The Counselor Education Capstone collection includes graduate students’ in-depth literature explorations of a topic important to them and their professional field.

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Capstone Papers from 2022

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Mental Health in Rural Communities: Barriers and Solutions to Access, Andrea DuCharme

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Examining Consent Education as a Preventative Measure for Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Bullying in Adolescents, Alexis Olson

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The Impact of Surviving Suicide Loss on Adolescent Psychosocial Development, Sophie Leonard

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Navigating Covert Exploitation: Treatment Considerations for Counseling Human Trafficking Survivors, Lindsey Holper

Capstone Papers from 2021

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Mindfulness Effectiveness on Strengthening Functional Coping Skills in College Students, Tea Mirkovic Olsen

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Rethinking Recidivism: Considerations for Counselors Working with Adult Clients in Sex Offender Treatment, Claire Richards

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Where is the Light? Fighting the Darkness of Substance Abuse and Suicide., Jessica Wacholz

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Commonalities Between Urban Mental Health and Rural Mental Health, Casey Bohlman

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Mental Health Concerns in Graduate Students: Implications and Effective Interventions, Brody Fanshaw

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Therapeutic Potential of Psychedelic Drugs, Specifically Magic Mushrooms, Marijuana, and MDMA with Veterans Who Suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Misty Schutterle

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Multicultural Considerations for Latinx and Latinx-American Children in Play Therapy, Andrea Carolina Guerrero León

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Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Becomes Problematic, Courtney R. Retzlaff

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The Results of Child Sexual Abuse and How They Can be Mitigated, Joy Buchman

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Meaning Making In Grief Counseling, Lindsey Stuhr

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Poverty in Schools: The Impact of Poverty on School Readiness for Kindergarteners, Emily Inglett

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Facing A New Normal: Uncovering the Psychological Effects of Loneliness on Student Mental Health, Courtney Thoreson

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Parental Influences on Their Child’s Education and Their Success in School, Rachel Crosby

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Strategies for Increasing Attendance for Identified Student Populations via Online Engagement Methods During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Catherine Douglas

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Acculturative Stress Counseling with Immigrant High School Students, Identity Development, and School Belonging, Tony Yang

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Relationship between Servant Leadership Style and Teacher Job Satisfaction and Retention, Morgan Stamschror

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Effectiveness of an Online Intervention Combating Mental Health Stigma on Adolescent Help-Seeking Behaviors, Chelsea Krayecki

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Mindfulness Based Therapy Used in Treatment for Secondary and College Students Who Identify as LGBTQ, Ross Beattie

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Relapse Prevention Planning with Clients, Grace E. Larsen

Capstone Papers from 2020

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Adolescent Substance Use Identification and Early Interventions: A Guide for School Counseling Professionals, Olivia Gullickson

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Racial Inequity and the Achievement Gap, Ari Mwatela

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Intergenerational Trauma, Ruqia Abdirahman

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Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Attendance Interventions for Schools, Bailey Biggerstaff

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It Takes A Village: Engaging Families to Support Student Transitioning Into A New School, Michael R. Hutchins

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The Effects of Bibliotherapy on Students Experiencing Grief, Loss, and Trauma, Laura Jensen

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Impact of Homeless Youth: How Does it Affect School Development?, Rena Dornfeld

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The Implementation of Spirituality in School Counseling, Molly Attoe

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Counseling Adolescents with Chronic Physical Chronic Conditions, Holly Dwyer

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Interpersonal Relationships and Attachment Style Among Substance - Dependent Individuals, Ashlee Newhart

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The History, Prevalence, and Implications of Burnout in Medical Residents, Zoey Smith

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Childhood Trauma and Attachment, Marcia Mihalovic

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The Internet and LGBTQ+ Identity Formation in Adolescents and Young Adults, Margaret Morris

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Current Sex Offender Laws: Are They Doing More Harm Than Good?, Gail Onderak

Capstone Papers from 2019

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Assessment and Evaluation of Anti-Racist, Feminist Training in Counselor, Kyle E. Dufek

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School Counselor Advocacy for Transgender Youth, Autumn Hayes

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The Whole Parent: An Evaluation of Parental Interventions, Elizabeth Hellenbrand

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Suicide, Associated Factors, and Treatment Recommendations for Youth Who Identify as LGTBQ, Natalie Jech

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Utilizing a Trauma Informed Approach to Build Resiliency in Underrepresented College Students, Marie Lindloff

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Counselor Self-Disclosure: The Impact of Disclosing Mental Health Clients, Katelyn Longmire

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They Don't Know I Want to Die: Can Parents Predict Child Suicidality?, Jamie Matson

Implementing Whanau Ora Interventions in Postvention Response to Suicide Ideation, attempts, or Completion of Maori in Rural Communities: A Therapuetic Group Manual, Elizabeth F. Murphy

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Yoga Intervention Benefits and School Setting Applications, Jessica L. H. Olson

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Counseling Children from Single Parent Households, Lauren Praska

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Mindfulness-Based Practices for School Aged Children with Anxiety, Bethany Schmitt

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The Impact of Childhood Trauma on the Brain & Interventions for the School Counselor, Chelsea Scott

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The Importance of a Positive School Climate for LGBTQ Students: A School Counselor's Role, Amanda Sievers

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Prevalence and Treatment for Eating Disorders in Young Athletes, Tessa Solberg

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How to Promote Neuroplasticity Following Trauma, Elizabeth Thiel

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The Gottman Method, Narrative Therapy, and Psychodynamic Approach in Counseling Interracial Couples, Hannah P. Tong

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Parental Incarceration: The Childs Rights and Needs, Adam T. Bahr

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School Counselor Self-Care Practices as Mitigating Factors Regarding Professional Burnout, Kelsie Brand

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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Relationship-based Interventions for At-risk Families, Britney Brennan

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Counseling Interventions for Native American Adolescents, Kathryn Burger

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Adolescents Amount of Sleep in Relation to Emotional and Behavioral Regulation, Stephanie Emanuel

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Developing Self-Awareness in Counseling Professionals, La Green

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Where Have All the Teachers Gone? A Look at Teacher Attrition in the U.S., Kimberly Hill

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Adolescents in Alternative Education Settings, Carly Houlihan

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Inclusive Classrooms, Meghan Ihrke

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health and Equity in the United States, Shannon Jezusko

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Effects of Family Treatment Drug Court on Reunification of Families Involved with Child Protection, Carrie Meiners

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Effects of Discrimination on Transgender Populations, Katherine R. Moyer

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ASCA National Model Implementation and Discipline Disparities in Schools, Abigail Mundy

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Trauma: Integrating Play Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Theresa Odden

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Domestic Deathcare: The Effect of Home Funerals on the Grieving Process, Eva Pitsch

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Considerations for Supporting Homeless Adoslescents, Megan Reyes

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The Effects of Bullying on Identity, Fortino Rodriguez Sanchez

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Supporting Success for Children from Single-Parent Homes, Casey Scheuerell

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The Effects of Parental Involvement on Student Achievement: Implications for Students with Absent Parents, Molly Serum

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Well-Being in Correlation to Job Satisfaction in Millennials, Danielle Sommerfeldt

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STEM and Adolescent Girls, Brittany Elizabeth Stein

Capstone Papers from 2018

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Counseling Sexual Assaulted Adolescents and Young Adults, Luann Gregorich

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School's Impact on Immigrant Students' Self-Identity, Chris Caduff

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Addiction in the Workplace: Prevention, Detection, and Treatment Options, Kacie Lovas

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Treating Incarcerated Women with Co-Occurring Disorders, Jennifer Nichols

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Binge Eating Disorder, Kristin Olsen

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Success for Every Child: The Impact of Teacher Perceptions on Student Achievement, Sarah K. Pease

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School Refusal Among Adolescents: An Exploration of Cause and Interventions, Stacy Quam

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Impacts Interpersonal Relationships in the Perpetuation of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, Jade Miles

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Mental Health Counselors and Vicarious Trauma, Nicole Sobkowiak

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Addressing Student Motivation in the School Setting, Hanna Niccum

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Implementing a Trauma-sensitive School Approach, Janelle Studnicka

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Positive and Negatives Outcomes of Social Media in Adolescents, Emily A. Norton

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Suicide Prevention and Response in the College Setting, Emily Peterson

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Best-Practice Treatment Approaches for Working with Survivors of Sexual Assault, Anne Marie Riddle

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The Impact of Animal Assisted Therapy in Elementary Schools, Nathan Tuma

Capstone Papers from 2017

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Impacts of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Adult Psychosocial Functioning, Kristen Brown

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Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Women in Adulthood, Elizabeth Stiernagle

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Assessment & Access: Considerations When Working with Sex Offenders, Kaitlin Flesch

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Strategies for Addressing the Impact of Secondary Trauma on Mental Health Professionals, Ashley Bauer

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How the Socialization Norms of Athletics Affects High School Student-Athletes, Hailey Brown

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Internet Gaming and Aggression in Adolescent Males, Michael Forsythe

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Physical Activity Integration in Schools: A Review of Benefits to Academics Success and Mental Health Stability, Kayla Kujak

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Risk Factors and Interventions for Suicide Among College Students, Amy McAulay

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A Literature Review of the Public Stigma of Mental Illness, Lisa Rogers

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Are Cultural Adaptations of ESTs an Appropriate Response to Unfavorable Treatment Outcomes of Ethnic/Cultural minorities? An Appraisal of the Response, David A. Scales

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Working with Students Living in Poverty: What Can School Counselors Do?, Krystle Seekamp