Neuroscience in the HBSE Sequence: Mandate and Methodology

Terri Combs-Orme, Tess Lefmann, Stefanie Pilkay, Joe Strong, Phyllis Thompson, Tara Veerman

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Important findings from neuroscience research provide valuable knowledge for social work practice, and although these findings are already being incorporated into practice in many other disciplines, social work has been slow to integrate this content into foundation professional education. This article describes how one social work program incorporated this knowledge into Human Behavior in the Social Environment courses, noting both challenges and successes over 8 years. The authors include information on content, pedagogical methods, and useful resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-492
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Teaching in Social Work
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 20 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Epigenetics
  • MSW education
  • human behavior in the social environment
  • neuroscience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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