• 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.
    • Factors Related to Low Student Turnout for Career Development Services in a Community College: A Qualitative Study

      Cota-Buckhout, David; The College at Brockport (2013-10-01)
      This thesis examines the factors related to low student turnout rates for career development services at a community college. Existing literature discussing factors related to this issue are examined. A phenomenological qualitative study, using a semi-structured interview with ten questions created by the researcher, was conducted to gain the personal perspective of students as to reasons why they do not utilize career services. Seven undergraduate students were chosen using a convenience sample and individual interviews were conducted and recorded via audiotape. The experiences reported were analyzed using coded themes from individual transcripts and compared among participants and existing research. Conclusions and recommendations were elaborated, including the need for change in communication strategies and delivery of career services to students and the expansion to other ethnic groups in the participant-selection process.
    • Factors that Impact Performance on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) between Urban High School Seniors and their Parents.

      Graham, LaConda T.; The College at Brockport (2008-01-01)
      The purpose of this researched is to highlight important factors that adversely affect scores of high school seniors taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). In this research there has been a lot of speculation regarding the possible correlation between the scores received by urban high seniors on the SAT exam, occupied with the level of their parent’s education. This research has investigated the question of; does a parent’s education influence their child’s academic achievement? The purpose of this research is to help high school counselor’s gain an understanding of why urban students perform so much lower academically, in comparison to their suburban counterparts which also lead to equally lowers scores on SAT’s. A survey was administered to high school seniors regarding their parent’s education as well as acquiring knowledge regarding preparation and test taking of the SAT exam.
    • Factors That Influence School Counselor Burnout

      Nobles, Michael; The College at Brockport (2011-10-01)
      Because counselors are working with populations whose work affects them so directly, maintaining wellness, preventing burnout, and avoiding impairment are key to providing good therapeutic care. This study investigates the level of wellness that School Counselors experience. The results of this investigation are important because they will inform School Counselors and other school related professionals about the level of exhaustion, work environment climate, and deterioration in personal life that individuals in an urban, rural, and suburban school setting within New York State experience. Overall, results showed that School Counselor caseload size does influence exhaustion but does not influence negative work environment or deterioration in personal life. Results also showed that Urban/Rural/ and Suburban school setting as well as the number of years of school counseling experience do not influence exhaustion, negative work environment, or deterioration in personal life.
    • Freshman Transition and the Effect of RTI Programming on Academic Performance

      Boylan, Meredith; The College at Brockport (2013-04-01)
      There is an epidemic of high school non-completion in the United States, leaving non-graduates at a significant disadvantage financially, emotionally, and socially. Academic performance in ninth grade is a critical predictor of high school completion, however, achievement loss is common in 9th grade. In addition to increased academic demands, Freshmen face unique developmental, social and emotional challenges. Educators recently developed Response to Intervention (RTI): systematic programming to address students’ educational and behavioral needs. RTI delivers services via three tiers, which increase respectively in their intensity of support. This quantitative study focused on one high school’s implementation of RTI to freshmen to address their academic needs and minimize achievement loss. The researcher examined the correlation between RTI and academic performance by comparing GPAs of at-risk students enrolled in RTI to those who would have been eligible last year, prior to the program’s implementation. Results showed that the GPAs of students enrolled in RTI displayed significantly less of an achievement loss than at-risk students, who were not enrolled in the program the year before, therefore suggesting that the RTI program was effective in improving academic performance of freshmen.
    • Girls In Real Life Situations (GIRLS) and Self-Understanding: A Program Evaluation

      Hernandez, Thomas J.; Bosarge, Keturah; The College at Brockport (2015-04-29)
      The purpose of this research project is to evaluate the school-based, psychoeducational Girls In Real Life Situations (GIRLS) group program (Taylor & Trice-Black, 2007). This research project examined the effectiveness of the program at a rural middle school in Livingston County, New York. It also looked to see if the GIRLS program enhances participants’ self-understanding. This research project includes a literature review that explored self-understanding and its dimensions (self-concept and self-esteem) as well as how it relates to development. Also discussed was why addressing self-understanding matters and how it can be connected to the GIRLS group. A total of nine early adolescent females with a mean age of 12.78 years (Treatment Group = 5 and Control Group = 4) completed a Pre-test before the start of the eight-session GIRLS program and a Post-test at the end of the program. The average Pre-test statement response for the Treatment Group was 2.80, while the average Post-test statement response was 2.97. The average statement response score for the Control Group remained the same for both the Pre-test and Post-test at 2.85. Eighteen of the twenty-five statement responses increased for the Treatment Group from the Pre-test to the Post-test. The Control Group had 13 of 25 increased from the Pre-test to the Post-test. The Pre-test and Post-test statement response mean data shows that the GIRLS group program did have an effect on the participants’ increased self-understanding and coping skills. The GIRLS program helped the participants understand more about themselves in relation to the topics discussed in the group.
    • Group Counseling for At-Risk Adolescent Girls to Improve Decision Making Skills

      Daka, Jennifer L.; The College at Brockport (2007-01-01)
      Adolescence is a time of increased risk taking and poor decision making. A counseling group was directed to introduce 9th grade adolescent girls identified as at-risk, to promote positive decision making skills through a combination of teaching from the group leader and learning through peer interactions. The girls self-reported only minor improvement in decision making skills. The group resulted in a greater understanding and acceptance of others, positive interactions and positive interpersonal change.
    • Group Counseling for Middle School Students And Effectiveness at Increasing Social Resiliency

      Lawrence, Dewey; The College at Brockport (2008-01-01)
      Whether group counseling for middle school students (grade 6) increases resiliency is investigated. Two groups were studied with a total of four students in each group. One experimental and one control group facilitated by investigator. Resiliency Attitudes and Skills Profile (RASP) given as both the pretest and post-test. Experimental group was provided set session topics chosen by investigator while control group was allowed to choose group topics. Differences between experimental and control group studied and whether student's resiliency increased investigated throughout all two groups. Study found that experimental group’s average measure of resiliency increased from pre to post-test +.78. Control group’s average measure of resiliency decreased -.37. Strengths, limitations, and effect on school counseling research discussed.
    • Group Versus Individual Therapy in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment: Finding Interventions that Work

      Wayman, Cailley; The College at Brockport (2013-10-01)
      This study explored the effectiveness of individual therapy versus group therapy in the treatment of adolescents in an outpatient substance abuse treatment clinic. Chart review was used to collect information from adolescent male and female clients. Independent samples t-tests, chi-square analyses, and ANOVA tests were used to determine the relationship between interventions and success in treatment. Clients receiving individual therapy only in both The Seven Challenges program and the eclectic counseling category had greater decreases in substance use and had more successful discharges in fewer overall treatment sessions. There is need for further research with a larger sample size to confirm the findings.
    • Hidden Aggression: A Study of Group Counseling and Female Relational Aggression.

      Blencowe, Sarah R.; The College at Brockport (2007-01-01)
      This paper explores female relational aggression among adolescents. The paper also discusses the implementation of process-oriented group counseling and its effects on relational aggression among Varsity cheerleading team members at Byron-Bergen High School. The methods and description are followed by a discussion and implications for further research.
    • High School Seniors’ Perceived Stress of the College and Career Decision-Making Process

      Goodspeed, Patricia; Infantolino, Michelle; The College at Brockport (2017-04-01)
      The focus of the school counselor is on every student’s academic development, career development, and social/emotional development in order to promote a culture of academic excellence and college/career readiness (ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors, 2014). Being able to identify what students are stressed about the most can help school counselors narrow down what they need to be focusing on in preparing students for life after graduation. The purpose of this study was to determine what high school seniors perceive to be the most stressful about the post-graduation decision-making process, and what schools are and aren't doing to aid in that process. A survey was administered to seniors at a small public high school in Western New York, and among the most stressful aspects of making decisions about life after graduation, were finding the right college, financial aid, and choice of major. Students indicated that they found the help from their school counselor helpful, but wished there were more counselors so they could access support more readily.
    • Holistic Factors that Influence Counselor Wellbeing in a High Stress Environment

      Hernandez, Thomas J.; Goodspeed, Patricia; Lewin, Deborah; The College at Brockport (2015-05-15)
      This is a phenomenological study of mental health professionals working in the high stress environment of a community mental health agency. Individual interviews were conducted to explore what attitudes and behaviors allow or inhibit wellness both at work and outside work. The existence of burnout was considered a given. Themes including initial attraction to the work, holistic balance, productivity requirements, and colleagueship emerged. While the establishment of boundaries was paramount to wellness, results indicated that there was a flow between home and work personas. Data showed that the personal characteristics of onsite leaders and staff were the primary factor that created a supportive environment. Participants agreed that colleagueship was the essential element that allowed a modicum of acceptance of the productivity demands to coexist with the inherently intense frustration. The generalizability of the success of this site was found to be uncertain due to data that indicated that personal characteristics of individuals are the key to achieving a well workplace within the clinic’s chosen theoretical model of team leadership.