Part of Advancing Core Competencies Series, a unique series that helps students taking advanced social work courses apply CSWE’s core competencies and practice behaviors examples to specialized fields of practice.
The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice, 6/e, presents both conceptual and practical elements of the strengths perspective - from learning about and practicing the strengths perspective to using the strengths perspective with older adults, the chronically ill, and substance abusers.
Many of the chapters- address recent events –from the tragic shooting in Tucson to the uprisings in the Middle East. Each chapter begins with a section from an expert in the field.
Teaching & Learning Experience
- Improve Critical Thinking – Each chapter contains four critical thinking questions and two short essay questions that require the reader to apply key concepts.
- Engage Students – Extensive case examples keep students interested and help them see a connection between theory and practice.
- Explore Current Issues – Three new chapters have been added to reflect the most current knowledge in the field.
- Apply CSWE Core Competencies – The text integrates the 2008 CSWE EPAS, with critical thinking questions and practice tests to assess student understanding and development of competencies and practice behaviors.
- Support Instructors – PowerPoint presentations are available with this text.
Table of Contents
IN THIS SECTION:
BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Chapter 1: Introduction: Power in the People
Chapter 2: Learning and Practicing the Strengths Perspective: Stepping Out of Comfortable Mind-Sets
Chapter 3: Integrating the Core Competencies in Strengths-Based, Person-Centered Practice: Clarifying Purpose and Reflecting Principles
Chapter 4: Chronic Illness and Spiritual Transformation
Chapter 5: The Strengths Approach to Practice: Beginnings
Chapter 6: Human Rights and Sexual Orientation
Chapter 7: The Strengths Perspective in Criminal Justice
Chapter 8: “Knowing” the Effectiveness of Strengths-Based Case Management with Substance Abusers
Chapter 9: The Strengths Model with Older Adults: Critical Practice Components
Chapter 10: Assessing Strengths: Identifying Acts of Resistance to Violence and Oppression
Chapter 11: A Shift in Thinking: Influencing Social Workers’ Beliefs About Individual and Family Resilience in an Effort to Enhance Well-Being and Success for All
Chapter 12: Animating Hope: An Essential Ingredient of Strengths-Based Practice
Chapter 13: Exploring the True Nature of Internal Resilience: A View from the Inside Out
Chapter 14: Poverty Through the Lens of Economic Human Rights
Chapter 15: The Strengths Perspective: Possibilities and Problems
COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Chapter 1: Introduction: Power in the People by Dennis Saleebey
The Fascination With Problems And Pathology
The Strengths Perspective: Philosophy, Concepts, And Principles
The Lexicon Of Strengths
Principles Of The Strengths Perspective
Some Preliminary Thoughts
Chapter 2: Learning and Practicing the Strengths Perspective: Stepping Out of Comfortable Mind-Sets by Robert Blundo
The Deficit/Pathology Knowledge Base Becomes Synonymous with Social Work
The Strengths Perspective in the Present Context of Scientific Research, Empirically Supported Treatment, and Evidence-Based Practice
Challenging the Feeling of Certainty and changing the frame
Shifting the Fundamental Frame of Practice: Teaching and Learning the Strengths Perspective
Shifting frames to a Strengths Perspective
Chapter 3: Integrating the Core Competencies in Strengths-Based, Person-Centered Practice: Clarifying Purpose and Reflecting Principles by Walter E. Kisthardt
From Social Services to Social Outcomes
The Six Principles of Strengths-Based Helping
Strategies That Promote Effective Engagement from the Perspective of the Service Participant
The Person-Centered Strengths Assessment and Personal Wellness Plan
Chapter 4: Chronic Illness and Spiritual Transformation by Edward R. Canda
Setting the Context
Lessons learned along my spiritual path
Chapter 5: The Strengths Approach to Practice: Beginnings by Dennis Saleebey
Some Beginning Observations about Strengths-Based Practice
Chapter 6: Human Rights and Sexual Orientation by Gary Bailey
A Human Rights Overview
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Human Rights
Sexual Orientation Defined
Human Rights Abuses
Discrimination and Oppression
Chapter 7: The Strengths Perspective in Criminal Justice by Michael D. Clark
Business-as-usual: The Three C’s of Correction, Control, and Compliance
Creating the Climate–Apparatus to Architect: The Macro Perspective
Creating the Climate–Adversarial to Activator: The Mezzo Perspective
Creating the Climate–Argument to Accord: The Micro Perspective
Creating the Climate–Alibis to Aspirations: Understandiing human motivation
Creating the Climate–Arrears to Assets: Implementing Assessments that are Accurate and Balanced
Conclusion: Taking criminal justice “Back to the future”
Chapter 8: “Knowing” the Effectiveness of Strengths-Based Case Management with Substance Abusers by Richard C. Rapp and D. Timothy Lane
A Parable about Knowing
Knowing and Social Work
Practice of Strengths-Based Case Management
Evidence Base for Strengths-Based Case Management
Chapter 9: The Strengths Model with Older Adults: Critical Practice Components by Holly Nelson-Becker, Rosemary Chapin, and Becky Fast
Conceptual Framework for Practice
Critical Practice Components of Effective Case Management
Immigration and Strengths-Based Case Management
Integration of Spiritual Assessment and Intervention in Social Work Practice with Older Adults
Integration of Policy Applications in Social Work Practice with Older Adults
Utility of the Strengths Model in the Changing Long-Term Care Environment
Professional Issues: Age Competency and Self-Care
Chapter 10: Assessing Strengths: Identifying Acts of Resistance to Violence and Oppression by Kim M. Anderson
Assessment as Political Activity
Resiliency? Or Just A New Spin on Old Problems?
The Resistance to Oppression Factor
Guidelines for strengths assessment
Chapter 11: A Shift in Thinking: Influencing Social Workers’ Beliefs About Individual and Family Resilience in an Effort to Enhance Well-Being and Success for All by Bonnie Benard and Sara L. Truebridge
Resilience: the Foundation of a Strengths-Based Practice
Our Conceptual Framework
A Process to Influence Beliefs
Preservice and Professional Development
Possible Format for a Professional Development Program on Resilience
Chapter 12: Animating Hope: An Essential Ingredient of Strengths-Based Practice by W. Patrick Sullivan and Destinee F. Floyd
Mental Illness, Mental Health, and Recovery
Hope and the Professional Relationship
Hope Theory and Strengths-Based Practice
Chapter 13: Exploring the True Nature of Internal Resilience: A View from the Inside Out by Jack Pransky and Diane P. McMillen
Strengths from the Outside-In
Strengths from the Inside-Out
How This New Understanding Emerged
Pondering These Results
The “New” Inside-Out Understanding: The Three Principles
Another Stone in the Foundation
Evidence of Effectiveness for the Health of the Helper
Implications for the Field
A Skeptic Gets Turned Around: Dr. Mcmillen’s Odyssey Of Discovery
Chapter 14: Poverty Through the Lens of Economic Human Rights by Mary Bricker-Jenkins, Rosemary A. Barbera, Monica Beemer and Carrie Young
What Are Economic Human Rights?
Social Work and Human Rights
Principles of Economic Human Rights Practice
The Principles in Action: Case Examples
Economic Human Rights in Administration
Economic Human Rights in Education for Practice
Chapter 15: The Strengths Perspective: Possibilities and Problems by Dennis Saleebey
Uncertainties and Cautions about the Strengths Perspective
Of Paradigms and Prospects: Converging Lines of Thought
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