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Neuroscience and Social Work Practice

Neuroscience and Social Work Practice
The Missing Link

February 2009 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Missing Link: Contributions of the Neurosciences to Social Work Practice is a supplementary textbook that provides critical missing knowledge about neuroscience and biology that social workers (and other non-medical psychosocial practitioners) need to provide effective services to the individuals, families, groups, and communities that they encounter professionally. It reviews the up-to-date findings from selected areas of neuroscience and present these in a way that persons without a medical background can understand. It shows how and why this new knowledge is needed, and to provide specific examples of how it can be utilized in social work practice.
1. Linking to the Neuroscientific Revolution

What's Neuroscience, in a Nutshell?

Social Neuroscience

Book Contents

2. Tour of the Brain
Selected Characteristics

Selected Functions

Selected Geographical Features

3. Neuroscience as Link: Transactional Model


The Model

4. Linking to Social Work: Attaching and Bonding
Attachment Theory: Bowlby’s Missing Link

Bonding (and Oxytocin)


5. Linking to Social Work: Trauma
Increase Reliance on Science-Based Explanations

Incidence and Severity of Problems Linked to Trauma

Darryl: The Quest for Better Social Work Practice

A Neurodevelopmental View

A Multidimensional View


Deeper Than It Need Be

6. Linking to Social Work: Psychotherapy



7. Linking to Social Work: Psychotropic Medications and Drugs of Abuse
Psychotropic Medications That Help

Drugs That Hurt

Transactional Model Revisited

Clients’ Peril

Appendix: Teaching Suggestions
About the Author

To add about Neuroscience to this course in SW theory.

Ms Barbara Reifel
Social Work Dept, California State University - Bakersfield
September 4, 2012

IF I teach the child development course again soon, this text will be adopted - I think it is an excellent resource - I just am not teaching child development this semester. I think it makes the concepts understandable for Master's level social workers, and I think it is important that they have that understanding.

Marji Edguer
Applied Soc Sci, Case Western Reserve University
April 24, 2010

This book is very well written & timely but I am looking for similar information for a nursing audience.

Professor Barbara Morrison
F Payne Bolton Sch Of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
January 11, 2010

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