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IN THIS SECTION: 1.) BRIEF 2.) COMPREHENSIVE BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS: Chapter 1: Introduction: Power in the People Chapter 2: Learning and Practicing the Strengths Perspective: Stepping Out of Comfortable Mind-Sets Chapter 3: Integrating the Core Competencies in Strengths-Based, Person-Centered Practice: Clarifying Purpose and Reflecting Principles Chapter 4: Chronic Illness and Spiritual Transformation Chapter 5: The Strengths Approach to Practice: Beginnings Chapter 6: Human Rights and Sexual Orientation Chapter 7: The Strengths Perspective in Criminal Justice Chapter 8: "Knowing" the Effectiveness of Strengths-Based Case Management with Substance Abusers Chapter 9: The Strengths Model with Older Adults: Critical Practice Components Chapter 10: Assessing Strengths: Identifying Acts of Resistance to Violence and Oppression Chapter 11: A Shift in Thinking: Influencing Social Workers' Beliefs About Individual and Family Resilience in an Effort to Enhance Well-Being and Success for All Chapter 12: Animating Hope: An Essential Ingredient of Strengths-Based Practice Chapter 13: Exploring the True Nature of Internal Resilience: A View from the Inside Out Chapter 14: Poverty Through the Lens of Economic Human Rights Chapter 15: The Strengths Perspective: Possibilities and Problems COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS: Chapter 1: Introduction: Power in the People by Dennis Saleebey The Fascination With Problems And Pathology The Strengths Perspective: Philosophy, Concepts, And Principles The Lexicon Of Strengths Principles Of The Strengths Perspective Some Preliminary Thoughts Conclusion References Chapter 2: Learning and Practicing the Strengths Perspective: Stepping Out of Comfortable Mind-Sets by Robert Blundo The Deficit/Pathology Knowledge Base Becomes Synonymous with Social Work The Strengths Perspective in the Present Context of Scientific Research, Empirically Supported Treatment, and Evidence-Based Practice Challenging the Feeling of Certainty and changing the frame Shifting the Fundamental Frame of Practice: Teaching and Learning the Strengths Perspective Shifting frames to a Strengths Perspective Conclusion References Chapter 3: Integrating the Core Competencies in Strengths-Based, Person-Centered Practice: Clarifying Purpose and Reflecting Principles by Walter E. Kisthardt From Social Services to Social Outcomes The Six Principles of Strengths-Based Helping Strategies That Promote Effective Engagement from the Perspective of the Service Participant The Person-Centered Strengths Assessment and Personal Wellness Plan Conclusion References Chapter 4: Chronic Illness and Spiritual Transformation by Edward R. Canda Setting the Context Lessons learned along my spiritual path Implications References Chapter 5: The Strengths Approach to Practice: Beginnings by Dennis Saleebey Some Beginning Observations about Strengths-Based Practice Conclusion References Chapter 6: Human Rights and Sexual Orientation by Gary Bailey A Human Rights Overview Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Human Rights Sexual Orientation Defined Human Rights Abuses Discrimination and Oppression Hate Crimes Conclusion References Chapter 7: The Strengths Perspective in Criminal Justice by Michael D. Clark Business-as-usual: The Three C's of Correction, Control, and Compliance Creating the Climate-Apparatus to Architect: The Macro Perspective Creating the Climate-Adversarial to Activator: The Mezzo Perspective Creating the Climate-Argument to Accord: The Micro Perspective Creating the Climate-Alibis to Aspirations: Understandiing human motivation Creating the Climate-Arrears to Assets: Implementing Assessments that are Accurate and Balanced Conclusion: Taking criminal justice "Back to the future" References Chapter 8: "Knowing" the Effectiveness of Strengths-Based Case Management with Substance Abusers by Richard C. Rapp and D. Timothy Lane Introduction A Parable about Knowing Knowing and Social Work Practice of Strengths-Based Case Management Evidence Base for Strengths-Based Case Management Summary Conclusion References Chapter 9: The Strengths Model with Older Adults: Critical Practice Components by Holly Nelson-Becker, Rosemary Chapin, and Becky Fast Conceptual Framework for Practice Critical Practice Components of Effective Case Management Immigration and Strengths-Based Case Management Integration of Spiritual Assessment and Intervention in Social Work Practice with Older Adults Integration of Policy Applications in Social Work Practice with Older Adults Utility of the Strengths Model in the Changing Long-Term Care Environment Professional Issues: Age Competency and Self-Care Conclusion References Chapter 10: Assessing Strengths: Identifying Acts of Resistance to Violence and Oppression by Kim M. Anderson Assessment as Political Activity Resiliency? Or Just A New Spin on Old Problems? The Resistance to Oppression Factor Guidelines for strengths assessment Assessment Process Conclusion References Chapter 11: A Shift in Thinking: Influencing Social Workers' Beliefs About Individual and Family Resilience in an Effort to Enhance Well-Being and Success for All by Bonnie Benard and Sara L. Truebridge Resilience: the Foundation of a Strengths-Based Practice Our Conceptual Framework A Process to Influence Beliefs Preservice and Professional Development Possible Format for a Professional Development Program on Resilience Conclusion References Chapter 12: Animating Hope: An Essential Ingredient of Strengths-Based Practice by W. Patrick Sullivan and Destinee F. Floyd Hope Defined Mental Illness, Mental Health, and Recovery Hope and the Professional Relationship Hope Theory and Strengths-Based Practice Conclusions References Chapter 13: Exploring the True Nature of Internal Resilience: A View from the Inside Out by Jack Pransky and Diane P. McMillen Strengths from the Outside-In Strengths from the Inside-Out How This New Understanding Emerged Replication Pondering These Results The "New" Inside-Out Understanding: The Three Principles Another Stone in the Foundation Evidence of Effectiveness for the Health of the Helper Implications for the Field Practical Application A Skeptic Gets Turned Around: Dr. Mcmillen's Odyssey Of Discovery Conclusion References Chapter 14: Poverty Through the Lens of Economic Human Rights by Mary Bricker-Jenkins, Rosemary A. Barbera, Monica Beemer and Carrie Young Introduction What Are Economic Human Rights? Social Work and Human Rights Principles of Economic Human Rights Practice The Principles in Action: Case Examples Economic Human Rights in Administration Economic Human Rights in Education for Practice Conclusion References Chapter 15: The Strengths Perspective: Possibilities and Problems by Dennis Saleebey Uncertainties and Cautions about the Strengths Perspective Of Paradigms and Prospects: Converging Lines of Thought Conclusion References

About the Author

Dennis Saleebey, MSW, DSW is Professor Emeritus at the School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas. He is also director of the Strengths Institute at the same School. He earned his BA degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, his MSW at UCLA, and his DSW at Cal Berkeley. He taught at and directed the undergraduate social welfare program at the University of Maine from 1967-1970, was associate professor at the School of Social Work at UT Arlington, and was chair of the Human Behavior sequence there from 1970-1976; He was professor and chair of HBSE from 1977-1987; from 1987-1997 he was Professor and Chair of the Ph.D. program at the School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas. From 1997 to 2006 he was Professor at the University of Kansas. Since 2007, he has been the director of the Strengths Institute at the University of Kansas.

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