Neuroscience and Social Work Practice: The Missing Link

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412926980
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/17/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 243,927
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

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
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