Candace Saunders

Associate Professor of Practice of Social Work
  • School of Social Work
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  • M.S.W.

What I Teach

  • SW 582 - Neurobiology and Social Work Practice

Research/Creative Activities

  • Private Practice - 1979-Present


Selected Publications

Saunders, C. Using a model for trauma-informed social work practice in the provision of relational containment. Massachusetts National Association of Social Work, Focus Newsletter.

Selected Presentations

Saunders, C. (2011, October 28). Treating complex trauma. Presented at the Jamaica Plain Health Center, Jamaica Plain, MA. 

Saunders, C. (2011, October 12, 26). The centrality of relational containment in learning environments for children. Presented at the Dearborn Academy, Arlington, MA. 

Saunders, C. (2011, October 6). Introduction to dissociation. Presented at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Dedham, MA. 

Saunders, C. (2011, April 11). Helping families cope. Presented at the Bradley Hospital Annual Hearing Screening for Infants Conference, Providence, RI. 

Saunders, C. (2011, February 3). Applying perspectives of attachment and neurobiology in the treatment of clients with trauma histories. Presented at Beth-Israel-Deaconess Hospital Clinical Grand Rounds, Boston, MA. 

Saunders, C. (2010, October 27). Teaming practices from a trauma informed perspective. Presented at the New York State Child Welfare Conference on Teaming Practices, Albany, NY. 

Saunders, C. (2009, September 23). Trauma informed treatment with moms in a residential facility. Presented at the Chardon House Residence for DCF Mothers, Boston, MA. 

Saunders, C. (2009, February 26). Clinical treatment from an attachment and neurobiology perspective. Presented at the Grand Rounds, Brookline Mental Health Center, Brookline, MA. 

Saunders, C. (2009, February 6). The impact of trauma on brain development and attachment relationships. Presented at Winter Professional Education Institute, Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City, NY. 

Saunders, C. (2008, November 25). Attachment, loss and trauma: Implications for effective communication with vulnerable clients. Presented at the Grand Rounds, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, Boston, MA. 

Saunders, C.(2008, November 6). Trauma informed practice. Presented at The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) forum, "Working Together: An Interagency Approach to Trauma Informed Care." 

Saunders, C. (2008, November 1). Understanding and treating complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from a neurobiological perspective. Presnted at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA. 

Saunders, C. (2008, September 8). Advanced core workshop in the treatment of psychological trauma. Presented monthly, all day workshop presented to Massachusetts Department of Children and Families new caseworkers two months into the field. 

Saunders, C. (2008, July 15). Understanding and treating adolescent self-harm. Presented at the Summer Professional Education Institute Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City, NY. 

Saunders, C. (2008, June 10). Core workshop in understanding the meaning of trauma and secondary traumatic stress. Presented monthly, a two hour workshop presented to Massachusetts Department of Children and Families caseworkers prior to entering the field. 

Saunders, C. (2008, April 10). The neurobiological costs of attachment trauma: Strategies for promoting self-regulation and relational change. Presented at the Massachusetts NASW Tenth Biennial Social Work Symposium. 

Saunders, C. (2008, March 21). Treating children and adolescents with the pre-frontal cortex in mind. Presented at the Wayside Community Counseling Center, Framingham, MA.