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Building Strengths and Skills

Edited by Jacqueline Corcoran

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195154306
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864287 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154306.001.0001
Building Strengths and Skills

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This book presents an approach to therapeutic contact with clients that capitalizes on people's resilience, strengths, and capacities. The helper works in collaboration with the individual to identify and amplify these capacities to resolve problems and improve quality of life. Clients are empowered to find their own answers and solutions that will fit their particular worldview and their unique strengths (De Jong & Miller, 1995). These principles are operationalized through solution-focused therapy and motivational interviewing. The helper also identifies areas in which clients can use education on how to meet more effectively life's challenges. A focus on coping skills is represented by cognitive-behavioral therapy. These theoretical approaches are woven together for the purpose of maximizing a person's ability to enhance the strengths they bring and also learn new skills that can help them. The resultant strengths- and skills-building model is applied, throughout the book, to various problems and populations that helping practitioners may encounter.

Keywords: strengths; resilience; solution-focused therapy; motivational interviewing; cognitive-behavioral therapy

Book.  416 pages.  Illustrated.

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Motivational Interviewing in Building Strengths and Skills

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Cognitive-Behavioral Theory and Intervention in Building Strengths and Skills

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Integration of Models in Building Strengths and Skills

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Learning the Model in Building Strengths and Skills

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Depression in Building Strengths and Skills

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