An Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Approach to Social Work

Salome Raheim, PhD, ACSW
Friday, June 15, 2018
9:30 am – 4:00 pm – New Time!

Location: UConn Hartford Times Bldg, Rm 210 – Use Front St Entrance

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Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work is a client centered, strength-based holistic method that blends the conventional social work professional practice base with Indigenous and Eastern approaches to wellbeing. This whole person orientation views harmony, balance, and awareness of connectedness among body, mind, and spirit and between the individual and larger significant systems as fundamental to health, mental health, and wellbeing.

This interactive, experiential workshop will review the practice research and findings from neuroscience and other fields that support this approach and related modalities, such as meditation and other mindfulness practices. The workshop will assist participants to develop the requisite knowledge, practice skills, and attitudes to implement the I-BMS social work approach.  The centrality of self-care for effective practice will be a consistent theme throughout the workshop.

 Participants will:

  • understand the Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit (I-BMS) Social Work approach and its philosophical foundations
  • develop skills to implement the IBMS social work approach, including assessing energy flow and imbalances and developing intervention plans to nurture the body and promote spiritual growth
  • increase skills in mindful practices, such as mindful breathing and gentle stretching, to support their use of the I-BMS approach and self-care
  • become familiar with practice research and findings from neuroscience and related fields on the efficacy of the I-BMS approach and related modalities

Participants should bring a water bottle and dress comfortably.