Strengths perspective

Critical analysis of the influence on social work

Authored by: Robert Blundo , Kristin W. Bolton , Peter Lehmann

The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Theory

Print publication date:  July  2019
Online publication date:  June  2019

Print ISBN: 9780415793438
eBook ISBN: 9781315211053
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315211053-19

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Abstract

Practicing from strengths perspective requires that we shift the way we think about, approach, and relate to our clients. Rather than focusing exclusively or dominantly on problems, your eye turns toward possibilities. In the thicket of trauma and trouble you see blooms of hope and transformation. The formula is simple: Rally clients’ interests, capacities, motivations, resources, and emotions in the work of reaching their hopes and dreams, help them find pathways to those goals, and the payoff may be an enhanced quality of daily life for them.

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