An interdisciplinary handbook about strengths-based clinical practices, this book finds the common factors in specific models from social work, psychology, and counseling. The book ends with a grounded theory informed method that pulls together what each of the chapters report, and posits a theory based on that work. Comprised of 23 chapters and written by leaders in the human services fields, Handbook of Strengths-Based Clinical Practices shows how professionals and students can facilitate change and resiliency in those with whom they work.
“For too long, the counseling profession has been mired in exclusively engaging its clients from a problem-centered, medical model. In this book, Edwards, Young, and Nikels provide insight into a more positive approach. The editors and their authors serve like a team of clinical consultants, guiding the reader toward understanding strengths-based strategies and techniques, applying them in various work settings and with diverse clients, supervisees, and interns.”—Bob Carty, LCSW, CADC, CCJP, Founder, Partnerships in Clinical Training and Consultation, Skokie, IL
“For the clinician, the Handbook of Strengths-Based Clinical Practices is a much-needed work to help us stay focused on client strengths rather than primarily on pathology. The strengths-based philosophy is explained and its application well illustrated with divergent modalities and client populations. The wealth of information provided by multiple authors and editors is outstanding.”—Norman C. Dasenbrook, MS, LCPC, Practice Consultant, Dasenbrook Consulting, Rockford, IL
“This handbook is a practical, multi-vocal compendium that bridges traditional practice gaps between those clinicians trained to privilege the intrapsychic and those trained to privilege the interrelational. Here, Edwards, Young and Nikels have crafted an inclusive work that facilitates both a discussion of the theoretical from multiple perspectives and the practical development of strength-based clinical practices.”— Kevin R. Stouffer, PhD, MBA, NCC, CCMHC, CFT, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor; Past President, Illinois Counseling Association; Founder, Stouffer Clinical Counseling & Consulting LLC, Springfield, IL
“When people play to their strengths they exude a certain confidence that allows them to perform at their best, maximize social engagement, get the most out of life, and increase overall subjective well-being. This book effectively demonstrates the efficacy of current strengths-based models and concludes with a thoughtful assessment of how the best of each may come together toward a rational, unitary approach. This text is a must-read for anyone interested in strengths-based psychology.”—Matt Glowiak, PhD, LCPC, CAADC, NCC, Co-Founder of Counseling Speaks, LLC; Assistant Professor, Benedictine University; Contributing Faculty, Walden University
“The Handbook pulls together frameworks from a variety of helping professions and offers a tangible, succinct, and often challenging supervision model that brings into focus how a strengths-based approach can contribute to meaningful supervision experiences. Supervisors will experience continued substantial benefit from this handbook as they delve into the power of supervisee strengths as opposed to deficits, leading to empowered clinical practice.”—Vincent J. Walsh-Rock, MS, LCPC, Doctoral Candidate, Northern Illinois University
I. Introduction to Strengths-Based Practice 1. Strengths-Based Counseling 2.0: Continuing the Discussion Andy Young, Holly Nikels, Jeffrey Edwards & Stef Standefer 2. Strengths-based approaches: An interdisciplinary historical account. Brian L. Kelly and Trevor G. Gates II.Strengths-Based Clinical Practices With Varying Populations 3. The Collaborative Change Model: a Strength Based Blueprint for the Treatment of Relational Complex Trauma Mary Jo Barrett and Linda Stone Fish 4. Uncovery: Beneath the Monolith of Addiction There Remains a Human Being Andy Young 5. Strengths-based culture and family Anita Jones Thomas, Michael Massengale and Latifat Odunewu 6.Strengths-Based Approaches and Strategies in School Counseling E. C. M. Mason, Tasia Buford-Howell, Megan Kelly, & Vanessa Whitnell 7. The Economics of Developing Resilience with Families in Need: A Strengths-Based Approach Tonya Davis 8. Strengths-Based Affirmative Advocacy: School Counselor Strategies to Help LGBT Youth Become More of Who They Are Matthew J. Beck 9. Strengths-based Theory and Practice: Perspectives and Strategies that Enhance Growth, Hope and Resilience for People Living with Chronic Illness and Disability Michelle Marme’ III. Strengths-Based work in different counseling contexts 10.The Power of Neurocounseling and Self-Regulation Skills Lori A. Russell-Chapin 11. Accessing Strength from Within: Music Imagery and Mandalas Louise Dimiceli-Mitran 12. Resourcing the Body: Moving within Strengths to Actualize Potential Jessica Young 13. Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy: Applying Strength-Based Solutions in an Arena for Change Sandra L. Kakacek 14. Positive Psychology in Counseling: Integrating Sport as a Framework for Performance Enhancement Teresa B. Fletcher and Susan Hurley 15. Strengths Based Practice of Clinical Sport Psychology Michele Kerulis 16. Positive Psychology: History and Practice as a Strengths-Based Model Jeffrey K. Edwards IV. Training and Education 17. Strengths-Based Clinical Supervision: An Examination of How it Works Jeffrey K. Edwards 18. Reflecting Processes in Counselor-Training: Iterating Socially-Constructed Strengths-Based Learnings Within and Beyond the Classroom David Kleist, Katie Kostohryz, and Jane Coe Smith 19. Strengths-Based Internship Supervision James Ruby 20. Strengths-based Supervision: Experiences of Supervisors and Supervisees Mary Nichter and Reade Dowda 21. Strengths-Based Counselor Education: One Instructor’s Perspective Julie K. West Russo 22. Strength in Numbers: Strength-Based Group Counseling Duane A. Halbur and Holly J. Nikels 23. Finding Common Factors Andy Young, James Ruby, Duane Halbur, Holly Nikels and Jeff Edwards