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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

MSW Capstone Projects

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The concentration year MSW Capstone Project was a component of our program for it's first 8 years. The project provided 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 gave 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 worked 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.

As of the 2015-2016 Academic Year, we have changed our graduate "capstone" to be comprised of the Concentration (2nd year) Advanced Practicum and Seminar itself. As a results, students are no longer required to develop and implement a "Capstone Project," BUT it is recommended that as part of the Field Education Learning Plan, students consider developing and carrying out some type of project that contributes to their field practicum agency. This is negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Capstone Project Options

Possible direct practice options include but are not limited to:
• Direct practice evaluation through single-system research design
• Research into a new treatment modality not currently used at the agency
• Research and analysis of the effectiveness of different treatment modalities for a target population/treatment issue
• Research on the application of a treatment modality used at the agency with a diverse population (e.g., specific racial or ethnic group, people with developmental disabilities, elderly, LGBT)

Possible indirect practice options include but are not limited to:
• Needs assessment/survey
• Analysis of a policy that has direct impact on the agency (agency, state, federal)
• Development of agency training materials
• Research and write/revise agency policy and procedures
• Design and implement a public education/awareness campaign
• Evaluation of program effectiveness

2015 MSW Capstone Project Documents

[PDF] MSW Capstone Project Description (236 KiB)
[PDF] MSW Capstone Project Proposal Guidelines and Form (129 KiB)
[PDF] MSW Capstone Project Implementation Timeline (125 KiB)
[DOC] MSW Capstone Sample IRB Letter of Agency Support (32 KiB)
[PDF] MSW Capstone Evaluation Form (69 KiB)

2014 MSW Capstone Projects

 Abby Sharp  [PDF] Expanding 'Family Education' Programs for Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS):  A Survey of Minnesota IRTS Programs (1 MiB)

Abigail Malterer  The Changes in Major Diagnoses from DSM IV-TR to DSM 5: How to Talk to Clients about Changes in their Diagnosis
Ann Przybilla  Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Minnesota
Ashley Pederson  Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders
Chad Ellis  A Systematic Review of Neuro/biofeedback Therapy to Treat ADHD and ADD in Children and Adolescents
Christelle Carine Ndemni  Comparing Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure in the Treatment of PTSD in Veterans: A Systematic Review of the Literature
Claudia Zendejas-Finley  Evidence-Based Comparison of the Highlighted Changes from the DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5
Daniel Boston  [PDF] Training and Burnout Among Paraprofessionals Who Work with Children with Emotional Behavioral Disorders (324 KiB)
Gudrun Marie Schletz  Development of a Resource Manual for Best Practices in Working with Children Ages Six and Under
Holly Barkeim  College Student Perceptions of Mental Health Counseling at Minnesota State University, Mankato
Jade Blekestad-Kral  Sibley County Children’s Collaborative: Supporting Child Welfare through Collaboration
Jeni Kolstad  [PDF] Usage of the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT) with Hospital Inpatients (367 KiB)
Jenna Robinson  [PDF] Training and Burnout Among Paraprofessionals Who Work with Children with Emotional Behavioral Disorders (672 KiB)
Jesana Denter-Eckelberg  [PDF] Transitioning from Veterans Administration Institutionalized Model to the Green House Model (871 KiB)
Katrina Thai  Mental Health Services Among Children Involved in Child Welfare: Identifying Parental Views and Barriers to Accessing Services
Kelly Froehle  Developing Trauma-Informed Practice in a Community Mental Health Clinic
Kelly Vourlos  Rural Junior High Teachers Experiences Implementing PBIS: Reducing Negative Student Behaviors and Gaining Future Teacher Buy-In
Kelsey Tollefson  [PDF] Responding to a Mental Health Need: Mobile Crisis Program Training Manuals (626 KiB)
Lucy Matos  Impact Evaluation on the Parents Support and Outreach Program (PSOP) Olmsted County Child and Family Services
Melissa A. Pletcher  School Social Work as an Intervention in a Rural Setting IV Classroom Serving Students with Behavioral Needs
Nicole Giersdorf  [PDF] A Feasibility Study on a Men's Support Group at the Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato Andreas Cancer Center (415 KiB).
Rojina Maya McCarthy  Toolkit for Mental Health Professionals, Social Workers, and Guidance Counselors Working with Immigrant and Refugee Students
Sam Tumberg  An In-Depth Look at Filial Play Therapy
Sharon Bonnett  [PDF] Implementation of READY! for Kindergarten Program (666 KiB)
Tara Mershon  Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports: Lessons Learned from the Implementation Process of an Evidence-Based Program