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Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice / Edition 3

Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice / Edition 3

by Dennis Saleebey

ISBN-10: 0801333105

ISBN-13: 9780801333101

Pub. Date: 10/28/2001

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.

A conceptual and practical presentation of the strengths perspective in social work.

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


A conceptual and practical presentation of the strengths perspective in social work.

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.

Product Details

Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
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Older Edition
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6.94(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

Most chapters end with "Conclusion" "Discussion Questions" and "References."


1. Introduction: Power in the People --
Dennis Saleebey.
The Strengths Perspective: Philosophy, Concepts and Principles.
The Lexicon of Strengths.
Principles of the Strengths Perspective.
Some Preliminary Thoughts.

2. The Literary and Moral Foundations of the Strengths Perspective --
Howard Goldstein.
Strength/Resilience and Pathology as Social Constructions.
Implications for Social Work Practice.
Strength and Resiliency.
Preparation for a Strengths Approach to Practice.
Moral Values and Literature.


3. Strengths of First Nations Peoples --
Margaret Waller & Michael Yellow Bird.
Historical Distortion of Strengths of Indigenous Peoples.
Strengths of Indigenous Peoples.

4. The Significance of Spirituality for Resilient Response to Chronic Illness: A Qualitative Study of Adults with Cystic Fibrosis --
Edward R. Canda, Ph.D.
Summary of Findings.
A Consensus Statement on Spirituality as Source of Strength by Adults with CF.
Implications for Social Work.


5. The Strengths Approach to Practice --
Dennis Saleebey.
Some Beginning Observations About Strengths-Based Practice.

6. Putting Problems in Their Place: Further Explorations in the Strengths Perspective --
Ann Weick & Ronna Chamberlain.
The Shape ofProblems.
Putting Strengths Into Action.
Key Strategies in Strengths-Based Practice.

7. Assessing Client Strengths: Individual, Family and Community Empowerment --
Charles D. Cowger & Carol A. Snively.
The Link Between Assessment as Political Activity and Empowerment.
Assessment as Political Activity.
Client Strengths and Empowerment.
Importance of Assessing Strengths.
The Assessment Process.

8. Strengths-Based Case Management: Enhancing Treatment for Persons with Substance Abuse Problems --
Richard C. Rapp.
Strengths-Based Case Management: Addressing Two Aspects of Substance Abuse Treatment.
The Practice of Strengths-Based Case Management.
Strengths-Based Case Management: Measuring Its Impact.
Clarifying Retention Among Case-Managed Clients.
Retention in the Case Management Enhancements Project.
SBCM and Critical Outcomes.
Explaining The Impact Of SBCM.
Nature Of The Case Manager-Client Relationship.

9. The Strengths Model with Older Adults: Critical Practice Components --
Becky Fast & Rosemary Chapin.
Conceptual Framework For Practice.
Critical Practice Components of Effective Case Management.
Utility of the Strengths Model in the Changing Long-Term Care Environment.

10. The Strengths Perspective in Interpersonal Helping: Purpose, Principles and Functions --
Walter E. Kisthardt.
The Purpose of the Strengths Approach.
The Six Principles of Strengths-Based Helping.
Strategies That Promote Effective Engagement From The Perspective Of The Service Participant.
Focus More on Conversational Skills Than Interviewing Skills.
The Person Centered Strengths Assessment and Personal Wellness Plan.
Closing Thoughts.

11. Creating Strengths-Based Alliances to End Poverty --
Jennifer C. Jones & Mary Bricker-Jenkins.
The Context: Poverty Theory and the War on the Poor.
Counteracting The Psychological War: Leadership By The Poor.
Defining Roles For Social Work In The Movement: A Collaborative Effort.
Doing The Work: Findings And Recommendations.
Living In Poverty: "The System" .
Social Workers and Poverty.
The Kensington Welfare Rights Union Response.
Guidelines For Practice.
Helpful Practices.
In Conclusion, A New Beginning.


12. Turnaround People and Places: Moving From Risk to Resilience --
Bonnie Benard.
The Core Beliefs of Strengths/Resilience Approach To Youth.

13. Community Development, Neighborhood Empowerment, and Individual Resilience --
Dennis Saleebey.
The Power of Context: What You See is How You Get.
Community Development: Emerging Ideas and Practices.
Coming Together: Community and Individual Resilience.
Exemplars Of Community Development Practice.
Notes On Community Building and Programs that Work.

14. Environmental Context, Opportunity, and the Process of Recovery: The Role of Strengths-Based Practice and Policy --
W. Patrick Sullivan & Charles Rapp.
Environment and Mental Illness.
Niche Enrichment and Recovery: Mobilizing Personal and Environmental Strength Social Policy.


15. The Strengths Perspective: Possibilities and Problems --
Dennis Saleebey.
Questions and Cautions About the Strengths Perspective Of Paradigms and Prospects: Converging Lines of Thought.

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