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The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice

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Edition:
3rd
ISBN13:

9780801333101

ISBN10:
0801333105
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2002
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon

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Summary

The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice presents an unrivaled collection of essays, explains the strengths-based philosophy, demonstrates how it works, and provides clear and practical tools for its application. This third edition includes four new chapters, including subjects such as spirituality and disability; oppression and the strengths of the cultures of First Nations peoples; discovering the strengths of social workers in working with grass-roots welfare movements; and a new look at resilience, children, and community. In addition, many other chapters have been significantly updated with new references, new case vignettes, and new research. 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
Preface xvii
Contributors xxi
PART ONE The Philosophy, Principles, and Language of the Strengths Perspective
Introduction: Power in the People
1(22)
Dennis Saleebey
The Strengths Perspective: Philosophy, Concepts, and Principles
6(3)
Liberation and Empowerment: Heroism and Hope
7(1)
Alienation and Oppression: Anxiety and Evil
7(2)
The Lexicon of Strengths
9(4)
Principles of the Strengths Perspective
13(5)
Some Preliminary Thoughts
18(1)
Conclusion
19(1)
Discussion Questions
20(1)
References
20(3)
The Literary and Moral Foundations of the Strengths Perspective
23(25)
Howard Goldstein
Strength/Resilience and Pathology as Social Constructions
27(2)
Implications for Social Work Practice
29(1)
Strength and Resiliency
30(3)
Preparation for a Strengths Approach to Practice
33(1)
Moral Values and Literature
34(12)
Discussion Questions
46(1)
References
46(2)
PART TWO The Remarkable Strengths of People(s)
Strengths of First Nations Peoples
48(15)
Margaret Waller
Michael Yellow Bird
Historical Distortion of Strengths of Indigenous Peoples
49(1)
Strengths of Indigenous Peoples
50(9)
Resistance
50(1)
Sovereignty
51(1)
Separation
51(1)
Positive Cultural Identity
52(1)
Tribal Colleges
53(1)
Suspicion and Mistrust
53(2)
Intertribal Celebrations
55(1)
Kinship, Mutual Assistance, and Distributive Justice
55(1)
Traditional Spirituality and Healing Practices
56(1)
Storytelling and Legends
57(1)
Humor
58(1)
Political Activism
59(1)
Conclusion
59(1)
Discussion Questions
60(1)
References
60(3)
The Significance of Spirituality for Resilient Response to Chronic Illness: A Qualitative Study of Adults with Cystic Fibrosis
63(17)
Edward R. Canda
Methodology
64(2)
Summary of Findings
66(4)
Understandings of Faith, Religion, and Spirituality
66(2)
Ideas about Impacts of CF on Participants
68(1)
Metaphors for the Challenges of CF
69(1)
Challenges Associated with Spirituality
69(1)
A Consensus Statement on Spirituality as a Source of Strength by Adults with CF
70(4)
Gary's Story: Trying to Figure It All Out
71(2)
Teresa's Story: I Am Already Healed
73(1)
Implications for Social Work
74(2)
Postscript
76(1)
Discussion Questions
77(1)
References
78(2)
PART THREE Strengths-Based Assessment and Approaches to Practice
The Strengths Approach to Practice
80(15)
Dennis Saleebey
Some Beginning Observations about Strengths-Based Practice
81(10)
The Core Conditions of Growth and Change
82(2)
What Are Strengths?
84(3)
How Do You Find out about Strengths?
87(3)
What Are Some of the Elements of Strengths-Based Practice?
90(1)
Conclusion
91(1)
Discussion Questions
92(1)
References
93(2)
Putting Problems in Their Place: Further Explorations in the Strengths Perspective
95(11)
Ann Weick
Ronna Chamberlain
The Shape of Problems
96(1)
Putting Strengths into Action
97(4)
Key Strategies in Strengths-Based Practice
101(2)
Context
101(1)
Paying Less Attention
101(1)
Everyday Language
102(1)
Concluding Thoughts
103(1)
Discussion Questions
104(1)
References
104(2)
Assessing Client Strengths: Individual, Family, and Community Empowerment
106(18)
Charles D. Cowger
Carol A. Snively
The Link between Assessment as Political Activity and Empowerment
108(2)
Assessment as Political Activity
110(1)
Client Strengths and Empowerment
110(1)
Importance of Assessing Strengths
111(4)
Guidelines for Strengths Assessment
112(3)
The Assessment Process
115(6)
Component 1: Defining the Problem Situation
115(1)
Defining the Problem Situation or Discovering Why the Client Seeks Assistance
115(1)
Component 2: Framework for Assessment
116(1)
Exemplars of Client Strengths (Quadrant 2)
117(1)
Assessment of Client Strengths (Quadrant 2 of Assessment Axes)
118(3)
Conclusion
121(1)
Discussion Questions
121(1)
References
122(2)
Strengths-Based Case Management: Enhancing Treatment for Persons with Substance Abuse Problems
124(19)
Richard C. Rapp
Strengths-Based Case Management: Addressing Two Aspects of Substance Abuse Treatment
125(1)
The Practice of Strengths-Based Case Management
126(2)
Strengths-Based Case Management: Measuring Its Impact
128(2)
SBCM and Retention in Treatment
129(1)
Clarifying Retention among Case-Managed Clients
130(2)
Retention in the Case Management Enhancements Project
132(1)
SBCM and Critical Outcomes
132(3)
Drug Use Serverity
133(1)
Employment
134(1)
Criminal Justice Involvement
134(1)
Explaining the Impact of SBCM
135(3)
Client Driven/Case Manager Facilitated Treatment Planning
135(3)
Nature of the Case Manager-Client Relationship
138(2)
Conclusion
140(1)
Discussion Questions
141(1)
References
141(2)
The Strengths Model with Older Adults: Critical Practice Components
143(20)
Becky Fast
Rosemary Chapin
Conceptual Framework for Practice
144(7)
Operationalizing the Strengths Perspective
146(5)
Critical Practice Components of Effective Case Management
151(8)
Personalized Assessment and Planning
151(2)
Assertive Outreach to Natural Community Resources and Services
153(2)
Emergency Crisis Planning
155(1)
Ongoing Collaboration and Caregiving Adjustments
156(1)
The Empowerment of Older Women
157(2)
Utility of the Strengths Model in the Changing Long-Term Care Environment
159(1)
Conclusion
160(1)
Discussion Questions
161(1)
References
161(2)
The Strengths Perspective in Interpersonal Helping: Purpose, Principles, and Functions
163(23)
Walter E. Kisthardt
The Purpose of the Strengths Approach
164(1)
The Six Principles of Strengths-Based Helping
165(7)
Strengths That Promote Effective Engagement from the Perspective of the Service Participant
172(3)
The Person-Centered Strengths Assessment and Personal Wellness Plan
175(7)
Closing Thoughts
182(2)
Discussion Questions
184(1)
References
184(2)
PART FOUR Strengths in Context
Creating Strengths-Based Alliances to End Poverty
186(27)
Jennifer C. Jones
Mary Bricker-Jenkins
The Context: Poverty Theory and the War on the Poor
187(2)
Counteracting the Psychological War: Leadership by the Poor
189(1)
Defining Roles for Social Work in the Movement: A Collaborative Effort
190(5)
Study Assumptions and Propositions
190(2)
Study Design and Methods
192(3)
Doing the Work: Findings and Recommendations
195(15)
Experencing Poverty and Welfare
195(5)
The Kensington Welfare Rights Union Response
200(4)
Guidelines for Practice
204(6)
In Conclusion, A New Beginning
210(1)
Discussion Questions
211(1)
References
211(2)
Turnaround People and Places: Moving from Risk to Resilience
213(15)
Bonnie Benard
The Core Beliefs of Strengths/Resilience Apporach to Youth
215(6)
Conclusion
221(5)
Discussion Questions
226(1)
References
226(2)
Community Development, Neighborhood Empowerment, and Individual Resilience
228(19)
Dennis Saleebey
The Power of Context: What You See Is How You Get
229(1)
Community Development: Emerging Ideas and Practices
230(3)
Some Basic Ideas about Community Development
231(2)
Coming Together: Community and Individual Resilience
233(2)
Exemplars of Community Development Practice
235(6)
Building Communities from within: The Assets-Based Approach
235(3)
Health Realization/Community Empowerment
238(3)
Notes on Community Building and Programs That Work
241(3)
Community Building
241(2)
Programs That Work
243(1)
Conclusion
244(1)
Discussion Questions
245(1)
References
245(2)
Environmental Context, Opportunity, and the Process of Recovery: The Role of Strengths-Based Practice and Policy
247(17)
W. Patrick Sullivan
Charles A. Rapp
Environment and Mental Illness
248(5)
Environment Defined
250(1)
The Social Niche
251(2)
Niche Enrichment and Recovery: Mobilizing Personal and Environmental Strengths
253(4)
Professional-Consumer Relationships
253(2)
Facilitating Purpose
255(2)
Social Policy
257(2)
Conclusions and Recommendations
259(2)
Discussion Questions
261(1)
References
261(3)
PART FIVE Conclusion
The Strengths Perspective: Possibilities and Problems
264(3)
Dennis Saleebey
Questions and Cautions about the Strengths Perspective
267(9)
Of Paradigms and Prospects: Converging Lines of Thought
276(1)
Resilience
277(3)
Health and Wellness
280(1)
Story and Narrative
280(2)
Solution-Focused Approaches
282(2)
Conclusion
284(1)
Discussion Questions
285(1)
References
285(2)
Index
287


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