DSW Candidate – Karen Thompson, LMT, LCSW, LISW, LCADC, 2:30 PM – 3:45PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

The Touch/Violence Dyad: Changing the Narrative and Trajectory of Youth Violence Through Social Work Education

DSW Candidate – Karen Thompson, LMT, LCSW, LISW, LCADC

Monday, April 22, 2024

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


The Touch/Violence Dyad: Changing the Narrative and Trajectory of Youth Violence Through Social Work Education

This capstone project explores the strong correlation between negative touch, touch deprivation, and violent behavior in children and adolescents and the impact it has on family, community, and society systems. The analysis is based on statistical data and empirical research from experts in touch and violence. It includes a literature review, a conceptual paper, and a practice application, all of which emphasize the critical role that touch plays in the mind-body connection.

The literature review underscores the significance of positive touch, its influence on individuals throughout their lifespan, and how negative touch and touch deprivation can contribute to violent behavior. The conceptual paper offers a cohesive construct that integrates attachment, social learning, psychosocial development, and polyvagal theories to explain how negative touch and touch deprivation can lead to violent behavior.

The capstone project aims to put this knowledge into action through social work continuing education efforts, as defined in the practice application paper. The practice application paper highlights the significance of social work education in addressing the intricate interplay between touch and violent behavior. Social workers can play a pivotal role in reducing violence by gaining a deeper understanding of the psychology of touch and leveraging this knowledge to create effective interventions.

This capstone demonstrates that a more comprehensive understanding of the impact of touch on the developmental trajectory of children and adolescents can facilitate the creation of a safer and more harmonious society.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the impact of touch on the physical, psychological, and emotional levels.
  2. Learn about the integrated four theories associated with the Touch/Violence Dyad.
  3. Enhance comprehension and deeper understanding of the impact touch has on behavior outcomes.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.

Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.