How does recognising strengths relate to the practice of a strengths-based philosophy?
In this definitive publication, Wayne McCashen provides a practical guide to the Strengths Approach as it is used by social workers, psychologists, counsellors and many other people in the human service professions. The Strengths Approach is a model of intervention that shifts the focus of work with clients from power-over to power-with, from deficits to capacities, from expert-focussed to the-client-as-expert.
Wayne McCashen clearly describes the ideas, values, beliefs and frameworks that help create respectful ways of working with people. His book is full of anecdotes and examples of strengths-based practice in action. Noticing strengths and exceptions, creating ‘pictures of the future’, using the column approach, measuring change and client-owned recording are just a few of the topics explored.