Body Image, and Communication Skills in High School Females

      Corteville, Mary K.; The College at Brockport (2009-01-01)
      A study with the use of dance movement therapy as a counseling approach in a suburban high school setting was presented. The objective of this study was to determine if Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) with females struggling with relational issues with their paternal figure contributed to improved self esteem, body image, and communication skills. The literature review describes dance movement therapy, aspects of self-esteem, body image, dance movement therapy used with specific populations, fundamentals of group work, and movement therapy techniques used with adolescents. Methods of the study were presented with the use of eight movement therapy interventions. The instrument and participants were also described. The results were evaluated qualitatively and quantitatively through pre and post test results and observations. Results indicated that DMT was an effective therapeutic technique in a school setting. The discussion also describes areas for additional research and implications for future research.
    • Data Collection is Key in Clarification of School Counselor's Role

      Kells, Michelle D.; The College at Brockport (2006-01-01)
      The school counselor's role in the 21st century has expanded and the demand of school counselors has increased as well as the number of students they are responsible for. School counselors today are encouraged to prove their accountability through the documentation of data. This review focuses on the significance of accountability and the lack of it in school counseling. The school counselors and the secretary at the middle school collected data on the issues that students had appointments for. This data was analyzed and explained. A review of recommendations and limitations were discussed as well as the beliefs/opinions of the school counselors who documented the data for this review.
    • Determining the Impact of a Psychoeducational Group on Student-Athlete Identity

      Outland, Rafael; Manioci, Raymond; The College at Brockport (2016-04-01)
      This study examined the impact of a psychoeducational group on middle school student-athlete identity. Literature regarding stigmas, academic eligibility, time commitment, athletic burnout, substance usage, role conflict, and moral orientation, was reviewed to identify challenges faced by student-athletes. Supportive programs and the benefits of psychoeducational groups were discussed to provide information on combating these challenges. This study followed a quantitative, action research design, and the Academic and Athletic Identity Scale was administered as part of a pre and post-test data collection to measure a psychoeducational intervention. The data collected showed that the psychoeducational group intervention increased academic and athletic identity recognition. Limitations and implications were discussed to provide further recommendations for future research.
    • Developmental Assets in a Residential Setting

      Kramell, Nicole M.; The College at Brockport (2014-10-01)
      The Search Institute’s developmental assets serve as protective factors in adolescents’ well-being and success in life. In addition, they act as barriers to high risk behaviors such as alcohol and drug use, violence, and school dropout. Several researchers have conducted studies showing a positive correlation between both internal and external developmental assets and successful life outcomes. It is imperative that developmental assets are taught and maintained not only in the home but also in the school curriculum and in community activities.
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Core Mindfulness: Its Impact on Everyday Mindfulness, Goal-Directed, and Ineffective Behaviors

      Outland, Rafael; Smith, Nicole; The College at Brockport (2015-10-01)
      Individuals diagnosed with certain mental illnesses often engage in automatic thought patterns, which makes them more likely to behave in ineffective and harmful ways. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), with its emphasis on mindfulness, aims to help individuals break automatic thought patterns in order to engage in more goal directed behaviors. Previous studies have explored the effectives of the DBT program in its entirety however; only preliminary results have been published on the impact of mindfulness as it is taught through DBT. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of core mindfulness as it is taught through a DBT skills training group on goal directed and ineffective behaviors. The study will be detailed through describing the participants, materials, and the procedure. Results were measured through pre, mid-way, and post-test administration of the Mindfulness Awareness Attention Survey (MAAS). The results indicate that for some participants, levels of mindfulness did increase after participating in the core mindfulness module of DBT skills training. Lastly, findings, implications, limitations, and recommendations for future research are explored.
    • Do Parents Use of DBT Skills Change After a 12 Week Parent/Adolescent DBT Skills Group?

      Powell, Danielle M.; The College at Brockport (2014-04-01)
      The following research looks at the results of a pre and post assessment of parents’ DBT skills use after completing a 12 week DBT skills group. The research design compared individual and group raw score means of the pre and post assessment data. It was hypothesized that caregivers’ post DBT-WCCL scores would indicate more use of DBT skills following the intervention. The data showed a decrease in dysfunctional coping and an increase in DBT skills on post assessments. The magnitude of decrease in dysfunctional coping was greater than the increase in use of DBT skills. Clinicians need to ensure that their DBT groups teach skills to caregivers along with their teen.
    • Domestic Violence Court Intervention Project

      Jones, Wendy R.; The College at Brockport (2006-01-01)
      This research study examines the effectiveness of two domestic violence interventions to increase shelter use among women in a court advocacy program in upstate New York. The study found a significant advantage to offering a brief counseling component during an intervention, as opposed to only handing out an agency brochure and verbalizing shelter services to participants. Through qualitative inquiry rooted in Grounded Theory, the study accesses the impact of the criminal justice setting, direct observation, and the unstructured interview in acquiring pertinent screening information from victims. The study also uses Prochaska and DiClemente=s (1982) AStages of Change@ to better gage the readiness of each victim to make substantial and lasting changes in their relationship with the abuser. The study uncovered three potential areas for future research such as expanding service options for those victims who are not ready or willing to extricate themselves from the abuser. Second, preventing domestic violence earlier by directing preventative programs at children. Third, expanding what domestic violence workers look for during the screening process to measure the feasibility of including both family systems in the treatment plan especially if children are involved.
    • Dropout: Students leaving urban high schools prior to graduation

      Mangini, Jeffrey K.; The College at Brockport (2012-04-01)
      Urban high schools in America are not generating the desired results; the low graduation rate in large cities must be addressed. Existing literature discussing the high school dropout issue is examined. Many factors contribute to school dropout, which has an impact on the individual and society. Several of the potential causes are examined and connections between multiple causes are noted. Quantitative and qualitative studies were used to create a complete view of this issue. Dropout prevention methods and programs are described, as is the role of school counselors in dropout prevention. A phenomenological study was also conducted to gain the personal perspective of individuals who dropped out of an urban school district. The specific goal of the research was to determine what factors contributed to students deciding to drop out of high school. Seven individuals participating in a General Education Diploma program shared their experience of dropping out of high school. Individual and small group interviews were conducted. The experiences reported were compared among each participant and were also related to the results of existing research. Results varied among participants, they reflected both the individual and the school community. Conclusions have been drawn and are reported as they relate to the role of a school counselor.
    • Effective Methods to Reach Victims of Domestic Violence

      Stanford, Kate M.; The College at Brockport (2009-01-01)
      The estimated number of women in abusive relationships in the United States is almost 2 million (Pyles & Postmus, 2004; Tjaden & Thoennes, 1998; Tjaden & Thoennes, 2000). Each year 1,500 of these women are murdered by their partners (Shostack, 2001). Yet there are 3 times as many shelters for abused animals then shelters for abused women and children (NiCarthy, 2004) this is at odds with the number of victims in need of services. This study explored a variety of methods to reach victims of domestic violence. To provide a basic understanding of domestic violence in the United States is presented, various definitions of domestic violence are discussed and the history of domestic violence in the United States is explored. The study attempted to understand ways women who utilized their services learned about what was available, the services they utilized and suggestions they had for improving outreach. The findings indicated women often learned about the services from friends and medical professionals who suggested they seek help. The study also revealed that only after leaving the abuser did the women feel safe enough to see help.
    • Effective Strategie for Teaching ELL Students at the Elementary Level

      Wade, Carol; Siegel, Alanna (SUNY Brockport, Department of Education and Human Development, 2021-08)
      The purpose of this capstone is to provide all teachers effective strategies that can be used with all students but specifically ELL students. The goal is to meet the needs of ELLs in mainstream classrooms through strategic strategies, modifications and accomodations. The literature review states that ELLs can improve academically, socially and emotionally when teachers are trained to develop lessons with ELLs in mindThe problem emerges when students are placed in classrooms with teachers who do not have a background or formal training on how to successfully teach and alter content. Additionally, without building in effective strategies, content will not be able to be delivered effectively and ELL students may fall behind.This capstone includes a Professional Development in order to offer practitioners a series of strategies and techniques to modify instruction and accommodate linguistic nees if ELLs in mainstream classrooms. The learning goals is (sic) for teachers to enter the classroom and deliver instruction with new skills sets of strategies, and resources they an use to advance the academic and social emotional needs of ELLs.
    • Effects on Retention of Students with Learning Disabilities Utilizing Services at Community Colleges

      Hernandez, Thomas J.; Martin, Jacquelyn (2015-05-15)
      Retention of students with learning disabilities in community college has become a concern to college officials. In this study retention rates and grade point averages of students with learning disabilities at community college were observed. This is a quantitative study and there was no interaction with participants. Data was collected through databases utilized by the urban, northeastern community college. Correlations between utilizing services and counseling and retention rate and GPA were calculated utilizing SPSS. It was discovered that there were weak correlations between retention status and accommodation and services use as well as GPA and accommodation and services use. There were moderately strong correlations between GPA between semesters, cumulatively and retention status.
    • Enhancing Self-Esteem of Sixth Grade Girls: A Group Counseling Approach

      Natasi, Nicole A.; The College at Brockport (2005-01-01)
      In a time where adolescent females are under internal and external scrutiny, this writer created and implemented a school-based program for middle school age girls. The program was designed to address and enhance the self-esteem among adolescent females. The curriculum focused on building self-esteem through establishing an acceptable body image, developing a positive self-concept, and forming healthy peer relationships. A review of the literature regarding the definition and societal impact on self-esteem among adolescent females was studied and incorporated into the characteristics of this program. An evaluation of this 10-week, 12 member psycho educational group was performed using the testing instrument known as the Piers-Harris Children?s Self-Concept Scale. The assessment tool was given as a pretest and posttest to evaluate the overall level of self-concept, as well as specific domains such as physical appearance, intellectual status, happiness and satisfaction, behavioral adjustment, anxiety, and popularity. The results of this assessment indicated that the ten week psycho educational group had a positive influence on student?s self-esteem.
    • Evaluating the Accuracy of Childhood Mental Health Diagnosis in a Clinical Setting

      Moses, Mary Margaret; The College at Brockport (2010-01-01)
      The objective of this study is to evaluate the symptoms and diagnoses of boys under the age of 17 with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in comparison with girls of the same age group who exhibit similar symptoms but are diagnosed differently. Much of the research that has been done shows significant gaps between male/female ratios of those diagnosed with ADHD. It is uncertain whether males are diagnosed more frequently with ADHD because of biological factors or social norms. Many researchers suggest that females are under diagnosed and exhibit internalizing symptoms of ADHD, and thus are diagnosed differently. The study is an archival study from 2009 and would be based on observations in a clinical setting. The researcher will compare the symptoms and primary diagnosis of boys diagnosed with ADHD and girls who exhibit ADHD symptoms but have been given an alternate primary diagnosis.
    • Examining Student Satisfaction with the Student Services Center at a Local Community College

      Rudge, Natasja; The College at Brockport (2014-04-01)
      This thesis examines student satisfaction with the Student Services Department at a local community college. Existing literature on what contributes to student satisfaction is discussed. A phenomenological qualitative study was conducted to gain insight about the student experience of the Student Services Department. Ten students were chosen to participate in a focus group using a convenience sample. The major findings indicated that while students were overall satisfied with Student Services, areas such as knowledge and demeanor of staff and consistency of services between campuses could use improvement. Recommendations for program improvement are increased and open communication with students and professional development for staff.
    • Examining the Perceptions of Counselor’s Work with Persons with Single or Dual Diagnosis

      Peterson, Komekia E.; The College at Brockport (2008-01-01)
      The prevalence of persons with dual diagnosis has considerably increased throughout the past 20 years. Adequate counseling and treatment services are necessary to assist these persons with a successful recovery. This paper outlines areas of concern by counselors and clients; Prevalence, Homelessness and dual diagnosis, Reason for use, Reason for use Triggers and relapse, Medication, Treatment challenges, and Counseling challenges. Adequate treatment therapies and programs are outlined. Results of a questionnaire are included along with the implications for counselors.
    • Examining the Role of Parents/Caregivers of Youth Demonstrating Truant Behavior

      Reiner, Summer; Clark, Terri; The College at Brockport (2017-12-01)
      Truancy, which refers to unexcused absenteeism from school, is precipitated by numerous home and school factors. Generally, laws in most countries across the world require parents or caregivers to ensure that children attend school. In the United States, the No Child Left Behind Act requires all children to attend school (Kim & Page, 2012). The United States government’s statistics indicated that a large percentage of pupils in the country fail to attend school and classes for various reasons (Dahl, 2016). The numerous causes of truancy may be broadly classified as community and school-based. This qualitative study investigated the experiences of parents/caregivers of youth demonstrating truant behavior. In-depth interviews were conducted with 5 parent/caregivers and recurring themes were identified. These themes include: parental-stress, lack of supervision, parental uncertainty, and mental health issues as contributing factors to truancy.
    • Exploring Deaf and Hard of Hearing College Students Career Development Experience: A Look at Social Cognitive Career Theory and Relational Career Theory

      Goodspeed, Patricia; Dunn, Amanda; The College at Brockport (2017-04-01)
      Work experience, parental support/influence, career barriers, and resiliency were themes examined in relation to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) students’ career decision self-efficacy. DHH students at the higher education level were surveyed and interviewed to collect quantitative and qualitative data. Work experience had an impact on career decision making self-efficacy by helping to inform students of their career decisions and aid them in skill development. Parental support helped to decrease career indecision in DHH students, and were the people students went to the most with career concerns, particularly in their beginning years of college. The career barriers DHH students were most concerned about were perceptions employers have of DHH people and communication issues. Even though many students were concerned with barriers, most of them believed they had the resiliency to overcome any barriers. DHH students with low resiliency tended to have low career decision self-efficacy and greater concern for barriers.
    • Exploring Student Engagement Experiences: A Look at Students in the Educational Opportunity Program at a Community College

      Goodspeed, Patricia; Coffey, Erin; The College at Brockport (2017-04-01)
      This study focuses specifically on a state-funded specialized program, the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), at a local community college in New York State. The purpose of this study is to explore the student engagement experiences of full-time students enrolled in the EOP. The objective of this research is to help the administration, staff, and faculty at this institution better understand the engagement experiences of students in EOP in order to implement helpful interventions through counseling, advising, and programming. Thirty-five students in the EOP consented to participate in the study by completing an online questionnaire in regards to their personal, social, academic, and career-development engagement behaviors. Findings suggest that students are more engaged in immediate academic and essential resources and less engaged in various social, career, and professional development opportunities. The researcher recommended several possible strategies for intervention to increase the students’ likelihood of academic, professional, and personal success.
    • Exploring the Impact of Sports Participation on Academic Achievement in a Middle School

      Gorton, Michael J.; The College at Brockport (2010-01-01)
      The writer explores the correlation of sports participation and academic achievement in a middle school. Current and dated literature on the topic is reviewed. The method in which the research was conducted is detailed, as well as the reasoning for the research. The writer examines the findings and explains their importance. Finally, the author discusses suggestions for future research, how the findings can be utilized in counseling and closes with a summary of his findings.
    • Exploring the Perception of Personal Loss Resulting from Mental Illness

      Atwood, Janelle L.; The College at Brockport (2007-01-01)
      This paper looks at the experience and meaning given to loss as a direct result of living with a severe and persistent mentally illness. This is addressed through an examination of the research literature along with a quantitative survey and a qualitative interview involving individuals who carry this mental health label with an adult onset of their mental illness who were a part of an urban continuing day treatment program. Recommendations are given as to possible interventions that could be made in the form of group or individual therapy in the continuing day treatment program which might directly address some of these issues.