Title Neurobiology For Clinical Social Work, 2/e
Subtitle Theory and Practice
Author Janet R. Shapiro, Jeffrey S. Applegate
ISBN 9780393711646
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 384
Book size 165 x 241 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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“In this book, Shapiro and Applegate provide social workers with a useful foundation in neuroscience for engaging in more sensitive, informed, and effective clinical practice. Understanding how early trauma and non-nurturing relationships influence our clients’ physiology can only enhance clinical practice, irrespective of the clinical models employed or the treatment arena. The case studies are especially useful for social work educators and bring to life the science they so clearly discuss.”

Terri Combs-Orme, PhD, Urban Child Institute Endowed Professor, College of Social Work, University of Tennessee


“A must-have resource for clinical social workers and educators. This information-packed volume succinctly presents the latest research and clinical applications of neurobiology. With an emphasis on attachment, memory, stress, and childhood adversity, the authors highlight advances that are particularly relevant to vulnerable populations. The book also features well-chosen case examples that illustrate concepts introduced in the text. Neurobiology for Clinical Social Work, Second Edition accomplishes the almost impossible task of translating complex research into scholarship that is understandable to practitioners at all levels.”

Judith Siegel, PhD, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Journal of Family Social Work


Demystifying neurobiology and presenting it anew for the social-work audience.

The art and science of relationship are at the core of clinical social work. Research in neurobiology adds a new layer to our understanding of the protective benefits of relationship and specifically, to our understanding of the neurobiology of attachment and early brain development.

This second edition of Neurobiology for Clinical Social Work explores the application of recent research in neuroscience to prevention and intervention in multiple systems, settings, and areas such as the neurobiology of stress and the stress response system, the impact of early adversity and toxic stress on brain development, early childhood and adolescent brain development, and the application of this science to prevention and intervention in areas such as child welfare and juvenile justice.

Social workers collaborate with individuals, families, communities, and groups that experience adversity, and at times, traumatic stressors. Research in neuroscience adds to our models of risk and resilience; informing our understanding of the processes by which adversity and trauma impact multiple indicators of wellbeing across time. Social workers can use this knowledge to inform their work and to support the neuroprotective benefit of relationship in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. This text provides essential information for cutting-edge social work practice.



Foreword by Louis Cozolino


Chapter 1. Social Work and Neuroscience: An  Introduction 

Chapter 2. The Neuroscience of Learning and Memory: How Past Experience and Traumatic Stress Influence the Present

Chapter 3. Affect and Affect Regulation: Toward a Neuropsychological Integration

Chapter 4. The Role of Attachment Relationships: The Relational Context of Early Brain Development and Affect Regulation

Chapter 5. The Neurodevelopmental Impact of Stress, Adversity, and Trauma: Implications for Social Work

Chapter 6. Infant Mental Health in the 21st Century: Incorporating Research in Social Neuroscience Into Relationship-Based Models of Practice

Chapter 7. Adolescent Brain Development: A Trauma-Informed Approach With Adolescents in Juvenile Justice Settings with Jillian Graves

Chapter 8. Translating Neuroscience Research to Social Work Practice: The Role of Neural Integration Across Models of Psychotherapy

Chapter 9. Three Case Studies

Chapter 10. New Directions in Social Work Education



About the Authors:

Janet R. Shapiro, Ph. D.,is Associate Professor of Social Work and Social Research, as well as Director of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being, at Bryn Mawr College. She holds dual degrees in social work and developmental psychology, and is coauthor of Complex Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Developmental Framework for Clinical Practice.

Jeffrey S. Applegate, Ph.D. is Professor of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College. Trained in psychiatric social work at the Menninger Foundation, Applegate is coauthor of The Facilitating Partnership: A Winnicottian Approach for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals.

Target Audience:

Students and Academicians of Psychotherapy & Psychiatry.


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