The Strengths Model A Recovery-Oriented Approach to Mental Health Services

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-10-31
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The Strengths Model, Third Editionpresents a recovery-oriented approach to helping people with a psychiatric disability identify and achieve meaningful and important life goals. The Strengths Model is both a philosophy of practice as well as a specific set of tools and methods designed to facilitate a working partnership between client and practitioner toward recovery. In-depth discussion and examples help guide the practitioner from theoretical concepts to applied practice strategies. Attention is also given to agency structures and the role of the front-line supervisor as key components to successful large scale implementation of the Strengths Model.

Author Biography

Charles A. Rapp, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Social Welfare and Research Professor at the University of Kansas and Director of the Office of Mental Health Research and Training.

Richard J. Goscha, PhD, is Director of the Office of Mental Health Research and Training at the University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Patricia Deegan

1. History, Critique, and Useful Conceptions: Toward a Strengths Paradigm
2. A Beginning Theory of Strengths
3. The Purpose, Principles, and Research Results of the Strengths Model
4. Engagement and Relationship: A New Partnership
5. Strengths Assessment: Amplifying the Well Part of the Individual
6. Personal Planning: Creating the Achievement Agenda
7. Resource Acquisition: Putting Community Back into Community Mental Health
8. Supportive Case Management Context: Creating the Conditions for Effectiveness
9. Strengths Model Epilogue: Commonly Asked Questions (Objections)

Appendix I. Spirit-Breaking Behaviors
Appendix II. Hope-Inducing Behaviors
Appendix III. Areas to Explore Through the Strengths Assessment
Appendix IV. Quality Review of Strengths Assessment
Appendix V. Strengths Model Core Competencies Evaluation Tool
Appendix VI. Strengths Model Case Management Fidelity Scale


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