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Neuroscience and Social Work Practice
The Missing Link



December 2008 | 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
Linking

 
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
Overenthusiasm

 
Underenthusiasm

 
The Model

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

 
Bonding (and Oxytocin)

 
Understanding?

 
 
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

 
Advocating

 
Deeper Than It Need Be

 
 
6. Linking to Social Work: Psychotherapy
Understanding

 
Practice

 
Opportunities

 
 
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
 
References
 
Index
 
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

Rosemary L. Farmer

Rosemary Farmer is associate professor of social work at Virginia Commonwealth University from which she also earned her Ph.D. Her dissertation is entitled: Selected Effects of Underlying Neuropsychiatric Impairment on Adaptation of Persons with Schizophrenia to a Chronic Mental Illness. Within the Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE) track, she teaches courses on HBSE; psychopharmacology; clinical experience; mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders, and family therapy. A prolific author, she has published numerous journal articles on psychopharmacology and neuroscience as they relate to clinical social work practice.   More About Author

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