Strengths-Based Therapy: Connecting Theory, Practice and Skills

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Combining both the theory and practice of strengths-based therapy, Elsie Jones-Smith introduces current and future practitioners to the modern approach of practice—presenting a model for treatment as well as demonstrations in clinical practice across a variety of settings. This highly effective form of therapy supports the idea that clients know best about what has worked and has not worked in their lives, helps them discover positive and effective solutions through their own experiences, and allows therapists to...
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Overview

Combining both the theory and practice of strengths-based therapy, Elsie Jones-Smith introduces current and future practitioners to the modern approach of practice—presenting a model for treatment as well as demonstrations in clinical practice across a variety of settings. This highly effective form of therapy supports the idea that clients know best about what has worked and has not worked in their lives, helps them discover positive and effective solutions through their own experiences, and allows therapists to engage their clients in their own therapy.

Drawing from cutting-edge research in neuroscience, positive emotions, empowerment, and change, Strengths-Based Therapy helps readers understand how to get their clients engaged as active participants in treatment.

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Mary Mountstephen
This is an interesting book which encourages the reader to look at potential problems and situations from a positive perspective and also from different cultural and social perspectives...The concepts in this book apply equally well to teachers, parents and students. A strength-based approach has much to offer as part of a whole school approach to developing a positive culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452217925
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Pages: 460
  • Sales rank: 1,456,918
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Elsie Jones-Smith is a clinical psychologist, a licensed psychologist, a counselor educator, and the president of the Strengths-Based Institute, which provides consultation to schools and organizations dealing with youth experiencing challenges with violence, lack of a sense of purpose, and drug addiction. She is the developer of two theories in psychology: strengths-based therapy (SBT) and ethnic identity development; an article about this theory was featured as a major contribution to psychological research by The Counseling Psychologist in 1985. She is a member of the American Academy of Counseling Psychology, and a fellow in two divisions of the American Psychological Association, including Division 17 Counseling Psychology. She holds dual PhDs in clinical psychology and counselor education. She is the author of Strengths-Based Therapy: Connecting Theory, Practice, and Skills; Spotlighting the Strengths of Every Single Student; and Nurturing Nonviolent Children. Previously a professor at Temple University, Michigan State University, and Boston University, she has served on numerous editorial boards.

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Table of Contents

Part I
Chapter 1: Strengths-Based Therapy
Chapter 2: Human Strengths Theory: The Neuroscience and Relational
Chapter 3: Strengths across Cultures
Chapter 4: The Strengths-Based Therapy Model
Chapter 5: Strengths-Based Assessment
Part II
Strengths-Based Recovery: Introduction to Part II, Practice
Chapter 6: Strengths-Based Therapy and Families
Chapter 7: Strengths-Based Therapy and Recovery in Mental Health
Chapter 8: Strengths-Based Therapy, Addiction, and a Harm Reduction Approach
Chapter 9: Strengths-Based School Counseling
Chapter 10: Strengths-Based Therapy: “At-Risk or “At-Promise”
Chapter 11: Strengths-Based Therapy in Correctional Settings
Chapter 12: Strengths-Based Therapy and Older Adults
References
Index
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