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Clinical Social Work PracticeA Cognitive-Integrative Perspective$
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Sharon B. Berlin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195110371

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195110371.001.0001

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Meaning and the Mind

Meaning and the Mind

(p.34) 2 Meaning and the Mind
Clinical Social Work Practice

Sharon B. Berlin

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses prevailing biological and cognitive accounts of how the mind creates meaning. It starts with the notion that the mind is the work of a biological brain, provides a brief review of the structure and function of the brain, and goes on to explore cognitive models of mind, including associative network and parallel distributive processing models of organized memories (or schemas), and declarative and procedural forms of knowledge. The chapter discusses points of convergence among these conceptions, their contributions to the C-I perspective, and their practical utility in informing practice. In particular, emphasis is given to processes involved in helping clients transform declarative or descriptive knowledge into procedural or how-to knowledge.

Keywords:   brain, cognitive models, associative network, parallel distributive processing, schemas, declarative knowledge, procedural knowledge, C-I perspective, practice implications

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