Transformative Continuing Education For Clinical Social Workers and Other Healthcare Professionals

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Constructed Emotion (Theory of):  Instances of a given emotion are highly variable.  There are many kinds of anger, sadness that are ‘categorically functional’ in that they have similar “fingerprints” (recognized patterns that are not the same but somewhat generalizable).  Our brain searches for (or “generates”) “best instances” of a given category when we think of a given activity such as “fishing”.   Our brain searches through a variety of categorical instances to identify a psychological variable that communicates its essence to us.  Networks in our brain are not independent of one another.  They share neurons. Hubs joining  networks and are known by certain “ingredients” which participate in thoughts, memories and perceptions.  Electrical signal processing is a major feature of neural activity.  Brain must be efficient as it takes up 20% of our metabolic function.  Most efficient systems predict what is going to happen (rather than react – inefficient).  Much of our emotional life is based on what we predict will happen a moment from now — then we make a judgement about input to confirm a given expectation or not.  For example, we can anticipate what a person is going to communicate.  “I have a ringing in my _____”.  You would expect to hear “ear” and not “nose”.   Brain is anticipating sensory changes that are augmented by firing related to prediction.  However, if expectation is different, we LEARN and make adjustments.  For more information listen to  Lisa Barrett Interview with Ginger Campbell, host of Brain Science Podcast: How Emotions Are Made; Interview with Ginger Campbell, host of Brain Science Podcast
Hermenuetic Phenomenology:  The basic tenet of hermeneutic phenomenology is that our most fundamental and basic experience of the world is already full of meaning (Merleau-Ponty, 1962/ 2006; van Manen, 2014). 
Interpretive Inquiry: A modality of volitional being that is “highly consistent with social work due to its inclusion of concepts of (situated) agency, closeness to subjects (with subjects understood as human actors), and a critical intersubjectivity” that seeks to solve problems in being and systems “through a hemeneutic understanding and a critical intersubjectivity…”
 —Adapted from the work of  Andrea Newberry Ph.D. / Social Work and Hermeneutic Phenomenology.  This linked article also offers definitions and explanations of Hermeneutic Phenomenology, Transcendental Phenomenology, Lived Experiences, Intentional Nature of Consciousness, Natural vs Phenomenological Attitude and much more.
Neuroessence:   Under construction.  Used by Lisa Barrett on How Emotions Are Made; Interview with Ginger Campbell, host of Brain Science Podcast.  Coverage not adequate for authoritative definition.
Phenomenology: Grbich (2007) views “phenomenology as an approach to understand the hidden meanings and the essences of an experience together.”  Max van Manen (1990) considers phenomenology as the most appropriate “method to explore the phenomena of pedagogical significance.”  He views it as “a response to how one orients to lived experience and questions the way one experiences the world” p. 183. 

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