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Bruce L Bower

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[Bower, Bruce L]
  • Assistant Professor in Practice

Biography

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 30 years as a Clinical Social Worker in both Canada and the US (the latter for twenty 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.  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.

Professional Preparation

    • 1985 MSW in Clinical Social WorkWilfrid Laurier University
    • 1981 BA (Hon) in PsychologyDalhousie University
    • 1978 BA in General PsychologyUniversity of Ottawa

Appointments

    • Sept 2013 to Present Assistant Professor in Practice
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 2011 to Aug 2013 Adjunct Professor
      University of Texas Arlington
    • Jan 2007 to May 2007 Adjunct Professor
      Texas A&M University - Commerce
    • Jan 2004 to May 2004 Adjunct Professor
      Dallas Christian Collge

Memberships

  • Membership
    • Jan 2013 to Present Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI)
    • Nov 2013 to Present Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
    • July 1997 to Present National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Courses

      • SOCW 3304-003 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE II

        Theories and methodologies of social work assessment, case management, and other generalist intervention at the individual, family, and group levels in diverse settings. This course is required for Social Work Field

        Instruction I (SOCW 4451). Prerequisite: SOCW 2311, SOCW 2313, SOCW 3301, and SOCW 3302. BSW majors only.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 4320-003 Personal Relationships

        Explores theoretical and empirical data on diverse personal relationships at the following stages of relationship: initiation, maintenance, and termination. Identifies areas for intervention. Prerequisite: SOCW 3301, SOCW 3302, and SOCW 3317.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 5311-019 Advanced Micro Practice

        [ This course builds] on the generalist perspective and 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 Direct Practice students. Prerequisites: SOCW 5304; SOCW 5310; and SOCW 5551.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOWC 5315-001 Brain & Behavior

        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.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 5364-001 Personal Relationships

        Explores theoretical and empirical data on diverse personal relationships at the following stages of relationship: initiation, maintenance, and termination. Identifies areas for intervention. Prerequisite: SOCW 5301, and SOCW 5317.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6325-008 ADVANCED MICRO PRACTICE

        [ This course builds] on the generalist perspective and 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 Direct Practice students. Prerequisites: SOCW 5304; SOCW 5310; and SOCW 5551.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6325-009 ADVANCED MICRO PRACTICE

        [ This course builds] on the generalist perspective and 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 Direct Practice students. Prerequisites: SOCW 5304; SOCW 5310; and SOCW 5551.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6389-001 Brain and Behavior

        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.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6389-002 Brain and Behavior

        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.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6312-001 GROUP DYNAMICS I AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE

        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.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6325-002 ADVANCED MICRO PRACTICE

        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.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6325-015 Advanced Micro Practice

        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.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6389-001 Brain and Behavior

        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.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6389-010 Brain and Behavior

        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.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6325-002 ADVANCED MICRO PRACTICE

        [This course builds] on the generalist perspective and 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 Direct practice students.  Prerequisites: SOCW 5304; SOCW 5310; and SOCW 5551

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6325-008 ADVANCED MICRO PRACTICE

        [This course builds] on the generalist perspective and 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 Direct practice students.  Prerequisites: SOCW 5304; SOCW 5310; and SOCW 5551

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6325-009 ADVANCED MICRO PRACTICE

        [This course builds] on the generalist perspective and 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 Direct practice students.  Prerequisites: SOCW 5304; SOCW 5310; and SOCW 5551

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6336-002 DIRECT PRACTICE IN MENTAL HEALTH

        Focuses on assessment and intervention with those evidencing acute and chronic mental health problems and disabilities. The course addresses the delivery of services to various populations (children, adolescents, and adults), service delivery systems (community mental health, managed behavioral health care), and a wide range of problems. Topics include well-being, ethics, case management, treatment planning, managed care, DSM, PIE, and substance abuse. Required of all DP students specializing in Mental Health. Prerequisite: SOCW 6325.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6190-001 TUTORIAL

        This  a directed and supervised tutorial in the selected area of professional ethics..

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6312-001 GROUP DYNAMICS I AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE

        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.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6320-003 PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

        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.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6325-001 Social Work Advanced Micro-Practice

        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.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6325-002 ADVANCED MICRO PRACTICE

        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.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6389-001 Brain and Behavior

        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.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6320-001 Personal Relationships

        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.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6325-002 Advanced Micro Practice

        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.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6325-008 Advanced Micro Practice

        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.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6389-002 Brain and Behavior

        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.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6325-001 Advanced Micro Practice

        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.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6325-001 Advanced Micro Practice

        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.

      • SOCW 6320-003 Socw 6320-003

        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.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6325-001 Socw 6325-001

        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.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6325-002 Socw 6325-002

        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.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6389-001 Socw 6389-001

        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.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 2311-004 Introduction to Social Work

        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.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6325-001 Advanced Micro Practice

        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.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6320-001 Personal Relationships

        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.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 5304-001 Generalist Micro Practice

        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.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6325-002 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.

      • SOCW 6325-002 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.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SOCW 6320-001 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.

        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 6325-003 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
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 6325-002 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.
        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 6325-003 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

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2011