Resiliency Enhancement: Putting the Strength Perspective Into Social Work Practice

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This book bridges the gap between theory and implementation to illustrate how resiliency enhancement enables social workers to put the strengths perspective successfully into practice for their clients. Contributors to this volume show how social workers can use interventions to enhance those resiliency factors.

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Editorial Reviews

Fourteen contributions written by social workers address resiliency enhancement in relation to specific populations such as African American women, boys and girls, and older people; resiliency enhancement in individual, family, couple, and group practice; and the enhancement of resiliency in administration, training, and prevention environments. The authors reject the traditional disease model, emphasizing individuals' strength instead. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231118019
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 9/19/2000
  • Series: Social Work Ser.
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine Norman is a professor of social work at Fordham University and has authored or coauthored several books, including Filial Deprivation and Foster Care and Beyond Placement: Mothers Look at Foster Care, both published by Columbia.

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Table of Contents

A. Introduction1. The Strengths Perspective and Resiliency Enhancement: A Natural Partnership, by Elaine NormanB. Resiliency Enhancement and Specific Populations2. The Legacy of Caretaking Among African American Women: A Mixed Blessing, by Eunice Mathews3. Recognizing and Enhancing Natural Resiliency in Boys and Girls, by Sandra Turner4. Resilience in Older Persons: A Paradigm for Practice, by Irene Gutheil and Elaine CongressC. Resiliency Enhancement and Individual, Family, Couple and Group Practice5. A Case Study of Resiliency Enhancement Interventions with an African American Woman, by Carol P. Kaplan6. Women's Resilience at Midlife: What is it? How do you mobilize it?, by Sharon McQuaide7. Grasping Life: Five stories of Will-Filled Men, by Ray Fox8. Enhancing Couple Resiliency, by Howard Robinson9. Strength and Resiliency Themes in Social Work Practice with Groups, by Michael H. Phillips and Carol S. Cohen10. The Unitas Extended Family Circle: Developing Resiliency in Hispanic Youngsters, by Rosa Perez-KoenigD. Resiliency Enhancement in Administration, Training and Prevention11. The Workplace as Protective Environment: Management Strategies, by Sharyn J. Zunz and Roslyn H. Chernesky12. The African American Professional's Resiliency, by Laura Lee13. Introducing a Strengths/Resiliency Model in Mental Health Organizations, by Robert Chazin, Shari Kaplan and Stephen Terio14. Capitalizing on Strengths: A Resiliency Model for At-Risk Youth, by Mary Ann Forgey

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