Neuroscience & Social Work: Strengthening the ‘Bio Side’ of the Biopsychosocial Perspective of Social Work Practice
Social work professionals must have a solid understanding of the brain-mind-body link and its interactions and neuroscience and related disciplines have provided some crucial new data regarding how we think, feel, learn, and change.
According to Applegate and Shapiro (2005), while social work has embraced a biopsychosocial perspective, the biological component of this three-pronged approach is often overlooked. They propose that breakthroughs in neuroscience and neurobiology should be incorporated into social work curricula and continuing and professional education programs. According to Farmer (2008), neuroscience is a “missing link” in social work.
This program will be appealing to professionals interested in direct practice. Instead of offering neuroanatomical models, the content of this course will be explored as functional systems, allowing students to understand human behaviors, predispositions to trauma, and other mental and body disorders, as well as what to do about them practically. There is no prerequisite knowledge of the biological sciences.
Aside from being necessary knowledge for social work practice, integrating neuroscience and social work will promote enhanced inter-professional communication, particularly with health-related professions, which can result in greater client continuity of care. Through this integration of knowledge, students are also prepared for policy work and advocacy in areas such as early intervention programs, early childhood developmental disorder screening programs, programs to prevent brain injuries, programs to prevent and treat substance abuse, and programs to engage older adults’ cognitive abilities.
- Understand and integrate biological data into bio-psycho-social assessments.
- Understand how to integrate neuroscience knowledge, a transdisciplinary practice environment, and clients’ continuity of care.
- Understand the helping relationship from a neuroscience perspective.
- Integrate interdisciplinary approaches to interpret findings from neuroscience research and interweave relevant theories from the fields of public health and social sciences.
Dates and Times
January 12 and January 18, 2024, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
$150 -Registration Fee
$125 – Alumni, Field Instructor, FFL, Adjunct Rate
$75- Veterans Rate/AUSSW Students
Dr. A Maya Kaye, Instructor
Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the following:
- Social Workers
- CASAC Renewal
Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.
New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”
Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows. We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.
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