Student Projects

Advancing Trauma-Informed Systems Change in a Family Drug Treatment Court Context

Shelby Jones

A growing body of literature documents the importance of trauma-informed and trauma-specific services and systems change in both addiction treatment and child welfare fields. The overall aim of this qualitative study was to explore barriers, benefits, and facilitating factors associated with a trauma-informed systems assessment and improvement initiative conducted in the context of a family drug treatment court (FDTC). Semi-structured, in-depth interviews and historical analyses were conducted. Results underscore the importance of trauma-informed systems in collaborative contexts designed to address the complex needs of children and families.

Barriers and Opportunities for Collaboration between Schools and Child Welfare

Erin Carter, Genevieve Gonzalez

Educational success is an important factor in long term positive outcomes for children, particularly children who may have experienced problems related to family violence. This mixed methods study examines the needs of children identified by the Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children's Services' (DFCS) Educational Right's Project, with a special focus on the needs of children who have been exposed to domestic violence. This study also explores barriers and opportunities for collaboration to better address the needs of vulnerable children in educational settings.

Empowering Teens to Overcome Dating Violence

Bessie Fuentes, Valerie Morales, Maribel Ureno

For this project we collaborated with the Domestic Violence Intervention Collaborative (DVIC) and Santa Clara County Probation to address the issue of Teen Dating Violence. The purpose of this project is to raise awareness of Teen Dating Violence and the resources available in the community for teens. We worked together with the East Side Union High School District to create a Teen Dating Violence curriculum, which we will present at 3 three schools. In consultation with local domestic violence agencies, we also created a Teen Dating Violence brochure and a Teen Resource binder that provides key resources and information for teens involved in abusive relationships.

Having a Family Justice Center Model in Santa Clara County

Rhoden Briones

The purpose of this project was to assess Santa Clara County and San Jose's capacity for a Family Justice Center. Currently, San Jose is home to the Family Violence Center which houses law enforcement, victim advocates, and a CPS worker. The Family Violence Center was established before the Family Justice Center model and was visioned to be what Family Justice Centers are today, to address family violence issues by serving as the core for a multi-agency effort and provide all the support services available to victims of family violence in a safe and friendly environment. This project identifies practical next steps the city of San Jose and the Family Violence Center could take to expand into a more comprehensive Family Justice Center type model.

Improving Collaboration and Response within the Medical Community

Jenny Duong, Pooja Rekha

The purpose of this project was to engage MAITRI, a domestic violence agency serving South Asian clients, and the San Jose Medical Group in taking the first steps to improve collaborative response to domestic violence within the medical community. The objective was to raise awareness among medical professionals in Santa Clara County about local services offered regarding domestic violence. We were able to secure a presentation with 16 medical practitioners of the San Jose Medical Group to discuss the role of health practitioners when serving patients affected by domestic violence. MAITRI representatives provided information about services available for this population.

Mentor Parent Program (MPP) Evaluation: Survey Development and Analysis Component

Lisa Haun

This research was part of a larger evaluation of the Mentor Parent Program and represents a partnership between SJSU and the Dependency Advocacy Center (DAC). Surveys were administered to Family Wellness Court (FWC) partners to evaluate professional's perspectives on how Mentor Parents inform systems change and enhance opportunities for systems collaboration.

Mentor Parent Program: A Collaborative Evaluation

Vanessa Kimball

This project was part of the larger Mentor Parent Program evaluation, a partnership between San Jose State University and the Dependency Advocacy Center (DAC) in Santa Clara County. The Mentor Parent Program works in conjunction with the local dependency drug treatment courts, providing parents with mentors who are in recovery and have successfully reunified with their children. Through focus groups with mentors and reunified mothers, this project specifically examined the mentor-parent relationship, looking for the elements that make the relationship successful and assist with family reunification. This project also briefly examined how collaborating with birth parents impacts larger systems change efforts.

The Evaluation of the Partnered Project Initiative

Julia Le

The purpose of this project was to evaluate the Partnered Research Project Initiative between the San Jose State University School of Social Work and the Department of Family and Children's Services, specifically in child welfare. This research explored strengths, barriers, and opportunities for partnered research across disciplines. The project examined two overarching questions: (1) in what ways does partnered research facilitate student learning, specifically in child welfare. (2) What are some emerging opportunities for greater interdisciplinary community/university partnered research?

Trauma-Informed Systems Assessment Project

Ashley Thomas

The overall aim of the present study is to formulate recommendations on how to most effectively assess collaboration between different systems (substance abuse treatment, mental health services, domestic violence services and family and criminal courts), and how to introduce and implement change on a systems level in order to ensure that clients are receiving effective interventions in a trauma-informed environment which promotes safety and understanding. This research sought to answer the following questions: What are the perceived benefits or barriers to participation in trauma-informed systems assessment and change; and, what are the most significant gaps or barriers, opportunities or facilitators for implementing trauma-informed systems?