The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice is an unrivaled collection of essays explaining the strengths-based philosophy, demonstrating how it works, and providing clear and practical tools for its application. Each chapter is written by an expert in the field to provide a balanced approach to social work practice that explores the strengths and assets of clients. An exceptionally wide range of subjects (ideas and populations) are covered in each essay.
Dennis Saleebey, MSW, DSW is Professor Emeritus at the School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas. He is also director of the Strengths Institute at the same School. He earned his BA degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, his MSW at UCLA, and his DSW at Cal Berkeley.
He taught at and directed the undergraduate social welfare program at the University of Maine from 1967-1970, was associate professor at the School of Social Work at UT Arlington, and was chair of the Human Behavior sequence there from 1970-1976;
He was professor and chair of HBSE from 1977-1987; from 1987-1997 he was Professor and Chair of the Ph.D. program at the School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas. From 1997 to 2006 he was Professor at the University of Kansas. Since 2007, he has been the director of the Strengths Institute at the University of Kansas.
Pt. 1 The Philosophy, Principles, and Language of the Strengths Perspective
Ch. 1 Introduction: Power in the People Dennis Saleebey Saleebey, Dennis 1
Ch. 2 The Challenge of Seeing Anew the World We Think We Know: Learning Strengths-Based Practice Robert Blundo Blundo, Robert 24
Ch. 3 The Opportunities and Challenges of Strengths-Based, Person-Centered Practice: Purpose, Principles, and Applications in a Climate of Systems Integration Walter E. Kisthardt Kisthardt, Walter E. 47
Pt. 2 Strengths-Based Appreciations, Assessments, and Approaches to Practice
Ch. 4 Chronic Illness and Transilience Along My Spiritual Path Edward R. Canda Canda, Edward R. 72
Ch. 5 The Strengths Approach to Practice: Beginnings Dennis Saleebey Saleebey, Dennis 93
Ch. 6 Key Dimensions of the Strengths Perspective in Case Management, Clinical Practice, and Community Practice Ann Weick Weick, Ann James Kreider Kreider, James Ronna Chamberlain Chamberlain, Ronna 108
Ch. 7 The Strengths Perspective in Criminal Justice Michael D. Clark Clark, Michael D. 122
Ch. 8 Implementation of Brief Strengths-Based Case Management: An Evidence-Based Intervention for Improving Linkage with Care Richard C. Rapp Rapp, Richard C. D. Timothy Lane Lane, D. Timothy 146
Ch. 9 The Strengths Model with Older Adults: Critical Practice Components Holly Nelson-Becker Nelson-Becker, Holly Rosemary Chapin Chapin, Rosemary Becky Fast Fast, Becky 161
Ch. 10 Assessing Strengths: Identifying Acts of Resistance to Violence and Oppression Kim M. Anderson Anderson, Kim M. Charles D. Cowger Cowger, Charles D. Carol A. Snively Snively, Carol A. 181
Ch. 11 A Shiftin Thinking: Influencing Social Workers' Beliefs About Individual and Family Resilience in an Effort to Enhance Well-Being and Success for All Bonnie Benard Benard, Bonnie Sara L. Truebridge Truebridge, Sara L. 201
Pt. 3 Using the Strengths Perspective in Context
Ch. 12 Honoring Philosophical Traditions: The Strengths Model and the Social Environment W. Patrick Sullivan Sullivan, W. Patrick Charles A. Rapp Rapp, Charles A. 220
Ch. 13 Exploring the True Nature of Internal Resilience: A View from the Inside Out Jack Pransky Pransky, Jack Diane P. McMillen McMillen, Diane P. 240
Ch. 14 Poverty Through the Lens of Economic Human Rights Mary Bricker-Jenkins Bricker-Jenkins, Mary Rosemary A. Barbera Barbera, Rosemary A. Carrie Young Young, Carrie 262
Ch. 15 The Strengths Perspective: Possibilities and Problems Dennis Saleebey Saleebey, Dennis 281