Journal Article

Ways of Enhancing Hope among Social Workers Working with Adolescents in Residential Treatment Centres

Racheli Lipschitz-Elhawi

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 39, issue 3, pages 451-466
Published in print April 2009 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online February 2008 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcm159
Ways of Enhancing Hope among Social Workers Working with Adolescents in Residential Treatment Centres

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This article suggests ways to enhance a sense of hope among social workers working with adolescents in residential treatment centres. The author describes difficulties in treating this population of adolescents, focusing on how these difficulties contribute to the therapist's sense of hopelessness. The importance of enhancing the therapist's sense of hope in order to facilitate successful treatment is stressed. The author maintains that it is possible to ‘work’ towards creating hope and to ‘foster’ its growth, using the components of hope defined by Jacoby (1987, 2003).

Keywords: psychotherapeutic treatment; adolescents; hope

Journal Article.  6139 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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