Neuroscience and Social Work Practice : The Missing Link

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 12/17/2008
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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Over the past 30 years, findings in the neurosciences have grown exponentially and have provided a profound understanding of the link between behavior and biology. Although the Social Work community has long taken pride in using a bio-psycho-social-spiritual (BPSS) framework in conceptualization and intervention, the biological aspect of this BPSS framework has been sorely missing. Neuroscience and Social Work Practice provides the critical missing link. Introducing the latest neuroscience research, it gives practitioners essential data-in an easily accessible form-with which to take on the challenges of increasingly complex human problems and diagnoses. Key Features Takes readers on a 'útour of the brain'Ě and makes dense scientific material more engaging¬† Provides a framework for how human service professionals can understand and implement neuroscience clinical data with the use of the Transactional Model Uses case vignettes to explain how neuroscience findings have been applied to specific practice situations Offers a deeper understanding of the links between neuroscience research and social work in such areas as trauma, attachment, psychotherapy, substance abuse, and the effects of psychotropic medicationsIntended Audience This cutting-edge text is indispensable for practitioners in the human services field and is an essential supplement for upper-level undergraduate or graduate students of courses in Human Behavior in the Social Environment and Social Work Direct Practice as well as courses on Interpersonal Practice with Individuals, Children, and Families.

Table of Contents

Linking to the Neuroscientific Revolution
What's Neuroscience, in a Nutshell?
Social Neuroscience
Book Contents
Tour of the Brain
Selected Characteristics
Selected Functions
Selected Geographical Features
Neuroscience as Link: Transactional Model
The Model
Linking to Social Work: Attaching and Bonding
Attachment Theory: Bowlby's Missing Link
Bonding (and Oxytocin)
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
Linking to Social Work: Psychotherapy
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
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