Social Work

The Department of Social Work provides an atmosphere to prepare students for a career in their field by emphasizing the application of knowledge and theories that are acquired. Research is a large part of applying this knowledge in a way that fosters experimentation and developing skills needed for their career.


Effectiveness of Telemental Health Services Among a Clinical Sample of Deaf and Hearing Consumers

ID: 3974
Status: Ongoing
Start date: July 2020
End Date: December 2022

Description

In the United States, serious mental illnesses are associated with lower quality of life, lower physical health, increased mortality rates, and lower functioning levels. In addition, those who are underserved and members of vulnerable populations are at greater risk for mental health outcome disparities. There is limited research about culturally diverse individuals in the public mental health sector. The purpose of this retrospective case study study is to examine psychosocial factors among a clinical sample of 2,189 deaf adults receiving face-to-face and telemental health public behavioral health services in Maryland.

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Help-Seeking Behavioral Among Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals

ID: 3840
Status: Ongoing
Start date: January 2018

Description

When deaf and hard of hearing individuals seek help for behavioral health services, many are looking for services that meet their needs in terms of linguistic skill and cultural knowledge in addition to behavioral health expertise. However, little is known about help-seeking behavior and associated beliefs among deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The purpose of this study is to examine help-seeking behaviors and self-efficacy in relation to psychosocial factors and individual demographics among a sample of 234 deaf individuals. Results of an anonymous survey indicated that self-efficacy scores improved with stronger social networks. The interaction between parents' communication method and social network influenced negative life events scores. Negative life events and parents' communication method were significant predictors of help-seeking behavior. Practitioners can incorporate these findings into their practice assessments and treatment as well as outreach efforts and program implementation.

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Crowe, T. (2020). Factors associated with help-seeking and self-efficacy among a sample of deaf adults. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10882-020-09739-9

Stress, Social Support, and Life Experience

ID: 3973
Status: Ongoing
Start date: September 2020
End Date: December 2021

Description

Adverse life experiences are connected to a number of negative health outcomes, including a higher likelihood of substance abuse and psychiatric disorders. Individuals who have developed positive coping mechanisms, such as resilience skills, can mitigate the negative effects of stress and negative life experiences. However, much is unknown about deaf individuals. Studies of negative life experiences, substance use, resilience, and well-being among deaf adults are few. The purpose of this study is to investigate the following research questions: Is there a significant relationship between stress, psychosocial support, and life experiences among a sample of deaf and hard of hearing participants? How do the levels of stress, psychosocial, and life experiences of deaf and hard of hearing adults compare with findings of non-deaf samples?

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Telemental Health Services as a Targeted Intervention for Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

ID: 3489
Status: Completed
Start date: October 2017

Description

Deaf and hard of hearing individuals who have chronic mental illness are a population that is underserved. Like their hearing counterparts with mental illness, individuals who are Deaf and hard of hearing often face medical and treatment disparities. The purpose of this paper is to propose the use of telemental health (TMH) services, or services provided via videoconferencing technology, as a targeted intervention that may provide relief to Deaf and hard of hearing individuals with mental health problems. This paper addresses several areas that are important when considering service provision to Deaf and hard of hearing individuals, including a working definition of TMH, clinical efficacy of TMH, the challenges and advantages of using TMH, and considerations for establishing a TMH service for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

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Crowe, T. (2017). Telemental health services as a targeted intervention for individuals who are Deaf and hard of hearing. JADARA, 51(1), 1-11.


The Ethical Impact of Communication Technology and Social Media on Social Work Practice in the Deaf Community

ID: 3845
Status: Ongoing
Start date: March 2018
End Date: December 2019

Description

Technology in the 21st century revolutionizes the methods of social work practice intervention, which has ethical implications for social work practice with deaf and hard of hearing populations. In particular, the dearth of research on the ethical impact of communication technology and social media on social work practice with deaf and hard of hearing populations necessitates an extensive description of the experiences and perspectives of social workers using technology and social media at their work. To accomplish this goal, 175 participants-BSW interns, MSW interns, social work practitioners, agency administrators, field instructors, field liaisons, and field education program directors in the field of social work-will be invited to fill out a survey by using Monkey Survey that consists of quantitative and qualitative questions. Microsoft Excel, SPSS, and HyperRESEARCH will be utilized to analyze data to answer the following questions: 1. How do the social work practitioners adhere to ethical standards in using communication technology and social media? 2. Do the agencies that serve deaf and hard of hearing populations have communication technology and social media policies in place?

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Scholarship and creative activity

2017

Crowe, T. (2017). Bipolar I: Single manic episode: Update. Hoffman Estates, IL: OnCourse Learning.

Crowe, T. (2017). Breaking the silence: Empowering deaf and hard of hearing survivors of domestic violence. In A. Johnson (ed.), Religion, Disability, and Gender Violence. NY, NY: Springer.

Crowe, T. (2017). Ethical social work practice, part 1: Update. Hoffman Estates, IL: OnCourse Learning.

Crowe, T. (2017). Ethical social work practice, part 2: Update. Hoffman Estates, IL: OnCourse Learning.

Crowe, T. (2017). Major Depressive Disorder, Single Episode: Update. Hoffman Estates, IL: OnCourse Learning.

Crowe, T. (2017). Mandatory dependent and elder abuse for the State of Iowa. Hoffman Estates, IL: OnCourse Learning.

Crowe, T. (2017). Overview of Personality Disorders: Update. Hoffman Estates, IL: OnCourse Learning.

Crowe, T. (2017). Psychotic Disorder: What to Look For: Update Hoffman Estates, IL: OnCourse Learning.

Crowe, T. (2017). Schizoaffective Disorder: Update. Hoffman Estates, IL: OnCourse Learning.

Crowe, T. (2017). Sexual violence against women on college campuses. Hoffman Estates, IL: OnCourse Learning.

Crowe, T. (2017). Using Clinical assessment tools to evaluate mental health: Update. Hoffman Estates, IL: OnCourse Learning.

2019

Crowe, T. (2019). Deaf child and adolescent consumers of public behavioral health services: January 1, 2016 – January 1, 2018. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. Doi: doi.org/10.1093/deafed/eny036

Crowe, T. (2019). Factors associated with well-being in a sample of deaf adults. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 31(3), 285-298. doi: 10.1007/s10882-018-9639-4

Crowe, T. (in press). Deaf adult consumers of public behavior health services: January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2018. Submitted to JADARA.

Crowe, T., & Adams, T. (2019). What you should know about telebehavioral health services with deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Invited presentation from ADARA at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC

2017

Delotte-Bennett, M., Frank, A., Moore, E. A., & Crowe, T. (2016, November). Collaborative Practice Among Deaf Professionals: A Block Placement Field Model. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Atlanta, GA.

2016

Takayama, K. (2016). Deaf identity and language deprivation. Presented at the staff training session of the Omiya School for the Deaf. Saitama, Japan.

Takayama, K. (2016). Statewide mental health services for deaf and hard of hearing. Japanese Journal of Psychiatric Social Work, 47(3) 199-200.

Takayama, K. (2016). Teaching deaf and Hard of hearing students: Lesson from Gallaudet university and deaf community, Deaf Education Research Society, 35-49.

2017

Hirotsu, Y. & Takayama, K. (2017). Skills necessary for mental health professionals working with deaf people. Presented at the Gallaudet Research Expo. Washington, DC.

Minakawa, A. & Takayama, K. (2017). Cultural and linguistic health care approach in the deaf community. Presented at the 3rd Conference of Japan Research Society of Health Care for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People. Tokyo, Japan.

Takayama, K. (2017) Social work practice with deaf and hard of hearing people. Presented at the Teikyo-Heisei University. Tokyo, Japan.

Takayama, K. (2017). Assessment and Psychotherapy with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Clients. Presented at the conference of the Saitama Association of Deaf Social Workers. Saitama, Tokyo.

Takayama, K. (2017). Cultural and linguistic best practice for hearing social workers. Presented at the Japanese Research Society of Psychology. Tokyo, Japan.

Takayama, K. (2017). Cultural and Linguistic Intervention. Presented at the Association of Sagamihara Sign Language Interpreters. Kanagawa, Japan.

Takayama, K. (2017). Deaf Culture and Assessment. Presented at the Sagamihara City Sign Language Interpreter Training. Kanagawa, Japan.

Takayama, K. (2017). Disability Policy, Presented at the Kawasaki City Sign Language Interpreter Training Program. Kanagawa, Japan.

Takayama, K. (2017). Disaster Relief and Crisis Mobilization for Deaf Community. Presented at the annual conference of the Tama Deaf Association. Tokyo, Japan.

Takayama, K. (2017). Disaster relief and mobilization with the deaf community: Lessons from Tohoku earthquake on March 11, 2011. Presented at the Ninth Annual Guardianship Conference. Washington, DC.

Takayama, K. (2017). Linguistic and Cultural Model in Mental Health Field. Presented at the annual conference of the Association of Mental Health Professionals with Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Tokyo, Japan.

Takayama, K. (2017). Mental Health Interpreting, Workshop conducted at annual training session of the Yamaguchi Association of Sign Language Interpreters. Yamaguchi, Japan.

Takayama, K. (2017). Mental health literacy and help seeking, Presented at the annual conference of the Yamaguchi Deaf Association. Yamaguchi, Japan.

Takayama, K. (2017). Mr. Katsuya Nozawa: The life history of a Japanese deaf social work pioneer, Commemorative Journal for Nozawa Katsuya, 37-40.

Takayama, K. (2017). My Social Work Life, Presented at the annual meeting of the Yamato City Deaf Association. Kanagawa, Japan.

Takayama, K. (2017). Social work practice with Deaf people. Workshop conducted at the training session of the Yokosuka City Sign Language Interpreter Training Program. Kanagawa, Japan.

Takayama, K., (2017). The training program for social workers working with deaf and hard of hearing people. In K. Satio (Ed.), The higher education program for deaf and hard of hearing students (pp. 172-209). Tokyo, Japan: Minerva Shobo.