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Social Work Capstone Projects

Demonstrating Professional Competencies through Applied Research
  • ISBN-13: 9780826186355
  • Author: John Poulin
  • Price: AUD $88.99
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  • Local release date: 05/08/2021
  • Format: Paperback (254.00mm X 178.00mm) 350 pages Weight: 540g
  • Categories: Encyclopaedias & reference works [GB]Society & culture: general [JF]Social work [JKSN]
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The only practical guide for helping social work students create high-quality applied capstone research projects from start to finish This "mentor-in-a-book" provides social work students with invaluable information on designing, implementing, and presenting first-rate applied research projects focused on improving social work programs and services. Taking students step-by-step through the entire process, the book helps students plan their projects by providing descriptions of the various research methodologies that can be used to improve social work programs and services. It offers extensive instruction on how to write effectively by providing detailed information on all written components of capstone research projects, as well as the dos and don'ts of writing research reports. Covering data collection methods, program evaluation, organization and community needs assessments, practice-effectiveness studies, and quantitative and qualitative data analysis, this brand-new book also addresses best practices for presenting findings upon completion of the applied research project. Additional features include abundant case examples demonstrating the application of theory to practice and an examination of both qualitative and quantitative research approaches, while also helping students demonstrate social work practice competencies within their capstone projects. Practice activities in each chapter help students apply knowledge to their research projects; and technology exercises help students master important digital research techniques. A capstone project checklist and competency log help students monitor progress, and QR codes provide supplementary support and resources. Additional resources include competency rubrics, detailed group exercises for each chapter, and a sample syllabus for faculty. Purchase of the book includes digital access for use on most mobile devices or computers.
John Poulin is a Professor, Emeritus and Adjunct Professor at Widener University's Center for Social Work Education, where he has taught generalist practice, research and policy courses for 32 years. As an adjunct professor he is currently teaching the foundation field seminar in Widener's On-Line MSW Program. He received a BA from the University of Southern Maine, an MSW from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. The former director of Widener's BSW program, he founded its MSW program and served as the dean and director for 13 years. He also served for 10 years as the executive director of Social Work Consultation Services (SWCS); an innovative community-based field placement agency developed by the school of social work in collaboration with a local community human service organization. SWCS provides a wide range for free social work services to low income community residents as well as free capacity building services to under-resourced community based human service organizations and served as field placement site for 100s of BSW and MSW students. Dr. Poulin has published numerous journal articles and book chapters and five social work textbooks. Stephen Kauffman is a Professor at Widener University's Center for Social Work Education, where he has taught community practice, program evaluation, research and policy since 1991. Since receiving his Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College and his M.S.W. from Washington University in St. Louis. His research and practice have focused on citizen participation and community and organizational responses to global problems, such as environmental decay, poverty (in all its dimensions), and education. With this focus, major research projects have included program evaluations of USDOJ violence prevention programs, USHHS housing programs, Century 21 school performance studies, lead abatement, and teenage pregnancy prevention. The programs (and evaluations) have received funding from U.S. Department of Justice, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the state of Pennsylvania, and several private foundations. Most recently, his work has targeted the relationship between Universities and their surrounding environments. He has published in Social Work, Journal of Social Work Education, Journal of Community Practice, Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work and elsewhere. Travis Sky Ingersoll is an Associate Professor of Social Work at West Chester University. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Human Sexuality, and two master's degrees, one in Social Work and the other in Education at Widener University. Dr. Ingersoll weaves important sexual health information into every class he teaches, from race relations to social policy. His course Sexuality Concepts for Social Workers focuses on training social work students to be competent and comfortable addressing the sexual health concerns of their clients. Outside of his role as a college professor, Dr. Ingersoll has guest-lectured and facilitated interactive workshops in person and through distance-learning technologies, domestically and internationally, on a variety of topics. His presentations have educated groups about how to teach sensitive topics, cross-cultural sexuality, sexual health, sexuality throughout the lifespan, sexually transmitted infections, sexual orientation, intimate relationship violence, media's role in the promotion of sexual violence among men, trans-realities and the gender spectrum, how to utilize the Fear of Intimacy Scale in clinical settings, and recognizing the myriad opportunities for producing sexuality scholarship. Dr. Ingersoll's academic publications include the textbook Sexuality Concepts for Social Workers, international studies examining the fear of intimacy, sexual anxiety, gender roles, and implementing clinical interventions to residents of elderly communities. To contact or learn more about the author, visit
Part 1 - Getting Started Capstone Projects, Professional Competencies and Ethical Applied Research Capstone Projects Strategies for Effective Writing Identifying a Research Topic Data Collection Part 2 - Applied Research Designs Program Evaluations:Policies,Process and Outcome Assessments Needs Assessments Qualitative Concepts, Approaches and Processes Practice Effectiveness Evaluations Part 3 - Data Collection and Analysis Quantitative Data Analysis Beginning Phases of Qualitative Research Qualitative Research Analysis: Data Coding, Analysis, Interpretation, and Reporting Results Part 4 - Writing and Presentations Writing your Capstone Paper Presenting your Capstone Project
Delivers step-by-step information on creating high-quality social work capstone projects from conception through presentation Includes a detailed summary of the major applied research approaches to improving social work programs and services Explains how to research literature and write a problem statement on a social service issue Contains extensive information on how to write effective capstone research papers along with abundant examples Helps students to demonstrate social work practice competencies Offers case examples throughout to demonstrate the application of theory to practice Presents practice activities and technology exercises in each chapter Provides a capstone project checklist and competency log Includes QR codes providing additional resources for each chapter
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