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The Strengths Perspective In Social Work Practice

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Edition:
4th
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9780205408177

ISBN10:
0205408176
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2006
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Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practicepresents an unrivaled collection of essays that explain the strengths-based philosophy, demonstrate how it works, and provide clear and practical tools for its application. This Fourth Edition includes six new chapters on subjects such as: how to shift ones frame of mind to practice from a strengths perspective; using slave narratives of strength and resistance as guides and inspiration in the fight to end poverty; understanding and promoting the resilience of families; how to solve problems using a strengths perspective; using a strengths approach in working with substance abuse problems; and a new look at the relationships between individual strengths and environmental resources. In addition, many other chapters have been significantly updated with new concepts and ideas, new references, new case vignettes, and new inquiry. The study questions have been revised to reflect the changing knowledge in the field. This is possibly the most extensive and varied text in the rapidly expanding field of strengths literature.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Stanley Witkin
Preface xvii
Contributors xxi
PART ONE THE PHILOSOPHY, PRINCIPLES, AND LANGUAGE OF THE STRENGTHS PERSPECTIVE
Introduction: Power in the People
1(24)
Dennis Saleebey
The Fascination With Problems and Pathology
2(5)
The Strengths Perspective: Philosophy, Concepts, and Principles
7(3)
Liberation and Empowerment: Heroism and Hope
7(1)
Alienation and Oppression: Anxiety and Evil
8(2)
The Lexicon of Strengths
10(6)
Principles of the Strengths Perspective
16(4)
Some Preliminary Thoughts
20(2)
Conclusion
22(1)
Discussion Questions
22(1)
References
23(2)
Shifting Our Habits of Mind: Learning to Practice from a Strengths Perspective
25(21)
Robert Blundo
The Deficit/Pathology Knowledge Base Becomes Synonymous With Social Work
27(6)
Maintaining Our Sense of What is Right
33(4)
Professional Literature Maintaining Traditional Frames
34(3)
Shifting the Fundamental Frame of Practice
37(4)
Shifting Frames to a Strengths Perspective
38(3)
Conclusion
41(3)
Discussion Questions
44(1)
References
44(2)
PART TWO THE REMARKABLE STRENGTHS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE(S)
Strengths of Indigenous Peoples
46(15)
Margaret Waller
Historical Distortion of Strengths
47(1)
What are the Strengths of Indigenous Peoples?
47(11)
Resistance to Assimilation
47(2)
Sovereignty
49(1)
Governmental Reform
49(1)
Advocacy and Political Activism
50(1)
Education
51(1)
Separation and Identity
51(1)
Kinship and Mutual Assistance
52(1)
Intertribal Celebrations
53(1)
Traditional Spirituality and Healing Practices
53(1)
Stories and Storytelling
54(1)
Skepticism
55(1)
Humor
56(1)
Cultural Resilience
57(1)
Discussion Questions
58(1)
References
58(3)
The Significance of Spirituality for Resilient Response to Chronic Illness: A Qualitative Study of Adults with Cystic Fibrosis
61(16)
Edward R. Canda
Methodology
62(2)
Summary of Findings
64(4)
Understandings of Faith, Religion, and Spirituality
64(1)
Ideas about Impacts of CF on Participants
65(2)
Metaphors for the Challenges of CF
67(1)
Challenges Associated with Spirituality
67(1)
A Consensus Statement on Spirituality as a Source of Strength by Adults With CF
68(4)
Gary's Story: Trying to Figure It All Out
69(1)
Teresa's Story: I Am Already Healed
70(2)
Implications for Social Work
72(2)
Postscript
74(1)
Discussion Questions
75(1)
References
75(2)
PART THREE STRENGTHS-BASED ASSESSMENT AND APPROACHES TO PRACTICE
The Strengths Approach to Practice
77(16)
Dennis Saleebey
Some Beginning Observations About Strengths-Based Practice
79(11)
The Core Conditions of Growth and Change
79(3)
What Are Strengths?
82(3)
How Do You Find Out about Strengths?
85(3)
What Are Some of the Elements of Strengths-Based Practice?
88(2)
Conclusion
90(1)
Discussion Questions
91(1)
References
91(2)
Assessing Strengths: The Political Context of Individual, Family, and Community Empowerment
93(23)
Charles D. Cowger
Kim M. Anderson
Carol A. Snively
More Deficit, Disease, and Dysfunction?
94(1)
Assessment as Political Activity
95(2)
Strengths and Empowerment
97(1)
Strengths? or Just a New Spin on Old Problems?
98(2)
The Resistance to Oppression Factor
100(5)
Guidelines for Strengths Assessment
102(3)
Assessment Process
105(7)
Component 1: Defining the Problem Situation
106(1)
Steps in Defining the Problem Situation or Discovering Why the Client Seeks Assistance
107(1)
Questions for the Assessment Process: Beyond ``What Are Your Strengths?''
107(1)
Component 2: Framework for Assessment
108(1)
Exemplars of Client Strengths (Quadrant 2)
108(3)
Assessment of Help Seeker Strengths (Quadrant 2 of Assessment Axes)
111(1)
Conclusion
112(1)
Discussion Questions
113(1)
References
113(3)
Solving Problems from a Strengths Perspective
116(12)
Ann Weick
James Kreider
Ronna Chamberlain
Strengths and Solutions
117(7)
Commonalities and Differences
119(1)
What about Problems?
120(4)
Extensions of Strengths- and Solution-Focused Practice
124(2)
Discussion Questions
126(1)
References
126(2)
Strengths-Based Case Management: Enhancing Treatment for Persons with Substance Abuse Problems
128(20)
Richard C. Rapp
Introduction
128(1)
Strengths-Based Case Management With Persons Who Have Substance Abuse Problems
129(1)
The Practice of Strengths-Based Case Management
130(8)
Strengths-Based Assessment
133(1)
Conducting the Strengths Assessment
133(3)
Case Management Planning
136(2)
Strengths-Based Case Management: Measuring Its Impact
138(2)
SCBM and Retention in Treatment
138(2)
SBCM and Critical Outcomes
140(1)
Explaining the Impact of SBCM
141(2)
Client Driven/Case Manager Facilitated Treatment Planning
141(2)
Nature of the Case Manager--Client Relationship
143(1)
Strengths-Based Case Management as a Brief Intervention
144(2)
SBCM---Challenges as a Brief Intervention
145(1)
Conclusion
146(1)
Discussion Questions
147(1)
References
147(1)
The Strengths Model with Older Adults: Critical Practice Components
148(23)
Holly Nelson-Becker
Rosemary Chapin
Becky Fast
Conceptual Framework For Practice
150(6)
Operationalizing the Strengths Perspective
152(4)
Critical Practice Components of Effective Case Management
156(8)
Personalized Assessment and Planning
157(1)
Assertive Outreach to Natural Community Resources and Services
158(3)
Emergency Crisis Planning
161(1)
Ongoing Collaboration and Caregiving Adjustments
161(1)
The Empowerment of Older Adults
162(2)
Integration of Spiritual Assessment and Intervention in Social Work Practice With Older Adults
164(1)
Integration of Policy Applications in Social Work Practice With Older Adults
165(1)
Utility of the Strengths Model in the Changing Long-Term Care Environment
166(2)
Conclusion
168(1)
Discussion Questions
168(1)
References
169(2)
The Opportunities and Challenges of Strengths-Based, Person-Centered Practice: Purpose, Principles, and Applications in a Climate of Systems' Integration
171(26)
Walter E. Kisthardt
Introduction
171(1)
The Purpose of the Strengths Approach
172(2)
The Six Principles of Strengths-Based Helping
174(8)
Strategies That Promote Effective Engagement From the Perspective of the Service Participant
182(9)
The Person-Centered Strengths Assessment and Personal Wellness Plan
191(2)
Closing Thoughts
193(2)
Discussion Questions
195(1)
References
195(2)
Using Strengths-Based Practice to Tap the Resilience of Families
197(24)
Bonnie Benard
Resilience Research
198(1)
Environmental Protective Factors
199(4)
Caring Relationships
200(1)
High Expectations
201(1)
Opportunities for Participation and Contribution
202(1)
What Research Says About Families
203(10)
The Role of Parenting Style
206(2)
Caring Relationships in Families
208(1)
High Expectations in Families
209(1)
Opportunities for Participation and Contribution in Families
210(3)
Family Resilience
213(3)
Discussion Questions
216(1)
References
216(5)
PART FOUR STRENGTHS IN CONTEXT
``That History Becomes You'': Slave Narratives and Today's Movement to End Poverty
221(20)
Willie Baptist
Mary Bricker-Jenkins
Sarah Gentry
Marsha Johnson
Corrine Novak
The Organizations and the Movement
223(2)
The Study: Narratives and Commitment
225(2)
The Development of Political Consciousness
227(4)
Sensing Injustice
227(2)
Shifting the Dominant Narrative
229(2)
Hope
231(1)
Sustaining Participation
231(4)
Education
232(2)
Group Identity
234(1)
Meeting Personal Needs
234(1)
Barriers to Sustained Participation
235(1)
Implications for Practice
236(2)
Discussion Questions
238(1)
References
238(3)
Community Development, Neighborhood Empowerment, and Individual Resilience
241(20)
Dennis Saleebey
``The Power of Place''
242(2)
Community Development: Emerging Ideas and Practices
244(2)
Some Basic Ideas about Community Development
244(2)
Coming Together: Community and Individual Resilience
246(3)
Exemplars of Community Development Practice
249(6)
Employing Individual Strengths to Vitalize Community
249(1)
Building Communities from within: The Assets-Based Approach
250(2)
Health Realization/Community Empowerment
252(3)
Notes on Community Building and Programs That Work
255(3)
Community Building
255(2)
Programs That Work
257(1)
Conclusion
258(1)
Discussion Questions
259(1)
References
259(2)
Honoring Philosophical Traditions: The Strengths Model and the Social Environment
261(18)
W. Patrick Sullivan
Charles A. Rapp
Basic Assumptions
263(2)
Environment Defined
265(3)
The Social Niche
266(2)
Niche Enrichment and Development: Mobilizing Personal and Environmental Strengths
268(3)
Professional-Consumer Relationships
268(1)
Facilitating Purpose
269(2)
The Match Game: Aligning Individual and Environmental Strengths
271(6)
Mapping Community Assets
273(4)
Discussion Questions
277(1)
References
277(2)
PART FIVE CONCLUSION
The Strengths Perspective: Possibilities and Problems
279(25)
Dennis Saleebey
Questions and Cautions About the Strengths Perspective
282(11)
Of Paradigms and Prospects: Converging Lines of Thought
293(8)
Resilience
294(3)
Health and Wellness
297(1)
Story and Narrative/The Therapies of Meaning Creation
298(1)
Solution-Focused Approaches
299(1)
Positive Psychology
300(1)
Conclusion
301(1)
Discussion Questions
301(1)
References
302(2)
Index 304


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