- J. Christopher Hall, J. Christopher HallUniversity of North Carolina at Wilmington
- Robert BlundoRobert BlundoUniversity of North Carolina at Wilmington
- and Kristin W. BoltonKristin W. BoltonUniversity of North Carolina at Wilmington
The strengths perspective represents a paradigmatic shift away from problem-focused approaches to social work practice. A strengths-based approach provides a helping foundation for clients and emphasizes personal growth, empowerment, and coping skills based on ideals that focus on strengths instead of pathology. The strengths perspective can be integrated into social work practice through strengths-based frameworks. Of particular interest is the infusion of a strengths-based framework into case management. Common themes of exploration for strengths-based casework include: case manager role, client-case manager relationship, client perceptions, and outcomes of strengths-based case management.