Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 95–103 | Cite as

Mindfulness: The Present Moment in Clinical Social Work

Original Paper

Abstract

Mindfulness-based psychotherapies are increasingly found in the evidence-based practice realm of clinical social work. This paper provides an understanding of the concept of mindfulness as well as the research into the neurological and behavioral benefits of mindfulness skills training. Mindfulness skills training is explored as both the foundation of specific therapy protocols and as a method to foster clinician attention, affect regulation, attunement and empathy. Clinical case examples are provided to demonstrate the impact of mindfulness skills training on both clients and on the helping relationship.

Keywords

Mindfulness Attention Affect regulation Attunement Empathy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social Policy and PracticeUniversity of PennsylvaniaUnion DaleUSA

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