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Cultivating Mindfulness in Clinical Social Work

Narratives from Practice

  • Terry B. Northcut


  • Provides a critical review of mindfulness practices in clinical settings

  • Helps practitioners determine when and how to utilize mindfulness for themselves or their clients

  • Presents case studies from direct practice settings


Part of the Essential Clinical Social Work Series book series (ECSWS)

Table of contents

About this book


This practice-focused resource integrates broad therapeutic knowledge with current neuroscience to present vast possibilities for mindfulness in clinical social work. Seasoned practitioners posit mindfulness practice and process as a significant bridge between taking care of self and taking care of others, demonstrating its implications for physical and mental health in personal and professional contexts. Case studies show timeless concepts (e.g., acceptance) and new mindfulness-based ideas (e.g., learned helpfulness) in use in individual treatment as well as couples counseling and group interventions. Also attesting to the utility of mindfulness across problems, settings, and practitioner orientations, diverse applications are organized along ten robust lenses, among them:

• Beginning with the context: the mind-body conundrum.
• Beginning with the body: the neurobiology of mindfulness.
• Beginning with the training: training clini
cians in essential methods for integrating mindfulness in clinical practice.
• Beginning with the clients: mindfully reconciling opposites with survivors of trauma/complex traumatic stress disorders.
• Beginning with the symptom: incorporating mindfulness in the treatment of substance misuse.
• Beginning with the larger social system: mindfulness and restorative justice.

Clinicians and research professionals particularly interested in psychotherapy treatment and mindfulness practice will find Cultivating Mindfulness in Clinical Social Work not only stimulating and intriguing, but also a fresh source of real-world wisdom. 


Clinical Social Work Integrating Mindfulness into Therapy Mindfulness Mindfulness and Social Work Mindfulness in Clinical Practice Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy Neurobiology and Social Work Mindfulness and Trauma Recovery Restorative Justice

Editors and affiliations

  • Terry B. Northcut
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social WorkLoyola University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

About the editors

Terry B. Northcut, Ph.D., LCSW is an associate professor of social work at Loyola University, Chicago. Amelia Joseph, MS, LSW, is a therapist with Pillars Community Services and an adjunct instructor at Loyola University, Chicago.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Cultivating Mindfulness in Clinical Social Work
  • Book Subtitle Narratives from Practice
  • Editors Terry B. Northcut
  • Series Title Essential Clinical Social Work Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Essential Clinical Social Work Ser.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-43840-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-68187-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-43842-9
  • Series ISSN 2520-1611
  • Series E-ISSN 2520-162X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 218
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Work
    Psychotherapy and Counseling
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