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.
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