Interventions for Self-Care and for Client Empowerment

Lifestyle Medicine for Social Workers

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Pamela Carlson Long, ACSW, LISW, LCS

Professor Emerita
School of Social Work
St. Ambrose University

Friday, October 14, 2022

1-4:15 p.m. via WebEx



Lifestyle Medicine (LM) is the practice of partnering with client systems to adopt and sustain behaviors to improve health and quality of life. The six evidence-based principles of LM to treat and reverse disease include a whole-food, plant- predominant diet, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances, and positive social connection. Social work professionals would benefit by including this knowledge in their frameworks for practice and for their own self-care. Client-centered and strength-based, LM offers an empowering approach for clients to make changes in their health and well-being. This workshop will explicate the principles of LM, and offer case examples. Tools and references for further study will be provided.


1. Explain the concept of Lifestyle Medicine.

2. Summarize the importance of Lifestyle Medicine for individuals and society with reference to the NASW Code of Ethics.

3. Apply the principles of Lifestyle Medicine to personal and professional self-care practices for competent and ethical social work practice.


$35. Fee waived for 2022–23 agency field instructors, SAU students, faculty and staff.


This event meets the criteria of the Iowa Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing social work education for a maximum of 3.0 hours. St. Ambrose University School of Social Work is a licensed provider of social work education through the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation and will grant a maximum of 3.0 continuing education units. (IDFPR license #159.000816)

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