to the East: Using Buddhist Meditation in Teaching Clinical Social Work Practice

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2009

Project Description/Abstract

Buddhist contemplative practices have been shown to enhance the skills of mental health clinicians. As the largest group of professional-level mental health care providers in the United States, clinical social workers need to be aware and informed of methods to enhance the development of their clinical skills. Students who are exposed to Buddhist meditation while in social work programs will be more readily equipped to integrate them into their clinical practice. Social work faculty need to know how to integrate these practices into their teaching. This summer grant will allow me to further develop methods for social work faculty for using Buddhist meditation to teach clinical social work practice. After completing the research for this summer grant, I will present a paper at the national conference for social work faculty, submit a manuscript for publication in journals geared toward social work educators as well as present my work at the CART May celebration.

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