The Strengths Model: A Recovery-Oriented Approach to Mental Health Services

Hardcover | October 6, 2011

byCharles A. Rapp, Richard J. Goscha

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Presenting a compelling alternative to the traditional medical approach, The Strengths Model demonstrates an evidence-based approach to helping people with a psychiatric disability identify and achieve meaningful and important life goals. Since the first edition of this classic textbookappeared, the strengths model has matured into a robust vision of mental health services. Both a philosophy of practice and a specific set of tools and methods, the strengths model is designed to facilitate a recovery-oriented partnership between client and practitioner. This completely revisededition charts the evolution of the strengths model, reviews the empirical support behind it, and illustrates the techniques and values that guide its application.Features new to this edition:* An extensive update of the strengths literature, focusing on recovery as the dominant paradigm in mental health services* Richly drawn case vignettes demonstrating the application of methods* Integration of empirical research and consumers' own experiences* Completely updated strengths assessment and fidelity scales* In-depth discussions and examples guide practitioners from theory to applied practice* Descriptions of how to teach and successfully supervise large-scale implementations of strengths model workFor social workers and other mental health specialists working with clients to move beyond the disabling effects of mental illness to a life filled with meaning, purpose, and identity, this remains the crucial text.

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Presenting a compelling alternative to the traditional medical approach, The Strengths Model demonstrates an evidence-based approach to helping people with a psychiatric disability identify and achieve meaningful and important life goals. Since the first edition of this classic textbookappeared, the strengths model has matured into a r...

Charles A. Rapp, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Social Welfare and Research Professor at the University of Kansas and Director of the Office of Mental Health Research and Training. Richard J. Goscha, PhD, is Director of the Office of Mental Health Research and Training at the University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 6, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199764085

ISBN - 13:9780199764082

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Patricia Deegan: ForewordPreface1. History, Critique, and Useful Conceptions: Toward a Strengths Paradigm2. A Beginning Theory of Strengths3. The Purpose, Principles, and Research Results of the Strengths Model4. Engagement and Relationship: A New Partnership5. Strengths Assessment: Amplifying the Well Part of the Individual6. Personal Planning: Creating the Achievement Agenda7. Resource Acquisition: Putting Community Back into Community Mental Health8. Supportive Case Management Context: Creating the Conditions for Effectiveness9. Strengths Model Epilogue: Commonly Asked Questions (Objections)Appendix I. Spirit-Breaking BehaviorsAppendix II. Hope-Inducing BehaviorsAppendix III. Areas to Explore Through the Strengths AssessmentAppendix IV. Quality Review of Strengths AssessmentAppendix V. Strengths Model Core Competencies Evaluation ToolAppendix VI. Strengths Model Case Management Fidelity ScaleReferencesIndex