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date: 08 December 2021

Strengths Perspectivelocked

Strengths Perspectivelocked

  • Johnny S. KimJohnny S. KimUniversity of Denver
  •  and Kristin Whitehill BoltonKristin Whitehill BoltonUniversity of North Carolina Wilmington

Summary

In social work practice, the strengths perspective has emerged as an alternative to the more common pathology-oriented approach to helping clients. Instead of focusing on clients’ problems and deficits, the strengths perspective centers on clients’ abilities, talents, and resources. The social worker practicing from this approach concentrates wholly on identifying and eliciting the clients’ strengths and assets in assisting them with their problems and goals. This article discusses the historical development of the strengths perspective, practice techniques, current applications, and philosophical distinctiveness.

Subjects

  • Clinical and Direct Practice
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Culture
  • Social Justice and Human Rights

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Article updated to reflect recent research. Reference list updated.

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