Building Strengths and Skills: A Collaborative Approach to Working with Clients

Hardcover | December 21, 2004

byJacqueline Corcoran

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This is a much-needed practice book that demonstrates how helping professionals can emphasize their clients' resilience, strength, and capacities, rather than focusing on pathology or deficits. It offers an integrative practice model for both assessment and intervention that interweavesstrengths-based (specifically solution-focused therapy and motivational interviewing) and skills-building (cognitive-behavioral) approaches. In the strengths-and-skills-based model, helping professionals assume that clients possess the necessary capacities to solve their own problems, transformingthe therapeutic relationship into a collaboration focused on bolstering motivation and resources for change. When these resources are exhausted or when deficits become a substantial barrier, then practitioner and client work to develop an individualized skills-building plan. A wide range ofexamples, written by Jacqueline Corcoran with experts from different fields of practice, clearly demonstrate how the model can be applied to individuals and families struggling with behavior problems, depression, substance abuse, anxiety, violence, and abuse, so that both strengths and skillsmaximize the client's success. This innovative, dynamic resource is a must have for practitioners across the helping, social service, and mental health professions.

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This is a much-needed practice book that demonstrates how helping professionals can emphasize their clients' resilience, strength, and capacities, rather than focusing on pathology or deficits. It offers an integrative practice model for both assessment and intervention that interweavesstrengths-based (specifically solution-focused th...

Jacqueline Corcoran is at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 1.42 inPublished:December 21, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195154304

ISBN - 13:9780195154306

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Table of Contents

ContentsPart I. Introduction of the Strengths-and Skills-Based ModelPrefaceChapter 1. Solution-focused TherapyChapter 2. Motivational InterviewingChapter 3. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy by Jacqueline Corcoran and Joe WalshChapter 4. Assumptions of the Strengths-and Skills-Based ModelChapter 5. The Helping Process of the Strengths-and Skills-Based ModelChapter 6. Learning the Model: Applications to a Hospital SettingPart II. Application to DisordersChapter 7. Working with Adolescent Conduct Problems by Jacqueline Corcoran and David SpringerChapter 8. Depression by Jacqueline Corcoran and Jane Hanvey PhillipsChapter 9. Substance Abuse by Holly MattoChapter 10. An Older Couple with Anxiety by Carrie Becker, Jacqueline Corcoran, and Kristin GarellPart IV. Application to Family ViolenceChapter 11. Domestic Violence by Jacqueline Corcoran and Holly BellChapter 12. Working with Parents in the Child Welfare System with Substance Abuse by Melinda Hohman, Christine Kleinpeter, and Hilda LoughranChapter 13. Working with Physical Abuse and Neglect by Jacqueline Corcoran, Audrey Jones, and Christine AnksvardChapter 14. Working with Parents of Sexual Abuse Victims by Jacqueline Corcoran, Dianna Hart, Kristin Garell, and Janice Berry-EdwardsMeasurementChapter 15. Strengths-Based Measures by Theresa Early and Sean Newsome

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"If you have been waiting for a book that actually brings positive psychology to life, this is it." -C.R. Snyder, coeditor, Handbook of Positive Psychology