New knowledge from the rapidly growing field of neuroscience has important implications for our understanding of human behavior in the social environment, yet little of this knowledge has made its way into social work education. This article presents a model for integrating neuroscience into instruction on human development, the bio psychosocial model, psychopathology, and social work theory. Key concepts such as critical periods of brain development, neural plasticity, memory, cognition, and the impact of stress and trauma are discussed. Case studies and discussion questions are used to demonstrate the integration of neuroscience knowledge into social work education. We argue that teaching neuroscience will enhance students’ critical thinking skills and better prepare them for direct and policy practice.
Marcia Egan, Terri Combs-Orme, and Susan L. Neely-Barnes. "Integrating neuroscience knowledge into social work education: A case-based approach" Journal of Social Work Education 47.2 (2011): 269-282.