63 use only the references provided.


To prepare for this Discussion,  consider the medical social worker’s practice from the  “person-in-environment” perspective. Review both the disease and  biopsychosocial models of disease and health. Examine the posts your  colleagues share about the future perspectives of the profession in this  week’s Discussion 1.

By Day 4

Post a brief description of the  “person-in-environment” perspective. Compare and contrast the medical  model and the biopsychosocial model. Be sure to describe the advantages  and disadvantages of both models in the delivery of medical social work  services. Explain how the person-in-environment perspective relies  heavily on the principles of the biopsychosocial model. Explain whether  the biopsychosocial model might continue to be compatible with the  future of the social work profession. Provide a rationale. Finally,  explain whether the person-in-environment perspective might rely heavily  on the principles of the biopsychosocial model in the future.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific  references to the resources and the current literature using appropriate  APA format and style.


Beder, J. (2006). Hospital social work: The interface of medicine and caring. New York, NY: Routledge.
Chapter 1, “About Medical Social Work” (pp. 1–8)

Massachusetts General Hospital. (n.d.). Pioneering a profession: A history of social work innovation at the MGH, 1905–2005. Retrieved from http://www.mghpcs.org/socialservice/Documents/HistoryTimeline.pdf

Gehlert, S., & Browne, T. (Eds.). (2012). Handbook of health social work (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Chapter 1, “Conceptual Underpinnings of Social Work in Health Care” (pp. 3–19)

Engel, G. L. (2012). The need for a new medical model: A challenge for biomedicine. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 40(3), 377–396.


Kontos, N. (2011). Perspective: Biomedicine—Menace or straw man? Reexamining the biopsychosocial argument. Academic Medicine, 86(4), 509–515.

Mishna, F., Bogo, M., Root, J., Sawyer, J. L., & Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2012). “It just crept in”: The digital age and implications for social work practice. Clinical Social Work Journal, 40(3), 277–286.


Reamer, F. G. (2013). Social work in a digital age: Ethical and risk management challenges. Social Work, 58(2), 163–172.

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