Strengths perspectives in social work practice in mental health

Francis, Abraham (2015) Strengths perspectives in social work practice in mental health. In: Bhatt, Sanjai, and Pathare, Suresh, (eds.) Social Work Education and Practice Engagement. Shipra Publications, New Delhi, India, pp. 125-135.

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[Extract] Strengths-based practice refers to the identification of strengths within an individual, family, or community. These strengths are then employed to aid in promoting self-fulfillment and healing in a client. This practice demonstrates a deliberate shift away from language and practice based on a client's deficits or pathology, a widespread approach that has dominated many fields within social science for some time. Focussing on strengths in not, however, a new idea and can be found in the writings and practice of many or our past great philosophical leaders and individual practitioners. (Francis and Pulla, 2014, p. 27). The use of strengths-based practice in the social work context has been extensively researched and promoted over the last thirty years and is becoming formalised as a method of best practice across many disciplines and countries, with global cooperation adding depth to ongoing discussion and practice guidelines.

Item ID: 43136
Item Type: Book Chapter (Scholarly Work)
ISBN: 978-81-7541-757-1
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2017 00:46
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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