Projects, Programs, Publications

Stories of Survivors: Stories from those who have overcome abuse

Nutt, J. (2013) Stories of Survivors: Stories from those who have overcome abuse. Paola, KS: ARK Publications.

“Stories of Survivors” is a unique look inside the experience of domestic violence provided by those lived it. This collection of stories and poems shows the amazing ability of the human spirit to overcome, heal, and thrive in the aftermath of abuse. Each of these inspiring stories is a firsthand account by those who lived through the abuse, and many of the poems were written as a way to cope while experiencing the abuse. With stories from those in a myriad of different stages of recovery; from those who were looking for a way to leave, to those who have fully healed, and everywhere in between, this is a never before seen look at the true face of domestic violence. Whether you are a victim looking for courage to leave, a survivor looking for inspiration and hope, or a professional looking for a deeper understanding, you will surely find all three within the pages of this unprecedented, intimate book written by survivors in various stages of recovery.

Implementation frameworks and MSW curriculum: Encouraging pursuit and use of model pertinent data

Bertram, R.M., King, K., Pederson, R., Nutt, J. (2014) “Implementation frameworks and MSW curriculum: Encouraging pursuit and use of model pertinent data.” Journal of Evidenced-Based Social Work; Vol. 11, Iss. 1-2

Abstract-
Graduate preparation of social workers and the infrastructure of service delivery too often limit the pursuit and use of data to inform practice. We review literature addressing student and practitioner motivation and interests, as well as masters-level social work curriculum content. This establishes a context for presentation of Masters in Social Work (MSW) student evaluations of program implementation at 34 field placement sites throughout the greater Kansas City region. Their evaluations focus through frameworks identified by the National Implementation Research Network to examine patterns of implementation and program data usage. Based on student lessons learned, we suggest MSW curricula revision to foster student and program appreciation and use of data.

The Good Guy, The Bad Guy, and the Ugly Truth: A relationship self-help book for both men and women hoping to find healthy relationships

Nutt, J.D. (2014). The Good Guy, the Bad Guy, and the Ugly Truth: A relationship self-help book for both men and women hoping to find healthy relationships. Paola, KS: ARK Publications.

The Good Guy, the Bad Guy, and the Ugly Truth, looks at the fact that when a man or woman is in more than one unhealthy relationship, be it physical, verbal or emotional abuse that comes to be seen as normal. While the person may state that they desire a healthy and loving relationship they tend to reject those potential partners where a healthy relationship is possible and tend to accept those partners who treat them poorly as that is what they understand. Two reasons exist for this 1. they have come to believe that the “good guy” (or girl) is an act and when the truly good person doesn’t change into the “bad guy” or girl they feel they are still experiencing the act. 2. They have a damaged self esteem and self-worth and feel as thought they don’t deserve better and this leads to them rejecting the person. Generally it is a combination of the two.

My book examines this idea and explains it in an easy to read way without losing therapeutic value. After the subjects and ideas have been explained there are multiple exercises which I designed which are intended to help the person examine him or herself as well as their past relationships and what they truly want. They include things like the persons strengths, their weaknesses, guilt, and resentments, accountability of self and other and many more. The last section of the book talks about how a healthy relationship should exist as far as communication, sharing, time apart, respect, sexuality, and other aspects.

The book is designed not only for those who have been through unhealthy relationship, but also those who have been effected by attempting to or being in a relationship with those who had unhealthy relationships. The exercises work for both men and women no matter which side they were on as well as individuals of any sexual orientation.