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Strengths-Based Therapy

Strengths-Based Therapy
Connecting Theory, Practice and Skills

  • Elsie Jones-Smith - Diplomate in Counseling Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology

March 2013 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Strength Based Therapy is the a text on working with clients through the lens of positive psychology. It lays a theoretical foundation to help students and practitioners understand the grounding and theory behind the approach and then lays out a model for use with a variety of client types/settings. The book draws from cutting edge research on neuroscience, positive emotions, empowerment and change. It helps students understand how to get the client engaged as an active participant in their treatment by assuming the client knows best about what has worked and has not worked in their lives. It draws heavily on skill building and cognitive behavioral (evidence based) approaches. The book will first present the theory and model and then go into application via various clinical illustrations.
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

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.

Mary Mountstephen
SEN Magazine

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