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Assistant Professor in Practice at School of Social Work

Professor Bower is an Assistant Professor in Practice and received his MSW degree for Wilfrid Laurier University in 1985.  He received his B.A. (Hon.) from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a special interest in physiological psychology (in particular the influence of psychiatric medication on the reward system of the brain).  He has worked for over 25 years as a Clinical Social Worker in both Canada and the US (the latter for eighteen years) in a variety of settings which included outpatient psychiatric clinics, private counseling centers, inpatient psychiatric facilities, private practice, and most recently the Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he continues to provide group therapy services to UTA students.  His primary clinical interest and experience has been working with adult individuals experiencing a variety of concerns ranging from mild depression to substance abuse and dissociative disorders.

Professor Bower’s teaching interests are in the areas of clinical practice and related issues (i.e. the development of counseling skills; the integration of intervention models to fit the needs and personality of the client).  Research interests include the neurobiology of attachment; and the role played by the worker-client relationship in positive client outcomes of counseling and psychotherapy.

Wilfrid Laurier University
MSW
Clinical Social Work
Dalhousie University
BA (Hon)
Psychology
University of Ottawa
BA
General Psychology
September 2013
Ongoing
Assistant Professor in Practice
The University of Texas at Arlington
January 2011
August 2013
Adjunct Professor
University of Texas Arlington
January 2007
May 2007
Adjunct Professor
Texas A&M University - Commerce
January 2004
May 2004
Adjunct Professor
Dallas Christian Collge
November 2013
Ongoing
Membership
Council on Social Work Education
January 2013
Ongoing
Membership
Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI)
January 2013
Ongoing
Membership
American Psychological Association - Affilate
July 1997
Ongoing
Membership
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Spring 2015
SOCW 6312 - GROUP DYNAMICS I AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
Thursday9:00AM12:00PM
Examines contemporary social-psychological concepts and small group research, with a view to testing their applicability to practice propositions and operational principles, in work with both task and personality satisfaction groups. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325; SOCW 6326 or concurrent enrollment; or SOCW 6336 or concurrent enrollment.
Last Updated on January 14, 2015, 9:42 am
Spring 2015
SOCW 6320 - PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
Thursday9:00AM12:00PM
Explores theoretical and empirical data on diverse personal relationships at the follow stages of relationship: initiation, maintenance, and termination. Identifies areas for intervention. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and SOCW 5317.
Last Updated on January 14, 2015, 9:45 am
Spring 2015
SOCW 6325 - Social Work Advanced Micro-Practice
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
Thursday9:00AM12:00PM
Builds on the generalist perspective and the basic familiarity with social work processes (such as problem identification, assessment, contracting, plan implementation, and outcome evaluation) in the context of (1) existing psychotherapeutic modalities, and (2) the particular client characteristics that lend themselves to specific change modalities. Required of all DP students. Prerequisite: SOCW 5304, SOCW 5310, and SOCW 5551.
Last Updated on January 14, 2015, 9:47 am
Spring 2015
SOCW 6325 - ADVANCED MICRO PRACTICE
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
Thursday9:00AM12:00PM
Builds on the generalist perspective and the basic familiarity with social work processes (such as problem identification, assessment, contracting, plan implementation, and outcome evaluation) in the context of (1) existing psychotherapeutic modalities, and (2) the particular client characteristics that lend themselves to specific change modalities. Required of all DP students. Prerequisite: SOCW 5304, SOCW 5310, and SOCW 5551.
Last Updated on January 14, 2015, 9:49 am
Spring 2015
SOCW 6389 - Brain and Behavior
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
Thursday9:00AM12:00PM
This course is a second-year blended option in the HBSE, Direct Practice, and CAP sequences. The focus of this course is on current advances in knowledge of the neurobiological underpinnings of human behavior and development, the interaction between those underpinnings and the social context and environment, the relevance to social work practice with individuals, families, groups, programs/organizations, and communities, and related assessment and intervention practice behaviors across several practice domains. The domains include human development, genetics, mental health and substance abuse, cognition, stress and trauma, and violence and aggression. The implications of neurobiological and environmental influences (including public health issues and health disparities) will be examined in terms of social justice, social work values, knowledge, and skills, as well as in terms of the structural and systematic arrangement and delivery of social welfare services at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and SOCW 5317.
Last Updated on January 14, 2015, 9:51 am
Fall 2014
SOCW 6320 - Personal Relationships
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
Wednesday9:00AM12:00PM
Explores theoretical and empirical data on diverse personal relationships at the follow stages of relationship: initiation, maintenance, and termination. Identifies areas for intervention. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and SOCW 5317.
Last Updated on August 18, 2014, 3:02 pm
Fall 2014
SOCW 6325 - Advanced Micro Practice
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
Wednesday9:00AM12:00PM
Builds on the generalist perspective and the basic familiarity with social work processes (such as problem identification, assessment, contracting, plan implementation, and outcome evaluation) in the context of (1) existing psychotherapeutic modalities, and (2) the particular client characteristics that lend themselves to specific change modalities. Required of all DP students. Prerequisite: SOCW 5304, SOCW 5310, and SOCW 5551.
Last Updated on August 18, 2014, 3:08 pm
Fall 2014
SOCW 6325 - Advanced Micro Practice
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
Wednesday9:00AM12:00PM
Builds on the generalist perspective and the basic familiarity with social work processes (such as problem identification, assessment, contracting, plan implementation, and outcome evaluation) in the context of (1) existing psychotherapeutic modalities, and (2) the particular client characteristics that lend themselves to specific change modalities. Required of all DP students. Prerequisite: SOCW 5304, SOCW 5310, and SOCW 5551.
Last Updated on August 18, 2014, 3:10 pm
Fall 2014
SOCW 6389 - Brain and Behavior
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
Wednesday9:00AM12:00PM
This course is a second-year blended option in the HBSE, Direct Practice, and CAP sequences. The focus of this course is on current advances in knowledge of the neurobiological underpinnings of human behavior and development, the interaction between those underpinnings and the social context and environment, the relevance to social work practice with individuals, families, groups, programs/organizations, and communities, and related assessment and intervention practice behaviors across several practice domains. The domains include human development, genetics, mental health and substance abuse, cognition, stress and trauma, and violence and aggression. The implications of neurobiological and environmental influences (including public health issues and health disparities) will be examined in terms of social justice, social work values, knowledge, and skills, as well as in terms of the structural and systematic arrangement and delivery of social welfare services at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and SOCW 5317.
Last Updated on August 18, 2014, 3:15 pm
Fall 2014
SOCW 6325 - Advanced Micro Practice
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
Wednesday9:00AM12:00PM
Builds on the generalist perspective and the basic familiarity with social work processes (such as problem identification, assessment, contracting, plan implementation, and outcome evaluation) in the context of (1) existing psychotherapeutic modalities, and (2) the particular client characteristics that lend themselves to specific change modalities. Required of all DP students. Prerequisite: SOCW 5304, SOCW 5310, and SOCW 5551.
Last Updated on August 18, 2014, 3:21 pm
Summer 2014
SOCW 6325 - Advanced Micro Practice
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Monday10:00AM12:00PM
Wednesday10:00AM12:00PM
Builds on the generalist perspective and the basic familiarity with social work processes (such as problem identification, assessment, contracting, plan implementation, and outcome evaluation) in the context of (1) existing psychotherapeutic modalities, and (2) the particular client characteristics that lend themselves to specific change modalities. Required of all DP students. Prerequisite: SOCW 5304, SOCW 5310, and SOCW 5551.
Last Updated on May 30, 2014, 11:28 am
Spring 2014
SOCW 6320 - Socw 6320-003
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
Wednesday9:00AM12:00PM
Explores theoretical and empirical data on diverse personal relationships at the follow stages of relationship: initiation, maintenance, and termination. Identifies areas for intervention. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and 5317.
Last Updated on January 13, 2014, 8:56 am
Spring 2014
SOCW 6325 - Socw 6325-001
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
Wednesday9:00AM12:00PM
Builds on the generalist perspective and the basic familiarity with social work processes (such as problem identification, assessment, contracting, plan implementation, and outcome evaluation) in the context of (1) existing psychotherapeutic modalities, and (2) the particular client characteristics that lend themselves to specific change modalities. Required of all DP students. Prerequisite: SOCW 5304, SOCW 5310, and SOCW 5551.
Last Updated on January 13, 2014, 8:58 am
Spring 2014
SOCW 6325 - Socw 6325-002
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
Wednesday9:00AM12:00PM
Builds on the generalist perspective and the basic familiarity with social work processes (such as problem identification, assessment, contracting, plan implementation, and outcome evaluation) in the context of (1) existing psychotherapeutic modalities, and (2) the particular client characteristics that lend themselves to specific change modalities. Required of all DP students. Prerequisite: SOCW 5304, SOCW 5310, and SOCW 5551.
Last Updated on January 13, 2014, 8:59 am
Spring 2014
SOCW 6389 - Socw 6389-001
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
Wednesday9:00AM12:00PM
The focus of this course is on current advances in knowledge of the neurobiological underpinnings of human behavior and development, the interaction between those underpinnings and the social context and environment, the relevance to social work practice with individuals, families, groups, programs/organizations, and communities, and related assessment and intervention practice behaviors across several practice domains. The domains include human development, genetics, mental health and substance abuse, cognition, stress and trauma, and violence and aggression. The implications of neurobiological and environmental influences (including public health issues and health disparities) will be examined in terms of social justice, social work values, knowledge, and skills, as well as in terms of the structural and systematic arrangement and delivery of social welfare services at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and SOCW 5317.
Last Updated on January 16, 2014, 9:34 am
Fall 2013
SOCW 2311 - Introduction to Social Work
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
Wednesday9:00AM12:00PM
An overview of the social work profession, its fields of practice, methods of social intervention, its historical context, and its relationship to the social welfare system.
Last Updated on August 20, 2013, 3:56 pm
Fall 2013
SOCW 6325 - Advanced Micro Practice
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
Wednesday9:00AM12:00PM
Builds on the generalist perspective and the basic familiarity with social work processes (such as problem identification, assessment, contracting, plan implementation, and outcome evaluation) in the context of (1) existing psychotherapeutic modalities, and (2) the particular client characteristics that lend themselves to specific change modalities. Required of all DP students. Prerequisite: SOCW 5304, SOCW 5310, and SOCW 5551.
Last Updated on August 20, 2013, 3:57 pm
Fall 2013
SOCW 6320 - Personal Relationships
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
Wednesday9:00AM12:00PM
Explores theoretical and empirical data on diverse personal relationships at the follow stages of relationship: initiation, maintenance, and termination. Identifies areas for intervention. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301 and 5317.
Last Updated on August 21, 2013, 2:02 pm
Fall 2013
SOCW 5304 - Generalist Micro Practice
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday2:00PM5:00PM
Wednesday9:00AM12:00PM
This foundation level course introduces graduate students to both theory and methods for social work practice with individuals, families, and small groups. It emphasizes a generalist perspective, beginning interviewing and relationship skills, problem assessment, goal setting, and contracting. Special attention is given to the common roles assumed by social workers (e.g. facilitator, broker, advocate). Required of all except advanced standing students.
Last Updated on August 20, 2013, 4:01 pm
Summer 2013
SOCW 6325 - Socw 6325-002
This course builds on the generalist perspective and the basic familiarity  with social work processes (such as problem identification, assessment,  contracting, plan implementation, and outcome evaluation), in the  context of (1) existing psychotherapeutic modalities, and (2) the  particular client characteristics that lend themselves to specific  change modalities.
Last Updated on July 31, 2013, 4:22 pm
Fall 2012
SOCW 6325 - Socw 6325-002
This course builds on the generalist perspective and the basic familiarity with social work processes (such as problem identification, assessment, contracting, plan implementation, and outcome evaluation), in the context of (1) existing psychotherapeutic modalities, and (2) the particular client characteristics that lend themselves to specific change modalities.
Last Updated on July 31, 2013, 4:11 pm
Summer 2012
SOCW 6320 - PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
This course focuses on the interactions among and individuals in personal relationships. It addresses relationship initiation, maintenance and termination. It begins with the state of aloneness and moves through the stages of connecting in friendships and romances. Factors that predict breakups are presented as well as factors that foster staying together.
Last Updated on July 31, 2013, 4:11 pm
Fall 2011
SOCW 6325 - ADVANCED MICRO PRACTICE
This course builds on the generalist perspective and the basic familiarity with social work processes (such as problem identification, assessment, contracting, plan implementation, and outcome evaluation), in the context of (1) existing psychotherapeutic modalities, and (2) the particular client characteristics that lend themselves to specific change modalities
Last Updated on July 31, 2013, 4:11 pm
Summer 2011
SOCW 6325 - ADVANCED MICRO PRACTICE
This course builds on the generalist perspective and the basic familiarity with social work processes (such as problem identification, assessment, contracting, plan implementation, and outcome evaluation), in the context of (1) existing psychotherapeutic modalities, and (2) the particular client characteristics that lend themselves to specific change modalities.
Last Updated on July 31, 2013, 4:11 pm
Spring 2011
SOCW 6325 - ADVANCED MICRO PRACTICE
This course builds on the generalist perspective and the basic familiarity with social work processes (such as problem identification, assessment, contracting, plan implementation, and outcome evaluation), in the context of (1) existing psychotherapeutic modalities, and (2) the particular client characteristics that lend themselves to specific change modalities
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